An Early Look at El Centro D.F.—With Menus
A new taqueria on DC’s 14th Street has 260 seats—but with two rooftop bars, a basement tequileria, and lots of Mexican food, the owners should have no problem filling all of them.
Restaurateur Richard Sandoval has opened 28 Latin-inspired eateries as far apart as Denver and Dubai (including Zengo in DC’s Penn Quarter and La Sandía in Tysons), but his latest venture, El Centro D.F. on DC’s 14th Street, is just three doors down from sister restaurant Masa 14. There are similarities, including a large tequila selection—Centro will have close to 300 bottles, and Masa has about half that—and a buzzy vibe that’ll appeal to Masa’s fashionable crowd. Centro boasts an open-air rooftop deck as well as a basement tequileria that feels cave-like with wood tables and barrel-vaulted ceiling.
But that’s not to say it isn’t an ambitious venture. The place has two sit-down dining rooms, a takeout area in front with communal tables (expect to see bargoers grabbing a post- or pre-drink bite), and two roof-deck bars. In total, there are 260 seats. Chances are Sandoval won’t have any trouble filling them.
El Centro D.F., 1819 14th St., NW; 202-328-3131; elcentrodf.com. Open Monday through Friday for lunch and dinner. Saturday and Sunday for dinner. There’s a late-night menu Sunday through Thursday 11 PM to 2 AM, Friday and Saturday 11 PM to 3 AM.ElCentro