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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.
US$2 - US$10
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Mexican, Bar, Cafe, International, Spanish
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

The place moved to Lorong Dewan KK, but the foods remain the same. Delicious as ever and cocktails still the best. Bigger space, cozy ambiance

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 10 March 2021 via mobile

New location is awesome which adds to the good western Mexican food and healthy selection of cocktails and beer

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 10 March 2021 via mobile

Still the best in KK. Place has moved to Australia Place (opposite nook cafe and 50m from Mamasitas). You won’t fail here. Owner is a little strange though.

Date of visit: March 2021
Reviewed 4 September 2020

We came here on a whim as another place we wanted to go to was closed... great ambience.. packed but still nice... great music... great great great food and service was fast as well... :)

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 15 August 2020

I went quite a while ago now and forgot to review it. I went with my wife and my two kids we all said it taste amazing. I enjoyed the cocktails too. I would definitely recommend going :)

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 23 July 2020 via mobile

We visited it with friends and had a great experience. The food choices are excellent, including for vegetarians, and the drinks are good too. Good service and excellent value for money. Highly recommended.

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 31 March 2020

We have been there for pub quiz night and it was a blast. Maybe a bit lengthy but with a prize (drinks) to be won in every round. The drinks are fantastic, there are no plastic straws. Instead they serve drinks in real glasses and...with metal straws. The food was delicious and I truely enjoyed my time.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 18 March 2020

Visited twice, first time the taco's were phenominal and were scoffed in a few minutes. Dessert very good too, special offer on a monday of free can of beer with every mexican meal ordered. Loved it. Second visit was good, though not as good as...the first time. Probably beacuase we had the exact same meal as last time so the surprise wasn't there. Highly recommendedMore

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 5 March 2020 via mobile

We went here on a Wednesday evening and found a pub quiz about to start, so we had some fun playing along whilst eating some great food - Aubergine Parmiggiano and Beef Burger, both freshly cooked and washed down with reasonably priced drinks. The place...was full and boasted a lively atmosphere. We wouldn’t hesitate to go back.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed 3 March 2020

ok so food is really good, cool atmosphere but for me the best part is they encourage people to bring in their Tupperwares from home for take away orders. They don't buy new plastic containers for their take aways!

Date of visit: February 2020
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9 May 2018|
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Response from healey32 | Property representative |
it is every Wednesday at 8:30pm
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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Frequently Asked Questions about El Centro

Yes, El Centro offers takeaway services.

El Centro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5