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

El Centro D.F. - Georgetown

4.0
4
1644 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 47 times today

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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

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What 1,644 people are saying

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

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  1. BS

    BrittanyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bottomless brunch was amazing as always! The service was amazing as well. Such a fun and energetic atmosphere
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had such a wonderful time! Our waitress made the entire experience all the better and it was perfect for catching up with my best friends. Such a great new memory.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Georgetown legend George in Georgetown was a fantastic server! The decor was Georgeous! He was friendly and quick to refill drinks. The bottomless brunch is a great deal. We had a great time and will be returning!
  4. M

    Monty

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    If you're going for bottomless brunch, prepare to get lit. The food is cool, no complaints on that. It's a lot of food brought to you though so it's not hard to get full within the first 45 minutes of sitting down. But let's talk about the drinks. UNLIMITED & STRONG!! I recommend you opt of the mimosas and get you a few margaritas (no ice)...more bang for your buck. You'll get your money's worth FOR SURE and have a great time.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4
    The shrimp here made me and my friend sick. Overpriced for the what you get.
  6. GR

    GioRodri

    Washington DC

    23 reviews

    4.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    The last two times I’ve made reservations, my party has been assigned what I consider the worst seating in the restaurant - 1st floor, two different size, wobbly tables put together in the middle of everyone’s path and next to the bar. I didn’t complain back in November 2021 because the restaurant looked like it was fully booked for dinner, so we proceeded with our meal with a ton of interruptions, including drafts of cold air everytime someone opened the front door. We returned for brunch on July 31st, 2022, and the time, there’s plenty of available seating everywhere, so when the really nice host took us to our assigned wobbly tables, I asked him to seat us somewhere else. He asked me to wait a couple of minutes, and soon enough, he was taking us to the second floor for some of the best seating in the house. I thanked the host for his flexibility and consideration. Bad seating can sometimes ruin even the best food/service. Kudos to the brunch crew for their good spirits, efficiency, and excellent customer service.

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on August 1, 2022Hello Gio! Thank you for your fabulous feedback. Our goal is to always provide excellent hospitality and make people feel welcome in our restaurant. We're so happy your server was able to make accommodations and provide an extra special dining experience! We hope to serve you again soon.

  7. PL

    PoLo

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    good food for its price, slightly slow service but reasonable.
  8. F

    Fred

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Liked most places the service here has suffered. Our waiter got our order wrong and he took a long break in the middle of our dinner.
  9. HH

    HmH26

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were so helpful in changing our reservation after getting stuck in DC traffic. Jefferson was our server and he was so patient and friendly. We overstayed our reservation and were one of the last tables to leave after brunch and it was no problem!
  10. LM

    LinaM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Much much than I expected! Drinks we over the top and food was all fresh and tasty! The restaurant helped me with a request for my anniversary and everyone was super nice.

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on August 1, 2022Hello Lina! Thank you so much for your 5 star review for El Centro. We are so excited you celebrated your anniversary with us! We take pride in providing the perfect setting for such an awesome occasion and that our staff made it extra special!

  11. s

    sirerh

    Washington DC

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My birthday dinner with two friends

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on August 1, 2022We love, love. love your 5 star review and we're so glad to hear that you had a great time celebrating your birthday at El Centro! We’re so thrilled you had such a wonderful experience with us. Our team truly appreciates your 5 star rating!

  12. RP

    RachaelP

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We made a reservation for 6 people outdoors. When we got there, they said there was NO outdoor service and they were rude and dismissive. We had to leave and go elsewhere. I will not be coming back.
  13. S

    Soph

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had An amazing time!! Came here for my friends birthday brunch with a small group and we thoroughly enjoyed our time here. The staff was so kind and the floor space was beautiful and was the perfect location and environment!

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on August 1, 2022Hello Soph! Thank you for coming in to celebrate your brunch birthday with us! So delighted you enjoyed the absolutely phenomenal service, great food and ambience! Our team appreciates the 5 star rating and we look forward to your next visit with us!

