Centro Restaurant
Centro Restaurant

Centro Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.centrodining.com/
  • Phone: 5152481780x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday- Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Carte Blanche,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: George Formaro
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: www.centrodesmoines.com
  • Private Party Facilities: www.centrodesmoines.com
  • Private Party Contact: Rod De Angelo 5152481780x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 10th Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: In addition to street parking and several near-by public ramps, Centro patrons are welcome to use the ING parking lot a 9th and Locust every day after 5pm.
A word from Centro Restaurant
Conveniently located in downtown Des Moines lives one of the city’s most popular restaurants, Centro. The urban eatery specializes in delicious Italian-inspired food featuring fresh ingredients and masterful preparation by Chef George Formaro. Whether you’re ordering a multi-course meal or grabbing a drink and pizza at the bar, Centro’s lively, casual yet upscale atmosphere makes it perfect for dining with friends, family, clients and business associates.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
Centro Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
167 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (102)fit for foodies (73)good for groups (59)romantic (53)notable wine list (50)great for lunch (47)neighborhood gem (47)hot spot (45)great for outdoor dining (33)great for brunch (19)vibrant bar scene (17)scenic view (9)kid-friendly (7)late-night find (6)Show More
  • Service
    Trynewplaces
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I have always loved going to centros but this time the server wasn't always waiting in us, we actually had 2 other servers at one point! One server was to get us drinks and another was to get us the dessert menu. It almost seemed like our server was to busy for us...I would go back to centros again but I don't want the same server!!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious
    Lingo
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    I've been here three times now, as every time I go to Des Moines, Centro is on my list of places to go. The service is friendly and efficient; the food is delicious, and the atmosphere is casual elegant. I've seen diners dressed up, and I've seen diners very casually dressed. It's a great spot for lunch or dinner, with a nice variety of menu items. I loved the roast brussel sprouts with aioli, the Greek salad and the pizzas. I had a corn risotto that was delicious and my companions thoroughly enjoyed their pasta dishes. I would like to try their brunch the next time I'm in Des Moines, but I'm certain that will be equally delicious. I highly recommend Centro. My only complaint is there isn't one in the Chicago suburbs!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Enjoyable
    KenW
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    Nice warm lunch experience on a cold rainy day. Jessica was very hospitable and accommodating. Service was excellent.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding AGAIN
    RLReasonsVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Last minute decision at 8:00pm - excellent meal, great service, fairly reasonable prices. Always a great choice
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Going away
    Sara
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    My family and I gathered for a going away event and the meal was outstanding. The reservation time needed to be changed, and the individual on the phone made me like I had just called my mom to tell her we were running late and changed the reservation without hesitation. The service was attentive, but not overly so. Thank you for a memorable evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sunday!
    joyfuldining
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    Great place for Sunday brunch! You can have your choice of omelets and French toast; top it all off with a Bloody Mary. Be sure to GO!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding
    DirectorVIP
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We have never had a bad meal or bad service. One of the most outstanding restaurants we have dined at around the United States.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner and theater
    rockyr49
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    My wife and I took her son and his fiance to Des Moines to see Phantom. We decided on Centro for our dinner. Our first time there and it was great. I had the lobster ravioli, my wife the 3 cheese medallions, her son the pork chop and his fiance the chicken francese. At the end of the meal there was not a bite left on anyone's plate. We each sampled all of the dishes and could not pick one that was the best. The sides were equally as good. For desert we had the George's marshmallow sundae and a piece of cheese cake. All of it superb. We have found a new place to eat when we go to Des Moines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SGADFDA
    SGADFDA
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Food was outstanding. I had the rigatoni with sausage. Delicious and so was the house salad. The wine (Pinot Noir from Chile was great) The restaurant was a little cool; I felt the ventilation. Other than that, it was a great experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stellar!
