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El Centro D.F. - Georgetown, Washington, DC

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

4.0
4
1594 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Mexican

Chef Richard Sandoval invites you to gather, dine and raise a glass at El Centro, D.F. Authentic Mexican comfort food and fine Tequilas are served in three vibrant spaces.

Reaching back to his roots, internationally acclaimed Chef Richard Sandoval created El Centro DF to introduce Washington DC to signature authentic Mexican flavors and traditional dishes that he grew up enjoying. The dynamic two-story restaurant in Georgetown, with a back patio, is also home to over 300 tequilas, mezcals alongside craft Mexican-inspired drinks.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Mexican, Mexican, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (202) 333-4100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Latinx or Hispanic

  • Executive chef

    Chef Richard Sandoval

  • Private party facilities

    Reaching back to his culinary roots, Chef Sandoval created El Centro DF to introduce Washington, D.C. to signature authentic Mexican flavors and traditional dishes that he grew up enjoying. The dynamic two-story restaurant in Georgetown, with back patio, is also the home to 200 tequilas and mezcals!

  • Private party contact

    DC Events Team: (888) 387-7245

  • Neighborhood

    Georgetown

  • Cross street

    M Street NW

  • Parking details

    There is both street parking and a public lot.

  • Public transit

    Just North of the intersection of Wisconsin Ave NW and M St NW.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Guacamole

  • Traditional$13.00

    avocado, tomato, onion, cilantro, chile serrano

    • Chesapeake Crab$18.00

      cilantro tartar sauce, pickled chilies, old bay tortilla chips

      • Chori-Queso$14.00

        melted oaxaca cheese, spicy pork chorizo, chile morita salsa

        • Esquites$14.00

          roasted corn, crema fresca, tajin chili, cotija cheese

          For The Table

          • Queso Fundido$12.00

            melted oaxaca and chihuahua cheese, chili morita salsa, flour tortillas

            • Cantina Nachos$12.00

              requeson cheese sauce, guacamole, crema fresca, black bean purée, pico de gallo, jalapeño

              • Quesadilla$11.00

                choice of: shrimp, hanger steak, chicken or carnitas + mexican cheese + pico de gallo + chipotle mayo + cilantro + crema fresca

                Soup & Salad

                • Tortilla Soup$9.00

                  avocado, crema fresca, chile guajillo, tortilla strips

                  • Chipotle BBQ Chicken Salad$16.00

                    grilled chicken breast, black beans, roasted corn, avocado, tortilla strips, panela cheese, cilantro-ranch dressing

                    Street Tacos

                    three tacos on corn or flour tortillas served with mexican rice and refried beans | flour tortillas available upon request

                    • Hanger Steak Tacos*$19.00

                      mexican blend cheese, onion, cilantro, arbol chile salsa

                      • Chicken Tinga Tacos$15.00

                        lettuce, pico de gallo, crema fresca

                        • Crispy Shrimp Tacos$18.00

                          chipotle slaw, pickled chilies, pineapple

                          • Al Pastor Tacos$16.00

                            adobo pork shoulder, grilled pineapple, onion, cilantro, salsa verde

                            • Mahi Mahi Tacos$19.00

                              adobo marinated, ají amarillo slaw, pineapple-chile salsa

                              • Mix & Match$19.00

                                choose any three street tacos

                                Enchiladas & Fajitas

                                served with mexican rice & refried beans

                                • Cheese Enchiladas$14.00

                                  cheese, crema fresca, lettuce, tomatillo sauce

                                  • Chicken Enchiladas$16.00

                                    tomatillo sauce, oaxaca cheese, lettuce, crema, pickled red onion

                                    • Chesapeake Enchiladas$23.00

                                      shrimp & crab, árbol chili sauce, avocado, creamy rice, sweet plantains

                                      • Achiote Hanger Steak Fajitas$25.00

                                        guacamole, crema fresca, pico de gallo, flour tortillas

                                        • Adobo Chicken Fajitas$22.00

                                          guacamole, crema fresca, pico de gallo, flour tortillas

                                          Chef's Specials

                                          • Chicken Zarape$22.00

                                            panela cheese, pico de gallo, zarape sauce, crema fresca, creamy white rice, black beans

