Centrolina

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1448 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Centrolina is an Italian restaurant and market, locally owned and operated by Chef Amy Brandwein, set in Washington’s new CityCenterDC development. The Osteria showcases a seasonal, daily changing menu of authentic and innovative Italian dishes offered for lunch and dinner daily. Chef Brandwein's menu is inspired from the seasons, Italian regionality and the wide variety of Chef curated product in the adjoining market.

The market showcases a selection of imported Italian specialty items along with locally sourced meat, sustainable fish, and produce from local farms. The Centrolina kitchen produces daily hand crafted fresh pasta and sauces, antipasti and entrees available for takeaway. The Centrolina bakery offers a daily changing array of biscotti, crostata and cakes in addition to locally made bread from Bread Furst and a full service Barista bar featuring Vigilante coffee.
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Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just amazing , love chef Amy

CC
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nice place to have a good Italian food and very well located in the heart of DC.

JL
Washington DC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Absolutely delicious and a rare find to have something healthy and satisfying at lunch! Love love love the wildfire grilled fish selections with 2 veggies! Finally a restaurant that knows how we are Supposed to eat during the day! And the Verde salad is TDF (to die for).

NM
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 6 October 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

A lovely splurge; great meal. Unfussy and relaxing.

BM
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Excellent experience. Food was great. Service was a bit slow, but the restaurant was very busy during our time there. Looking forward to returning.

A
San Francisco
130 reviews
Dined on 5 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic dinner, couldn't be more pleased with the creativity, taste and service. Octopus appetizer and squid pasta were both amazing and equally fantastic blueberry dessert. Lively and fun.

DD
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always. A go-to restaurant for great food and service in a festive atmosphere.

b
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 1 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 2

Food and service were perfection. Ambience could use some warmth.

C
Washington DC
667 reviews
Dined on 29 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Katherine was great as always. Food was excellent; verde salad followed by the duck breast. Delicious!

KA
San Diego
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Wait 45 min after reservation to take order z.

MC
Washington DC
13 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

The pasta and sides were great as usual but the surprise was my partners rib eye. DC has great chop houses but I never expected to get the best rib eye ever (and I’m fairly old) at Centrolina. It was simply, the best I’ve ever had.

m
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Food was great, it (and drinks) just came out slow but they were quite busy. Server(s) were fantastic.

LF
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Once we were seated, the entire experience improved immensely. We arrived promptly at 5, only to be told that the desk had neither the reservation list (so we could not be seated) nor the menu available. We were seated close to 5:30, and, as we were visiting from out of town, would have preferred have more museum time and less standing around time. Once we were seated and received menus, our experience was fantastic.

CT
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely dinner. A friend and i ended up splitting up each course. They were very helpful.

SO
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent branzino. Attentive server. Beautiful setting outside. An excellent business lunch.

P
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 22 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious, beautifully served food. A casual ambiance (great for a Sunday night, but while it was exactly as we hoped, I wouldn't characterize the ambiance as romantic or luxuriously appointed.) It is LOUD. We have two people in our party sitting at the ends of the table who had difficulty hearing the conversation -- we were a table of 5 and people at the ends couldn't hear each other. The restaurant needs a noise noise deadening strategy -- panels, upholstered seats, etc.

CF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on 21 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

For girls night and birthday celebration, our party of four was seated in a private room in the back of the restaurant. While it was nice for our small group, it did not afford much in the way of views. However we all enjoyed the scrumptious food and our server was outstanding.

PM
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Dishes from the wood oven are delizioso! Fish perfectly cooked and paired well with broccoli rabe and tomatoes. Spaghetti quite rich, but very good.

J
Washington DC
8 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Attentive server. Quite loud as very crowded — even the bar had no seats available. But not at all unpleasant. Pasta dishes always good especially gnocchi and squid ink. Good bourbon choices too.

SC
Washington DC
11 reviews
Dined on 17 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant never disappoints! The food and service are always outstanding I like to bring out of town guest because it is always a hit.

