El Centro D.F. on 14th Street

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$30 and under
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Mexican
Internationally acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval combines traditional culinary techniques with fresh, high quality ingredients to create authentic Mexican comfort food at El Centro D.F. Designed to reflect the bustling street shops and colorful rituals of everyday life in Mexico, the restaurant is comprised of three distinct dining spaces all under one roof. The Taqueria features a casual atmosphere where a lively open kitchen serves authentic favorites. The Tequileria allows guests to dine or lounge as mixologists craft Latin cocktails from 200 Tequilas & Mezcals. Along the rooftop guests raise a glass at two open-air bars. Warm, Latin-inspired service and welcoming hospitality will round out your experience.


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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great as always!!!!!

S
Washington DC
9 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience3

I would say our experience was fine, but not great. We went for bottomless brunch(food and drink) which is a good value. The food was okay, the service was okay, they seated us in the basement which felt much more like a bar than a restaurant. Good for a group celebration but nothing to write home about.

p
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great location for us to get together with friends and catch up on dinner. Food was delicious, great portion sizes, and I really enjoyed my Hibiscus Agua Fresca!

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Steak fajita lacked salt and no salt was provided. Everything else was good.

LH
Atlanta
3 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience4

If you want a decently priced bottomless brunch experience with okay food, this could be for you. The chips were delicious, the service was really good. The food was just okay. You can barely taste the alcohol in the drinks, but the service is so good that they are ready to give you a refill whenever you need it. They tried their best to accommodate my lactose intolerance, even though it was challenging and there weren't too many things I could eat. It is very Americanized, despite mostly latinos in the kitchen. Despite all of that, the place was okay and I would return if looking for a chill brunch experience. Wouldn't go out of my way for it though.

AS
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

So fun. So amazing. Great vibes, great food, great drinks

CM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience2

The food was delicious, but we had to wait more than half an hour for a regular table in a less-noisy area -- despite having made a reservation ahead of time. The service was so-so. We were told that we could not order coffee after our meal because we were upstairs. After we reacted with astonishment, our waiter kindly figured out a way to bring us some.

JT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and fast service! The margs are my favorite

MG
San Diego
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I chose the three street taco sampler and it was a great way to try a few different flavors, delicious! And the mango margarita was fresh and fruity. My two friends also loved their dinners, I’d love to go back again.

LF
Washington DC
42 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I had not been to El Centro for a while and eating dinner there made me wonder why. Service is great, the food is excellent and it's a really nice atmosphere. And you can actually have a conversation during dinner and hear what is being said. We both had the Jalisco Crab and Shrimp Enchiladas and while they were loaded with crab and shrimp, they were not heavy as enchiladas can be all to often. Really delicious. Great chips and salsa too. Definitely plan to go back more often.

EC
Denver
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and margaritas were very tasty!!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I’ve been to El Centro a few times for brunch. It’s easily the best value in DC. The food and drinks are great. However, the service is always hit or miss. This most recent time it was OK but I had to actively get the waitress’ attention for drinks. That being said, we paid a deal for a bottomless brunch, and that was great value. So I would pay the fee for a lesser service.

JK
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Larry did a great job taking care of us. Our party of 7 arrived at different times, but we were seated as we came in, and he started serving us before the party was complete. I know that is breaking the stated rules, but it was greatly appreciated. He did a fantastic job. The the food was as good as always. Just wish they would bring back the El Centro Dog!

A
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Tacos are amazing and the bacon guac may be the best guac I've ever had.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food4service2ambience4

Yummy! Hair in my food. Would’ve eaten it all otherwise. Still so good

s
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delila was a lovely server, attentive and kind, and manager Alex was also gracious and overall the team took great care of us

OT
San Diego
1 review
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We got sat upstairs and were served immediately. Ryan was our server, was also the bartender AND had a trainee. Not to mention the other multiple tables that he was serving too. He did an AMAZING job! Our drinks were never empty and the food was absolutely delicious! I couldn’t be happier with our time here and will definitely be returning!

OT
Richmond
2 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Bottomless brunch is great! The dishes are made in smaller portions so you can try different things. The waitress was very helpful and good about refilling our mimosas

S
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The drinks were great and apps yummy. The fish tacos and carnitas were overcooked. The apps were amazing!

NM
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Food was just ok. Nothing special.

i
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Service was slow. Took them 10 mins to get us seated, for us to be at table that was for 2 people, it was 3 of us.

a
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

We had a very disappointing experience at this restaurant - service was very poor and the food mediocre at best.

J
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and an even better server. I found this place by accident and I’ll definitely go back next time I’m back in DC.

p
Washington DC
25 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

10/10 brunch!

J
Washington DC
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The experience was fantastic. People brought our group of 6 plate after plate of foods to share. My only complaint is the lack of any beers on the all you can drink menu.

OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing experience. The service and the food were the best.

B
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great brunch. Drinks are amazing. Wait staff is very helpful. Just wish they wrote down orders a bit more so they weren't delayed or forgotten.

J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall4food3service2ambience4

The food and drink service was pretty slow today, unusual for El Centro

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great for Sunday brunch. Bottomless is a great value and service is always timely and generous. Highly recommend for happy hour cocktails as well as for Sunday brunch.

DB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

The food an services was very good. We did the 2 person multi-course option. However the "substitution" for the the pork carnitas plate (since we don't eat pork) could have been something other than a larger portion of carne asada (which when it came out we questioned if it was indeed larger). We were more than full with all of the food, so we didn't raise the concern to our waitress. The margarita was very good, but a bit steep at $40 for the small carafe.

T
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My group had a great time. Only suggestion I would make is to have the frozen margaritas available.

PJ
Washington DC
26 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our second time at El Centro. Not as good as the first, although probably because it was a busy Friday rather than mid-week. Kitchen seemed to be inconsistent - the same dish ordered last time was completely different this time. Bar needs to up their spicy/heat game on micheladas. Still love the place.

CM
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food3service4ambience4

Rooftop dining. Attentive service, but overpriced for OKAY tacos - there are better tacos for a comparable price.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall1food3service1ambience3

Absolutely horrible service.

El Centro D.F. on 14th Street
Responded on October 17, 2019

We want to extend our sincerest apologies concerning all the issues that you have faced. We pride ourselves in maintaining the highest quality of service standards for our guests and our team clearly let you down. We would like to learn more about your situation and what exactly happened so that we can make things right. Please email me at guestrelations@richardsandoval.cm. We appreciate your feedback and will take this as an opportunity to continuously improve our operations and hospitality.

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OT
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food and all was fine, service was meh, there's no real dessert menu though so that was disappointing.

CW
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so good. I'd definitely go back. This was my second time going.

AS
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A friend and I came for the $39 bottomless brunch and it was amazing! I recommend the agua frescas. The food, our bartender and the atmosphere were superb. The only thing I'd say went wrong is the kitchen got backed up and forgot one of my dishes so the waiter had to put it back in and I ended up waiting an extra 30-45 min

C
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Great brunch spot! The service was good and the waitstaff is very attentive.

MM
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We were seated quickly but the downstairs was super dark and kind of loud, but not awful. Service was so so, it took a while to get our drinks and they kept giving us our food on big shareable plates rather than individually, even thought we ordered different things.

R
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience4

One of the dishes came out very late, so that person didn't get to eat with the rest of us.

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