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Centro Restaurant
Centro Restaurant

Centro Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.centrodining.com
  • Email: rdeangelo@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
  • "This was a Great find with exceptional service and great ambiance!! We had a party of 4 and all of our appetizers and dinners were Fantastico !! When in Des Moines I absolutely would and also highly recommend El Centto. Steve from Texas"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Had pre ordered a Shirley Temple on Open Table - was waiting when we arrived - my daughter was thrilled. I had a couple glasses on wine. We both got grilled cheese. Was a fun date. Food and drink - both top notched."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "The Food is Very Good Indeed .. Without a doubt one of the best restaurants in the region.. But... They need to add additional Acoustical absorption in the Bar Ceiling .. and on some walls... I know they did some in the eating area years ago.. but they need some more..in the correct place so folks can carry on a conversation more easily.. As they are always busy.. Get reservations.. Cocktails are really good.. "Well done" to the Staff.. ."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Centro is one of my favorite restaurants in Des Moines, the food and service is always excellent, I love sitting on the patio in the summer and I feel like I'm in a downtown hot spot."
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "Great food every time, great atmosphere, good service, overall a definite repeat!"
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Four of us had brunch before going to the Civic Center to see Porgy & Bess. Everything was lovely as always. We enjoyed having a choice between lunch and breakfast. There was one mistake on our order, but it was immediately remedied."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "We had read reviews here and elsewhere which rated Centro as the best restaurant in Des Moines. We were disappointed. Service was below average--we were rushed until it was time for the bill and then we sat. Our food was underwhelming. I had one of their special pizzas. The crust was partially burned and when not tasting that unpleasantness, the pizza was otherwise bland. My wife had the veal. It was fine, but nothing special."
    Dined on 4/6/2014
  • "Food had no flavor. Little noisier than usual. Wine was warm. IThs was the first time not satisfied. Will go back for I know this is not usual for Centro."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Best Pizza in years. Beer was outstanding. Wife loved the margarita. Cozy atmosphere, you cannot hear the table next to you. Great place and even greater service."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Recently brought our project team in for our end of project celebration. Our waiter quickly welcomed us and offered us the specials of the day. We had a variety of food from pizza to salads to sandwichs to the pasta special. The team all commented on the how great the food tasted. This great dining spot down-town will remain as one of our favorites."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "The server was the best I have had in a long time. And I dine out a lot."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Love this place. Service was wonderful as always. Food was great as always! It is a favorite!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Central salad was fantastic, certainly tops on my list. Steaks were done to perfection and service was first class. Wonderful!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Delicious food, great service. The whole package. Strongly recommended."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "I've heard wonderful things about Centro but it surpassed my expectations. We were greeted by a friendly (and cute!) host who was super nice and actually got us in earlier than expected. Our waiter was a delight and very helpful on suggesting food/drink choices. The food was EXCELLENT. I can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Food was very delicious and staff provided a great service and was incredibly kind."
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "The food was good, a little overpriced. The noise level was ridiculous. Could not hear the people that were seated at our table, there were only four of us."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "Service - after a week of dining out with groups for lunches and dinners, we finished with the best service in town! Our waiter seemed genuine, knew the menu well, gave great recommendations, and attended the table with appropriate timing. Food - salads were light, fresh, and crisp. Soups had good textures but flavor seemed a tad muted. Atmosphere - always loud, but a happy busy noise. A very enjoyable meal to close out a social dining week."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "The food at Centro is awesome, the service is too but the French Fries are even better. Splurge with some dressing for a special treat. Love this place!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "We stopped in at Centro for drinks and dessert to celebrate a birthday. I was glad to see people coming into the restaurant to have dinner at 8:45. That being said, the only issue I ever have with Centro is the noise level. Whenever I am there, it always seems really loud, which can make conversation a challenge. We ordered the creme brulee, which to my surprise was chocolate. They added chambord to it, and raspberries and chocolate being such good mates, it was very good. One serving between the two of us post-meal was plenty. The only other nit I have is with the garnish on my drink. I asked for a lemon twist, and it was served with a big ol' lemon wedge hanging off the glass! Even I know how to make a twist, barkeep!"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Everything was great. The only down part was that the tables were too close together with the couples next to us and it was a little unconfortable. Even so we will definately be back"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I wanted to go somewhere special that I hadn't been to for my 25th birthday. I had heard great things about Centro and decided to try it out. We had reservations and were seated right away. Our waiter was great. He made sure to check on us regularly, but not so often to be a bother. Drinks and appetizers were both great. I had the Undercurrent to drink and our table shared the Portobello fries. Our entrees came out just as we were finishing off the fries. I had the Chicken & Prosciutto. It was delicious and enough for me to take home leftovers. Everybody at the table enjoyed their meals as well. I was treated with a dessert for my birthday and chose George's Marshmallow Sundae. It was a lot to eat for one person, but, again, very tasty."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "Although we had reservations it was difficult getting our food in time to make a show in the Temple, We reserved for 6:30 for a 7:30 show thinking if we ordered salads and a side we would make it but we had to take our sides with us. Reserve before 6:30 if you have show tickets. The food is always very good."
