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Centro Restaurant
Centro Restaurant

Centro Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.centrodining.com
  • Phone: (515) 248-1780
  • 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 (515) 248-1780

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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Mary out server was outstanding / hospitable / warm and energetic. The food was excellent and served in a timely manner. The overall experience was a wonderful way to spend an evening."
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "This was my first visit to Centro in some time. One reason we have not dined there more frequently is that the noise level (despite the installation of a few acoustic ceiling tiles) continues to make conversation at normal volume difficult. Otherwise, I was favorably impressed by the service--our server was prompt, courteous, helpful, and efficient. One minor complaint: don't remove plates until ALL in the party are finished eating. The food was good; fresh and plentiful. All three in our party had the same dish and it received unanimous approval. Centro is moving in the right direction."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Nice evening out to dinner with my wife. Always enjoy Centro. Great food and no wait with our reservation! Enjoy the atmosphere, the décor and the location. Food has always been great."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "I went for a birthday dinner with my boyfriend. We are from Ames and wanted to get out and go somewhere new. We were recommended Centro by friends and after checking it out online decided to try it! We ordered small onion rings, which seemed to have Parmesan or something in the coating and were very good. We each had soup- he had ham and bean which I also sampled and I had the tomato basil. It was more like a pasta sauce but the tortellini was excellent! We split the Steak Centro? The beef tenderloin whatever it's called and it was perfect. They gave us each a plate with half of the full portion, it was a great size! We finished with the marshmallow sundae, just as good as the rest. Ended up at about $70 for a 4 course meal- not bad!!!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "great service, wonderful discounts on martini's (3-6) and they were great; Just a tad noisy especially with yelling from the kitchen. Otherwise, fun and a great place to eat!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Consistently excellent food and service. Dishes are interesting without being pretentious. Not an intimate venue (it's a see-&-be-seen kind of place), but if you don't require that, I'd recommend Centro anytime."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We were in from out if town and always try to dine at Centro. We have never been disappointed with our meal . . . Have had lunch, dinner and brunch 👍"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "We expected a superb dining experience and were not disappointed. Service was top notch. Food was delicious. We had the meat and cheese platter as a "primo" and the server explained what the cheeses and meats were. The plate included wonderful olives, toasted bread and marcona almonds. Our main course was scallops, on a bed of spinach sautéed with a spicy sausage, and fingerling potatoes. The scallops were seared and were buttery and tender…absolutely the best we've had in years. Love the vibe of this place…its opening years ago led to the revitalization of the Des Moines downtown area."
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "Our team had a celebratory lunch at Centro. The staff was very accommodating and the food was terrific!"
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "My wife of one year and I had dinner here for our anniversary and really enjoyed the food and service. They even surprised us with an amazing piece of the best cheese cake I've had in a long time. We will definitely be returning!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Things can just happen but my steak ($35) was ordered medium and it came out very well done and tough as shoe leather; garlic mashed were room temperature to cool; my other guests food was pretty good; mostly pasta dishes. I will go back, but probably for pizza or pasta dishes."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Des Moines' best is getting better. Great food and service. Our favorite downtown spot!"
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "I had an excellent experience for my birthday dinner! Our waiter was wonderful and the food was outstanding!"
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Great place to take the wife for a special evening. Food and service were great and the location so close to the Temple Theatre made it a no brainer. We will definitely be back."
    Dined on 6/6/2014
  • "My wife and I recently celebrated our 34th anniversary at Centro. The service was excellent, food was great and generous portions. I specifically chose Centro in part because of their participation in Buy Fresh Buy Local program where they purchase local foods whenever they can. The restaurant provides a great atmosphere and we enjoyed a very nice evening out."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "We have been to Centro several times and are disappointed by the food. The service on this occasion was better than usual. The thing that I never enjoy is the lack of intimacy. The tables are so close together, I always feel like I am sharing my meal with the tables next to me. When I am not sharing my conversation with the table next to me I am treated to my servers back side as they helped the table next to ours. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "I first ate at Centro last year while on business in DSM. The food was consistently outstanding, the portions were generous and the service was attentive, friendly and efficient. Yesterday, I was in town and had the chance to take my parents downtown for brunch. Centro was all of the above and made a wonderful dining experience for me and my folks. Oh, and get the French toast, for yourself, or to share."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "I went to Centro with my sister to celebrate her new job. As always the wine list was long with a variety of choices, the service was excellent, and the food was delicious. Both of us took a box home. My only wish is that they had Panna Cotta on the dessert menu because they are a place that would give the dessert the justice it deserves."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Excellent place to take someone special for a special occasion."
