Drago Centro
Drago Centro

Drago Centro

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.dragocentro.com/
  • Phone: 2132288998x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
    Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,JCB,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Celestino Drago
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: We have a variety of options to host your private event. Please contact us at (213) 228-8998 for additional information.

    -Flower Room seats up to 16 guests
    -Vault Room seats up to 42 guests
    -Garden Room seats up to 60 guests for a sit down dinner
    and accommodates 110 for cocktail reception.
    -Glass room accommodates 50 for a cocktail reception.
  • Private Party Contact: Betty Cardenas 213 228 8998x

Getting there

  • Cross Street: In City National Plaza between 5th & 6th street.
  • Public Transit: We are conveniently located near the 7th Street/Metro Center Station which provides access to the Red, Purple, Blue, and Expo Metro Rail Lines.
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: The entrance to the underground parking structure is located on the South-West corner of 5th and Flower Streets. Valet parking is located inside the parking structure on Level A. Elevator access to Drago Centro from Level A is provided.

    Lunch Valet: 11am - 5pm: $5 for 3 hours maximum.

    Dinner Valet: 5pm - 3am: Free for 4 hours maximum.

    Guests who stay beyond the validated hours will be charged the posted rates.

A word from Drago Centro
Chef Celestino Drago has created a menu representative of the cultural diversity of Italy. The concept of “Contemporary Italian Cuisine”, emphasizes local dishes, fresh, high quality ingredients and old flavors that have defined Italian cuisine for centuries and which are revisited to create a truly eclectic menu. The extensive menu is a la carte and offers daily specials featuring many unique items. DRAGO Centro offers a diverse and extensive selection of premium wines from Italy and around the world.



DRAGO Centro’s unique interior is designed by acclaimed Los Angeles based designer Stanley Felderman, who is internationally renowned for creating modern buildings, interiors and product with a playful twist.

