El Centro D.F. on 14th Street
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I went to El Centro on a Thursday night to have a solo dinner. It was a little awkward getting seated with lots of couples, but I did not feel lonely at least! The food - I ordered Tacos El Pastor. I've had better tacos elsewhere in D.C., but the pineapple did taste really fresh! The beans were great, and the rice seemed like it was heated up in the microwave instead of freshly cooked. I come from a place where Mexican food is really good and really cheap, so I was only a tad disappointed to only get 3 tacos for $14. All in all, it's a decent pleace. I'm sure it's also livelier on the weekends or when there is nicer weather. I went when it was raining. I give it a 7/10.
The food was excellent and it was fun to watch it being made if you sit at the bar.
The food is tasty wish reasonably sized well-priced portions. The dishes are traditional, not really modern Mexican.
Service is attentive. The restaurant has a buzz.
You can’t hear yourself think, it’s so noisy. Everywhere.
I eat at a lot of different places and love Mexican food, but this place didn’t cut it. Located nicely on 14th St. but other than that and the atmosphere inside of the place it was a very poor experience. There drinks were on the stronger side and when I went to order my girlfriend a different drink it was not allowed as it was a 1 drink at a time rule. The food was ok but not worth the prices especially when the service is sub par. For being rated a go to spot I can certainly say I would not recommend.
Amazing food! Great service. Dimly lit upstairs and nice for a night out.
Guacamole was yummy!! Also, love the pork taco with pineapple garnish.
I went here for Winter Restaurant Week :) It was such a good experience all around. The dishes came out in a very timely manner and altogether, allowing for adequate time between the courses. All the food was super good and there was an astounding amount of food provided for the price, I thought. All the dishes were great and the atmosphere of the place is super cool. The restaurant itself is so much bigger on the inside so that was a neat surprise. All the staff were super friendly, nice, and attentive. Everything was great all around.
The manager was rude, it was empty during restaurant week, and the food wasn't very good. Basically it was equivalent to a sit-down taco Bell. We won't be returning.
We were trying this restaurant for Restaurant Week 2019...and it was a disappointment.
Service was slow as a waitress walked by us several times without bringing us water or chips and salsa. The food was not good but the manger came over and apologized that we didn’t have a good experience. He even removed one meal from our bill.
Brunch was great! Great food and service
Great as always!!!!!
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.
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!
Steak fajita lacked salt and no salt was provided. Everything else was good.
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.
So fun. So amazing. Great vibes, great food, great drinks
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.
Great food and fast service! The margs are my favorite
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.
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.
Food and margaritas were very tasty!!
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.
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!
Tacos are amazing and the bacon guac may be the best guac I've ever had.
Yummy! Hair in my food. Would’ve eaten it all otherwise. Still so good
Delila was a lovely server, attentive and kind, and manager Alex was also gracious and overall the team took great care of us
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!
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
The drinks were great and apps yummy. The fish tacos and carnitas were overcooked. The apps were amazing!
Food was just ok. Nothing special.
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.
We had a very disappointing experience at this restaurant - service was very poor and the food mediocre at best.
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.
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.
Absolutely amazing experience. The service and the food were the best.
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.
The food and drink service was pretty slow today, unusual for El Centro
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.
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.