  14. JG

    JorgeG

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall2food4service2ambience3
    Service was super slow despite the restaurant being not that crowded. Food was good but overall experience was not great

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on August 1, 2022Hello Jorge! We always strive for excellence in our restaurant so it's unusual when our service does not meet your expectations. We appreciate your patronage and your patience as we work to provide a better experience for your future visits with us.

  15. H

    Hbeeke

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall1food1service5ambience3
    Tasteless food.

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on August 1, 2022Hello Hbeeke, We're surprised by your comment. We take care and prepare each dish with expertise using high quality ingredients to provide a variety of flavors to please all tastes. We want all of our guests to enjoy their visit from start to finish. We hope you'll give us another try, as we are truly committed to providing a great experience for all of our happy guests.

  16. m

    mcps

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience2
    Food was great, service was good, they were really nice and gave us a treat for our anniversary. However, there was a huge rat walking around our table in several occasions and it ran off towards the bar and it was left there.
  17. RE

    RealEstateExec

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    It’s been a few years since I ate at El Centro. What a disappointment. Service was spotty, took 20 mins to get chips and a drink. Never got salsa. Chicken enchilada was dry and bland. Just a really bizarre dining experience.

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on July 20, 2022We’re disappointed to hear that our team 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 excellent dining experience for all of our guests and we hope you reconsider and give us another opportunity to serve you.

  18. AC

    ACM82

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience5
    very limited food options for brunch, only two types of plates. Good drink options, but only drank 1 because our server was never around to reorder. Our server was just horrible. But for the price of $39 for unlimited it's not too bad. I will return if it's a big group and against my wishes. But otherwise, I'll skip this place for brunch.

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on July 20, 2022We appreciate the feedback. Our bottomless brunch is a highlight here at El Centro and it is great to hear you enjoyed the value!. We take the quality of our food very seriously, and our team loves to show off the care, passion and expertise that goes into every dish you sampled! We truly apologize that your server did not provide a 5 star experience and we will work to make improvements for your future visits.

  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to visit DC for the weekend. Great restaurant!! Customer service & the food was great!!! Affordable as well.

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on August 1, 2022Thank you for your 5 star review. So delighted you enjoyed the excellent food, service and ambience at El Centro. Our menu options are uniquely fresh and exceptional in flavor and prepared with care, passion and expertise! Thank you for sharing, we're looking forward to your next visit!

  20. JG

    JessicaG

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    1.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Honestly possibly the worst service I’ve ever experienced. Waited over 30 minutes for our drinks and chips and guac. Drinks tasted like there was no tequila in them at all. When it started raining (we were seated outdoors), they screamed at us to get inside. We left our drinks and guac on the outdoor tables, and were charged for drinks to make up for the full glasses left outside. Once inside we still had to wait to order our food, but were given no menus. We were there for 2 hours for a meal and none of us could wait to leave. Food was fine but for the cost and service I would not return again.
  21. C

    Carolyn

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience1
    Sometimes paying a little more is worth it, the food is okay but the environment, tables and bathrooms is so run down

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on August 1, 2022Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback. 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. We appreciate your patience as we work to make improvements.

  22. A

    Ajay

    Washington DC

    117 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    117 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    It's been a few days since I went to El Centro, and I already don't remember it. That should tell you all you need to know. There was nothing wrong, and nothing that really stood out.

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on August 1, 2022Hello Ajay! Thank you for taking the time to review us. We find that our margaritas do that sometimes :) We're sad to hear that you had a less than stellar experience with us. We always strive for excellence in our restaurant so it's unusual when our food does not meet expectations. We hope you give us another opportunity to win you back.

  23. AS

    AnneS

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience1
    The quality of the brunch has decreased and their outdoor seating is sparse; out table was super tippy and no one offered to help us.

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on July 19, 2022Hello Anne, our servers are always striving to give an exceptional experience and we believe it was not intentional that your outdoor dining experience was uncomfortable. Please, next time just ask and we will be happy to move you to another table. We appreciate your patronage and hope you continue your brunch visits!

  24. g

    gw4au1

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent street tacos!