    Dined on 3/11/2014
  • "We had dinner before a show at the Temple. The food is always consistently good and the service is excellent."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We had a great table in the bar that was quiet and our waiter kept the evening flowing throughout the meal."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Once again outstanding service from out server! I ordered a burger medium but came more medium rare to rare so that was a but disappointing. My wife's chicken prosciutto pasta was amazing as was my centro salad. It seemed a bit dark in there and made reading the menu a bit complicated, I actually saw someone next to us using a flashlight."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We've been here numerous times and always have a great experience. It's draft by the windows in winter- that's the only constructive criticism I can give. From simple dinners to going all out, Centro has it covered. Rigatoni with sausage is excellent. Calzones are good. Fish always fresh."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "Our waitress was pleasant but made us a little uncomfortable. She seemed a bit 'on edge' and I felt bad asking her for refill because I thought it might make her mad. Maybe she was having an 'off' night, but I could sense it and it made me uneasy."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "It was -20 below but still packed. Had to be good to get Des Moines folks downtown on a record cold Saturday night. it did not disappoint."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We really enjoyed our experience. We ordered the fried brussel sprouts which were amazing and both had pasta. I would try a steak next."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "We happened to receive a gift card for your restuarant. We had plans to attend a show downtown so planned to eat while downtown. Normally would not travel to downtown for a meal but the night was good"
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Have been here many times but only recently tried the pizza....fantastic!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Mondays are great because all Pizza's are half price!!"
    Dined on 2/24/2014
  • "Recommend ordering one course at a time. The appetizers were so big we would have chosen to change our order and split entrees. (there must have been 30 mussels in one order). Also the courses came out way too fast. Not even five minutes between. Good food, just lots of it. Splitting will let you enjoy more variety and have room for dessert."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We really enjoyed the Bloody Mary Bar! My, what a nice spread of veggies to add to our "bloody"! :-) Very nice! We will be back again some day! Especially when it is Farmer's Market Time - - will be a great place to relax after shopping for our produce at the market. Thanks!"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The service was fabulous as we did not need to wait very long for any items to come to our table. The food was delicious as we tried many different things and were very happy with them all. I would highly recommend Centro for lunch or dinner. The atmosphere is perfect for either romantic meals or a group meeting. No matter when you go or what you order you will be happy with your decision."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Centro had perfect ambiance and mood for a valentine's day date. We chose from their long wine list and, with help from our knowledgeable server, found one to our liking. The chicken and prosciutto pasta was the best pasta with a cream--based sauce I've ever had. We also had a "Mama's Meatball," which was the size of a softball and was the best meatball I've ever had outside of New York."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Had an early reservation. It was busy. However, we were there almost 2 hours. Time to get our order taken and then to receive food was really slow. It was so noisy we couldn't hardly visit. Probably won't go there for supper again."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "We went for my wife's birthday. Our waiter was great. He gave an honest opinion on different dishes, was a joy to talk to, and he left us alone (It's nice not being constantly interrupted with "how's everything tasting?") The food was very good though my wife wasn't wild about her meal in light of the cost. The one thing that we don't enjoy about Centro is that it can get quite loud and difficult to carry on your own conversation without yelling."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Enjoyed a Valentine's night dinner with my sweetie. Great atmosphere, incredible food, and our service was stellar. Very open design with high ceilings, however it appeared this restaurant is mainly set up for couples and groups of four. Larger groups could be accommodated by moving tables, but it didn't look optimal. I had a hard time making a choice from the menu, but both the steak medallions and chicken saltimbocca were excellent. And the fried ravioli appetizer was fantastic!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014