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Creative dishes very well prepared and presented. Portion size was more than adequate. Service and ambience was great"
    Dined on 5/19/2014
  • "We wanted to try something new for our first wedding anniversary and was not disappointed! The food was so good and the staff was very helpful. We will definitely be putting Centro into out date night rotation. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Centro did not disappoint Saturday night. The service from entry to exit was thoughtful and attentive. The food was fantastic and the wine was the perfect compliment. The atmosphere was perfect for a small girls' night out."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "I was ecstatic to see that Centro had brought back their BBQ Chicken pizza! It was absolutely delicious!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Centro never fails to deliver a delicious meal and a great dining experience."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "Once again we went to Centro and had a wonderful time. The food was fabulous - from the appetizers (mussels and crabcakes) to the meals (scallops for two of us - always fantastic), lobster ravioli (delicious), and steak (ditto). We shared and enjoyed it all. Dessert was wonderful as well - chocolate torte and marshmallow something. We will continue to come back again and again."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Overall my wife and I enjoyed Centro and will come again. That being said I am disappointed in the way my reservation was handled. My wife and I arrived approximately 5 minutes before our reservation time of 1:00 pm. Gave the hostess my name and she curtly stated that they will be a short wait. In the lobby there were a group of five, and two other couples besides us they did not have a reservation. Also looking around the restaurant with what I could see there were open tables which could of been filled. Now these other groups were seated before us! Why should I make a reservation? At 1:10 pm we were seated at a table that had been open since we arrived. Reservations should be honored over the walk-ins!"
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "I have had several different foods at Centro and everything has been wonderful. Highly recommend as this is one of our favorite restaurants in the area. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The stuffed French toast is amazing! We go to Centro every year for my daughters birthday. She loves the French toast, and we all do to."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Centro filled the bill extremely well when we needed a fun spot for dinner AFTER a 7:30pm show at the Temple for Preforming Arts next door. The show as scheduled to last until 9:45 so I made a 10pm reservation. We actually got out a little earlier and Centro graciously prepared a table for us with only a couple of minutes wait. We both went in with steak and pasta on our minds, but the chef's features were too tempting and seasonal specials won out. Lamb Sugo with House-made Pasta for my spouse and Pizza with Merengue Sausage and Ramps for me. We will have to go back and pursue the regular menu another time! If you like anchovies on your Caesar salad, order it here! Interesting wine and cocktails complete the package. "
    Dined on 5/2/2014
  • "We've eaten at Centro many times but today we were surprised that two salad lunch, with a cup of soup and side order of brussel sprouts, water and ice tea cost over $50! A bit pricey for DSM!"
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Very attentive service. Nice place to Dine...no matter who you are."
    Dined on 4/30/2014
  • "Food and service were very good. However, a bit on the pricey side."
    Dined on 4/28/2014
  • "Food and service was excellent. It did get pretty loud, but if that the worst thing so be it. We will be going back again and again."
    Dined on 4/23/2014
  • "Fantastic food and service. So good we went 2 nights in a row. Entrees solid, onion rings thick and yummy. Cavatelli best in class, pizza just so-so."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "the food and service was great, our server was very knowledgable of the menu "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "Loved sitting in the bar and watching people, your people dressed up for prom."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "Racoon River was horrible. Never again. Manager needs customer service training! Kids running all over restaurant and loud. We had an Open table reservation and less than half full. When asked to be moved was told other tables reserved. I guess Open Table doesn't count and neither does someone who visits related establishments weekly. Please go to Chuck E Cheese and you would have a more relaxed dinner."
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "I have only been to Centro for special occasions or as a treat from a friend, but each time I've been there I've loved the food and ambiance. It is consistently delicious, a lovely setting, very friendly and efficient staff at all levels - helpful and attentive without being intrusive - and a genuine treat at all levels. I do with the evening entrees included a lovely salad, instead of having to order it separately. I have recommended Centro to many people and all have been delighted with it as well! Thank you!"
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Food and service were excellent! We enjoyed our meal. We will definitely be back!"
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "We came to dinner from out of town as we had a concert to attend at the Civic Centre later in the evening. Tried a couple of appetizers (portobello mushrooms and roasted brussell sprouts) that were both delicious. We all had different dinners and all were happy with their selections. The waitress was outstanding with excellent suggestions and thoughts about our different selections - and was very attentive without being intrusive. Although the noise is a bit high (yes, I could hear most of the neighboring tables conversation when we were not actively conversing), it is still an attractive ambience there. "
    Dined on 4/18/2014