Centro
Centro

Centro

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rosebudrestaurants.com/
  • Phone: 3129887775x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Monday - Thursday: 11am to 11pm
    Friday & Saturday: 11am-12am
    Sunday: 11am-10pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: Joe Farina
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: State Street
  • Public Transit: Located one block South of the Red Line Grand Ave stop.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet services available. Street and parking lot also available.
A word from Centro
The Rosebud group is proud to announce the return of Centro Ristorante, the legendary 1990's hotspot. Centro will redefine the social dining experience by blending the traditional charm Rosebud is famous for with neoclassic Italian cuisine and a vibrant atmosphere.

Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Centro reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (35)neighborhood gem (32)fit for foodies (30)special occasion (29)great for outdoor dining (25)hot spot (19)notable wine list (18)romantic (16)vibrant bar scene (10)great for lunch (9)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (5)scenic view (5)great for brunch (5)Show More
  • Centro
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Excellent all around service,food wine and ambience
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    I found Centro to be overpriced and was not very impressed with the quality of the food.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic
    DiggsterVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    Finally another Rosebud product that embraces River North. As a local, it's a place you want to hang out. The management and staff are fantastic and the food is stellar, whether it is steak, seafood or pasta. The meatballs are amazing, throw in some pasta and it is some of the best Italian Spaghetti and Meatballs I have ever eaten. Wine list is fantastic too and the interior setting is warm and comfortable. The outdoor seating is a scene, with great people watching opps.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Stalwart Chicago Italian
    discrimineater
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Centro is an excellent traditional Italian restaurant with an emphasis on steak and seafood. There are house made pastas as well. The salads are vibrant and perfectly dressed. The wait staff is excellent and attentive. I will return again, and highly recommend Centro to all who want to experience great, real Italian cuisine with great ingredients and exciting specials.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    EXCELLENT! Very nice restaurant in the near north area. Good food, good atmosphere, great service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food;large( too large)portion
    LSD12VIP
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Food was terrific but the portion size is a bit too much . Took hone 1/2 of the appatizer. Had a nice table by open window so just like being outside. server was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service and food were great.
    MarkVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Good variety of menu selections. Excellent service. Large portions for everything we ordered so keep this in mind when ordering. Would definitely dine here again to try other items on menu. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    The service was just fair. The timing of the waiter was off. Serving steaks to the table without steak knives...saying you'll be right back with knives and then forgetting. On top of that one of the steaks was over cooked. This was disappointing.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing find
    csloan20
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Came here Friday night 9/5 for dinner. We were able to sit outside despite the rain that evening. Server Damian was outstanding!! Very personable and professional. Food was amazing!! Hands down one of my new favorite restaurants in Chicago!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gnats Away
    Stein4meVIP
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    The food and ambiance would have been great except for the gnats flying around and landing.....everywhere. Second time this has happened so the lame excuses won't work.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Overall good dinner
    Trev086VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Portions are huge! Overall our meal was great. We sat outside, and the only complain is the tables are a bit small to sit 4 with the size of the plates. Service was attentive, and everyone's meal was superb.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We will return often
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    We just moved into the city and found Centro because it is walking distance and is a Rosebud restaurant. So for our special move in dinner, we knew we could not go wrong and we were not disappointed. Damien was our server who was terrific and let us linger over drinks just checking in periodically. He did the Caesar salad tableside and took it over himself knowing we like it two different ways. There were too many choices we would have loved to try for entrees so we will return often to try them all. A great ambiance for adult dining right on a convenient corner in River North. Great experience all around from the host stand to the service. The food was very authentic Italian with other choices like steak and fish available.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Quantity and Quality
    MandJ
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    We were a group of four trying Centro for the first time. Recommended by our concierge and we were blown away by the portion size of our meals. None of our group finished our main entrees and were very sad we couldn't because the taste was outstanding! Great job, service was personable and friendly! Overall we would go back in a heartbeat!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too expensive for average food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Worst food per dollar. Ambience is from 80s, and just seemed to be catering to groups, well. Not a good choice for first dates.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Italian!
    Christine
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    You won't be disappointed with anything on the menu. Beware, the portions are enormous!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outdoor Brunch Was Great!
    CS440VIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I'm not a fan of Centro for dinner (the tables are packed, it's very tight and pretty loud) but Centro is my favorite little gem for brunch! People don't think to go here for brunch so there's rarely a wait, even for their lovely outside tables! The brunch menu is just the right size, with a little bit of something for everyone. The maple bacon bloody is AMAZING (if you like bourbon!) and the other brunch cocktails are very well thought out and executed perfectly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • All At Once
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Waited some time for our appetizer: 35 minutes to be exact. Upon receiving this delicious dish, our dinner came out directly after. Food is excellent, but timing fell short. Sadly, too, we never were asked about dessert or coffees. We just figured he wanted us out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, late-night find, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Restaurant Manager very bothersome
    GJ12VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Very nice al fresco dining, except the "Manager" kept eyeballing us and our table, as if to suggest that we eat quickly so he can turn the table over. Actually became uncomfortable as a result. Waitress was great, but the Manager kills the experience. Perhaps he should consider a career change to a fast food restaurant so he can turn tables over quicker. This location has had at least three restaurants fold in the last few years, I wonder if he was managing them too?
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As good as the first Centro
    CoxieVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Always loved Centro on Clark. Was disappointed when it closed. Glad to visit the new digs.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Cant wait to return
    COMRAKVIP
