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 Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Centro Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
163 reviews since May 6, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
98% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (98)fit for foodies (64)good for groups (61)romantic (50)great for lunch (47)notable wine list (47)neighborhood gem (42)hot spot (42)great for outdoor dining (33)great for brunch (19)vibrant bar scene (16)late-night find (10)scenic view (10)kid-friendly (8)Show More
  • Wonderful!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    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.
  • Wonderful evening
    schuth4
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    walte3
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Evening out
    Greg
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Centro getting better
    DocK
    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.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Terrific!
    Jsteyz
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    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!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Centro Rocks
    D2K2
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    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!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always on our list
    Hollywood
    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 👍
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a good bet
    iowaepicure
    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.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Notch as Usual
    PESP
    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.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful!
    Pringal
    Dined on 6/18/2014
    Our team had a celebratory lunch at Centro. The staff was very accommodating and the food was terrific!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • bigguy57
    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.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Anniversary Date!
    OneYearOfMarriage
    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!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food and service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Des Moines' best is getting better. Great food and service. Our favorite downtown spot!
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I had an excellent experience for my birthday dinner! Our waiter was wonderful and the food was outstanding!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Upscale but unpretentious
    Finalnight
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    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.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic