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El Centro

| Jalan Haji Saman, Ground Floor, Lot 32, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
+60 19-893 5499
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good34%
  • Average11%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“tacos” (80 reviews)
“hummus” (37 reviews)
“mezze platter” (10 reviews)
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Mexican, American, Bar, International, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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| Jalan Haji Saman, Ground Floor, Lot 32, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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1 - 10 of 581 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were looking forward to going back after enjoying dining here on multiple occasions a couple of years ago. We felt the atmosphere and vibe wasn't what it was. The staff were locals not the expats who ran the place when we were last here....More

Thank Steve H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is a wonderful place to eat in Kota Kinabalu: Excellent food (including the dessert), cool people, nice atmosphere and good music. The prices are not typical for South East Asia, it's similar to Europe, and my Margarita could have tasted a little better...apart from...More

Thank AdventureTravel86
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a very popular place amongst the expat community of KK. Very good quality products make for a very tasty meal. If you want a break from rice this us an excellent choice. The burger look real Good, the tacos are very tasty and...More

Thank Trevor L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Several days of longhouse dinners up a remote river left us craving more familiar flavors, and El Centro delivered the goods! As Typhoon Paolo was making its way towards KK, we spent a cozy evening enjoying delicious western fare, along with a full bar, all...More

Thank Hugh B
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Reading reviews i dont see how this place can get a bad review! We have been travelling around borneo and been here 6 times in the last month when passing through KK. Food is incredible. Mezze platter is so good as are fajitas, quesadillas and...More

Thank carla r
Reviewed 5 October 2017 via mobile

Stopped by after dinner for a quick drink. All very pleasant until I went to go to the toilet and saw a rat run across the restaurant floor! Safe to say we left rather quickly!!!

1  Thank Bryony C
Reviewed 1 October 2017

So went here simply based on the reviews here, found it to quite with no atmosphere. Stopped for a quick drink in passing as one near one of our hotels, Drinks & cocktails were average. And every night we walked passed was always very quite.

Thank ExMatt
Reviewed 26 September 2017

Variety of western dishes available for reasonably cheap prices. Food was good and staff were friendly enough. Quiz night every Wednesday with alcoholic prizes which my group won 2 out of 3 rounds of.

Thank Cameron39201
Reviewed 17 September 2017 via mobile

Ok ambiance, very basic western food, ok taste, cocktails not very good, located on one of the main streets in kk

Thank Bart P
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Just a short walk from Sabah suria we decided to go there based on the overall feedbacked posted on trip adviser. We were greeted by a squashed dead rat out the front of restaurant...really...would you just put it in bin? We walked in with some...More

1  Thank Kilojoules007
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Questions & Answers
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
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$3 - US$7
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Groups, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
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: | 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 19-893 5499
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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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