Centro Mexican Kitchen

4.3
169 reviews
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$30 and under
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Mexican
Located in the heart of downtown Boulder, Centro is your home for soulful, authentic Mexican cuisine. Centro’s kitchen takes you on a coast-to-coast culinary tour across Mexico, showcasing specialties from Jalisco, Baja, Veracruz, Yucatán, and Oaxaca. Behind the bar, the team mixes up your favorite margaritas and palomas, while the year-round patio offers Pearl Street’s best people watching.
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JG
Denver
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a fun dinner there on a Sat evening. We were able to sit on the covered patio, which was really nice. We had the Chile relleno and some shrimp tacos, both were very good. Our waitress, Brooke, was great...attentive but not too much so. The manager even stopped by and knew what I was drinking and offered to get me a refill. I love their chips (they are addictive), they have a hint of lime and just enough salt....AND they come complimentary, which was great! No complaints and will be back!

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Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

We thought we were going for HH as the web site stated. But were told HH ended at 3. No apologies

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MH
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

We had a reservation which explicitly said inside. What they don’t tell you is that regardless of how cold it gets, they have all the doors and windows open. So inside, outside, all feels the same. You can’t judge how cold a restaurant is by me because I am always cold. But even my husband who is never cold agreed it was freezing. I should state that we’d gotten one of those late afternoon storms that had blown in and the air temp was in the high 50’s. If it wasn’t 7:00 on a Saturday night, we would have gone somewhere else.
Onto the food...the chips and salsa were great! My husband had a steak dish that he loved! I got the carnitas and they were just okay. The sides were bland and so was the meat. Not bad, just not a lot of flavor.
This was our third time here over the course of several years. The first time, eh...second time great...this time, eh. The menu is fairly limited. What we had last time wasn’t on the menu anymore. Given how expensive it is for mediocre food and service, we probably won’t be back. Hard to beat Pasta Jays right across the street and The Med right around the corner.

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TR
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Had a great time at Centro! Loved our food and especially the outdoor patio! My wife is gluten free and she had no issues finding something delicious. The kitchen did make a mistake and make 1 of her 3 tacos with a flour tortilla, but they corrected it quickly and efficiently. Definitely recommend!

Centro Mexican Kitchen
Responded on June 2, 2019

I'm glad we were able to make things right for you! We have food for all the masses! Thanks for taking the time to leave us this great review! Kelley Nally Assistant General Manager

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RR
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Maybe it was just super busy because of Mother’s Day, but the service was slow and when we asked questions about the food the answer was rushed. If I’m spending $100 I expect someone who at least smiles. Food was supposed to be on the higher end of Mexican food, but really it just seemed like small portions that weren’t special. BUT the happy hour drinks were on point and I’ll definitely go back for drinks, chips and salsa. Sitting out on the patio makes the restaurant.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 5

Mothers Day

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1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Mother’s Day

Centro Mexican Kitchen
Responded on June 2, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us this great review! We hope to see you again soon! Kelley Nally Assistant General Manager

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K
Denver
23 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We have been going to Centro for years and this time decided to go for Mother's Day brunch. I usually have my tried and true breakfast (eggs etc) but I tried one of their signature dishes and it was SOOOO good. Plus a free mimosa for moms...what's not to love!

Centro Mexican Kitchen
Responded on May 27, 2019

Kimber, we are so glad you enjoyed your Mother's Day Brunch! We appreciate you taking the time to leave us this review! See you soon!

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N
Denver
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super fun dining experience at Centro. Great music great drinks and food. Great location for a birthday celebration.

Centro Mexican Kitchen
Responded on May 27, 2019

Nancy, thanks for this AMAZING review! Join us for Brunch on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am-2pm!

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MA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and good service! A favorite place to go!

Centro Mexican Kitchen
Responded on May 6, 2019

Thank you for taking the time to leave us this awesome review! Be sure to join us for Happy Hour all day Mondays and from 2-6pm Tuesday-Sunday!

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New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Easter dinner with family, actually an excellent brunch

Centro Mexican Kitchen
Responded on May 6, 2019

We are so glad you were able to join us for Easter Brunch and we're glad you had an excellent time! Thank you for taking the time to leave us this GREAT review! Kelley Nally Assistant General Manager

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SF
Cincinnati
21 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Yummy Mexican food. In a sea of restaurants, we picked well. This one was delicious, particularly the queso! Steak tacos were very, very good as was the Mexican rice. The tacos were large. Two will likely do the trick. My son ordered three and forced the third one down (steak, chicken and the best for last, shrimp) because it was so delicious!

Centro Mexican Kitchen
Responded on May 6, 2019

WOW! Thank you Susan for this incredible review! We are pretty fond of our Queso as well! Look forward to seeing you again soon! Kelley Nally Assistant General Manager

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SD
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service and food! We keep coming back!

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JG
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was great! Sitting outside in the sunshine on the lovely patio just made it that much better. Can't wait to go back!!!

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S
Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

We had a reservation for 5:45pm however they did not have a table available for us at that time. About 20 minutes later we were finally seated. Tried to transfer our bar tab to the table however the bartender told me I had to close out the tab verses transferring it. First time in my life I was not able to transfer a bar tab to my table.

Not sure what happen to the Centro Latin Kitchen, but the Mexican Kitchen has poor service with bad food. I will be surprised if it last more than 2 years.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 2

The main dishes came out before the appetizers which was really odd, but more odd than that was that half of our table’s food came out 15 minutes before the rest and still the main dishes were ahead of the apps for those people. We had a table for 5. The food was good, but nothing special.

