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Centro Latin Kitchen & Refreshment Palace

950 Pearl St.
Boulder, CO 80302
303-442-7771
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Cassandra Kotnik

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  • Mon-Wed 4pm-10pm, Thu 4pm-11pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 9:30am-11pm, Sun 9:30am-10pm
  • $$
  • Banquet Facilities, Business Dining, Catering, Kid Friendly, Patio/Sidewalk Dining, Private Party, Takeout, Vegetarian Friendly, Wheelchair accessible
  • Brunch, Dinner, Lunch
  • Full bar
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Accepted, Reservations Recommended
Not only is Centro a beautiful restaurant, a casual restaurant and an undeniably cool restaurant with a bar that pours some stiff drinks, its food is good, smart, original and stubbornly uncompromising. It's nominally a Mexican restaurant, with a menu listing bocaditas of chips and salsas and rellenos; simple carne asada and enchiladas and carnitas are among the mains. But on almost every plate, something extra has been added, something that muddies the dish's origins; these innovations, taken altogether, make chef Ian Clark's menu less Mexican comfort food and more a fusion of taquerias around the world.

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