                                            • Diablo Shrimp$23.00

                                              charred citrus marinated shrimp, chipotle sauce, grilled green onions, mexican rice

                                              • Carne Asada$27.00

                                                hanger steak, poblano rajas, refried beans, cheese enchilada, charred salsa

                                                Sides

                                                • Sweet Plantains$5.00

                                                  • Mexican Rice & Beans$5.00

                                                    Dessert

                                                    • Churros$8.00

                                                      cinnamon, sugar, cajeta, chocolate sauce

                                                      • Passion Fruit Flan$8.00

                                                        dulce de leche, berries compote

                                                        Last updated: April 26, 2022

                                                        What 1,594 people are saying

                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                        4.0
                                                        4 based on recent ratings
                                                        • 4.1Food
                                                        • 3.8Service
                                                        • 4Ambience
                                                        • 3.9Value

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                                                        1. M

                                                          Melsc

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined 3 days ago

                                                          overall3food2service2ambience3

                                                          Food was average, margaritas tasted like juice. Service wasn’t the best. Overall not worth it

                                                        2. D

                                                          Daniel

                                                          1 review

                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined 5 days ago

                                                          overall2food2service3ambience1

                                                          It smelled really bad on the inside (like a toilet) and they charged me 2 dollars extra for my margarita because it was “frozen” which wasn’t mentioned in the happy hour menu.

                                                        3. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Washington DC

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined 6 days ago

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Good, Great

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded 3 days ago

                                                          We love serving innovative, fresh, savory & authentic, upscale Mexican cuisine at El Centro! We're excited your visit with us was an unforgettable experience. We truly appreciate your 5 star rating,

                                                        4. CL

                                                          CrystalL

                                                          Richmond

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined 7 days ago

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Bottomless brunch was amazing had a max of 6 margaritas and couldn’t even finish the last plate but definitely made room for dessert.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded 3 days ago

                                                          You made our day...Thank you for your 5 star review! We're so glad to see that El Centro is a favorite of yours. We take pride in providing you with an experience that you'll remember - from the food, to the service, and so much more! Visit us again soon.

                                                        5. g

                                                          gaby

                                                          Washington DC

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on May 20, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great food and drinks, and awesome outside patio space.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded 3 days ago

                                                          We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience at El Centro. We put a lot of thought into every detail and it looks like it showed with your recent visit. Thank you so much for the 5 star recommendation!

                                                        6. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          London

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on May 18, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service4ambience4

                                                          Graduation

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded 7 days ago

                                                          Thank you for coming in to celebrate your graduation with us! We're so thrilled you enjoyed the delicious food, drinks and a true El Centro dining experience! Our team appreciates the 5 star rating and we look forward to your next visit with us!

                                                        7. F

                                                          Foodiefromtheburg

                                                          Tampa

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          3.0

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          Dined on May 18, 2022

                                                          overall3food3service5ambience3

                                                          Hostess was a bit condescending but the waiter, Daniel was very friendly and accommodating. Food was just okay. Presented well but taste was nothing to rave about. Drinks were mostly ice and the pork in the tacos was overly tough and chewy. Cooks were too heavy handed with the black bean purée in our nachos which basically made them soggy. Would likely not return.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded 7 days ago

                                                          Thank you for your feedback. We're disappointed to hear that you weren't satisfied with some of your menu selections. We take pride in the quality of our ingredients and we're always working hard to make sure that everything is served up fresh and flavorful. It's rare when we hear this type of feedback but we appreciate you sharing as it helps us improve going forward. Our team is grateful for the kind words for your server Daniel!

