Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Washington, D.C. Area
  4. District of Columbia
  5. Penn Quarter
Centrolina, Washington, DC

Centrolina

4.6
4.6
1992 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Centrolina is an Italian restaurant and market, locally owned and operated by Chef Amy Brandwein, set in Washington’s CityCenterDC development. The Osteria showcases a seasonally driven menu of authentic and innovative Italian dishes offered for lunch and dinner. Chef Brandwein's menu is inspired from the seasons, Italian regionality and the wide variety of Chef curated product in the adjoining market.

The market showcases a selection of imported Italian specialty items along with locally sourced meat, sustainable fish, and produce from local farms. The Centrolina kitchen produces daily hand crafted fresh pasta and sauces, antipasti and entrees available for takeaway.

For parties of 7 people or more, we do require a prix-fixe menu, please email caroline@centrolinadc.com for additional information.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Private dining

Private dining

Book your next event with us

View details

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Fish, Farm-to-table
  • Hours of operation
    Market Hours Daily 10:00 am–8:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (202) 898-2426
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Amy Brandwein
  • Catering
    Available upon request - email Private Dining Director Caroline Millot at caroline@centrolinadc.com
  • Private party facilities
    Centrolina offers two fully private spaces available for Lunch and Dinner where we can accommodate anywhere from 6 to 30 guests for seated meals for business and social gatherings. For larger events of up to 125 guests, you can reserve our entire restaurant!
  • Private party contact
    Caroline Millot: (571) 527-6239
  • Neighborhood
    Penn Quarter
  • Cross street
    at 10th st between H st. & I st. NW
  • Parking details
    Valet Parking for City Center is located at 9th & I streets and 9th and H Streets respectively. <br /><br />Public Parking is available on 11th Street between H&I streets. The elevator will take you directly to the restaurant on Palmer Alley.
  • Public transit
    The Blue, Orange or Red lines stop at MetroCenter, just a few blocks away. The Yellow, Green and Red lines stop at Gallery Place–Chinatown, two blocks south east. A number of bus lines, as well as the Circulator Bus stop in front of CityCenterDC.<br /><br />For route, schedule and fare details, visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority website: www.wmata.com<br /><br />
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Chef's Table with Chef Amy & Chef Julie Cortes

    Jun 5, 2024 only
    Join us on June 5th at 7:00pm for our June Edition of Chef’s Table! @Chefamybdc is collaborating with Chef @juliecortess, head chef of Hiraya, to create a unique fine dining experience in front of your eyes cooking from the Private Showcase Kitchen! •$175 per person •4 course tasting menu - Drinks and gratuity are not included in the price •Parts of the proceeds will be donated to Chef Julie's Charity of Choice •Join us for a unique, one to one, experience.
    Chef's Table with Chef Amy & Chef Julie Cortes Photo

What 1,992 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

1,992 Reviews
  1. ScottL

    New York City

    65 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    65 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great atmosphere and friendly service. Food was excellent. Deserts fantastic. Unfortunately we sat down for 8pm and about 50% of the entrees were unavailable. Respect the flexibility of menu and constant update, but hard to experience a restaurant when you are so limited in options.

    Is this helpful?

  2. FlorenceW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was very slow, the portion sizes small, hence turned out to be expensive, although the taste was very good

    Is this helpful?

  3. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Friendly, knowledgable service and excellent food. I like that the chef Amy crafts a fresh menu with ingredients unique to that day to keep things interesting

    Is this helpful?

  4. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I have been here many times the last 6 years or so. The food is always superb and the service is great. We have never had a bad meal. This is definitely one our favorite places!

    Is this helpful?

  5. Scott

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing and innovative Italian food. Chef Amy Brandwein is a master at her craft. Highly recommend!

    Is this helpful?

  6. MCHill

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Michele the server was spot on and the food was fabulous - burrata with fig combination was better than the sum of its parts. Polpo was perfectly cooked and tender. Mare (seafood grill) was spectacular smokey and the braised kale brought it all together. Lastly the rabbit gnocchi was creamy and the lightest gnocchis we have ever tasted - cant wait to go back

    Is this helpful?

