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#79 of 1,126 Restaurants in Raleigh
Certificate of Excellence
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106 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601
+1 919-835-3593
17:30 - 22:30
11:00 - 14:30
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Mon - Thu 17:30 - 21:30
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:30
Fri - Sat 17:30 - 22:30
Sat 11:00 - 14:30
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Quaint little restaurant in downtown Raleigh. Service was great and very fast. The tamale plate with cream sauces was very good. Crispy chips with fresh salsa. All the ingredients seemed freshly prepared.

Thank Larry A
Raleigh, North Carolina
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I see a lot of reviews here saying the food is great. I can see if you don't know Mexican food, you may say that. There is nothing Innovative or different about the food at Centro. I found that it was very bland and tasteless. I had the guacamole and it had no taste. I ordered the tamales, I was... More 

Thank Melissa M
Raleigh, North Carolina
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47 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Centro is not the run-of-the-mill quick Mexican restaurant. I LOVE the envuelto con marranito appetizer - pork on a sweet jalapeno cornbread cake. Great margaritas and ambiance. One of our go-tos when people come visit from out of town. Also love that Centro is very involved in the local community. Bonus - check out Pello Gallon, the mexcal/cocktail bar upstairs... More 

Thank Meredith S
Plymouth, North Carolina
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

If you like food that looks good this is the place to eat, However, if you like food that taste good this may not be the place to eat . I told myself that maybe it was more Authentic Mex however I really believe it was more microwave mex

Thank fatmanD
Raleigh, North Carolina
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17 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

My wife and I visited Centro shortly after moving to the Raleigh area and were impressed! We split the enchiladas and they were delicious. Decor is a little funky and our server was not very attentive, but overall it was a good experience and we will be back. The menu is more upscale Mexican food so it is pretty expensive,... More 

Thank chaceifland
Wade, North Carolina
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Stopped here on our Taste of Carolina Tour and it was fantastic! Still not really sure what they served us but it was absolutely delicious so who cares. The tacos looked amazing but I didn't get to try them. Just gives me a good reason to come back. One of the best margaritas I've ever had and I've been to... More 

Thank Tim D
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Best steak tacos I ever had. Wait staff very attentive and friendly. Highly recommended! All of our food was fresh and of the highest quality.

Thank Dennis J
Owings Mills, Maryland
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

The food, service, atmosphere and location is "everything!" New to area and after several failed attempts at finding great Mexican food, thought we were doomed. But then we find Centro. From the moment we arrived the buzz of the restaurant and the greeting of the hostess set the dining experience. Kristine was our server and she was/is incredible!! Authentic and... More 

Thank ETWill
Charlotte, North Carolina
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68 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Restaurant is a little dark when you enter but great service and food. Had fish tacos, which are spicy, which I love. I typically don't like avocado but it added just the right compliment to beautifully cooked mahi. Margarita was also really good so Centro will be a frequent stop on trips to downtown Raleigh.

Raleigh, North Carolina
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79 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

We love Mexican food and have heard about this place so we checked it out. We were glad we did. We went in on a Saturday evening and were lucky to get a couple of bar seats. We started with a couple of margaritas and they were great. Ross and Dan were behind the bar and they provided excellent service.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Mexican, Latin, Spanish
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 14:30
17:30 - 22:30
17:30 - 22:30
11:00 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 106 S. Wilmington St., Raleigh, NC 27601
  • Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  Raleigh
  • Phone Number: +1 919-835-3593
Centro was born from the hearts of Angela Salamanca and her uncle, Carlos, who shared a love for art, and fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine. We pride ourselves on using as many fresh, organic and local ingredients as possible to provide you with healthy, flavorful food as well as to support our local farmers. Our mission is to serve you the best locally-sourced Mexican and Latin American cuisine, innovative margaritas and cocktails, and to give back to our wonderful community.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?