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El Centro D.F.

1819 14th Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20009

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(202) 328-3131


  • Monday: 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
  • Tuesday: 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
  • Wednesday: 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
  • Thursday: 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
  • Friday: 5:00 pm - 2:30 am
  • Saturday: 5:00 pm - 2:30 am
  • Sunday: 5:00 pm - 2:00 am

Cuisine: Mexican Restaurants

4.4 of 5.0 from 143 reviews

price range:$11 to $25


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El Centro D.F. Reviews

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  • Amy C.$35 bottomless brunch. All you can drink AND all you can eat. Also, get the El Centro dog.

    55555 by Amy C.

  • Brent GatewoodWill be back! First REAL Mexican hot dog since Tucson. Sat at bar by kitchen, hot but worth it.

    55555 by Brent Gatewood

  • Sophia JCool, almost divey/hipster place with a good dance floor (and friendly crowds!)

    55555 by Sophia J

  • Trevor PEnchilada plates on the pricey side but have a great deal on margaritas during happy hour

    55555 by Trevor P

  • Mimi N.Lots of margarita options and tacos! Good food and fun dance floor (wed-sun). Churros are also pretty good.

    55555 by Mimi N.

  • Alexa Jane D.Bottomless brunch on the roof! Egg & cheese taco + churros = 👌 brunch

    55555 by Alexa Jane D.

  • Rapiszal Ptacos menatang apa tah bedal je la

    55555 by Rapiszal P

  • Sharlia L.Amazing food!!! Love the pork tacos!

    55555 by Sharlia L.

  • Josh H.Fun place for drinks. Go to the rooftop area for a better time.

    55555 by Josh H.

  • Brendan KDecent tacos & nice rooftop bar. Brunch is ok and only worth it if you go w the $35 unlimited option. Otherwise the a la carte items are very small and overpriced.

    55555 by Brendan K

  • Ramez K.Happy hour, service and food

    55555 by Ramez K.

  • Joaquin PBrunch is worth your money!!

    55555 by Joaquin P

  • Jessica PlacenciaTacos so yum

    55555 by Jessica Placencia

  • Christopher FlossHas to be D.C.'s best Mexican restaurant. The guacamole is a great appetizer. The chicken fajitas are outstanding!

    55555 by Christopher Floss

  • Andrea MartinezWant to hear some Latin music ? Perfect place for that and meet Latinos 😃

    55555 by Andrea Martinez

  • Ana Marie 💃Great option for Mexican on 14th street

    55555 by Ana Marie 💃

  • Ryan K.Almost consider this an old standby on 14th now. Never had a bad time. Get a mojito, some chips, and churros if anyone asks.

    55555 by Ryan K.

  • Sandra RubinchikHead down to the basement for a little untz untz untz.

    33333 by Sandra Rubinchik

  • Morgan T.Bottomless brunch is good. The drinks are good too.

    55555 by Morgan T.

  • Morgan T.This place is always a party. It turns into a club on Friday nights, come early to have tacos and margaritas to avoid the line. Bottomless brunch is legit.

    55555 by Morgan T.

  • Juan HuayllaGreat spot, dance floors, good food, good drinks, and great looking girls..at least the nights I have been there. Brunch is really good, and great tequila.

    55555 by Juan Huaylla

  • Amanda OkeeeWe love rosa!! She's the best server ever.

    55555 by Amanda Okeee

  • deenuhfoowadtheir unlimited brunch is SO worth it!

    55555 by deenuhfoowad

  • Mary-Katherine M.Bottomless brunch - just go straight down the menu. Margaritas are what they do best, even at 11AM.

    55555 by Mary-Katherine M.

  • Heather I.Check this place out on taco Tuesdays to take advantage of $2.00 chef special tacos

    55555 by Heather I.

  • Zara KhanNot a big fan of fish tacos but the ones here were pretty good. Other than that the nachos tasted funky.

    33333 by Zara Khan

  • Adam B.Do not go for restaurant week. No Baja tacos on the menu, and they will not serve food outside the RW menu. Give the people what they want!

    33333 by Adam B.

  • Sonja S.Tacos and margaritas at happy hour

    55555 by Sonja S.

  • Mariuxi TBrunch for $35 all you can drink and eat!

    55555 by Mariuxi T

  • Nik N.Such good lunch specials... Just be sure to decide before you eat too many chips.

    55555 by Nik N.

  • Sanna HMargaritas in the rooftop bar!

    55555 by Sanna H

  • Matt B.$4 margaritas with chile salt during happy hour are great

    55555 by Matt B.

  • Kendra W.Good restaurant with good tacos. Inside is a bit smoky because it is an open kitchen. The waitstaff is SUPER attentive. The Chips with the salsa were amazing - home made tortilla chips!