                                                        8. MR

                                                          MsRamsay

                                                          Washington DC

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          2.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                          overall2food2service2ambience3

                                                          I guess the bottomless brunch has changed for El Centro. I frequent the old 14th st location more than this one. Brining out everywhere on the menu didn’t serve myself and my party which in turn waste food. The menu always says enjoy for two hours but really u can only eat for 1hr and 30 min if u have a 2pm res. It just absolutely wasn’t worth it. The menu was also significantly reduced which I understand but the bring out food people possibly cant or wont eat seems like such a waste.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on May 16, 2022

                                                          Hello MsRamsay, We appreciate the feedback Our bottomless brunch is a highlight here at El Centro and it is highly unusual for a guest to have such a less than stellar experience with us! We take the quality of our food very seriously, and our team wants to show off the care, passion and expertise that goes into every dish you sampled! Everything we do is with you in mind. We hope to serve you again soon!

                                                        9. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New York Area

                                                          1 review

                                                          1.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on May 14, 2022

                                                          overall1food2service1ambience2

                                                          Horrible server. The server with short/shaved hair (supposedly venezuelan, not sure) did not want to be there. We had to ask 3 times before we could get our first drink after getting seated. Mad attitude the whole time too. It felt like we were bothering him or we had to beg him to serve us. Not to mention, it took 30 minutes to get drinks that are already premade and in pitcher already (magarita and mimosa) - all he had to do was pour them in the glass. The server was missing 90% of bottomless brunch. We literally had to call him or had someone call him for us to get service. Prioritized one table with 2 people sitting outside vs 6 of us in the table inside the first floor. He did everything to avoid us, talk to the bartender: go outside, go to the register, talk to the other servers, etc. He never even put in the order for churros, and when we asked him for it, he had the audacity to say the kitchen is close after being nowhere to be found for at least 30 minutes. We go here at least once a month for a get together, but most likely won’t be back after that shittyass service.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on May 16, 2022

                                                          Thank you for taking the time to review us. We are so disappointed to hear that you had a less than favorable experience with our service and that your server was not attentive to your group. We always strive for excellence and try to provide exceptional customer service. We appreciate your patronage and we hope you'll reconsider as we truly are committed to providing a 5 star experience for all of our guests.

                                                        10. AG

                                                          AlyG

                                                          1 review

                                                          1.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                          overall1food1service1ambience2

                                                          The food was dry and had no flavor. The drinks were more mix than anything else. I usually wouldn’t even care or bother to leave a review however the waitress was m.i.a the entire time.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on May 16, 2022

                                                          Hi Aly, we appreciate you taking the time to share with us. We take pride in our team's ability to provide excellent service, so we want to thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. We will be sure to pass on your feedback about your server. We take pride in the quality of our food and cocktails; always working hard to make sure that everything is served up fresh and flavorful. It's rare when we hear this type of feedback.

                                                        11. M

                                                          Mrhungry

                                                          Washington DC

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          2.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on May 11, 2022

                                                          overall2food3service1ambience3

                                                          Bad service, had to ask for water and napkins/silverware, they ran out of frozen margaritas for happy hour which is why I came there in the first place, and food was lukewarm/cold. Terrible!

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on May 16, 2022

                                                          Hello Mrhungry, it's not often we hear feedback like this. Our happy hour is truly a favorite, fun experience for all. Our servers do their best to take care of all of their guests as sometimes it gets extremely busy during happy hour. We appreciate your feedback though as it helps us learn and improve on how best to serve our guests. We hope you reconsider and give us another opportunity to serve you..

                                                        12. RD

                                                          RachelD

                                                          Western NC

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          2.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                          overall2food5service1ambience1

                                                          Food was phenomenal, but we were set by a cold door near the kitchen stairs, and our server came by our table to drop off water, take our order and we had to ask for the check. Got a very warm welcome from the person delivering the food, but otherwise it was terrible service.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on May 12, 2022

                                                          Hello Rachel! Thank you for your review and feedback about El Centro. It’s great to hear that your food was phenomenal! We're committed to providing a welcoming environment for our guests. Our customer satisfaction is a top priority, so we are disappointed that your server was less than stellar. We are grateful for your patience as we work to provide a better experience for your future visits with us.

