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El Centro D.F. 14th Street

El Centro D.F. 14th Street

Mexican Restaurant, Bar, and Latin American Restaurant$$$$
U-Street, Washington
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  • Thrillist
    ThrillistJune 12, 2013
    The 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). Read more
    Upvoted Jul 19
  • Kendra
    KendraAugust 4, 2014
    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!
  • AskMen
    AskMenMay 5, 2011
    Offering 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 Read more
  • Anna J.
    Anna JohnNovember 2, 2011
    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.
  • Alexa Jane D.
    Alexa Jane DennerMarch 21, 2016
    Bottomless brunch on the roof! Egg & cheese taco + churros = 👌 brunch
  • Rorie B.
    Rorie BurtonDecember 6, 2013
    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.
  • Juan H.
    Juan HuayllaOctober 24, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Great 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.
  • Morgan T.
    Morgan ThomasNovember 11, 2014
    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.
  • Graham L.
    Graham LampaMarch 18, 2012
    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.
  • Brent G.
    Will be back! First REAL Mexican hot dog since Tucson. Sat at bar by kitchen, hot but worth it.
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresDecember 16, 2012
    Must try the bottomless brunch. I recommend the lengua, carnitas and egg & chorizo tacos!
  • Brunch and the City
    Brunch and the CityJanuary 24, 2012
    Great bottomless brunch speacial: $35 all you can eat and drink, including unlimited Michilada, Bloody Maria and choice of seasonal Aqua Fresca Cocktails
  • Anna J.
    Anna JohnSeptember 26, 2011
    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.
  • Drew M.
    Drew MitchellDecember 15, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Chicken Zarapa (entree) is leaps ahead of everything else on the menu... No small feat. Order it! Best dish I've had in years.
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresDecember 19, 2011
    Must try the brunch! They'll keep filling you glasses and bringing out plates until you can't move! Great food and great service!
  • Laura G A.
    Laura G AdamsSeptember 25, 2011
    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.
  • RaShonda (.
    RaShonda (shessavvy)April 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Go on Mondays at 6:00 for their weekly Tequila Tastings. Only $10 and you get to sample several, plus you get chips & salsa.
  • Ryan K.
    Ryan K.March 4, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Almost consider this an old standby on 14th now. Never had a bad time. Get a mojito, some chips, and churros if anyone asks.
  • Mimi N.
    Mimi NguyenDecember 31, 2016
    Lots of margarita options and tacos! Good food and fun dance floor (wed-sun). Churros are also pretty good.
  • Christopher F.
    Christopher FlossJune 15, 2015
    Has to be D.C.'s best Mexican restaurant. The guacamole is a great appetizer. The chicken fajitas are outstanding!
  • GABRIELA M.
    GABRIELA MMay 23, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    brunch dessert: mexican french toast TO DIE FOR. you will not regret it. $2 dollar taco tuesday: carnitas and nopal tacos.
  • Glenn C.
    Glenn CurtisJanuary 20, 2012
    Nice place.. a lil pricey but the tequila selection is amazing. The server naudia was great and knew her tequila..
  • RaShonda (.
    RaShonda (shessavvy)April 24, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure you ask for Sammy, the bartender. He's usually there every day except Wed. He's knows his tequila!
  • Bitches Who Brunch
    Bitches Who BrunchDecember 29, 2011
    Bitches say A+! A great bottomless/endless brunch in a great atmosphere with stellar service. Doesn’t get better than that
  • Amy C.
    Amy CummingsAugust 14
    $35 bottomless brunch. All you can drink AND all you can eat. Also, get the El Centro dog.
  • Kimberly A.
    Kimberly A.July 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Red & Smoky - it's such a spicy, refreshing drink! Pairs nicely with the fish tacos.
  • Mary-Katherine M.
    Mary-Katherine McKenzieSeptember 27, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Bottomless brunch - just go straight down the menu. Margaritas are what they do best, even at 11AM.
  • V G.
    V GandyJune 29, 2012
    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!
  • Katherine K.
    Bottomless Brunch is a Mexican food lovers dream! Surprisingly good service as well!
  • Washington Business Journal
    WBJ'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)
  • Cheyenne M.
