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Centro Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.rosebudrestaurants.com
  • Email: opentable@rosebud-restaurants.com
  • Phone: (312) 988-7775
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday: 11am to 1:30am
    Saturday: 11am-1:30am
    Sunday: 11am to midnight
  • 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
  • "Very happy w food, service and ambience. We got to sit outside and enjoy the huste and bustle of the city."
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Too bad it was so loud that the table next to us was yelling to each other, and we had to raise our voices to converse also. My ears were ringing by the time we left. The tables are so close together that the waitstaff could barely pass between. Every time they squeezed by our table I feared they would spill my $24 glass of wine! I say "too bad" because it could have been a great experience otherwise. The food was very good and the service too. Our only other complaint would be the portion size. You might want to share an entree. You see almost everyone leaving the restaurant with a shopping bag full of leftovers! I must say the Chicken Marsala was some of the best I have had. Not sure I would return unless I could sit outside!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "I picked "energetic" on noise level...but its BEYOND loud inside. Difficult to carry a conversation without yelling. Not sure if the "trend" is to bump up music, overpack the house and make it seem like a club...but I'm not a fan. Otherwise, its excellent."
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "it's a neighborhood place for me, huge portions, nice staff, honored my open table reservation. that's all I could want. n"
    Dined on 4/11/2014
  • "Booked this venue for client dinner for Saturday night and was not disappointed with service or food. Both were exceptional! There were several large parties dining at the same time which contributed to un-nerving noise level."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This resturant is amazing. We will be coming back."
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "Food was reliable but nothing extraordinary. Our service detracted from the meal."
    Dined on 4/3/2014
  • "Recommended by the hotel concierge, fantastic place. Food was outstanding and the service and recommendations provided by the waiter were top notch. It was a very busy Saturday night and we didn't feel pushed or pressured at all as we took our time ordering and eating. If you are waffling between two places, go here."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We needed a last minute table in River North on a Friday night... I was concerned. I was pleasantly surprised when we got a table at Centro. The staff was very nice, and took our orders quickly. However, it took quite a long time for our drinks to come out. They were great when they did! The meal was great, and the portions were enormous! I definitely recommend coming with a group and eating family style!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "From the friendly hostess to the great wait staff and endless array of great dishes and tastes, Centro is totally enjoyable."
    Dined on 3/26/2014
  • "The food was very good, but really large portions, make sure you share everything .... the waiter made it sound like a side dish was good for two people, you might be able to share for three ... maybe we were not hungry enough but there was enough for a family of 6 ...."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "Dinner for four with all of enjoying the tasty and enormous portions. Pasta and seafood met everyone's expectations. Note it is a bit crowded and noisy especially on Saturday night. If you like to keep the noise level down ask for a table in back."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Food was fantastic, service was great. Terrific evening."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "I am very pleased with the service at Centro! It was a surprise dinner for my boyfriend and the waiters and staff truly made sure to keep it a surprise and were SO friendly! Alot of good vibes and the food was amazing! We also got to see the bears coach seated right next to us. Clearly this restaurant provides nothing but the best! Truly a wonderful experience. All guests of my party were pleased and had many amazing things to say about the restaurant!"
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "The food was great, but it would have been good to know before ordering about the size of the entrees. The seafood dishes were normal-sized, but the pasta dishes came in a pan with more than enough for 2 people. We left so much food behind because we were staying at a hotel and didn't have a place to keep it. I wish that the server would have told us that the pasta dishes should be shared, rather than each of us ordering our own entree."
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "Judging from other posts, all I can say is the seating for two situation is fixed (no one was close enough to ruin our privacy), and the service was excellent. The food was great, and we'll be heading back soon."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "The food was good here; however,be prepared for a 90 minute visit. The restaurant was mostly empty and my friend and I felt that we might have to get up and look for our waitress to get the bill. Once we got her attention, it took another 5-10 minutes to get the bill. Would probably not return for a lunch."
    Dined on 3/5/2014
  • "Centro was amazing. Be warned though ... the portions are HUGE! Hubby and I would have still had leftovers if we had ordered only 1 appetizer and 1 main dish. Very extensive wine list, from affordable to ridiculous. Worth visiting."
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "This visit was my second and was the best yet. The food was delicious and the service impeccable. Our waiter was in tune to what we should order based on what we thought we wanted. He was professional, friendly and knew the menu inside and out. We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience."
    Dined on 2/26/2014
  • "Excellent food with VERY generous portions. Our server was spot on with his recommendations and timely with checking in on us to see how things were, if we needed anything, etc. For the food and service I would definitely go back. Unfortunately there was a bad part to our first experience at Centro. We were seated in the back of the restaurant where there seemed to be one - three too many tables. All of the servers and newly seated customers were literally squeezing themselves between others. Multiple occasions we witnessed customers having to ask others to let them through. With this tight quarters we unfortunately were not comfortable our entire dinner and it took away from our experience."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "steak was cooked correctly, but not delicious; fresh halibut was bland and not at all tasty. We will not return. Joy F, Chicago"
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "So a friend and I went to Centro after a business meeting on a Friday night. I forgot how busy some city restaurants get on a friday night. I had the crispy vesuvio chicken. I was great. Service was impecable. My water glass never got more than half empty. The noise level can get quite high when the place gets busy. How we were able to get a reservation through open table beats me, but I'm glad we did. Would go back here in a heartbeat. Cudos to wait-staff and management."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Undercooked,over cooked,bland, good service, dirty bathrooms"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Loved the bread that was brought to the table and olive oil-type stuff. I would say that the rest of the meal was SO-SO. Will give it another try. EXCELLENT service. Charming decor."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "So very disappointed for what we paid! Our reservation was at 8:00pm. We didn't get sat until 8:40 pm and that was after we complained 3 times. Out server was not very Nice. My husband paid $55 for a steak he thought was horrible!! So very upset we went there!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Food was really good and the portion size was decent, but we had 8:30pm reservations and did not get seated until 10:15pm. No compensation or even an apology given at all for waiting so long with a reservation."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This was my first time at Centro, but I had heard great things. My wife and I went the day after Valentines Day, and they did a great job. It was crowded, but they handled the turn over well. Service was fast but not so fast that we felt rushed. It is one thing to deliver great service on a regular night, but they delivered great service on an extraordinarily busy night. Food was fantastic! Buon lavoro!!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Wow, what a wonderful meal!!!! I had the veil chop and it was the best veal I have ever had! My boyfriend had the steak and pasta. The pasta was so fresh and delicious. The steak rivaled some of the best steakhouses in the city. Our waiter was great and very attentive. All of this was on Valentine's Day!! Yes, it was busy and loud but they still delivered a top notch dining experience."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Special time with friends and the staff was extremely accommodating ,the dishes we had we very good ,especially the roasted chicken on the bone with potato wedges and peas."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "The waitperson must have been new, for there were a few food items that she was not really familiar with and there was more back and forth with the kitchen than I am use to, but overall it was a good experience for a business lunch."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Our waiter Robert was extremely attentive to our needs and contributed to making our evening so enjoyable. Would recommend to anyone with discerning taste wanting upscale service and food."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "WE had and shared the Chicken Vesuvio and the Egpalant Parmigian. They were both excellent. The egplant was as good as we have ever had anywhere. The Service was excellent!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "I thought the restaurant was delicious with a fun vibe. They bring you bread with chunks reggiano parm and peppers which I love and the veal parm was absolutely delicious. We also had the seabass which was good as well but it was the veal parm that blew me away. Portions are big so take that into account. Enjoy!!"
    Dined on 2/8/2014
  • "This place is overbearing and inefficient. The desk staff turned away my dinner partner after I had been seated saying there was no reservation under my name. The waitress was hovering, asking us if we wanted things, and then forgetting what we asked for. They have a cleaver way of showing daily specials on an iPad which give a good idea of what the dishes look like. It is highly appetizing, but takes forever. The portions are huge as are the prices. The food was good, but I really don't feel like I got good value for the money. Everything a la carte."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Unbelivable experience. After dinner, the owner bought myself and my date desert and had it sent over to the table. Class Act."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Very good classic Italian food served in huge portions is what you will find at Centro. Very noisy atmosphere but able to converse easily as we were seated in the rear section. Service was good and no problems with significant waits. The gnocchi with lobster cream sauce was perfectly cooked and piping hot. Linguini with red clam sauce cooked perfectly al dente and sauce was very savory with excellent seasoning. This was split by two diners and still were left overs. The grigliata mista had abundant portions and not overcooked as is common. All in all just what we expected and by ordering less due to the huge portions we had little carry out. Prices reflect portions."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "The food was delicious and we had a wonderful time. I was stuffed but still insisted on dessert and I was so pleased I did. The marcepane dessert was truly amazing."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "There are a lot of places to grab a reasonably priced solid meal in Chicago. When you combine a vibrant atmosphere in a happening location, it is even better. The Rosebud a Group and Centro combine all of those atributes. Consistent solid Italian food at a resonable price in a happening spot. If you are going out for a quit romantic dinner, this ain't your spot. Venue is lively. We used to go to Centro when it was on Wells Street and have been to this new location twice. Looking forward to coming back soon. Congrats to Joe Farina and Alex."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "It was nice. Met a few friends for lunch. Service was good, but the waiter didn't listen to our request as one of the diners is allergic to any type of pepper. He promised no peppers...BOOM, the salad was FILLED with peppers. So, not sure what happened. We also went back for lunch on NYE and they were blowing up the balloons right by our table and they kept popping, so that was a bit annoying...but nothing a nice glass of wine can't help with."
    Dined on 12/27/2013
  • "Everything was wonderful right from the entrance into the restaurant. We were an hour early and they accommodated us. We were a party of seven. The service was right on target. They were friendly and efficient, but not hovering. The appetizers, salads, soup, entrees right down to the cappuccino's were superb! There were seven different selections….we all shared a taste. Not one complaint. See for yourselves…..enjoy!"
    Dined on 1/12/2014