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l
Tampa
9 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Such good food and the service was excellent! I would highly recommend!

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JM
Denver
45 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

What a fun place! We went for happy hour and everything was great. The menu has a nice variety of choices that are not familiar and creative. The queso being a great example.

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J
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 4

I've been going here for many years, starting back when it was Rhumba. We ate there Friday night with some friends and were not at all impressed by the entrées. Still a good place for chips, salsa, guac, and drinks.

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K
Denver
48 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quite a bit of food on the happy hour menu. Really good margarita!! Great happy hour prices.

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CC
Denver
15 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

A great happy hour experience. Solid drinks and legit tacos, queso and nachos. Such a great way to end the week.

Centro Mexican Kitchen
Responded on March 3, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the tome to leave a review. Happy to hear that you enjoyed the happy hour! We do happy hour all day on Monday's, come back and see us soon.

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FF
Denver
7 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and food. Love the drinks. Happy hour is a little lame- they substitute cheap liquor instead of just their regular beverages at a lower price, but overall still a great place.

Centro Mexican Kitchen
Responded on February 25, 2019

Hi, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review after your recent visit to Centro! Sincerely, Bobby Mitchell General Manager

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MB
Las Vegas
15 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a great place to gather with good friends for drinks and tasty treats. This time was no exception.
Love the queso fundido with chorizo - so good. Big fan of all the specialty tacos. And who doesn't like churros for dessert?
Happy hour deals are very good. $3 per taco. $4 drafts. Excellent mezcal selection.

Centro Mexican Kitchen
Responded on February 25, 2019

Hi Mark, Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a review. We do happy hour all day on Monday's. Come back and see us soon! Sincerely, Bobby Mitchell General Manager

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a
Denver
85 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The good news: great (warm) chips and wonderful sauce served with the shrimp tacos (though the tacos were a little fishy tasting). The bad news: our server gave us the wrong dessert (sorbet - too icy) and charged us for it. I remember there were more interesting taco options in the past. Now we prefer BarTaco, a few doors away.

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L
Denver
60 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This was our first time at Centro though we've lived here for over a decade; we'll definitely go back. The Mexican food was excellent and though the menu is more limited than say Rio Grande, there were good options for everyone. The service was attentive and excellent, and we really liked the food and drinks. It was not too expensive either.

Centro Mexican Kitchen
Responded on January 30, 2019

Hello my name is Bobby and I'm the General Manager at Centro. I would like to thank you for taking the time to write a review about your recent visit to Centro. I'm very happy to hear that you enjoyed the food and beverages. We do Happy hour all day on Mondays. Please come back and see us soon. Sincerely, Bobby Mitchell

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A
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

It's always good at Centro, but it used to be better. It seems like the taco options are fewer.
I have always loved the Zolo Caesar salad (no longer on their menu) so ordered the Caesar here hoping it was the salad I remember, but it was a fairly conventional Caesar without a hint of latin/mex/SW flavors - good in its own right, but still disappointing for a Big Red F restaurant.

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t
Denver
83 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Just not what we were in the mood for. A little bit too Americanized and not a great range of choices. Service was great and the place was busy, but not my fav.

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Denver
24 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A nice happy hour, limited menu but done well.

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K
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

The food was good. Our server was a little too busy to pay us much attention and there were a few service errors, such as mischarges. Howver, the manager was excellent.

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M
Tampa
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Great service and amazing fundido. The relleno was really good, the enchiladas were ok as was the carne asada.

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v
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a fan of Centro, it's the first place we send visitors to because we know they'll have a great meal and experience.

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1 review
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Great go-to restaurant in Boulder ✅

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Denver
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ever since I discovered Centro in Jan 2016, I have been back numerous times! The food is delicious. The combination of ingredients are unique and tasty. Love the chorizo and sweet potato tacos! Sounds strange but I'm glad I tried it. Every time I go back I get that! It's even on the Happy Hour menu, which is a great value.

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Denver
22 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was happy to find menu options that were interesting and not heavy. Centro offered a lively, casual atmosphere with excellent food.

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Denver
4 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time! We went for a special occasion and had several waiters and even the manager tell us our costumes were great. The manager even specifically thanked us for choosing Centro for our special occasion. I would absolutely go back again.

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Denver
23 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The cazuela with chorizo was delicious. Super affordable kids menu too. Really enjoyed ourselves.

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Denver
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2016
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

We went for Sunday brunch. Food was tasty. Nice atmosphere. Next time we'll try the outer dining area; covered but with natural light.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2016
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Centro is always a guaranteed upbeat experience. It's my go-to place for drinks and dinner with girls as well as casual date night with husband. Addicted to the margs: not too sweet and just enough tequila!

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Denver
5 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was really attentive without hovering and was very accommodating regarding my dairy allergy. Great deal for happy hour.

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Denver
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2016
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I've been to Snooze, the Buff, Lucile's, etc. many times but had never tried Centro. The ladies and I decided to try it because we heard about their brunch HH from 930am to 1130am. We will definitely be returning! I ordered the HH breakfast burrito for $6 which was huge and fantastic, and most of my table ordered the centro cazuelita, which seemed like a "healthier" option, and they all said was great (though I think some of them were jealous of my breakfast burrito). We also ordered the $4 fried bananas as an app for the table and those were outstanding. Cheap and delicious and good service, can't ask for better.

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