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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.
PRICE RANGE
RM 7 - RM 40
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
CUISINES
Mexican, Bar, International
FEATURES
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Street Parking, Wine and Beer, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Family style, Non-smoking restaurants
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After many days with great local taste, we have opted for Mexican dinner 🥘. Ordered quesadillas and tortillas, quick dinner, served in short time. Restaurant decently occupied mostly with tourists. Enjoyed

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 2 October 2023

A great selection of breakfast meals and very reasonable. Shakshuka is by far the best I've had and the big breakfast is everything you could want in a meal! Coffee is great and the fresh juices have become a daily favourite. Great spot for breakfast...or brunch with friends!More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 24 September 2023

Nice atmosphere. Good food. Generous cocktails (you can really taste the alcohol, unlike at some other places).

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 25 August 2023

Check reviews and this came high up. In middle of backpacker district. We had vegetarian quesadillas, hubby had margarita and I had my usual Gin and tonic. I have never had such a strong G&T anywhere. Stronger than the ones I would make myself. Food...was good and staff were friendly. Place was very clean.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 23 August 2023 via mobile

Enjoyed our evening here. Turned up without a reservation and it was busy due to a very large table. Advised we would have a wait for a table which was fine. Sat at bar and had a beer. Service was a bit haphazard and food...came out separately. Our son had finished his main before we got ours but no big deal. Ended up eating at the bar which was fine. Food was very delicious. Our sons burger was very tasty indeed. Vegetable burrito was amazing and steak fajitas plentiful and tasty. Good value for money and we would definitely return but would plan to book next time to guarantee a table.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 6 August 2023

Fantastic restaurant in that city with good prices for alcool ( wine) It’s really a better option than the restaurants expensive and not so good at the Waterfront. Bravo to the staff very kind, bravo for the food.... Thank you.... Stop to go eat at...waterfront..... StanMore

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 31 July 2023

We came here for dinner as a big group of 10 and we had a really enjoyable time. It was a Sunday night and the place was packed and the only complaint was that it was hard to hear our conversations as there were noisy...children in the restaurant on the opposite table. The menu is very varied with lots of options for every palate. The service was good and all the food for our group seemed to arrive more or less at the same time. I had the Thai chicken salad and there was way too much chicken and I would have been happy with half the amount. It was delicious with a great spicy flavour. Others ordered tacos, burritos, burgers and pizzas and all the food looked really good. We thought the food and also drink options were very reasonably priced. A great spot for dinner and we would definitely recommend.More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 5 July 2023

The staff are really friendly and attentive. There were loads of great vegetarian options for us. This was the second time we have eaten there both times the food was excellent. Our blueberry mint crush gin was amazing. Music was awesome too. Be aware it...is cash only.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 20 June 2023 via mobile

We walked to this place for dinner as it had great reviews. When we arrived it had a number of other guests setting a good vibe for the place. The menu had lots of options for both my wife (vegetarian) and my young daughter. While...the food did take a long time to arrive we were happy with the taste. The place only accepts cash.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 8 June 2023 via mobile

We went out last night in KK and had a good time. It was Saturday night and the place was packed, though we only waited 10 min or so for a table. Service was a little slow, but the wait staff were attentive to our...needs for drinks etc. I think it must be a small kitchen and the crowd on Saturday night makes keeping up with the orders challenging, but the food is worth the wait. Mixture of Mexican, Asian dishes. I had the chicken satay (best peanut sauce ever) and the chicken and black bean burrito was incredible. Great drink menu with pitchers of frozen drinks available making for the most likely night life we saw in KK. Definitely worth a try.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 15 April 2023 via mobile

Fantastic small eatery with a great menu. Great atmosphere. Good range of food options (mostly Western). Really enjoyed.

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 7 April 2023

Good place to cool down and find something to eat a little more familiar. Salads are awesome and I loved the three bean chilli. Cocktails are really well made and definitely moorish.. Service is friendly and helpful and English is spoken. Very economical, a great...value for money cafe/restaurant. TIP: Can get crowed so if you going at meal times arrive early.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 26 March 2023 via mobile

My go to place in Kota Kinabalu. Staff are friendly, veggie burritos are great, vibe is chilled and cool. What more do you want.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 7 March 2023 via mobile

MUST visit in KK. Food is brilliant and drinks also (the barman in particular makes a huge effort and his drinks are delicious - and strong!) also great value for money.

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 26 December 2022 via mobile

Fantastic experience Small restaurant fab drinks and excellent food! We had tacos pizza and quesadillas and they were all delicious we even finished the meal with a couple of desserts to share between us omg brownie and dark chocolate & caramel ganache tart were amazing!...Atmosphere fun and livelyMore

Date of visit: December 2022
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hi-yes we serve coffee that is good! you can also add baileys or khalua
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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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El Centro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5