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    EL CENTRO D.F.

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    El Centro D.F.

    1819 14th St., NW (U Street/Shaw)

    Washington, DC

    (1) 202-328-3131 | www.richardsandoval.com/elcentrodf

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    • CUISINE

      Mexican Comfort Food
    • HOURS

      Sun.-Wed.: 11:00am-3:00pm, 5:00pm-11:00pm; Thurs.-Sat: 11:00am-3:00am
    • BEST FOR

      Dinner; late-night snack; weekend brunch
    • RESERVATIONS

      Strongly recommended, especially on weekends
    • BAR

      Yes - three bars, including two on the roof terrace
    • YEAR OPENED

      2011
    • PRICE (TACOS; GUACAMOLE; BOTTOMLESS BRUNCH)

      USD 10.95-13.95; USD 9.95; USD 35
    • NOISE

      Medium/Loud
    • FAMOUS PLATES

      Tacos; guacamole
    • DRINKS AND WINE

      200+ tequilas; Latin-inspired cocktails; margaritas
    • # OF SEATS

      260
    • OUTDOOR DINING?

      Yes - rooftop dining
    • PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?

      Yes
    • METRO

      U Street
    El Centro DF in Washington, DC is a funky Mexican lounge/restaurant by chef Richard Sandoval that has three distinct spaces for a variety of occasions

    VIBE

    The latest in chef Richard Sandoval’s string of trendy Mexican spots is this funky lounge/restaurant near perennially hip U Street. The restaurant is broken into three distinct spaces. Downstairs, there’s the romantic underground Tequileria, all polished concrete and distressed wood. The low-key ground floor Taqueria features a lively open kitchen, some casual eat-in counters and stools, and (of course) tacos galore. Up top, two open-air bars on the cool roof terrace offer plenty of alfresco drinking options as well as a menu of light bites.

    CROWD

    Smart, hip 20- to 40-somethings. After 5:00pm, this is a popular watering hole for office types.

    WHAT WE WOULD WEAR

    The Taqueria is pretty casual (you could even get away with jeans and a casual tee), but the Tequileria and rooftop lounges are a bit smarter, so dress it up with a cute dress and heels.

    GO HERE WITH

    Friends - for tacos and gossip; colleagues - for rooftop drinks; a date - for a romantic dinner

    WHY WE LIKE IT

    This would make a great spot for a date, but we prefer to come with a gang of friends, either for rooftop happy hour during the week (5:00pm-7:00pm daily) or for the “Bottomless Brunch” on weekends (10:30am-3:00pm; USD 35 all you can eat and drink). Another great night to come is Taco Tuesdays for the USD 2 tacos all night long. Regardless of when you go, don’t miss the made-fresh-at-your-table guac. It’s super delish.

    WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE

    The service can be a little slow and distracted. (For more consistent attention, dine at the bar.)

    GOOD TO KNOW

    We're fans of chef Richard Sandoval, who’s a force behind the stylish Mexican restaurant scene around the country. Don’t be misled by the nondescript front entrance, which doesn’t necessarily wow upon first sight; inside, the restaurant is quite stylish and spacious in true Richard Sandoval tradition. The space is available for private events for groups of 50-275. The ground floor Taqueria offers takeout. There are often DJs spinning at the rooftop lounge on weekends and the Tequileria Lounge features International Nights on the weekends too. Just a few doors down from El Centro is another, dressier Richard Sandoval restaurant, Masa 14.

    CLOSEST COMPS

    Rosa Mexicano (New York)

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      El Centro DF in Washington, DC is a funky Mexican lounge/restaurant by chef Richard Sandoval that has three distinct spaces for a variety of occasions

    • El Centro DF in Washington, DC is a funky Mexican lounge/restaurant by chef Richard Sandoval that has three distinct spaces for a variety of occasions
      El Centro DF in Washington, DC is a funky Mexican lounge/restaurant by chef Richard Sandoval that has three distinct spaces for a variety of occasions

    • El Centro DF in Washington, DC is a funky Mexican lounge/restaurant by chef Richard Sandoval that has three distinct spaces for a variety of occasions
      El Centro DF in Washington, DC is a funky Mexican lounge/restaurant by chef Richard Sandoval that has three distinct spaces for a variety of occasions

    • El Centro DF in Washington, DC is a funky Mexican lounge/restaurant by chef Richard Sandoval that has three distinct spaces for a variety of occasions
      El Centro DF in Washington, DC is a funky Mexican lounge/restaurant by chef Richard Sandoval that has three distinct spaces for a variety of occasions

    • El Centro DF in Washington, DC is a funky Mexican lounge/restaurant by chef Richard Sandoval that has three distinct spaces for a variety of occasions
      El Centro DF in Washington, DC is a funky Mexican lounge/restaurant by chef Richard Sandoval that has three distinct spaces for a variety of occasions

    • El Centro DF in Washington, DC is a funky Mexican lounge/restaurant by chef Richard Sandoval that has three distinct spaces for a variety of occasions
      El Centro DF in Washington, DC is a funky Mexican lounge/restaurant by chef Richard Sandoval that has three distinct spaces for a variety of occasions

    • El Centro DF in Washington, DC is a funky Mexican lounge/restaurant by chef Richard Sandoval that has three distinct spaces for a variety of occasions
      El Centro DF in Washington, DC is a funky Mexican lounge/restaurant by chef Richard Sandoval that has three distinct spaces for a variety of occasions

    • El Centro DF in Washington, DC is a funky Mexican lounge/restaurant by chef Richard Sandoval that has three distinct spaces for a variety of occasions
      El Centro DF in Washington, DC is a funky Mexican lounge/restaurant by chef Richard Sandoval that has three distinct spaces for a variety of occasions

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