  7. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food. Although I was clear they we were there for my husband’s birthday ( I put it in the reservation not even a verbal “happy Birthday” from the waiter. The service was otherwise pleasant.

    Is this helpful?

  8. GaryC

    Orange County

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Pasta and cocktails were great. Branzino (whole) was overcooked and dry. Also not seasoned at all.

    Is this helpful?

  9. RobertJ

    Baltimore

    80 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    80 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience overall

    Is this helpful?

  10. SusanP

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service and a lovely setup for outdoor dining. One of our favorite restaurants.

    Is this helpful?

  11. oyac

    Atlanta Metro

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice overall but the fish were overcooked and dried out.

    Is this helpful?

  12. MCNguyen

    Washington DC

    75 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food and service. Outdoor seating is very nice. We will be back.

    Is this helpful?

  13. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loved the ambiance and the waiters were super nice! The food was exceptional. I’ll be back!

    Is this helpful?

  14. SaltLake17

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfection tastes so good. It was lovely to be outdoors with such beautiful food.

    Is this helpful?

  15. JudithK

    Washington DC

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on August 29, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love Centrolina. Food is always special. Attentive service and lovely ambiance. One of our “go to” restaurants

    Is this helpful?

  16. DflySis

    Chicago

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were fantastic. Service and wine recommendations by Goran were awesome. Had a great time. Will definitely come back.

    1 person found this helpful

  17. KatieD

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was outstanding, highly recommend!

    Is this helpful?

  18. Jorge

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Plates are reasonable size, filled with exceptional yums. Cocktails are also very well done. Space out tables are nice. Excellent date. Definitely will return.

    Is this helpful?

  19. Craig

    Washington DC

    1009 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    1009 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    EXCELLENT! An outstanding meal of the sablefish and the verde salad combined for a delicious meal. Great wine recommendation and quite likely the best service in DC.

    Is this helpful?

  20. TomK

    Washington DC

    59 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    59 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous!!! Every aspect. Food, service and setting!!!

    Is this helpful?

  21. Steve55

    Nashville

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was incredible.

    Is this helpful?

  22. GeorgeB

    New York City

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This is my 4th time to Centrolina and as always, it is wonderful. We had the burrata with figs and grilled octopus for appetizers. Wish we had had more. Flavors with the octopus were excellent. Then branzino and salmon. Both cooked perfectly. The fish was moist and delicate. The wine list is exceptional and not over priced. Nice to see some Sicilian wines on the menu.

    Is this helpful?

  23. traj

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good is impeccable. Ambiance is perfect. Highly recommend.

    Is this helpful?

  24. FrequentDiner

    New York City

    103 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2021

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was good, not great. Service was superior though

    Is this helpful?

  25. ScottJ

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Centrolina never disappoints. Great food and signature drinks.

    Is this helpful?

  26. KLDC

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This has been a favorite since it opened. They continue to meet high expectations even with all the post-covid challenges. Always first class.

    Is this helpful?

  27. WantWineWithThat

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome service from Tyler. Creative and incredibly tasty food. Interesting wine list.

    Is this helpful?

  28. Matt

    Washington DC

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Was very hot. AC was not working well

    Is this helpful?

  29. DCDiningLover

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We were 15 min late for an 8:45pm reservation. The hostess noted a table would be shortly available so we sat at the bar and got drinks to wait for the outdoor seating. The bartender and another host informed us that the kitchen would be closing soon so our best best was to go ahead and order our food at the bar. Shortly thereafter the initial hostess came back to let us know our table would be ready in a few minutes and if we could be all of our order in when we sat, the kitchen would accomodate us. Seemed that the communication between staff wasn't effective. The bartender also audibly berated a busboy in front of us, a little uncomfortable. We placed our order and then the waiter came back to let us know we were given the wrong menu so one of the items was not available. Once all of that was settled, we did enjoy the outdoor seating, the waiter was pleasant, and the food was above average in flavor and creativity.

    Is this helpful?

  30. Foodlover

    Washington DC

    33 reviews

    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Centrolina is one of our favorites! My husband and I we celebrating my birthday. The meal was delicious. Always meets our expectations.

