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El Centro D.F. on 14th Street

4.3
1114 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Great for Brunch (22)
  • Casual (22)
  • Good for Groups (18)
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.


Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Comfort Food, Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
DINNER:
Monday through Sunday
3:00 pm to 11:00 pm

LATE NIGHT:
Wednesday and Thursday: 11:00pm - 2:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00pm - 3:00am

ROOFTOP MENU:
Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm Siesta and Full Menu available
Saturday & Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm Full Menu available

BRUNCH:
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Two Hour Time limit per table

HAPPY HOUR:
3:00pm - 7:00pm Monday through Friday (only available at the bar or the front section)
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Phone number
(202) 328-3131
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What 1114 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.2
food
3.9
service
4.1
ambience
4.0
value
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Baltimore)
5.0
Dined 2 days ago

The food was good, and the dancing was great!! Excellent spot!!

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Josie (Baltimore)
3.0
Dined on January 14, 2018

This was not my first time at El Centro , or this particular location. I often used to frequent this establishment because I liked their brunch deal. Over the years the service has gotten worse. The menu hasn’t been updated, which isn’t a bad thing bc the food is really good when it’s warm and you aren’t constantly waiting on it. Not sure if this is due to the fact that the restaurant was short staffed or just because our waiter wasn’t attentive but we had to ask for things multiple times before they were brought you, had to remind him constantly and would have anywhere from 20-35 mins before we saw our waiter again. While the food and the drinks are great the experience is ruined by lack of attentive staff.

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MichaelS (Washington DC)
3.0
Dined on January 14, 2018

I’ve been going to EL Centro DF for brunch every January for a number of years now and this will be my last year. The service was very slow. It took forever to get a drink order in and to get the check. Also, the food menu changed and a number of very good items are no longer on the menu. I sat upstairs for the first time and the noise level was too high for a pleasant brunch. I used to look forward to dining here and now I’ll have to find somewhere else for brunch.

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Ricardo (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined on January 14, 2018

My partner and I went there for dinner after reading soome review and lookikng at some pictures of the place and food.
We were exited to try the food a d drinks but honestly we were disappointed. We firts ordered some drinks. My husband had their version of mojito which is serve in a big glass to probably make it look like there is a lot of alchol in it but the sad truth is reveal on the first sip.
Then We order the Tinga Tamal as an appetizer; it was dry had very little flavor. The rest of the food was an average of flavors nothing memorable.
The service on the other hand was great. Our server was very friendly and was constantly checking on us to make sure we were doing well. When I asked her for some corn tortillas instead of flour tortillas, she immediately got then for me.
I think this place is good to be with friends and have some guacamole and bears not recommended if you want to have a good dinning experience.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0
Dined on January 14, 2018

I love El Centro. This is def Miami kind of Mexican food. Good drinks and food. After hours it turns into a party with great music.

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MCat (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

Best brunch deal in DC! Great food, great drinks, and great music. I can’t wait to go back!

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KNY1 (Washington DC)
4.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

The brunch menu looked really appetizing and offered a variety of dishes, however I thought the quality of the food could have been better. For example, the churros tasted oily and the beef sliders were nearly raw when served. The chicken quesadillas were delicious and the staff were very attentive.

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OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
4.0
Dined on January 7, 2018

Food was sophisticated even if portions were middling
House margaritas were excellent

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on January 6, 2018

Had been to the Georgetown location in the past, but not 14th Street. Aside from a bit of a wait on a reserved table and music that was a bit too loud (although the playlist was killer), it was a great experience. As far as brunches go - it was a phenomenal value and the food was superb. Service was great, speedy, and very helpful, especially considering it was a pretty packed dining room. Would definitely return.

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OpenTable Diner (Philadelphia)
5.0
Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and great service! The waiter didn’t let our glasses go empty and was very attentive of us! Food was so good and my personal fave was the carnitas tacos! Second time having brunch at El Centro and always a good time

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Mexican, Comfort Food, Contemporary Mexican
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Hours of operation
DINNER:
Monday through Sunday
3:00 pm to 11:00 pm

LATE NIGHT:
Wednesday and Thursday: 11:00pm - 2:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00pm - 3:00am

ROOFTOP MENU:
Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm Siesta and Full Menu available
Saturday & Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm Full Menu available

BRUNCH:
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Two Hour Time limit per table

HAPPY HOUR:
3:00pm - 7:00pm Monday through Friday (only available at the bar or the front section)
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Cross street
Swann St, NW
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(202) 328-3131
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Entertainment
Latin Thursdays
10 PM-2 AM | Every Thursday in the Tequileria Lounge
Salsa / Merengue / Bachata / Top 40 / Samba / and more
No cover | Dress to impress!
Rooftop HH Drinks 10pm-11pm
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Parking details
Only Street Parking
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Public transit
U Street Metro Stop and all 14th Street bus lines.
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Executive chef
Richard Sandoval
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Please contact Nora Bankert at nbankert@richardsandoval.com to book your table. We'll help you select times and menus just right for your gathering. We look forward to hearing from you!

Private Dining

Chef Sandoval, acclaimed as the Father of Modern Mexican Cuisine, invites you to gather, dine & raise a glass at El Centro DF. Authentic Mexican comfort food, signature Latin cocktails and a collection of 200 Tequilas are served in the vibrant spaces – the Taquerria, Tequilaria and open air Rooftop.

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