    55555 by Kendra W.

  • Eli YokleyGet the guac! Incredible product.

    55555 by Eli Yokley

  • Charles N.Spicy mango margarita.

    55555 by Charles N.

  • Gustavo Bal pastor tacos! 🙌

    55555 by Gustavo B

  • Andrew W.Apparently you can't wear baseball hats? That's weird

    22222 by Andrew W.

  • Charles O.If it's cold and rainy make sure you don't sit upstairs this is unsuitable for dining ! in the Sunday manager on March 30, 2014 would not move our table it was a mess!

    22222 by Charles O.

  • Chad S.Bring earplugs. It's full of screeching Jennifers

    22222 by Chad S.

  • Philip H.Your enjoyment of El Centro is largely proportionate to your enjoyment of tequila.

    55555 by Philip H.

  • Kimberly D.Cucumber watermelon infused tequila y guacamole por favor

    55555 by Kimberly D.

  • Katherine K.Bottomless Brunch is a Mexican food lovers dream! Surprisingly good service as well!

    55555 by Katherine K.

  • Cheyenne T.Conchinta Pibil tacos...you won't regret it. Bonus points for being open late on a Sunday.

    55555 by Cheyenne T.

  • Rorie B.Love this place!! Food is delicious and great atmosphere. I had the chicken enchiladas with seasoned black beans and rice. Best Mexican food i have had in a long time.

    55555 by Rorie B.

  • Janet J.Avoid the below ground Leverkusen seating. Just okay for me though. Not that exciting.

    33333 by Janet J.

  • Gary S.Enough with the small plates DC!!

    33333 by Gary S.

  • Jenn O.mango margarita and pork carnitas were amazing! highly recommend!!!

    55555 by Jenn O.

  • Kaitlin T.Ask for Jorge as you waiter ..,he keeps the mimosas flowing

    55555 by Kaitlin T.

  • Hayley P.Beef brisket enchilada was excellent!

    55555 by Hayley P.

  • Justin S.this must be the best place, to get a taste of Mexico City, in your nations capital

    55555 by Justin S.

  • Ceci A.On Thursdays, women free drinks + less people + Latin music = better

    55555 by Ceci A.

  • Philip C.Try the spicy marg. killer! Do the tasting flight for $75 and find out what you have been missing.

    55555 by Philip C.

  • Ceci A.Deja bastante q desear. Horrible!

    11111 by Ceci A.

  • Cyndi J.This place is great very nice people has great food

    55555 by Cyndi J.

  • Niara P.Order the Mexican French Toast - its delicious!

    55555 by Niara P.

  • Adelaja O.I think they completely forgot that we even ordered anything cus we've been waiting for what seems like forever. WTF?!

    22222 by Adelaja O.

  • Kit W.Do NOT go for mixed drinks...watered down, too sweet and altogether gross. Food is good tho

    22222 by Kit W.

  • Terry C.The bartender was such a jerk that after our first drink we paid and left instead of ordering food, as we had intended.

    11111 by Terry C.

  • ThePurplePassport.comThe latest in chef Richard Sandoval’s string of trendy Mexican spots is this funky lounge/restaurant near perennially hip U Street.

    55555 by ThePurplePassport.com

  • Joel S.Worst fake Mexican spot in the whole city. You would do better going anywhere else.

    33333 by Joel S.

  • ThrillistThe first floor houses the Taqueria, where sit-down or to-go options include tacos from the standardly mouth-watering (al pastor, carnitas) to the intriguing (beef tongue, grilled nopal cactus).

    55555 by Thrillist

  • Ryan R.Go for $2 Taco Tuesday but make sure you understand the waiters accent. Asked the waitress if Chicken Tinga was $2, she said yes but charged me full price and said no it wasn't. Stiffed her.

    22222 by Ryan R.

  • Jorge C.The grilled steak tacos were great!

    55555 by Jorge C.

  • David W.Worst bathrooms ever!

    11111 by David W.

  • ThePurplePassport.comEach level provides a different ambiance...festive night of drinks w/ friends up at the rooftop bar, a casual late-night eat in the taqueria, or date-night dinner downstairs in the tequileria.

    55555 by ThePurplePassport.com

  • Max F.bottomless brunch is like stealing. Unlimited food AND alcohol. Too good to be true

    55555 by Max F.

  • Bhargav S.Sit down and enjoy drink and meal, and then party downstairs!!

    55555 by Bhargav S.

  • Andrew W.Did you know? El Centro is Spanish for "the centro"

    33333 by Andrew W.

  • Andrew W.Try the moo goo gai pan, it's delicious

    55555 by Andrew W.

