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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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Alexa Jane D.
    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.
  • DC Dining Adventures
    DC Dining AdventuresDecember 16, 2012
    Must try the bottomless brunch. I recommend the lengua, carnitas and egg & chorizo tacos!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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)
  • 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.
  • Katherine K.
    Bottomless Brunch is a Mexican food lovers dream! Surprisingly good service as well!
  • Cheyenne M.
    Cheyenne MojicaDecember 9, 2013
    Conchinta Pibil tacos...you won't regret it. Bonus points for being open late on a Sunday.
  • Kent
    KentDecember 29, 2012
    Guacamole, Shrimp Ceviche, and Al Pastor Tacos. You will not be disappointed.
  • Nik N.
    Nik NadolskiAugust 12, 2014
    Such good lunch specials... Just be sure to decide before you eat too many chips.
  • Nick R.
    Nick RiversNovember 29, 2012
    The tequileria is in the basement. Ask for seating there. The ambience is totally different.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • Michael A.
    Michael AudiDecember 28, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best tequila selection in dc! Tequila bad is delightfully dungeon like!
  • Matt B.
    Matt BernsteinAugust 8, 2014
    $4 margaritas with chile salt during happy hour are great
  • 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.
  • Ana R.
    Ana R.September 3, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Probably the best frozen margarita in DC. Tacos al Pastor are pretty good!!
  • Jenn O.
    Jenn O'NeillOctober 13, 2013
    mango margarita and pork carnitas were amazing! highly recommend!!!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Morgan T.
    Morgan ThomasNovember 11, 2014
    Bottomless brunch is good. The drinks are good too.
  • Emily H.
    Emily HawkinsJanuary 21, 2013
    Get the churros and chocolate/caramel dessert. You won't regret it.
  • Justin S.
    Justin SmithSeptember 25, 2013
    this must be the best place, to get a taste of Mexico City, in your nations capital
  • 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.
  • 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!
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