EB
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 2

The food at Centrolina is fabulous and the service is competent and polite. The problem is that the noise level is high enough to preclude enjoyment of the food. My companion and I left without dessert as our voices were sore after an hour of near shouting.

AR
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Octopus appetizer was tender and delicious. Tomato on crostini appetizer was perfection with ripe tomatoes and the bread absorbed the oil and tomato juices but stayed crusty on the edges. Yum. Had the branzino and it was perfectly prepared. An all-around wonderful meal. We got there early so it wasn't packed, but when we left the place was hopping and the bar was full. Great atmosphere. Will be back!

C
Washington DC
667 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Scott and Rachel did a terrific job. Nice of the manager to come by and check in.

Food was fantastic as always. Verde salad followed by the chicken made for an outstanding dinner.

ST
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food. I don't feel comfortable there. Nothing about it is relaxing. It is noisy. The wait staff is a bit too eager to please. The water is filled a bit too often. Do people really enjoy eating and shouting at each other to be heard?

DK
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Food was ok. I have eaten there many times before and was not impressed with it this weekend. It was just ok. Wait staff was attentive but couldn’t hear well over the dining room noice level, thus seem aggressive. Service was slow.
Main issue was the noise level. We had to shout to communicate with our friends. The food did not compensate for the environment.
We left thinking we will not go back for a long time if ever.

OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on 10 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing! Definitely a place to mingle and enjoy great food!!

PB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Fabulous pasta. Too noisy for my taste if you're sitting at a table. Bar is best.

LJ
Washington DC
19 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service were terrific. Ingredients were fresh and the fish was wonderful--cooked and seasoned perfectly. We would definitely go back.

OT
Raleigh
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best meal ever!!!

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J
Washington DC
15 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent food

OT
Louisville
3 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quality food & service!

AJ
Washington DC
127 reviews
Dined on 7 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing as always. I love that the menu is different every day because there are different ingredients available every single day.

a
Washington DC
20 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Best meal in ages. Very loud restaurant but food is worth it,

DC
Washington DC
38 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and service! The menu though not extensive is always unique and the quality always outstanding!

C
Washington DC
667 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

How does it keep getting better? It’s a 5 star on whatever scale of exceptional you want to have. The staff and the extraordinary chef make Centrolina what it is.

OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food and service were outstanding, making the experience overall really good!

The only reason why I’d give it 4 instead of 5 stars are the restaurant’s prices; I did find all of their prices (food+alcohol), although not scandalous, slightly expensive.

Nevertheless, it is [indeed] located in a very nice and transited (both by tourists and locals) area, which may explain that, as it does for many other restaurants in town.

Worth the visit for a special occasion!

L
Raleigh
16 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a great experience we had on our first trip to Centrolina - the food and service were amazing!!

We started with the Chef's Negroni and their spin on a French 75 (can't remember the name) - both drinks were great.

Started the dinner with a Nicoise salad (for me) and an Heirloom tomato salad (for my wife) - both were magnificent. Full of flavor - fresh herbs - and dressed to perfection. The heirloom salad was served on delicious crusty bread - and I can honestly say this was the first time I have ever used bread to wipe a salad bowl clean!

For entrees we had short rib parpardelle (for me) and paccheri with white bolognese sauce (for my wife) - both were fantastic, the white bolognese was our favorite. The veal and beef were cooked in a milk sauce instead of a heavy cream so the sauce was light and not too rich. The pasta was cooked to perfection in both dishes.

We'll definitely be back on our next trip to DC - looking forward to the ever changing menu and what new dishes we'll get to try!

AG
Washington DC
21 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Excellent pasta, so-so atmosphere, inconsistent service

J
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great menu options; everything is cooked fresh to order and changes often. Our server took great care of us and made sure we felt welcomed during our visit. I would definitely return to this location in the future.

OT
Washington DC
239 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Extraordinary lunch. Perfect setting. Bursts and cherries as first course was an excellent choice. Followed with Taglioni pasta with sunny side up egg. And creamy with parmigiana.
Have never been disappointed here - it’s my favorite restaurant in DC !

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