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El Centro D.F. on 14th Street

1139 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Casual (22)
  • Great for Brunch (21)
  • Fun (16)

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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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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Mexican, Comfort Food, Contemporary Mexican
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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 - 4:00pm
Two Hour Time limit per table

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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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Richard Sandoval
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Cross street
Swann St, NW
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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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All Night Happy Hour
Every Monday, 3pm-close

Taco Takedown Tuesday
$2 Taco specials all day, every Tuesday

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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Special events & promotions
Please contact Nora Bankert at to book your table. We'll help you select times and menus just right for your gathering. We look forward to hearing from you!
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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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What 1139 People Are Saying
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76% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Molovesfood (Baltimore)
4.0  Dined 17 hours ago

Even through the loud crazy night we didn’t regret going. The al pastor tacos and margaritas were amazing.

3.0  Dined 5 days ago

After going to EC for the past 3 years, it was quite a disappointment to be treated like cattle and thrown up into the bar where I had to engage the bartender for food after 10 min of waiting to find out that were servers for dinner and that I had to go back downstairs to see the girl who sent us upstairs to the no service bar area despite having a dinner reservation. I have never seen the restaurant so disorganized. Long story short, I contacted one of the managers who appeared the only responsible adult who did all he could do to make things right for my girlfriend and I.

He was a very good man.

3.0  Dined 5 days ago

The food was great! The spot was awesome. The downside was my girlfriend and I went there for her birthday, so of course I wanted everything to go well. Unfortunately, it didn’t. Every time we ordered food it would take 30-45 minutes for it to come out. The server was constantly getting our drink orders incorrect. The server checked up on us maybe 6 times the entire theee hours we were there. Whenever we had to remind our server about the fact that our food hasn’t come, she just kinda laughed about it then assured us it was coming out soon. The food was great, but I don’t plan on ever coming back here and recommending it to anyone.

vipOpenTable Diner (Raleigh)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

We were seated nearly an hour after our reservation time and then the kitchen kept losing our food orders and the bartender was very slow. Our waitress and the host were nice about it, but still pretty frustrating experience.

OpenTable Diner (Charleston)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

It was great! Music was fun! Food was delicious! Will definitely go back!

ajdl (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined 6 days ago

Amazing brunch deal and wonderful food, but packed and very noisy.

Foodie (Philadelphia)
5.0  Dined on February 16, 2018

The grilled pineapple margaritas are phenomenal!

vipOpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Great service, seated quickly, good food

vinoLove (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

We had a big party for a birthday and we had a great time!

HaliK (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

Went with my out-of-town best friend and sadly, somehow, I had also never been! It was amazing- the food was great, the happy hour prices on drinks were amazing, the drinks were on point, and the ambiance was lovely. The music was loud, so maybe don't take friend who want to have a serious conversation. But overall, it was wonderful.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
3.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

Very friendly server. Food good overall. However, several dishes like the Tortilla soup and Charro beans were way too salty.

OpenTable Diner (Washington DC)
5.0  Dined on February 3, 2018

It was great! The restaurant was overbooked and understaffed, but our servers were amazing and tried their hardest given the circumstances. Loved the food and the drinks were great!

DonClarendon (Houston)
1.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

Terrible bar tending. Passable food. Was better a few years ago, but not worth a visit these days.

OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

We ate upstairs, super great service from the bartender up there! Food came very fast and the bartender came to check on us often.

Padrino (Washington DC)
4.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

Went on a double date with friends. Plan was to have dinner and then stay to dance. Worked out well, but felt a bit rushed at the end of dinner as they needed to clear the tables to make room for the dance floor. All in all a good experience. Once dancing got started it was quite obvious there were quite a few younger patrons who were inebriated and bottles started breaking and alcohol being spilt on us and other dancers. Not fun, but not surprising either. Just a bit bummed it occurred at all. Need better screening at the door. Order the churros, so Delish!!