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El Centro Classic Mexican Food and Drink

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$$ - $$$
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1 N Loudoun St, Winchester, VA 22601-4715
+1 540-313-4583
11:30 - 23:00
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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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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A very nice restaurant and well located at the walking mall in downtown Winchester but the food and service was average. We felt rush, maybe because there were busy?

Thank Grissel A
Winchester, Virginia
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68 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Almost hate to review with the fear more people will take our seats!! Sitting outside watching the people and drinking is so fun at El CENTRO! Nights when they have Jimmy Lee playing music is great inside at the bar area. Honestly we don't go for the food as much as the atmosphere and the fun staff and the overall... More 

Thank MikeGuev
Winchester, Virginia
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114 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

Good Mexican food. I've eaten here several times and have no gripes with it. The food is good and the location is excellent, right on the downtown walking mall.

Thank HuntCon
Stephens City, Virginia
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

I recently visited El Centro again (5th time!) for lunch when my niece was visiting from California. We had been out touring Winchester and decided to stop in Old Town for lunch and a walking tour. As usual the food was great. Their lunch deals are a good value and plentiful and I love the salsa and chips there. I... More 

Thank Barnettfamily4
Winchester, Virginia
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21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We had a Sunday lunch here and also went a second time during the week. Service was okay, food better than some of the other Mexican restaurants we have been to, but nothing was really outstanding. I usually have a simple dish, Chicken Tacos, or burritos. The taco shells used tasted old and rather stale. The burritos were okay, but... More 

Thank legendgerry2017
Kirkwood, Illinois
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66 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

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
Reviewed 9 March 2017

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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311 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017

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
Reviewed 6 March 2017

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
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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$18
Mexican, Latin, Southwestern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?