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  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Drago Centro reviews from OpenTable diners
269 reviews since June 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (163)special occasion (148)notable wine list (121)good for groups (92)romantic (86)neighborhood gem (51)great for outdoor dining (48)great for lunch (46)hot spot (31)vibrant bar scene (29)scenic view (21)late-night find (15)great for brunch (11)kid-friendly (6)Show More
  • Great place in downtown LA
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. The food and the service were impeccable
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappoints
    tinita
    Dined on 10/15/2014
    I have not had a single bad meal here-it's one of my favorite places! Our waiter, Stefano made perfect wine pairing choices for our courses.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Delicious Food and Good Service
    waggles15
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    The food was very good, made with care and fresh ingredients. Authentic Italian done well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    The food was amazing! Everything from texture to taste was perfect.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Grazie Drago!
    sashaBVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Outstanding food and staff. Efficient, friendly, but not over-bearing and knowledgeable about the food and wine. Food is upscale and homey at the same time. Not so easy to accomplish! We've been there a few times and will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drago Centro
    LEwis
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Great meal. Unfortunately, we arrived a bit late (LA Traffic!), but they seated us. The service was a bit disjointed, the place was very busy. Nonetheless, the food was excellent. The octopus antipasti, so delicate. And the branzino, prepared differently than in most restaurants was truly outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Drago
    stvoo
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Fabulous service and wonderful food! A good place that isn't too crazy for catching up with friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous food, good service
    lindiweanne
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I don't think the waiter understood sarcasm, but other than that, his service was attentive but not overbearing. The Busboys were amazing - my water was always filled. The food was excellent and I enjoyed my cocktail. Everything was attractively presented as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • diningoutVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    this is the best of all the drago restaurants in town. it's a top three italian restaurant in los angeles. we've been a dozen times and have only had great experiences.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food!
    Sbw456VIP
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    We were looking for a nice meal before an event at the Nokia theater. The food here was great and served quickly. It is pricey but worth it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Do I need a title?
    Abcd
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    Have been here several times. Food always wonderful. This time service was a bit off. Usually it's very attentive but I think waiter and bus person were new. Didn't have time for dessert even though we were there early enough before catching courtesy bus to Ahmanson. Yummy lasagna! Enough for leftovers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lost It's Greatness
    Straightshooter
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    It's been a couple years since I was last at Drago Centro, but I remember the food and service were superb. It certainly was in my top-five dining experiences. That's why I jumped at the chance to take a group of friends here before a show. Sadly, the Drago I remember was no more. Our waiter was very nice, but clearly overworked and not getting any support from the rest of the staff. Drinks were ordered soon after we sat down, but did not appear until well into the first course. Plates piled up on our table without anyone taking them away. Water glasses remained empty, and some dishes came out cold. The food itself was mediocre at best, and certainly not like it used to be. Sorry Drago, there's better food and service elsewhere in LA.
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  • Double check your to go boxes!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    Looking forward to having a bite of pasta and i usually never finish it since i always have an appetizer and salad to share with my husband so I was dismayed when i opened up my to go box to find that they gave me some one else's leftovers. Not happy at all about that considering the kind of restaurant this is. I think get rid of that claim # system and give the to go boxes directly back to your diner so that less hands are handling it??? Other than that, the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • On our recent visit
    FaceandsubtleVIP
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    we were reminded why we let it go so long since our previous visit. Although very pleasant, the service was intermittent at best, chaotic at worst. The food was delicious. It's hard to understand how an upscale restaurant can be outstanding in one aspect and thoroughly mediocre in the other.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    This is the perfect downtown restaurant, easily accessible, wonderful atmosphere, excellent food and service, and a service staff that is friendly and attentive to everything.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding LA
    Kenneth
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The noise level is a bit high due to hard surfaces in the restaurant, but the service and food make up for any issues, it is pricy, but outstanding place to eat in LA for sure, plus close to some of the big downtown hotels (you can walk to this place)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Ambience great, food OK
    ms90266
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The decor is fun but having been a regular at Drago in SM and Celestino in BH, I was disappointed to see that the food quality and service style had been downgraded to "California Italian" for a mass market clientele.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bravo Drago Centro
    CandSinArrowhead50
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We know Celestino Drago for 40 years when in Beverly Hills. Had our 50th Anniversary at Centro. Fantastic..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pigs at the trough experience!
    SherylVIP
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Be aware that you cannot visit with your friends here - only shovel food into your mouths. The noise blasts over everyone as soon as you enter. You have to be a lip reader for the person right next to you. The good is fine and the service very good but none of it matters. You can get good food and service at zillions of restaurants that respect your wish to have a conversation with your friends. This one doesn't. They're even surprised when you mention it (despite the fact that the waiters can't even hear your order). They're like pre-schoolers surprised that they're learning language! Never again.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great service and food. Loud inside
    AlexandAmy
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    We had an AMAZING dinner, and the level of service was SPECTACULAR. It was just unfortunate that the noise was so loud inside the restaurant that we couldn't continue our business conversation over dinner. We requested to be relocated to an outdoor table, and the staff was super courteous and diligent and in no time we had a perfect location for our business dinner to proceed. I would certainly recommend Drago Centro to anyone, and will make sure to frequent it myself.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific dining spot!