    Cheyenne MojicaDecember 9, 2013
    Conchinta Pibil tacos...you won't regret it. Bonus points for being open late on a Sunday.
  • Kurt J.
    Kurt JMay 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    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.
  • Sophia H.
    Sophia HApril 12
    Cool, almost divey/hipster place with a good dance floor (and friendly crowds!)
  • Trevor H.
    Trevor HillMarch 13
    Enchilada plates on the pricey side but have a great deal on margaritas during happy hour
  • Nik N.
    Nik NadolskiAugust 12, 2014
    Such good lunch specials... Just be sure to decide before you eat too many chips.
  • Kent
    KentDecember 29, 2012
    Guacamole, Shrimp Ceviche, and Al Pastor Tacos. You will not be disappointed.
  • Nick R.
    Nick RiversNovember 29, 2012
    The tequileria is in the basement. Ask for seating there. The ambience is totally different.
  • Heather I.
    Heather IlyssaAugust 26, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Check this place out on taco Tuesdays to take advantage of $2.00 chef special tacos
  • Michael F.
    Michael FAugust 9, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the carnitas entree. Amazeballs. Also the tacos are three of a kind, no mix n match.
  • Alexis M.
    Alexis MochDecember 1, 2011
    Peanut allergies beware -- the Pork Pipian is made with a peanut sauce, but is not listed as such on the menu.
  • Matt B.
    Matt BernsteinAugust 8, 2014
    $4 margaritas with chile salt during happy hour are great
  • Jenn O.
    Jenn O'NeillOctober 13, 2013
    mango margarita and pork carnitas were amazing! highly recommend!!!
  • Ana R.
    Ana R.September 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Probably the best frozen margarita in DC. Tacos al Pastor are pretty good!!
  • Ryan R.
    Ryan RosadoApril 24, 2013
    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.
  • Philip C.
    Philip CroftAugust 16, 2013
    Try the spicy marg. killer! Do the tasting flight for $75 and find out what you have been missing.
  • Bulls E.
    Bulls EyeJune 6, 2011
    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!
  • Naptown .
    Naptown 💪 LarryJanuary 2, 2012
    The three-level Mexican restaurant has a lively rooftop bar serving an extensive selection of tequila and a full bar.
  • Deidre
    DeidreJune 25, 2011
    You HAVE to get the lavender tequila drink. I think it's called the lavanda? Anyway, it'll change your life. so refreshing!
  • Emily H.
    Emily HawkinsJanuary 21, 2013
    Get the churros and chocolate/caramel dessert. You won't regret it.
  • Michael A.
    Michael AudiDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best tequila selection in dc! Tequila bad is delightfully dungeon like!
  • Brendan B.
    Brendan BJuly 6, 2015
    Decent 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.
  • Philip H.
    Philip HsuFebruary 1, 2014
    Your enjoyment of El Centro is largely proportionate to your enjoyment of tequila.
  • Morgan T.
    Morgan ThomasNovember 11, 2014
    Bottomless brunch is good. The drinks are good too.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SmithSeptember 25, 2013
    this must be the best place, to get a taste of Mexico City, in your nations capital
  • Ardvaark
    ArdvaarkFebruary 14, 2012
    Try a Margarita In A Can — it tastes like Mountain Dew spiked with tequila! Yum!
  • Charles O.
    Charles OsborneMarch 30, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    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!
  • Saïd M.
    Only place in dc that I know to carry Tequila Ocho. Smooth & refreshing.
  • Warren R.
    Warren RobinsonSeptember 30, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Go to Joel drinks are super strong he is the 6'2" African American guy. Always partying.
  • Janine B.
    Janine BMarch 25, 2013
    Intense love for this happy hour...especially on Tuesday for the cheaper tacos!
  • Zeke
    ZekeJuly 17, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    rooftop happy hour with $4 margaritas and Mexican beers from 5 to 7 daily
  • Joshua H.
    Joshua HigginsJuly 11, 2015
    Fun place for drinks. Go to the rooftop area for a better time.
  • Sanna
    SannaAugust 9, 2014
    Margaritas in the rooftop bar!
  • deenuhfoowad
    deenuhfoowadSeptember 29, 2014
    their unlimited brunch is SO worth it!
  • Andrea M.
