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Centro
Centro

Centro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rosebudrestaurants.com
  • Phone: (312) 988-7775
  • 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.

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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Worst food per dollar. Ambience is from 80s, and just seemed to be catering to groups, well. Not a good choice for first dates."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "You won't be disappointed with anything on the menu. Beware, the portions are enormous!"
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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?"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Always loved Centro on Clark. Was disappointed when it closed. Glad to visit the new digs."
    Dined on 7/24/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "This is a staple for every trip to Chicago. Great Family style portion sharing of very good Italian food. Go There!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Very nice. A little noisy but great food and very friendly."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Centro never fails ... always tasty, always fun, always a happening."
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Great dining experience, overall. I really enjoyed the seafood entree."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Our meal was great! Portions are huge. Good recommendations from our waiter from wine to main courses. Reasonable prices."
    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!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/20/2014
  • "brought back great memories of the old Centro. am glad it's back!"
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Good food , good service, enjoyable time I would recommend"
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "I made reservcation on OpenTable and showed up at the door 30 minutes later. We were treated as if we'd been planning the meal for months. We came in for early dinner with group of 11 -- 5 adults 5 kids (8, 8, 5, 4, 2). The service was excellent! Team service with a lead waiter and they were all so patient and helpful. Not pushy and got great food to the kids in a good pace. The adults all ordered different types of pasta and each one us enjoyed thoroughly. While we didnt do the full 5 course meal that I've had at Carmines and expect to be great at Centro, they didn't make us feel badly about that at all. Really a great way to end a family reunion / wedding weekend in Chicago."
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "Second time visiting the restaurant and both visits were terrific. Our waiter George made some great recommendations and the lamb chops were incredible. "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Truly one of Rosebuds gems, all their best dishes and more, great food service was spectacular...only short coming was the crowd and a tad too noisy. Ask for George, our waiter, he made the evening!"
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "The food was great, and so was the service i feel like was being constantly bombarded by question from the waiter. I took an old friend there to catch up over dinner, i didnt need to make the situation more forced and awkward. Great restaurant and food but it was to over the top for my needs."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "Too loud. Too pricey. Food average. I won't be back. "
    Dined on 5/18/2014
  • "Our waitress was rude and had way too many tables. She was not knowledgeable and all she did was try to add items/sell us. We received our food without our drinks, everyone's meal was cold, and when we said it was cold they comped one meal on a 400 dollar tab."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "The manager made a point to come and check on us and chat with us several times throughout our dinner, which I believe is a nice touch. Our waiter was extremely friendly and was able to make great suggestions. He also warned us about the size of the plates, which was great otherwise we would have ordered way too much food! Would go back for sure."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "First time there. Recommended by a friend and it was great. Service and food outstanding."
    Dined on 5/17/2014
  • "great pasta carbonara - not too heavy…. and the calamari was the very best!!!"
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "Food in general was good. Since it was an Italian restaurant I should have ordered Italian food instead of fish. The food all came out very fast like they were trying to turn the table over."
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "From the hostess to our waiter to the attentive management, the service at Centro is second to none. Great traditional Italian pastas and specialties to choose from. Huge portions to share and a notable wine list. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014