  • Janine B.Intense love for this happy hour...especially on Tuesday for the cheaper tacos!

    55555 by Janine B.

  • Rob S.I forgot I don't like the food

    22222 by Rob S.

  • Saïd M.Only place in dc that I know to carry Tequila Ocho. Smooth & refreshing.

    55555 by Saïd M.

  • Jennifer H.Service is terrible for brunch.

    22222 by Jennifer H.

  • Emily H.Get the churros and chocolate/caramel dessert. You won't regret it.

    55555 by Emily H.

  • Amy L.If you don't have ALL DAY don't come here for brunch. This place is insanely slow. Sit at the bar if you want any service.

    33333 by Amy L.

  • Jacob H.Don't be afraid of the cactus.

    33333 by Jacob H.

  • Jessica L.Mexican French toast forever

    55555 by Jessica L.

  • Madison L.Fun place and good food, the service was lacking the last time I was there.

    33333 by Madison L.

  • KentGuacamole, Shrimp Ceviche, and Al Pastor Tacos. You will not be disappointed.

    55555 by Kent

  • Dave S.The basement is amazing!

    55555 by Dave S.

  • Behrad B.Must try the bottomless brunch. I recommend the lengua, carnitas and egg & chorizo tacos!

    55555 by Behrad B.

  • Drew M.Chicken Zarapa (entree) is leaps ahead of everything else on the menu... No small feat. Order it! Best dish I've had in years.

    55555 by Drew M.

  • Nick R.The tequileria is in the basement. Ask for seating there. The ambience is totally different.

    33333 by Nick R.

  • Lauren F.Rooftop for a classier evening; basement for an all out dance party.

    55555 by Lauren F.

  • David K.Kill yourself if you think this is how to spend a weekend night. Go back to Virginia.

    55555 by David K.

  • cameronTacos, margs & a roof deck.

    55555 by cameron

  • Warren R.Go to Joel drinks are super strong he is the 6'2" African American guy. Always partying.

    55555 by Warren R.

  • Boyd B.Great food, but unfriendly staff. #fail

    33333 by Boyd B.

  • Holly F.The hostess needs an attitude adjustment

    11111 by Holly F.

  • Kimberly A.Try the Red & Smoky - it's such a spicy, refreshing drink! Pairs nicely with the fish tacos.

    55555 by Kimberly A.

  • Zeke S.rooftop happy hour with $4 margaritas and Mexican beers from 5 to 7 daily

    55555 by Zeke S.

  • V G.The Thursday night ladies night is so live! Free margaritas and rail drinks for ladies from 11-12 and all the Latin music and reggaeton you can handle - great party!

    55555 by V G.

  • Alberto V.4$ margaritas daily from 5-7

    55555 by Alberto V.

  • Toya C.Get the BBQ chicken salad!

    55555 by Toya C.

  • K J.The food was great but the waitress I had was extremely inattentive and when she was there, she acted inconvenienced by us being seated in her section.

    11111 by K J.

  • GABRIELA M.brunch dessert: mexican french toast TO DIE FOR. you will not regret it. $2 dollar taco tuesday: carnitas and nopal tacos.

    55555 by GABRIELA M.

  • Liza G.Love the soles!!

    55555 by Liza G.

  • GABRIELA M.Try the paloma!!! BEST DRINK EVER! and joel is the best bartender!

    55555 by GABRIELA M.

  • Wandering J.DJ Ivan spins here

    55555 by Wandering J.

  • Wandering J.Thrs night, ladies drink free!

    55555 by Wandering J.

  • ShesSavvy ..Go on Mondays at 6:00 for their weekly Tequila Tastings. Only $10 and you get to sample several, plus you get chips & salsa.

    55555 by ShesSavvy ..

  • ShesSavvy ..Make sure you ask for Sammy, the bartender. He's usually there every day except Wed. He's knows his tequila!

    55555 by ShesSavvy ..

  • Brian A.A raging dance floor in the basement

    22222 by Brian A.

  • Graham L.Watch out if you start eating at 10 or any later: the entire place turns into a fairly wild dance club at 11. And you will awkwardly be sitting eating in the middle of it.

    33333 by Graham L.

  • ArdvaarkTry a Margarita In A Can — it tastes like Mountain Dew spiked with tequila! Yum!

    33333 by Ardvaark

  • Alanna C.Take a flight!

    55555 by Alanna C.

  • Brunch and the CityGreat bottomless brunch speacial: $35 all you can eat and drink, including unlimited Michilada, Bloody Maria and choice of seasonal Aqua Fresca Cocktails

    55555 by Brunch and the City

  • Alanna C.Get the enchiladas

    33333 by Alanna C.

