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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
  • "A little expensive but perfect for date night! Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 8/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/25/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "wonderful service and excellent food! We will be visiting this restaurant again!"
    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!"
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "This place is great, okay for kids - not meant for kids, but they are allowed"
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The outdoor setting is a good option, however, street traffic creates much noise. Service could improve."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We go to Centro every time we visit from Bettendorf. It's wonderful."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "The service was amazing! Our waiter was pure sweetness and the food was delicious! =)"
    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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    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!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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
  • "My boyfriend and I had never been to Centro before. We decided to go there for a date night. It was wonderful! The service was great. Out waiter new the menu very well and gave us great suggestions on what was good since we had never been there. Will definitely be going back again. Great place for a date!"
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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 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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "Had dinner here while on vacation in Des Moines. All of the food was excellent. Service was a bit slow. Portion sizes are large so watch out with how much you are ordering. Had a great time here and would definitely come back when in the area."
    Dined on 6/7/2014
  • "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
  • "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