                                                        13. AR

                                                          AlanR

                                                          New York Area

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service4ambience3

                                                          A little slow at the hostess stand, but they seemed understaffed. Once we were seated, our waitress was very friendly and attentive, but again, understaffed as she was waiting on several tables and mixing drinks as well. We ordered guacamole with corn, which was very good, but a bit sweet. Next time, we'll get the traditional guacamole. My wife had chicken tacos and I have the pork tacos. Both were excellent and three tacos was a very good sized meal. Also, the spicy margarita was outstanding.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on May 12, 2022

                                                          Hi Alan! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, we're so delighted we were able to provide a great experience for you. We're thrilled you enjoyed your excellent chicken and pork tacos. We agree ~ our spicy margarita is outstanding! Looking forward to your next visit with us.

                                                        14. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Washington DC

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on May 8, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service2ambience3

                                                          Overall food was good. Had bottomless brunch. Tacos were the best out of all the food. Mamosos tasted good, but not a great deal of alcohol in them. Service was ok. Waitress was hard to understand and was not really friendly. I don't think I saw anyone from the staff seem happy at all. Maybe it's because they had to work on mother's day.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on May 12, 2022

                                                          Thank you for coming in to celebrate Mothers Day with us! We're so thrilled you enjoyed our delicious tacos, and mimosa drinks! Our team works hard and appreciates the positive rating and we look forward to your next visit with us!

                                                        15. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Washington DC

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on May 6, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great food, drinks, and vibes!

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on May 16, 2022

                                                          Thank you for your 5 star review, we're so delighted we were able to provide a great experience for you. We always want our guests to feel excited and enjoy themselves when they visit El Centro! We're thrilled you enjoyed our excellent food, cocktails and great vibe. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to share your thoughts.

                                                        16. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New England

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          2.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                          overall2food2service3ambience2

                                                          No hostess downstairs as you enter and nobody was seated downstairs. No directions to go up to the second floor. Food was blah, tortilla soup was creamed ( bizarre orange color too). I can not recommend.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on May 5, 2022

                                                          Thank you so much for taking the time to share your feedback with us. We truly appreciate any comments we receive as it's a great way to gain insight on where we need some improvement concerning our reception. We take great effort in sourcing the best quality ingredients and providing an enjoyable experience. Our tortilla soup is a highlight for most guests ~ uniquely fresh and exceptional in flavor and one of our most popular menu options!

                                                        17. A

                                                          Alex

                                                          Houston

                                                          1 review

                                                          1.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on May 1, 2022

                                                          overall1food1service1ambience2

                                                          El Centro has gone downhill significantly. Overall, our experience was subpar. Bad service, uncooked food, and overall underwhelming. I’m not sure if they were severely understaffed or not but we saw our waiter twice (once to order and once to pay our bill). The steak was ordered medium and received closer to rare. The only positive was the chipotle salsa and the margaritas were cheap for Sunday Funday.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on May 5, 2022

                                                          Hello Alex, we're very surprised by your comment. It’s not typical of the feedback we hear from our many guests. We take pride in making our steaks flavorful, fresh, and prepared with care and expertise and we apologize if it was not prepared to your liking. We're happy to hear that you enjoyed chipotle salsa and the margaritas! We hope you reconsider and give us another opportunity to serve you

                                                        18. DS

                                                          DavidS

                                                          Washington DC

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          10 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          Nice to be back at El Centro. Glad that the food quality has stayed high.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 28, 2022

                                                          Hello David! Yes, indeed we put a lot of thought into every detail to provide an exceptional El Centro dining experience. Thank you for the positive rating and we can't wait to serve you again.