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on July 19, 2022Yes! We take care and prepare each dish with expertise using high quality ingredients to provide a variety of flavors to please your palate! Our street tacos are top notch. We appreciate the 5 star recommendation.

  25. H

    Hookfan

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience4
    Very loud. Excellent food but service was disappointing again.

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on July 19, 2022Hello Hookfan! El Centro is a hot spot so expect to hear people enjoying a good time! We take pride in serving the freshest, most diverse menu items for your enjoyment, so we're excited you enjoyed your excellent choices. Our servers strive to give an exceptional experience and we appreciate your patience as we work to make improvements.

  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love going to El Centro. Went for a co workers birthday and the servers went above and beyond to sing!!!

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on July 19, 2022Thank you for coming in to celebrate your co worker's birthday with us! We're so thrilled you enjoyed the delicious food, drinks and a true El Centro dining experience! We welcome the shoutout for your servers; we'll be sure to pass it on. Our team appreciates the 5 star rating and we look forward to your next visit with us!

  27. KM

    KMulligan

    New England

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Good Mexican food, very nice staff. We sat on the patio, as we had a service dog with us.

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on July 19, 2022Hello KMulligan! Thank you for taking the time to review El Centro! Your feedback is very important and we are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your experience from start to finish! It is our pleasure to serve you and look forward to seeing you again soon!

  28. AW

    AWEK

    Las Vegas

    87 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    87 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Service was slow, no water was served, no utensils provided until we asked, food was mediocre at best, mosquitos were killer on the patio which wasn't great. Overall I wouldn't go back

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on July 19, 2022Hello AWEK, we are disappointed and apologize if you felt the service was slow. Our goal is always to provide excellent hospitality and to provide a comfortable dining experience- We truly appreciate you sharing and bringing this to our attention as it helps us make improvements going forward.

  29. JJ

    JeanneJ

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Chicken tinga tacos were delicious

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on July 19, 2022Hi Jeanne! We appreciate the feedback. Our Chicken tinga tacos are a highlight here at El Centro and it is a pleasure to see that you had a stellar experience with us!

  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    I would not come back here. Our food was served on a hot plate…yet the food itself was cold. Both the tacos and enchiladas were this way along with the rice. The drinks were mediocre at best
  31. L

    Lauren

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Long wait time. The food was Ok. Really good location.
  32. H

    Hope

    Washington DC

    14 reviews

    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    I did not like the food. They had no guacamole. The service was fast and the waiter was kind
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing! Brunch was perfect and our waiter was amazing! Can’t beat it!
  34. p

    pchak

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Enjoyed our dinner yesterday, good food and friendly staff. We had some issues with getting our correct orders, but they were good about fixing the issue.
  35. RF

    RyanF

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was great, and you get a ton of food for the price!
  36. P

    Powerpuffdee

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Our waiter was great! Very accommodating with my being vegetarian. Delicious margaritas and food. It should be noted that the bottomless brunch price included one drink that can then be refilled endlessly.
  37. c

    codeine

    Washington DC

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall1food1service4ambience3
    The quality of food has really gone down hill over the years.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The worst culinary experience I have had in Washington DC. Terrible food, terrible service.
  39. CK

    CarolineK

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Corn guac is amazing, but the tacos were just okay.

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on June 21, 2022Hello Caroline! So delighted you enjoyed your visit with us! Our corn guac and tacos are always fresh and exceptional in flavor and some of our most popular menu options. Thank you for sharing.

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall1food3service1ambience3
    They never asked for our order. We only got attended to when we managed to get the servers attention. 2 guests showed up over an hour late and we still hadn’t ordered our entree

    El Centro D.F. - GeorgetownResponded on June 13, 2022We're disappointed to hear that your recent visit didn't live up to your expectations. We appreciate the time it took for you to share with us. We want to assure you that our food is always fresh, cooked-to-order and of the highest quality and our servers do their best to take care of all of their guests at our busiest times. We appreciate your patience as we work to provide a better experience for your future visits with us!

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 1644 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 47 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
  • Logo image for Uber Eats
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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