    Is this helpful?

  31. louiethatdoodle

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service great food We enjoyed our date night

    Is this helpful?

  32. MaggieM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal and service. Fresh and creative food, and service and attentiveness that couldn’t be beat. First time there. Will definitely be back.

    Is this helpful?

  33. FoodieJ

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A great experience with fine Italian foods and drinks. I do recommend that place!

    Is this helpful?

  34. SallyK

    Washington DC

    46 reviews

    5.0

    46 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Both the food and the service were fantastic…thanks!

    Is this helpful?

  35. onpointm

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely as usual!

    Is this helpful?

  36. ChsC

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2021

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Slow service and noisy. Burrata appetizer was tasty, lamb main course was not cooked well. Touchless pay option was appreciated.

    Is this helpful?

  37. MaryR

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, wine, service and ambiance were excellent. The attention to detail was unbelievable. Will definitely be returning again soon!

    1 person found this helpful

  38. Craig

    Washington DC

    1009 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    1009 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely the best! Fantastic staff and chef’s team! Food is fresh and excellent.

    Is this helpful?

  39. MoMo

    Washington DC

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, atmosphere, and service! We enjoyed a late lunch here on a Saturday afternoon. It was very quiet; I can imagine there'd be a bit more buzz during dinnertime on the weekend and weeknights. Michele was our server—he was wonderful! Super accommodating and he let me practice my Italian and was very gracious and patient (and a good teacher, to boot!). Our drinks were tasty (Campari Spritz, Italian Derby). We ordered a couple of pasta dishes (fettuccine w/bolognese and pappardelle w/mushrooms), but then decided to share a piatto secondo because they looked so good! We shared the halibut, and I'm so glad we ordered it. All of the flavors were on point. We enjoyed gelati e sorbetti for dessert, as well as an amaro. This was our first time dining at Centrolina—and I see many more visits in the future! Definitely a place we'll bring friends and family to, to share wonderful food and experiences with. Grazie e ci vediamo!

    Is this helpful?

  40. MargreteS

    Washington DC

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2021

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fresh and delicious food with outstanding service.

    Is this helpful?

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Centrolina using the Order Online button. Centrolina also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 898-2426.

Centrolina is rated 4.6 stars by 1992 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 44 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Centrolina

974 Palmer Alley NW, Washington, DC 20001

Additional information

  • Cross street
    at 10th st between H st. &amp; I st. NW
  • Neighborhood
    Penn Quarter
  • Hours of operation
    Market Hours Daily 10:00 am–8:00 pm Lunch Mon–Sat 11:30 am–2:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Fish, Farm-to-table
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Valet Parking for City Center is located at 9th & I streets and 9th and H Streets respectively. <br /><br />Public Parking is available on 11th Street between H&I streets. The elevator will take you directly to the restaurant on Palmer Alley.
  • Public transit
    The Blue, Orange or Red lines stop at MetroCenter, just a few blocks away. The Yellow, Green and Red lines stop at Gallery Place–Chinatown, two blocks south east. A number of bus lines, as well as the Circulator Bus stop in front of CityCenterDC.For route, schedule and fare details, visit the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority website: www.wmata.com
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Asian and Pacific Islander, Latinx or Hispanic, LGBTQ+, Women
  • Executive chef
    Amy Brandwein
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (202) 898-2426
  • Catering
    Available upon request - email Private Dining Director Caroline Millot at caroline@centrolinadc.com
  • Private party facilities
    Centrolina offers two fully private spaces available for Lunch and Dinner where we can accommodate anywhere from 6 to 30 guests for seated meals for business and social gatherings. For larger events of up to 125 guests, you can reserve our entire restaurant!
  • Private party contact
    Caroline Millot: (571) 527-6239
Discover
OpenTable
  • About Us
  • Blog
  • Careers
  • Press
More
Businesses
  • Restaurant reservation software
  • Industry insights
  • Hospitality resources
  • Marketing resources
  • Operation resources
  • How to open a restaurant
  • For restaurants
  • For restaurant groups
Join us on
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
OpenTable Logo