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El Centro

| Jalan Haji Saman, Ground Floor, Lot 32, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
+60 14-862 3877
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good34%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“tacos” (82 reviews)
“hummus” (36 reviews)
“mezze platter” (15 reviews)
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Mexican, American, Bar, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
| Jalan Haji Saman, Ground Floor, Lot 32, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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1 - 10 of 658 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Food here is super tasty, staff are really friendly and cheerful, and the atmosphere and music is great. Would recommend!

Thank Brisol123
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Very good cocktail Margarita and tasty humus:) friendly staff and in general very cozy place, ditch that Waterfront touristic nonsense and visit el centro! :)

Thank zygimantas2018
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food was very good and reasonably priced. Beer was well priced and they took card. Menu not too reminiscent off Mexican in areas, and they miss some necessary dishes!

Thank jamesdavies05
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Only spent 1 night in Kinabalu and went here for a quick bite for dinner - nothing amazing but pretty standard stuff. Had the chicken burrito which wasn’t very flavoursome and service did take a while as it’s also a very busy bar which takes...More

Thank adequate8
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hunting for pizza on a Saturday night, head straight to El Centro and discovered the yummilicious food in town! Love the pizza and Burritos!

Thank Pioneer759780
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was good but nothing special. Every table taken by a westerner which shows you what to expect from this place

Thank alex B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We really enjoyed our lunch here. It was a nice change of food as we have been traveling in SEA for 5 months and wanted something different. Would return.

1  Thank Midtownie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Can’t fault either the service or food. We had Bruschetta and Chicken Satay starters followed by Steak Fajitas and a Turkish Style (Lamb mince and Tzatziki) all were excellent. At £30 for 2 courses each and 5 drinks great value too. Note the venue does...More

Thank Thopsman
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had two really good experiences at El Centro. The service was great and accommodating and we all enjoyed our dishes at dinner while vacationing in KK. We returned a couple of days later on our way out of town and the lunch was even...More

Thank Megan E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great Mexican food, friendly service, nice music, cosy! Really nice place to visit, eat and drink. They also use re-usable straws 👌👌👌

Thank VeroniquePt
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Questions & Answers
9 May 2018|
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Response from healey32 | Property representative |
it is every Wednesday at 8:30pm
20 December 2016|
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Response from KotieKingo |
hi-yes we serve coffee that is good! you can also add baileys or khalua
29 February 2016|
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Response from HYJ10 | Reviewed this property |
Most restaurants in KK serve no pork, except for those that serve purely Chinese food. This one serves no pork too but it is a bit like a bar and a lot of tourists drink beer there
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Average prices
US$3 - US$7
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | Jalan Haji Saman, Ground Floor, Lot 32, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Sabah  >  West Coast Division  >  Kota Kinabalu District  >  Kota Kinabalu
  • Phone Number: +60 14-862 3877
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El Centro is located in the middle of Kota Kinabalu's central business district near hotels and shopping centers.El Centro serves a variety of healthy and delicious food options from tacos to wraps, salads, burgers and local Malaysian favourites.The open concept restaurant has a friendly, laid-back atmosphere that hosts a number of specialty nights like--pub quiz, jazz night, salsa lessons, them parties and art openings/exhibits. Open form 5pm - 12am for food and drinks. From the bar you can order beer or one of Katie's Killer Cocktails.
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