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About El Centro D.F. on 14th Street
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.
Washington, DC 20009
Mexican, Comfort Food, Contemporary Mexican
Hours of Operation:
Monday through Sunday
3:00 pm to 11:00 pm
Wednesday and Thursday: 11:00pm - 2:00am
Friday - Saturday: 11:00pm - 3:00am
Monday - Friday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm Siesta and Full Menu available
Saturday & Sunday: 3:00pm - 9:00pm Full Menu available
Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm
Two Hour Time limit per table
3:00pm - 7:00pm Monday through Friday (only available at the bar or the front section)
Swann St, NW
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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
Only Street Parking
U Street Metro Stop and all 14th Street bus lines.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Special Events & Promotions:
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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.
El Centro D.F. on 14th Street Ratings and Reviews
Our group of 4 was excited to try out brunch here for the first time but it was a huge let down. After we were seated and got our initial round of mimosas and food it was nearly impossible for us to get service. It felt like the whole brunch we were constantly waiting to order something else but no one ever stopped by our table. The waiter even apologized for the terrible service because he knew it was terrible. It would take 10 minutes for us to get the drinks we ordered and oftentimes would have to remind them what we had ordered (mimosas or margaritas... Nothing difficult). At one point we ordered nachos with just beans and cheese and they brought us tortilla chips sprinkled with powdered cheese. I'd never seen anything like it. We had fun because we enjoyed each other's company but it was hardly worth the $40 we paid for the lackluster service and minimal food and drinks. Would not recommend.
I feel very sad to write this review about El Centro on 14th. I've been going to El Centro for the past 4 years- between the food and unbelievably amazing family vibe I gotten from the staff & GM, it was my go-to. Now after this visit, not anymore. I notice the change in customer service and food last month on my birthday. As soon as I came in, I didn't see any familiar faces which was odd because I knew that most of my favorites worked Saturdays. I later learned that the GM Justin & staff are gone now. I've gone 3 times since and the quality of food has suffer, some dishes aren't available due to running out (which happened today), customer service & friendliness has disappeared. I fear its gonna be plain and boring like the Georgetown location.
Food was just okay. It was so loud. Even our waiter joked about the high noise level. Turn the music down. When dinning with friends, I actually liked to talk and hear them. The steam and smoke from kitchen was aggressive too. Their own tequila infused/home-made, watermelon margarita was excellent. 3/5.
Delicious for bottomless brunch. The drinks are great as was the food, really fun to get to try all of the different things on the menu. Service declined greatly as we got towards the end, food and drinks consistently took 15+ minutes and we only rarely saw our server.
The place was hopping with people five-deep at the bar when we arrived. With a concrete floor and metal everywhere the volume of the crowd was really too loud for dinner conversation. We wanted to get rooftop seating but a private party had that closed off.
What's happened to El Centro? Tacos mediocre. Definitely less flavor. AND they gave us a dark table in the dungeon when they knew that this was a celebratory brunch. NOT returning to this place when there are so much better, more authentic places now in DC. Pity. Appears that they are appealing to the crowd that only drinks. How pedestrian.
Not sure why this place had good ratings. We were sat at a two top right next to the bar and kept getting knocked by bar patrons. We had guacamole that literally tasted like nothing, salsa that tasted like tomato paste, and an order of seriously bland and fatty Barbacoa beef tacos. The meat was completely flavorless. We were given water when we arrived and each of us orders one drink. We were never offered refills of either. I would love to blame it on a busy night, but it wasn’t. Will not recommend or go back.
The tacos were amazing. The drinks delicious. The service perfect, there when we needed and not hovering when we were chatting. The churros were a fabulous finish to the spectacular boozy brunch. The perfect 21st birthday present.
Almost forgot, the bacon wrapped hot dog.....heaven!! Amazing flavors.
Went for an early dinner on sunday evening. Guacamole was good as was the free chips and salsa (especially the smoky salsa). Then things went a little south. Took a while to get margarita but it was large and not too bad. Got the mahi mahi tacos - lacked some flavor. Both myself and dining companion had issues with the taco tortillas - they broke when we bit into our tacos so had to use utensils to eat them. Would come back for happy hour appetizers and drinks, not sure about other food though.
Service was so so bad. We waiting about 15 minutes before the server came over to give us menus. Easily another 20 mins before our half pitcher of overly sweet margaritas were served. We almost got up and left (should have looking back) and finally our food came. The fajitas weren't even hot. Super disappointed. Won't be returning.
The best part of the meal was the salsas, which were creative and delicious. The tacos were good, but overpriced. The queso was good, but would have been better if served with sturdy chips instead of tortillas. My first margarita was good, but the second was overly sweet. The music was very loud and we found ourselves shouting across the table at each other.
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