    discerning
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    I've relied on Centro for special dates, Valentine's Day, birthday celebrations and my wedding reception. It routinely exceeds expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Amazing
    Tony
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The atmosphere at Centro is amazing the the service outstanding. The waitress asked if we were going to the concert in town that night and stated she would make sure we got there in time. Very impressive to say the least. The seafood and chicken dishes were top of the line. Just an amazing experience all around.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Delicious food. Fun atmosphere. Special treatment. I'm going back the next time I'm in town...better yet I may drive the two hours there just for the great dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great as usual
    Ericksne
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Took my parents here for dinner. The first time they have been. It didn't disappoint. The food was spot on as usual, and the service was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Almost there, but not quite
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Centro has great ambience, an energetic vibe, an excellent waiting staff, a fine bar service, and a very good selection of wines. One of our appetizers was quite good: calamari, while the other was so-so: fried ravioli (skip it!) was a bit tough. The salad with gorgonzola and pecans was delicious. I ordered scallops and they were tasty, but overcooked and therefore not tender. It came with a bed of spinach laced with pancetta that was flavorful and nicely done. My husband ordered chicken saltimbocca, which was again just okay. I hope the restaurant reads its reviews and strives to improve these main courses.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Awesome!
    Skyline
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Took a friend from Atlanta to dinner at Centro and a tour of downtown. She was impressed by everything. Our meals were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful!
    bekacash
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Took my in-laws here for my in-law's 40th wedding anniversary. They had never been before and thought it was TERRIFIC! The portions were incredibly filling, our waiter was very attentive to us, will definitely be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to celebrate
    8well
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    The food, including dessert, was delicious. The server was very attentive and polite. Even the drinks were perfect!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food - so-so service
    PtlandBob
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    After being seated and water poured, it was at least 30 minutes until somebody came by to ask if we wanted anything to drink/eat. And that was only because I flagged down a server and asked if anybody was going to take our order. But the food - as always - was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous
    Hard2please
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    A little expensive but perfect for date night! Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great deals on Monday
    Daffy
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    Half price pizza is the only reason I would revisit Centro. Otherwise, food is mediocre for the price you pay. The pork chop and tofu gnocci my bf and I ordered on our first visit was a disappointment. The New Yorker pizza we ordered on our second visit was decent, but we both agreed that it's definitely not worth paying full price for. We stopped visiting Centro until we discover the promotion they have. Also, the restaurant is so loud, we have to literally yell at each other across the table. There's absolutely no privacy since the tables are really close to each other. The service however, met the expectation. Other than the breadboy who clearly hates to be there, the hostesses are polite, and the servers are very attentive.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Frank Nelsen
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We loved the atmosphere. the Ribeye was cooked to perfection, and the beef medallions melted in you mouth. the chicken saltimbocca was a great dish! enjoyed a great glass of wine with dinner. we had fantastic service, she truly made us comfortable and did not rush us. it was a very enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • highly recommended!
    getinmybelly
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Everything was great. Server was awesome. Appetizer was delicious and the main course was perfect. I had the "George's favorite" calzone. Leftovers the next day were just as delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • favorite
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    wonderful service and excellent food! We will be visiting this restaurant again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and great service
    Roni
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    We went to Centro in Des Moines for a last dinner with our son after moving him into Drake University. Because we went at am off time (3:30 pm) they had a limited menu with was actually perfect--appetizers, pizzas, salads. There were plenty of choices depending on what you wanted. The crab cakes, salads and pizzas were all perfect! Thanks Centro!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great!
    kdamitz
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    This place is great, okay for kids - not meant for kids, but they are allowed
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monday night birthday
    eem309
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My husband, 18-month old, and I went to Centro on Monday to celebrate my birthday. It was a great dinner...we took advantage of the Monday 1/2 price pizza special and ordered a pizza and cavatelli to share. Lots of great food and plenty to take home. Husband's cocktail was delicious and toddler loved the South Union bread and bites of everything else. Consistently a great place...kind of spendy for everyday but great for "sometimes". We always enjoy Centro.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service
    Islandjer
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    While the food was good, the service was what really stood out. Our waiter, Travis was very personable, and answered all our questions. He was always there when we needed him, but did not hover.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DISAPPOINTMENT
    MARGO
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    THOUGHT 'RESTAURANT WEEK' SPECIAL MENU VERY UN-APPETIZING. CUCUMBER SOUP, GOAT RAGU, NOT SOMETHING I'D EXPECT FOR PREMIER ITALIAN DOWNTOWN EATERY. LEMON TART DESSERT WAS VERRRY DRY. OUR PARTY OF FOUR OPTED FOR ENTREE ON REGULAR MENU.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a great evening!!!