    JBinBH
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We arrived late on Saturday after an event at the Music Center a half-hour before the kitchen closed. Got a warm and friendly welcome -- and then gracious and attentive service. And the food is exceptional. Even after the kitchen closed no one seemed in a hurry to leave. There is a beautiful view of the courtyard and sculpture. Can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Eating and Learning
    ethelredVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    One of my favorite restaurants. Very convenient for attending Library lectures. And the folks there make sure we get out on time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place great meal and service
    Dubb
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Great food and excellent service. Would definitely recommend this location for business, after work with friends, or date night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • drago
    Poolking
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Food was phenomenal, service superb, a most wonderful as well as romantic experience.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Get the lasagna!
    JayS
    Dined on 9/4/2014
    Mind blowing bolognese lasagna! I was overwhelmed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Drago me down
    OpendinerVIP
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    While the service -- waiters and busboys -- remains exemplary and the restaurant is nice looking, that alone cannot compensate for increasingly inconsistent food. Anyone craving pasta drowned in butter is better served visiting an Olive Garden chain. Sorry but true.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Terrific
    JoeandrobinlawsVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I have eaten at this restaurant probably 100 times since it opened. It is terrific. The décor is one of the best in Los Angeles area, and the food and wine are terrific. The new sommelier / manager is outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Drago Bravo
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went there before a play at the music center. The food was fantastic and they have a shuttle to the MC every 15 min.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding Restaurant Experience!
    Thk22VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Our group of four had an outstanding restaurant experience at Drago Centro. We were seated in a quiet corner of the restaurant. The service was impeccable from start to finish. The appetizers were delicious. We had four different entrees and they were superb. The desserts were thoroughly enjoyed by all. We highly recommend Drago Centro for any occasion.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • It's OK.....
    Dubb
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Very nice place looks wise, Caesar salad was wonderful, entrees are very small for what you pay and not great just ok. Desserts were different a bit weird even, nothing spectacular. Took my cousin for her birthday and we were not impressed.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Celebrated 25th wedding anniversary
    Cpa2mba
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Great food & service. Surprised there was no acknowledgement of 25th wedding anniversary - I mentioned this in open table comments. If you are not familiar with downtown LA finding the resturant and parking my be tricky- call first. Overall - very special evening. Thinking about this location for daughter's sweet 16 birthday dinner- awesome space for group dining.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When in L.A.
    Jgraydon
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Drago is a treat, great food, wine and service. Ample portions are expertly prepared and presented by an able wait staff. When in La this is one place to go. A couple of minutes walk from the Biltmore and in a vibrant and safe neighborhood, we enjoy not only the food but the atmosphere.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Fine Experience
    Larb
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    An excellent meal as one would come to expect from a restaurant under the control of Celestino. The bar area serves a nice menu as well and sitting outside looks like an attractive option which I look forward to trying in the future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Italian comfort food
    weberworksVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The drive from Encino to downtown L.A. to eat at Drago Centro was worth every stop and go moment. Valet parking in the building was a snap and the elevator takes you directly to the restaurant. As we walk in, Chef Drago was at the bar and we stopped to say hello. Open and embracing, he spent quite a few minutes with us, and the rest of the very knowledgeable staff echoed his warmth and hospitality. Satisfied and satiated, our meal was filling and fulfilling. My wife had the four course tasting menu with the optional wine pairing, and for the price it was clearly the deal of the moment. While every dish was fabulous, what really stood out for us was the wild mushroom spaghetti with truffle butter and parmesan. Wow. Savory and spectacular.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Lovely, classy experience
    toothteller
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My beautiful wife and I enjoyed a memorable and romantic meal at Drago Centro this past Saturday. The pastas in particular were toothsome, rich, flavorful and well proportioned. Service was efficient, cordial and accommodating. The dining room is stunning. The only disappointing note was my wine choice, a rather rough and slightly overpriced Barbera. Apart from that, we had a wonderful time and left very happy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drago Centro before the Ahmanson
    CKOPTVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Drago Centro knows Italian. Our only problem was deciding what to order. The burrata and heirloom tomatoes was a nice start. The i garganelli was delightful (luckily my wife and I split the pasta). For the main course I had the Salmon, and my wife the Branzino and both were very nice. We also had to split the dessert i bomboloni (small donuts); not enough room. Very tasty. The parking below and taking the free shuttle works out well whether you're heading to the Ahmanson, Chandler or Taper. Taking the shuttle back allows you to avoid the traffic out of the Music Center underground parking. Drago Centro makes a wonderful meal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • love the duck breast...
    exexdir1VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Can't get enough of it along with the diver scallops and the pheasant and morel mushrooms over pasta. Have yet to eat anything at this restaurant that was not delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Flavorful food and excellent wine
    Mary
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I first went to Drago Centro because it was very convenient to walk to from work. I really like this place! So far everything I've tried has been fit for a foodie and they have an excellent sommelier who had picked out fantastic wine choices both times I've been there. I will definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Seating at the restaurant
    HelenofTroyVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Would be nice if the hostess at the restaurant was a bit more gracious with the seating.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • megustacomer
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was sublime and the service was excellent. Have been here three times and the food is always delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.