                                                        19. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Washington DC

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                          overall5food4service2ambience3

                                                          It was good except they gave us nachos without cheese, forgot one of the girls meals, and didn’t give water to half the table. But the drinks and food were delicious

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 28, 2022

                                                          Thank you for your 5 star rating! A lot of thought and care goes into every detail from our menu selections, handcrafted drinks, service and ambience at El Centro. Our servers are always striving to give an exceptional experience so we're looking forward to making your next visit with us perfect!

                                                        20. J

                                                          Jmo314

                                                          Treasure Coast

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          2.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                          overall2food2service1ambience2

                                                          Service terrible, food cold, disappointing

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 28, 2022

                                                          Hello Jmo314! We always strive for excellence and try to provide exceptional customer service and delicious Mexican cuisine. Our team hopes you'll reconsider another visit with us as we truly are committed to providing a 5 star experience for all of our guests.

                                                        21. BT

                                                          BenT

                                                          1 review

                                                          1.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                          overall1food2service1ambience1

                                                          Rats everywhere in the outside seating area. Avoid at all costs. 3 rats ran past out table and when I told the waitress about this, she responded with "you think thats bad you should see out back" and handed me the bill.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 25, 2022

                                                          Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. We're sorry to hear that you had a less than favorable experience with our restaurant We take our cleanliness and safety very seriously, and we adhere to restaurant protocols diligently so It's extremely rare for us to receive this type of feedback. We want to make sure that we address the issues you mentioned. Please email us directly at info@eatelcentro with your contact information and reservation number so we can follow-up on this matter.

                                                        22. SH

                                                          SarahH

                                                          Richmond

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                          overall4food5service5ambience2

                                                          The food was amazing but when I made the reservation I selected the option for outdoor seating, however the patio was completely tented with no open air or windows. I would have preferred to dine inside had I known that there was not truly an outdoor option and the ambiance on the tented patio was much less appealing.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 28, 2022

                                                          Thank you for your review, Sarah! We're so thrilled to hear you enjoyed your amazing food! We take the quality of our food very seriously, and we’re so pleased you enjoyed the dishes you sampled! We apologize for the unexpected outdoor seating arrangements. We appreciate your patronage and hope you give us another opportunity to serve you!

                                                        23. VO

                                                          VocalOne

                                                          Washington DC

                                                          18 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          2.0

                                                          18 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                          overall2food3service3ambience1

                                                          While the food was good, and the service passable, the real issue with the restaurant was that it is in disrepair. Poorly maintained and in need of many repairs and touch ups. Worst of all was the ladies room. We got to the restaurant just as they opened and I visited the ladies room within 5 min of being seated. The first stall’s toilet was clogged with water up to the rim, the second stall was completely out of toilet paper. Clearly they didn’t tend to the bathrooms the previous night at closing, nor prior to opening. Really gross.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 25, 2022

                                                          Hello VocalOne, Thank you for your feedback; we're so happy you enjoyed your food, however we're disappointed your service was less than expected. Our team is dedicated to following sanitary and cleaning protocols, and we apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention as it helps us make improvements going forward.

                                                        24. LM

                                                          LillyM

                                                          New York Area

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 18, 2022

                                                          overall5food4service5ambience4

                                                          We were visiting from out of town and found this restaurant online. The food was very good, service was excellent and it was a great location.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 23, 2022

                                                          Hello Lilly! We're so happy you found us. Thank you so much for your review of El Centro. We truly appreciate that you loved our food, fabulous service and ambience! We hope to see you again soon.

                                                        25. P

                                                          Perched

                                                          Washington DC

                                                          11 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          2.0

                                                          11 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 17, 2022

                                                          overall2food4service1ambience4

                                                          Service was awful. Took 45 minutes for server to take our order. Water was never refilled. Chips were never brought to table. Asked for “side of cheese” with order of tacos and was told “we don’t do that” Food was nicely prepared and tasted great. Unfortunately, the overall experience was ruined by terrible service.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 19, 2022

                                                          We're so happy to hear your food was nicely prepared and tasted great! We take the quality of our food very seriously, and we’re so pleased you enjoyed the dishes you sampled! Our servers do their best to take care of all of their guests and we apologize if your server did not meet expectations. We appreciate your feedback though as it helps us learn and improve on how best to serve our guests!

                                                        26. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Washington DC

                                                          1 review

                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 16, 2022

                                                          overall2food5service1ambience2

                                                          My friends and I had a larger party for a birthday brunch. Many of us did bottomless drinks and food while a few who weren’t drinking did bottomless food only. Service was slower. I didn’t like that we had to ask multiple times for refills and didn’t have any control over what food we got when but determined it was understandable due to our party size. When we got the check we realized we were overcharged almost immediately after getting the card back. We called our server over and pointed it out and she said “Oh I know” and fixed it. We were all shocked she knew about the error. We then were told our two hour time limit was up before we finished paying the second time. The whole situation seemed very sketchy and like they were trying to scam us.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 25, 2022

                                                          Thank you for sharing your feedback on your recent visit with us! Our bottomless brunch is truly a favorite, fun experience for all of our guests and we take great care in making your experience exceptional! We apologize that our efforts did not meet your expectations and there was a mix-up with your receipt, rest assured it was not intentional.

                                                        27. MC

                                                          MarcoC

                                                          Washington DC

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Carne asada medium rare

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 19, 2022

                                                          Hello Marco! You made our day...Thank you for your 5 star review! We're so glad to see that El Centro is a favorite of yours. Our Carne asada medium rare is uniquely fresh and exceptional in flavor and one of our most popular menu options. Thank you for sharing.

                                                        28. KG

                                                          KarenG

                                                          Miami

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          2.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 12, 2022

                                                          overall2food4service2ambience2

                                                          I do always go to taco Tuesday at El Centro in Georgetown, because I really love that place, and I have never had a bad experience. But tonight was not the case. First, the host was really mean, letting us know that we could not go inside because we needed a reservation and there were not spots available. By my surprise, I found a reservation on the app, and when I went to the restaurant I found at least 25 tables available. The restaurant was not busy at all. Then I asked to be moved to a different zone of the restaurant with a better light, And the host didn’t even look and she just said no, because the restaurant was busy. I stayed there for almost 2 hours and the reason was never full. I think her attitude was in the right one. The weather was really nice, helpful, and the food was good as always.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 19, 2022

                                                          We're disappointed to hear that your dining experience was not as enjoyable as it could have been, and we appreciate you taking the time to share with us. We take pride in our team's ability to provide excellent service, so we want to thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. We want every customer who comes through our doors to feel welcomed and comfortable. Please know that your opinion matters and we apologize that our team did not give a better impression of El Centro.

                                                        29. CS

                                                          ChrystalS

                                                          Baltimore

                                                          1 review

                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                          overall2food2service3ambience4

                                                          Not being able to select our food was just odd. What we did have was not that good. The drinks were plentiful, but tasted as if they contained no alcohol.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 12, 2022

                                                          Hi Crystal! Thank you for sharing your feedback on your recent visit with us! Our bottomless brunch is truly a favorite, fun experience for all of our guests. The menu helps us show off some of our most popular dishes! We take great care in crafting our drinks to be perfect for a variety of tastes, just let us know next time and we'll be happy to prepare your drink to your liking.

                                                        30. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          New York Area

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          2.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                          overall2food2service2ambience4

                                                          Unable to do bottomless unless our entire party wanted to drink. Limited to brunch menu only which did not have vegan options.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 12, 2022

                                                          Thank you for sharing your feedback on your recent visit with us! Our bottomless brunch is truly a favorite, fun experience for all of our guests. We do offer a specific menu for our bottomless brunch and we apologize for the inconvenience this may have caused. We appreciate your patience as we work to make improvements.