    amaryca
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    It was the place our 18 year old chose to celebrate her birthday with several friends. We had two separate tables--one for the celebration and one for the parents nearby. Bobby, our waiter, did a fabulous job of taking care of our 2 groups. The 2 girls celebrating their 18th birthdays were given complimentary desserts with candles. It was a very nice evening. Centro's was the perfect place to celebrate. And our girls felt very special on their special day. Several at my table ordered the scallops--yummm! Will definitely order those again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • noisy outdoor dining
    birthdaydinner
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The outdoor setting is a good option, however, street traffic creates much noise. Service could improve.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • awesome experience
    Sara
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I recently visited Centro during my sister's bachelorette weekend in Des Moines, and I've all ready recommended it to friends who will soon be in the area! The food was absolutely amazing, wine list had something for everyone, and service was phenomenal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful! Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    We go to Centro every time we visit from Bettendorf. It's wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable!
    Love2dine
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The service was amazing! Our waiter was pure sweetness and the food was delicious! =)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing. Again.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    $30 salmon dish was extremely overdone and dry. Waiter was sullen and rude. Hostess tried to seat us inside even though we had a reservation requesting outside and there was a table available. Overall felt unwelcome and ripped off. Unfortunately not unusual for Centro.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Meh...
    DocK
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    This was our second visit within a couple of months. The service was quite competent, but the food was mediocre at best. One of my companions had Greek salad and I had chicken saltimbocca. The salad, according to my friend, was not up to the standard of quality we had expected after our previous visit. My dish was also disappointing. The chicken had been prepared beforehand (as had the overcooked fettucine) and was not properly suffused with the taste of the prosciutto and the other flavors. The servings were overly generous; it was apparent that Centro is trying to impress its clientele with quantity; quality is only a secondary priority. The restaurant was busy and too noisy for conversation among four people at normal volume.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious Dining
    BB03
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    My college girlfriends and I had a girls weekend and chose Centro to dine for the evening. I ordered the Veggie Burger and it was delicious! We all loved the bread that is served before the meal and each enjoyed a cocktail with dinner. There were many items on the menu I still hope to try! Looking forward to dining at Centro on future trips to Des Moines.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SOOOO GOOD!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Came to Centro for my husband's birthday. I ordered the Three Cheese Medallions, and oh-my-goodness, to die for!! Hubby ordered the ribeye, which was just as good! Both were perfectly done... wine list has lots to offer. Server was very friendly! Ambience is somewhat romantic with low lighting, but is a large open room with many tables so if privacy is what you're looking for, probably not the best place for your occasion. But if excellent food is what you're looking for, this is your place!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Relaxed Sunday Brunch
    FoodieFamilyandFriend
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We took an Italian friend to a Sunday Brunch and we all enjoyed our meal and the service. The food was worth foodie photos and we did take and send several shots. Thanks for a lovely experience combined with delicious food. Oh, and the desserts were over the top amazing. We'll be back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mark
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    This restaurant always inspires conversation for the work groups I entertain for dinner. The staff is professional, food is very good and cocktails refreshing after a long day at the office. The environment is the livliest in Des Moines - very appropriate for relationship building!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never disappointing
    Headline
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Centro is a go-to place for special dinners, Sunday evening getaways, an after-show recap, and let's-go-somewhere-nice-but-doesn't-have-to-be-expensive venue. The menu has a nice range from pizza to interesting entrees -- $10 to $30 range. Wood-fired pizzas, salad and a beer or wine are a staple, as are their burgers as well as special entrees. Atmosphere is usually active and fun without being pretentious or stuffy. Very comfortable place for our family and an asset to Des Moines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.