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El Centro D.F. on 14th Street

4.4
1176 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
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  • Great for Brunch
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
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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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 - 4:00pm
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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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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Neighborhood
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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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Entertainment
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 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!
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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 1176 People Are Saying
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4.1
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4.1
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined a day ago

YALL WERE AWESOME!

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Service was quite good, made us feel welcome when we were having a down day.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The staff at El Centro took such good care of our bachelorette party group! They moved us to a prime table location up on the roof, started the bride off with a free tequila shot on the house, and treated us all to a champagne toast after dinner. This is all in addition to their generally delicious food and fun atmosphere! Could not have asked for a better experience!

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3.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Pleased with location and time. Disappointed not to get to roof. Food delicious. The noise was a bit too high for us. Thanks.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

favorite place for shrimp tacos!

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1.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We were willing to tolerate the noise as we didn’t read about the ambience. But service was terrible. Food server forgot to put in our food order and part of our drink order. Obnoxious and trashy clientele. Only saving grace was the food server comped the couple drinks he did remember when we left.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We were given a 30-minute wait despite a reservation. The manager made it right by getting a round of drinks and appetizers!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

We really enjoyed the atmosphere. It was youngish and energetic. The food was excellent and very Contemporary Mexican. The staff was very service oriented and friendly.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Went there for bottomless brunch last Saturday, highly recommend it.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The waited took a while to refill our drinks toward the end.

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The food was pretty yummy. The service from Adriel, who is much more than an amazing bartender, will keep me coming back. He treats his guests with the utmost respect and offers an amazing fun experience.

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4.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Good food, decent service; the open roof with birds coming in was unexpected

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Aprils Fool's Brunch, chose the $35 all you can eat and drink option, and it was no trick. Started with Bloody Maria, spicy with enough tequila to know it was real. Moved on to soupa, thick with chicken and hominy--more of a Mexican stew than soup. The shrimp ceviche and the various tacos were all flavorful and distinctive; keeps you wanting to try more. Finished with another Bloody Maria for the road. A good selection and not one bad plate--a brunch first for me in DC.

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Great margaritas and excellent food. Very busy and a little pricey but overall very worth the price! Would and will return!

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4.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The food was good but we felt really rushed. We were only half way through an appetizer when our main course arrived. Recommend that you get your app before ordering a main course. Also, a small irritant , my husband doesn’t like guacamole and I wanted just a bit rather than a $12 amount. The server told me that I could get a small portion for $3 which I did. I was surprised to find out that my main dish came with guacamole so I had paid extra for something I didn’t need. Server was good - gave us free drink coupons for a return visit.

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2.0Dined on March 31, 2018

The service and food has gone downhill.

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1.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Horrible table on the top floor. Service was less than stellar.

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2.0Dined on March 29, 2018

One persons order was wrong and the correct order came out after the rest of us were finished. The restaurant did send a round of drinks as an apology that was nice.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Quick service! Good ambience

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

We got the 35$ all you can eat and drink brunch deal. All the food was excellent and the drinks were great, mixing and matching allowed as well. Our waitress was very attentive, especially for a busy brunch crowd. This is really a great deal for D.C. brunch. Highly recommend it. It is a bit loud in there, with music pretty high in volume, but that's to be expected in the area.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Always fun to come here with a group of friends because of the atmosphere and music. I recommend the Chile Relleno!

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5.0Dined on March 19, 2018

Solid spot for tacos, cocktails, and a good happy hour. Also a fun night life scene when they have dancing! I've been for taco tuesdays with a large group and they are always very willing to split checks.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

El Centro is a brunch favorite for my friends and I. Everything started off well but there had been an issue with kitchen about halfway through and almost everyone at my table was getting food but me. I addressed this with our waiter who could tell I was getting pretty upset. He went to find out what was going and and was quickly able to get the rest of the food out. They did a great job handling our issue and because of that I will keep coming back.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Great food, I’d appreciate more vegetarian/vegan options though.

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2.0Dined on March 11, 2018

service and brunch drinks were great but that was it. do not recommend food.

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1.0Dined on March 10, 2018

Service was slow, drinks were horrible and food had to be sent back. Don’t waste you’re. Go somewhere else !!!!

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4.0Dined on March 10, 2018

The food was vibrant with taste. The noise level is a bit too high because people have to yell to be heard.

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2.0Dined on March 7, 2018

Nice place, food is ok ...but they play the music way to loud! You can’t even hear the people at your table. Would pass if you plan on talking with your neighbor.

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5.0Dined on March 6, 2018

Best Mexican food on the DC area!

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5.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Great time, great service, great options on the limitless brunch! Fresca drinks ftw

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4.0Dined on February 28, 2018

Our server Leo was awesome! It was taco Tuesday and they were $2 tacos (1 taco) all night! We ordered tacos, Margaritas, and Guacamole! Every was great. Our guacamole was spicy as hell but that's because we ordered spicy! Lol next time we will order the regular one. It was still good. Leo said he made the guacamole himself 🙂

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Great night with a fantastic waiter who helped us navigate the menu.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

The server was amazing. The food was amazing. We love El Centro!

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1.0Dined on February 24, 2018

We had a very poor dining experience at El Centro for brunch which was disappointing because we had such a great experience the first time around we decided to come back. Our waiter was extremely slow, inattentive, slow, and rude. We had to order items several times before actually receiving them and often times when we did they were cold. We each left her a not so generous tip and were scolded by her for doing so. I normally am understanding of the stress that comes with busy days and the importance of tips however the service was absolutely unacceptable and we definitely did not get our money’s worth at all — not because we did not order food or drinks but because when we did she did not deliver.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Loved brunch at El Centro! The bottomless option was affordable, with great options and included the drinks! I love the vibe that this place gave. Will definitely be coming back soon!!

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3.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Overall very unhappy with this past experience at el centro. The food is always good, however the service was terrible. We were seated at a table upstairs basically at the bar and the music was so loud no one could even talk. We also didn’t have a designated waiter. Took forever to get a chip refill or even drinks. We didn’t get any water refilled. Then we were told it was going to be turned into a dance floor which was fine but no one would bring the check. So many diff people helped us i don’t even know who ended up with the tip. Overall it was not what i would have hoped for my 30th bday. I don’t know if I’ll be back.

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4.0Dined on February 23, 2018

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

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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3.0Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

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