We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Highly recommended!”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of El Centro

El Centro
Ranked #2 of 563 Restaurants in Kota Kinabalu
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$3 - US$7
Cuisines: Mexican, American, Bar, International, Fusion
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Dinner, Drinks, Lunch, After-hours, Brunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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.
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Highly recommended!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2014

I ate here most days whilst staying in KK. Here's why... The vegetarian options are endless, the food is clean, the customer service is great, but most of all... the food is delicious! I don't have a single complaint about this restaurant! Highly recommended.

  • Visited July 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Alex G
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

634 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    319
    223
    70
    15
    7
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Indonesian first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Korean first
  • Norwegian first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
London, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
52 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Good food and inexpensive”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2014

Quite central in KK on the main road. The menu is fairly short but there is enough choice for all tastes. We ate here twice and enjoyed both times the staff are friendly and can read if you want to chat or not.
The food arrived quickly and was very good and inexpensive, if you are in town give it a go

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank johnb73
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Daegu, South Korea
Level Contributor
58 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Quite Nice”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

I ate here a few times during my stay in KK. Thr food was good and the service was wonderful. This is a nice option if you'd likr pizza but without the pizza hut prices.

Helpful?
Thank NashvilleS
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
1 review
“Fantastic food with friendly staff and a vibrant atmosphere.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014

The inner city of Kota Kinabalu has very little options for vegetarians, and very little options that haven't been deep fried in unhealthy oils. El Centro combats this standard. It is a beautiful little bar and restaurant with a very friendly international staff. The food is incredible, and served quickly and professionally.

I had the mushroom bruschetta with a vegetarian panini and the brownie for dessert. No complaints at all. Best meal I've had since my arrival!

  • Visited July 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
Thank David T
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Level Contributor
40 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Cafe style pitstop”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2014 via mobile

We ate here on 11 July 2014, we had a bucket of beer, 4x Carlsberg, I had fried chicken noodles and my husband had a pizza. The bill was really reasonable and perhaps if I had room for the homemade chocolate brownie which is highly rated on TA I would have had a different experience.
The food was okay and reasonably priced but compared to Party Play lifestyle cafe this place didn't rate for us.

  • Visited July 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Helpful?
1 Thank Mmsie
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed El Centro also viewed

Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu District
Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu District
 
Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu District
Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu District
 
Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu District
Kota Kinabalu, Kota Kinabalu District
 

Been to El Centro? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing