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El Centro Classic Mexican Food and Drink

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern
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1 N Loudoun St, Winchester, VA 22601-4715
+1 540-313-4583
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun 11:30 - 20:00
Mon - Thu 11:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 23:00
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Kirkwood, Illinois
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64 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

El Centro is in Old Town Winchester. The menu is pretty standard for Mexican restaurants, except for the fajitas caribe. These are some of the best seafood fajitas I've had anywhere, and you get enough for two meals. They're open a bit later than most of the full service restaurants in the area, so it's a good place to stop... More 

Thank eroof01
Strasburg, Virginia, United States
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a difficult review to write. I don't like leaving Bad Reviews, as it feels like throwing a rock through a window. But El Centro, after a fashion, worked hard to earn this. It begins with a dinner steeped in bad service. My family was seated immediately, and yet we waited 30 minutes or more for our food to... More 

Thank JesseMueller
Pensacola, Florida
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302 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a nice surprise to find great Mexican food at a fantastic price in old town Winchester. $6.99 got us a combo of two items of our choice with rice and beans. The tea, soft dring, or lemonade was FREE. The chips are warm and the salsa is fresh. Service was friendly and fast. The chicken tamale was the best... More 

Thank TheMaven2u
Winchester, Virginia
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always enjoy a meal at El Centro. The kitchen staff is fantastic, with very authentic dishes. Never had a bad meal there.

Thank winchesterfamily2016
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25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

My husband had made a 6:30 PM reservation for a Saturday night, and we were glad that he had. The average wait time when we arrived was 90 minutes, and there is not much room inside for people to wait. Our reservation was honored, and we were seated in about 10 minutes. The food was average. I had Carne Asada,... More 

Thank Obsiam
Chantilly, Virginia
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

When the owners were more involved, it seemed better. When George started, he tried changing things up that really didn't improve the restaurant. When El Centro first opened, it was a fun place to go to with good food. Now it's just average. Disappointing that Terry and Holly aren't as involved.

1 Thank Abe L
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

Wonderful food. Very friendly staff even though the place is very busy. Definitely recommend this. Best Mexican restaurant we have been to. Caution--portions are large so bring your appetite.

Thank Karl B
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56 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

I've been sad since ChiChis closed because sometimes I just crave Americanized Mexican food. (Typically I like the more authentic fare, but you know what I mean - sometimes you just want a flour burrito stuffed with ground beef smothered in enchilada sauce and cheese.) This hits the mark in that category, and the staff is really nice to boot.... More 

Thank alfarm
Springfield, Virginia
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We visited El Centro on two occasions. The food and drinks are very good. We preferred the outdoor dining just to enjoy the sounds of the people walking by as well as the street musicians who may be playing. The service is hit-and-miss, but nothing dreadful. If you're looking for some good food quick and convenient, this is the place!

Thank Garyman23
Jersey City, NJ
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

I've been to El Centro many times when visiting family in Winchester. The food is always good - especially their chips, salsa and freshly made guacamole. I love their chimichangas and have never been disappointed.

Thank Jerseygirl352

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$8 - US$18
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 23:00
11:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1 N Loudoun St, Winchester, VA 22601-4715
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Winchester
  • Phone Number: +1 540-313-4583
El Centro Classic Mexican Food and Drink is located in the center of Winchester on the Old Town Walking Mall at 1 N Loudon. From our amazing homemade salsa to our mouthwatering Carnitas, you can taste the freshness and quality in every bite! Our menu is compiled with a variety of appetizers, classic Mexican dishes and delicious desserts. Not to mention, we also offer a great selection of ice cold beer and over 20 margaritas! Come and relax in a comfortable and stylish restaurant or enjoy the nice weather and sit on the patio, either way it will be an honor to serve you!

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