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El Centro DF

Energy09 | May 9, 2011 08:07 PM

Boyfriend and I went here tonight for his birthday with high hopes. DC is seriously lacking good Mexican food... and Richard Sandoval has a number of great restaurants.

When we walked in, we were told the wait was about 30 minutes and the hostess would text me when the table was ready. No problem. We went upstairs to the roof top bar and got margaritas. The roof top is nice, fairly large, and the bartender was great. The margaritas were good, and reasonably priced at $7.

After about 45 minutes, we went downstairs to check on our table. One was ready for us (but I never received a text message).

We ordered drinks and food at the same time and waited... and waited... and waited... after 45 minutes we finally received our guacamole (delic). After 1 hour we received our food (chicken tacos and chile rellenos... also delic). After an hour and 25 minutes we finally received our drinks. The waiter blamed the wait on the fact that we were seated in a first come first serve area... not sure why that makes any difference once you are seated.

The crime here is that the food was great. Had the service been remotely decent, I would have still given this a passing grade. But the wait was so ridiculous that I will have a hard time going back here any time soon.

Has anyone else tried El Centro DF? I'm interested to hear what other experiences have been.

4838 Bethesda Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814

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