                                                        31. k

                                                          katekt

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                          overall3food3service4ambience4

                                                          Excellent service though the food wasn't super tasty. I wasn't expecting fine dining given that I was there for bottomless brunch, but several items tasted quite bland. The drinks were solid and kept flowing, so that was a plus.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 12, 2022

                                                          Hello Kate, We're surprised, our bottomless brunch is a popular experience for many of our guests! It's disappointing to hear our efforts did not meet your expectations. We're so happy you enjoyed the solid drinks and excellent service!

                                                        32. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          Richmond

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          3.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 10, 2022

                                                          overall3food2service4ambience4

                                                          I did not like the food or drinks much

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 12, 2022

                                                          Thank you for sharing. We take great pride in the quality of our delectable food, handcrafted drinks and great service! We hope you give us another chance to serve you!

                                                        33. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                          overall3food4service2ambience1

                                                          We went there on a Saturday evening with friends and their kids. The patio was very nice until a very drunk group of college kids came in and they were literally fighting and could barely stand up. We packed up and left because we couldn't even hear each other over them. Service was super slow and we got the wrong things too. I asked for my drink without ice, and got it with ice. I can't handle spice well and asked if the soup is spicy. Our waitress said no, but it was spicy. We got enchiladas that we didn't order for some reason... So a mess all in all. She honestly looked either hangover or stoned. And it is quite pricey too. The food was good but we won't be back anytime soon.

                                                        34. h

                                                          happyem123

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                          overall3food4service2ambience4

                                                          I came here on Saturday for my birthday brunch. We had a reservation at 2:15 and were not seated until 2:45 pm. Overall, the dining experience was good. Bottomless drinks and food were amazing for the price we paid. Definitely worth the money.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 12, 2022

                                                          Hello Happyem! We're thrilled you joined us to celebrate your birthday brunch. We appreciate your understanding the delay in seating. A lot of passion and expertise goes into preparing those delicious dishes you enjoyed and we’re so thrilled you had such a wonderful experience with us!

                                                        35. P

                                                          Playlist84

                                                          1 review

                                                          1.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                          overall1food4service1ambience3

                                                          We were celebrating Our 5th wedding anniversary however overall service was just poor. We understand our waiter was busy, but we were left completely ignored. We were in the patio section only 2 people, our waiter cared for and paid more attention to the other 2 groups of 20 people at the other tables. Our food was messed up we asked for silverware, ignored. It wasn’t until the gentleman bringing out the food who we then we had to re ask for silverware, had to apologize on behalf of our waiter. Terrible terrible experience, will not be visiting here again.

                                                        36. CN

                                                          CNFz

                                                          Washington DC

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          2.0

                                                          5 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 9, 2022

                                                          overall2food2service3ambience3

                                                          They don’t have coffee. A brunch without coffee!? Also no bloody Mary’s. Not great

                                                        37. TR

                                                          TheresaR

                                                          Minneapolis

                                                          1 review

                                                          1.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 8, 2022

                                                          overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                          The food was cold it was tasteless The restaurant was dirty and the service was awful

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 12, 2022

                                                          We are disappointed to hear that you had a less than stellar experience at El Centro. We are proud of the dishes we prepare and try to provide a variety of flavors to please all tastes We always strive for excellence in our restaurant so it's unusual when our menu selections and service do not meet expectations. We hope you'll reconsider as we truly are committed to providing an exceptional experience for all of our guests.

                                                        38. JB

                                                          JennB

                                                          Washington DC

                                                          1 review

                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                          overall2food4service2ambience2

                                                          Margaritas were bad. We had to send them back twice. Food was great but our table was outside and 4 of the heaters weren’t working. There was plenty of space to sit customers on the lower level, but that area was closed. In addition we walked in and there was no host to direct us to our table. very disappointing experience.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 12, 2022

                                                          Hello Jenn! Thank you for your review and feedback about El Centro. We're so happy you enjoyed your food. We're committed to providing a comfortable environment for our guests , and it's not intentional for the restaurant to be too cold. We appreciate your patronage and we are grateful for your patience as we work to provide a better experience for your future visits with us.