  • Glenn C.Nice place.. a lil pricey but the tequila selection is amazing. The server naudia was great and knew her tequila..

    55555 by Glenn C.

  • Naptown ♫.The three-level Mexican restaurant has a lively rooftop bar serving an extensive selection of tequila and a full bar.

    55555 by Naptown ♫.

  • Ryan N.Mick or nick? The manager is top notch.

    55555 by Ryan N.

  • Bitches Who B.Bitches say A+! A great bottomless/endless brunch in a great atmosphere with stellar service. Doesn’t get better than that

    55555 by Bitches Who B.

  • Michael A.Best tequila selection in dc! Tequila bad is delightfully dungeon like!

    55555 by Michael A.

  • Behrad B.Must try the brunch! They'll keep filling you glasses and bringing out plates until you can't move! Great food and great service!

    55555 by Behrad B.

  • Veronica S.Brunch is a great deal: ayc eat and drink for 35 bucks :)

    55555 by Veronica S.

  • Eric W.Grrrr the Red and Smoky

    33333 by Eric W.

  • Alexis R.Peanut allergies beware -- the Pork Pipian is made with a peanut sauce, but is not listed as such on the menu.

    33333 by Alexis R.

  • Amy J.TERRIBLE customer service--rude and unapologetic. Made to feel stupid for asking for a coke them received it in a FILTHY dirty glass that looked like it came straight from the bus tub.

    11111 by Amy J.

  • Carlos R.Great rooftop!

    55555 by Carlos R.

  • Anna J.Get tacos for brunch (I had bean + cheese/guajillo chili. Both =fantastic) Delicious scrambled eggs plus perfect salsa, washed down with pineapple agua fresca. This is your new weekend spot, trust me.

    55555 by Anna J.

  • Maria S.Xlnt tequilas!

    55555 by Maria S.

  • Leontyne W.Chicken enchiladas are good, a bit overprice but good.

    55555 by Leontyne W.

  • Sila D.Mexican mojito has tequila instead of the usual rum... much better than your average.

    55555 by Sila D.

  • Anna J.Cheese enchiladas make me quiver with joy. Born and raised in CA, lived in Dallas, Tx, bemoaned lack of enchiladas for 12 years...and now they're here. FLAWLESS. Even three days later, nuked.

    55555 by Anna J.

  • Laura M.The food is definitely unique, but their unlimited food and drink brunch on Sundays is good. You can literally just keep ordering and they bring it right away.

    55555 by Laura M.

  • Adam S.Ask for a float of hum on your margarita

    55555 by Adam S.

  • Gautham N.Al pastor tacos are amazing

    55555 by Gautham N.

  • Ana R.Probably the best frozen margarita in DC. Tacos al Pastor are pretty good!!

    55555 by Ana R.

  • Reed P.Chiliqueles are ridiculously good!

    55555 by Reed P.

  • Michael F.Try the carnitas entree. Amazeballs. Also the tacos are three of a kind, no mix n match.

    55555 by Michael F.

  • Erin NOrder the pork carnitas appetizer...soooo good.

    55555 by Erin N

  • Melissa R.Thanks for carding me! You made my night. :)

    55555 by Melissa R.

  • Traver R.Must have tequila mojito w/ chili Ginger simple syrup.

    55555 by Traver R.

  • Luke A.Beers are WAY over priced!

    22222 by Luke A.

  • Ryan K.$6 for a can of Tecate es un poco criminal, no?

    22222 by Ryan K.

  • Grace RRussian bartendress Sasha is the best!! Hit the roof for happy hour $4 frozenritas

    55555 by Grace R

  • Deidre JYou HAVE to get the lavender tequila drink. I think it's called the lavanda? Anyway, it'll change your life. so refreshing!

    55555 by Deidre J

  • Brian K.Get the queso. Freshly made. Opt in for chorizo y mushrooms.

    55555 by Brian K.

  • The FeastThe grilled corn with cheese is a must here.

    55555 by The Feast

  • Bulls E.New *taqueria-tequileria* just north of U Street. Happy Hour from 5-7 features $4 beers and sangrias and $5 margaritas and mojitos...AND they have a roof!

    55555 by Bulls E.

  • Jon P.Get a margarita from Joel real talk it is the truth!

    55555 by Jon P.

  • AskMenOffering three floors of unsettling Aztec masks, two bars, an in-house taqueria and one of the best tequila selections in town, El Centro DF operates on the scale of the capital itself

    55555 by AskMen

  • Washington Business JournalWBJ's Top Shelf says: "Hoping to be open by Cinco de Mayo, El Centro D.F. will serve authentic mexican food and even include a rooftop bar!" (WBJ 4/8/11)

    55555 by Washington Business Journal

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