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The experience was all around great! WARNING! The portions are huge! The Manager, Joseph, was very accomodating and we expressed our enthusiasm for being at the new Centro. I told him I could not believe how large my salad was! He offered up the option of 1/2 salad for the future. I wish our server would have offered that option, but I was thankful that the manager was up frount and informative. He is a charming young man and I am sure he will be a great draw to Centro. There were several items on the menu that I am anxious to try on my next visit. My husband had the Vodka pasta which was delicious. Again a nice size portion so either prepare to take home or share. Martinis were GREAT! Ambience great, if visiting Chicago stop here!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Huh?
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    Met friends we hadn't seen in a long time. Bad choice. The food was really very good, and the service was OUTSTANDING, but we couldn't hear each other! Terrible place for a quiet dinner, but great place for a casual meal with people you don't need to catch up with.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently Awesome
    Eater
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This is a staple for every trip to Chicago. Great Family style portion sharing of very good Italian food. Go There!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Handled a large group with ease
    SFvisitor
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Our volleyball team was in town for a tournament and went to Centro for a Saturday night dinner. Our server had excellent recommendations for teammates who weren't familiar with Italian dishes. Food came out promptly and hot. Overall a great find and it would go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • centro
    bernii
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Very nice. A little noisy but great food and very friendly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never fails....
    KGayS
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Centro never fails ... always tasty, always fun, always a happening.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grimcat
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Everything was great! Except one thing it was my boyfriend's birthday we asked to see the menu for deserts our waiter came to our table with tiramisu with a candle and we both thought that was nice. Then we got the bill to see they charged us $10 for the cake. I didn't mind paying I was going to pay for the desert but I thought it was distasteful as they just chose the desert for us and charged us. Now here's the kicker tiramisu would not have been our first, second or third choice.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Centro
    JohnBCVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Great dining experience, overall. I really enjoyed the seafood entree.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SUSIEMAC
    SUSIEVIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    It was our first time in Chicago and our first time at Centro. It was very good, we had the spaghetti and meatballs which is enough to share. Next time we vacation there we will be back. Good food, friendly attentive staff and reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Centro was great
    Atticus
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    I first stumbled upon Centro in April where I ate at the bar late on a Sunday night. The cocktail, wine, food and service was great. I recently took some business associates (a part of 8) here. Everyone enjoyed the entire experience. I will go back to Centro on future trips to Chicago.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced relative to food quality
    PescadoroVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We went to Centro because of its location, close to the hotel we stayed and the ratings we found on open table. We were quite disappointed. The food was very high priced for the quality which was provided. Quantity was used to make up for the lack of quality. Taste of the food was not better than of the average Italian chain restaurant. It certainly didn't taste home made.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    Our meal was great! Portions are huge. Good recommendations from our waiter from wine to main courses. Reasonable prices.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Bring your appetite
    CB28VIP
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    The food is good but the portions are enormous! I entre can literally feed 4 people. The downside, you can't try a bunch of different food because the server tells you that you really shouldnt order all that and it woudl be too much. Sometimes, less is more! The food was good, service was excelent, and overall pretty good. I'd give it a shot!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good
    ChrisVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Had a large group reservation, and they easily put some tables together for us in the back and had 3 waiters ready to cover for us. The cocktails are delicious. Just remember that things are family style, so you want to get sides for your group; the entrees alone don't have anything to go with them. Pretty pricey, I thought too.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Memorable dining!
    TheWindyCityVIP
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    After reading the good reviews and suggestions here, I chose Centro for my birthday celebration. The plates are definitely shareable. My wife and I shared the Grilled Seafood Mixto - yes....it's as good as they say! The charred flavor of the fresh seafood that is lightly seasoned is outstanding! We shared a Cesar salad prepared tableside, which was very good. We also split an entrée, a special of swordfish prepared Oscar-style. Delicious! For dessert, flourless chocolate cake with Cappuccino gelato and raspberry sauce. We also had two martinis and a bottle of wine. Total tab was $138! Excellent value, outstanding service, perfectly prepared dishes = a memorable dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Old Centro
    willreturn
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    brought back great memories of the old Centro. am glad it's back!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Thank you George!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We had a group of 12 and everything was absolutely perfect. Our server, George, was the BEST, and the food was amazing! Our favorite place in Chicago!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Italian Restaurant
    TonyH
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Overall, I liked Centro for its excellent Italian food, service, and location to the Mag Mile. The wait staff was very nice and had wonderful recommendations for food. The service was very prompt and the food was prepared perfectly by their extremely efficient kitchen, which had our meal to our table in less than 10 minutes from ordering. The restaurant had good ambiance throughout the majority of the floor space, but we were seated in very awkward two person tables that lined the outer areas where big columns blocked our outside views of the city. Not appealing or very romantic, especially when celebrating a 10 year wedding anniversary that was noted on the reservation. Outside seating or a better table with view would've been better.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • flyinghi
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Good food , good service, enjoyable time I would recommend
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic service, nice portions
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Centro makes the diner feel special. Our server checked on us several times to see how our evening was going, as did the manager. The entrees were top notch (I had linguine with mussels, and the mussels were some of the largest I had seen on a dinner plate!) and the portions were ample. We found a good bottle of chianti for $42. Two complaints: bread arrived rather late to the table and when we arrived, the AC was cranked to the hilt. The restaurant dialed it down when we mentioned how cold we were. Overall, though, a great experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service Level
    InsbobVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    I don't think they had planned properly for the customer load. I know that it is not always busy at lunch, but our waiter just could not keep up. The food was excellent, but there was a lot of downtime.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate