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El Centro

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Ground Floor, Lot 32, | Jalan Haji Saman, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
+60 19-893 5499
11:00 - 00:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 00:00
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Gdynia, Poland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We love Asian cousine but after 3 weeks in Sabah we were fed up with noodles, curry, rice and chilli so we decided to choose some more western-styled place and "El Centro" prooved to be an excellent choice. During a 10-day stay in KK we ate there 3 times and everything (different kinds of pizza, chicken with mango or chicken... More 

Thank Elżbieta P
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We ordered the beef and chicken tacos. Good quality food and a fun atmosphere. Place full of foreigners.

Thank fredmE3775UY
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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61 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

As an Ex-pat i've eaten here close to 50 times and drank many more! Food is always fresh and tasty as well as being excellent value. The atmosphere is chilled yet exciting during the evenings. Pub quiz on a wednesday is always good food. The owner Katie is an excellent host full of great cheer, and always made me feel... More 

Thank AlexJW91
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Brownie and ice cream was delicious, the staff were friendly but in a private way - didn't hassle you to buy more beer or hover around you. They just let you chill out and enjoy the night. Very cool place, I want to go back for more dishes!

Thank Sylv R
Qinhuangdao, China
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57 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food was good, all six of us enjoyed what we ordered, mostly tacos, but it took a very long time, maybe because we were there at the end of lunch but not too late. Three of us were finished eating before our last friend got her food. So, if you are desperate for tacos this is a good place,... More 

Thank MichaelJamesCole
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I must say this was the highlight of my experiences in KK. The staff treat you so well - like they've known you forever. Ling and Jason are great bartenders and extremely attentive, friendly, fun, and hardworking. One of them actually helped our team win the pub quiz on the last question my first time there (I can't say who)!... More 

Thank Charlie D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a terrific experience at the restaurant. We were a large group, and they were so accommodating. The food was delicious. They have organic and gluten free options, and it is very easily accessible.

1 Thank Danielle S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After checking out trip advisor reviews for somewhere nice to eat, that was local (not the restaurants at our resort) we hailed a cab and set out for El Centro. It was across the other side of town and using Google maps and taxi driver we found it. The service, atmosphere, and food were great and we had a wonderful... More 

Thank radaNZ
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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food good atmosphere For staters, we had bruschetta for staters. We also ordered tacos and pizza! Bruschetta and tacos were great to enjoy with beer! However, pizza was slightly salty so we could not finish it! Except for that, dinner at the restaurant is memorable!

Thank Hyemin L
Yeppoon, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for a business lunch, everything was sensational, could not fault a thing. Staff were on the ball and very attentive.

1 Thank Paul N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$7
Mexican, American, Bar, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Ground Floor, Lot 32, | Jalan Haji Saman, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
  • Location: Asia  >  Malaysia  >  Sabah  >  West Coast Division  >  Kota Kinabalu District  >  Kota Kinabalu
  • Phone Number: +60 19-893 5499
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?