                                                        39. T

                                                          T7667

                                                          Baltimore

                                                          1 review

                                                          vip
                                                          2.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                          overall2food3service1ambience2

                                                          From beginning to end.... everything about the service was bad. The hostess should have been a dishwasher based on her welcoming attitude and lack of communication skills. Not to mention.... she walked thru the restaurant without any regard for anyone in her path including servers with trays of food. The waiter though nice, was inattentive and impossible to understand under his mask. The room was ice cold with heaters inoperative. When we moved to another table under a heater..... we were accosted by a manger who informed us that we needed to put our food in boxes and leave due to the fact our table was reserved for someone else. She then told us we can’t just move ourselves. She failed to know we were in fact moved by her staff and We had already asked for the check. The entire rude exchange was a waste of her time. It’s no wonder the staff is without any training or oversight. Hours later.... I’m still horrified by her lack of management Never again. Diner beware.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 8, 2022

                                                          We're disappointed to hear that your dining experience was not as enjoyable as it could have been, and we appreciate you taking the time to share with us. We take pride in our team's ability to provide excellent service, so we want to thank you for bringing this issue to our attention. Our goal is to always give our guests exceptional service and we apologize for the miscommunication and exchange with our manager.

                                                        40. a

                                                          ashy

                                                          1 review

                                                          1.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 3, 2022

                                                          overall1food1service1ambience1

                                                          The staff here is very unprofessional, we had a server walk away from our table while we were asking questions about the menu. The lady that was our main server was giving us attitude and getting frustrated for no reason. The staff just seemed like they did not want to be there.

                                                          El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on April 5, 2022

                                                          We’re disappointed to hear that our servers did not give a better impression of El Centro. We appreciate you bringing this to our attention as it helps us improve going forward. Our goal is always to provide an exceptional dining experience for all of our guests and we hope you reconsider and give us another opportunity to serve you..

                                                        Safety precautions

                                                        • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                                          • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                                          • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                                          • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                                          • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                                        • Protective equipment

                                                          • Waitstaff wear masks
                                                        • Screening

                                                          • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                                                        FAQs

                                                        You can order delivery directly from El Centro D.F. - Georgetown using the Order Online button. El Centro D.F. - Georgetown also offers delivery in partnership with Uber Eats. El Centro D.F. - Georgetown also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (202) 333-4100.

                                                        El Centro D.F. - Georgetown is rated 4 stars by 1594 OpenTable diners.

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                                                        Google Map for El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

                                                        1218 Wisconsin Ave. Washington, DC 20007

                                                        Additional information

                                                        • Cross street

                                                          M Street NW

                                                        • Neighborhood

                                                          Georgetown

                                                        • Hours of operation

                                                          Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                                        • Cuisines

                                                          Contemporary Mexican, Mexican, Comfort Food

                                                        • Dining style

                                                          Casual Dining

                                                        • Dress code

                                                          Smart Casual

                                                        • Parking details

                                                          There is both street parking and a public lot.

                                                        • Public transit

                                                          Just North of the intersection of Wisconsin Ave NW and M St NW.

                                                        • Payment options

                                                          AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                        • Owned/operated by

                                                          Latinx or Hispanic

                                                        • Executive chef

                                                          Chef Richard Sandoval

                                                        • Additional

                                                          Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dancing, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

                                                        • Phone number

                                                          (202) 333-4100

                                                        • Private party facilities

                                                          Reaching back to his culinary roots, Chef Sandoval created El Centro DF to introduce Washington, D.C. to signature authentic Mexican flavors and traditional dishes that he grew up enjoying. The dynamic two-story restaurant in Georgetown, with back patio, is also the home to 200 tequilas and mezcals!

                                                        • Private party contact

                                                          DC Events Team: (888) 387-7245

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