    Andrea MartinezApril 13, 2015
    Want to hear some Latin music ? Perfect place for that and meet Latinos 😃
  • Niara P.
    Niara P.July 20, 2013
    Order the Mexican French Toast - its delicious!
  • Hayley P.
    Hayley PlackOctober 5, 2013
    Beef brisket enchilada was excellent!
  • Ceci A.
    Ceci AbenteAugust 23, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    On Thursdays, women free drinks + less people + Latin music = better
  • Grace I.
    Grace IconJune 29, 2011
    Russian bartendress Sasha is the best!! Hit the roof for happy hour $4 frozenritas
  • Bhargav S.
    Bhargav SrinivasanApril 7, 2013
    Sit down and enjoy drink and meal, and then party downstairs!!
  • Adam B.
    Adam BeilmanAugust 17, 2014
    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!
  • Kaits
    KaitsOctober 12, 2013
    Ask for Jorge as you waiter ..,he keeps the mimosas flowing
  • GABRIELA M.
    GABRIELA MApril 28, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the paloma!!! BEST DRINK EVER! and joel is the best bartender!
  • The Feast
    The FeastJune 10, 2011
    The grilled corn with cheese is a must here. Read more
  • Zara K.
    Zara KhanAugust 21, 2014
    Not a big fan of fish tacos but the ones here were pretty good. Other than that the nachos tasted funky.
  • Ana Marie 💃
    Ana Marie 💃March 29, 2015
    Great option for Mexican on 14th street
  • Cyndi J.
    Cyndi JacksonAugust 1, 2013
    This place is great very nice people has great food
  • Lia L.
    Lia L.December 17, 2015
    Amazing food!!! Love the pork tacos!
  • Madison L.
    Madison Levin-EpsteinJanuary 5, 2013
    Fun place and good food, the service was lacking the last time I was there.
  • Sonja S.
    Sonja StrongarmAugust 17, 2014
    Tacos and margaritas at happy hour
  • Veronica S.
    Veronica SegoviaDecember 10, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Brunch is a great deal: ayc eat and drink for 35 bucks :)
  • Chad S.
    Chad ShryockMarch 30, 2014
    Bring earplugs. It's full of screeching Jennifers
  • Kimberly D.
    Kimberly DiazJanuary 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Cucumber watermelon infused tequila y guacamole por favor
  • Mariuxi B.
    Mariuxi BermudezAugust 16, 2014
    Brunch for $35 all you can drink and eat!
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanApril 4, 2013
    Try the moo goo gai pan, it's delicious
  • Jorge C.
    Jorge CoarasaApril 21, 2013
    The grilled steak tacos were great!
  • Lauren F.
    Lauren FlowersNovember 18, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Rooftop for a classier evening; basement for an all out dance party.
  • Leontyne W.
    Leontyne WalkeOctober 23, 2011
    Chicken enchiladas are good, a bit overprice but good.
  • Brian K.
    Brian KellyJune 14, 2011
    Get the queso. Freshly made. Opt in for chorizo y mushrooms.
  • Amanda O.
    Amanda OkeeeOctober 11, 2014
    We love rosa!! She's the best server ever.
  • Eli Y.
    Eli YokleyMay 21, 2014
    Get the guac! Incredible product.
  • Andrew W.
    Andrew WisemanApril 4, 2013
    Did you know? El Centro is Spanish for "the centro"
  • Amy J.
    Amy JohnsonNovember 27, 2011
    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.
  • Gary S.
    Gary ShoopNovember 11, 2013
    Enough with the small plates DC!!
  • cameron
    cameronOctober 5, 2012
    Tacos, margs & a roof deck.
  • Ramez K.
    Ramez KJuly 4, 2015
    Happy hour, service and food
  • Sila D.
    Sila DOctober 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Mexican mojito has tequila instead of the usual rum... much better than your average.
  • Erin H.
    Erin HofteigAugust 7, 2011
    Order the pork carnitas appetizer...soooo good.
  • Dave S.
    Dave StroupDecember 24, 2012
    The basement is amazing!
  • Sandra R.
    Sandra RubinchikFebruary 25, 2015
    Head down to the basement for a little untz untz untz.
  • Adam S.
    Adam SegerSeptember 22, 2011
    Ask for a float of hum on your margarita
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