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Drago Centro
Drago Centro

Drago Centro Details

  • Dining Style: Fine Dining
  • Website: http://www.dragocentro.com
  • Phone: (213) 228-8998
  • 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) 228-8998

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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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "excellent branzino luncheon……great service, wonderful decor, a downtown gem"
    Dined on 4/9/2014
  • "A beautiful surrounding, a great Valet service in the building, the staff is fun, professional and most gracious and helpful! The Food: superior to most in the city! A beautiful plate of food, fresh fish! And the whole experience, wonderful!"
    Dined on 4/7/2014
  • "I do like Drago, but this time, my pasta wasn't good. The noodles were stuck together and there wasn't enough sauce. My guest had the Basil Spaghetti and it was delicious."
    Dined on 4/2/2014
  • "This restaurant had it all ... It was modern yet cozy the ambiance was wonderful and the food was amazing. The service was impeccable. We had called ahead to let them know one of the members of our party was vegan, not only did they actually make a note but they prepped ahead of time and the waiter even mentioned it as we sat down. Well definitely come back here and I highly recommend sitting outside, unique setup and great ambiance."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "When we checked with one extra person we were seated at once, even though the restaurant was packed! Everything was perfect after that"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "After noting that other reviewers either loved it or hated it - mostly because of poor service - I wasn't sure what to expect. Granted, we made our reservation for 5pm in order to have a leisurely dinner and get to the pre-concert talk at the Disney Concert Hall, but all of the staff was very attentive and enjoyable. Dinner was fantastic! Can't quite give 5 stars, but definitely an enthusiastic 4! Oh yes, the concert was very "moving" - we had an earthquake in the middle of Ravel's Daphnis et Chloe. It was like being in a 747 flying into turbulence!"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Had an awesome dinner experience with my wife. Not only great service and food but also an unexpected and very special birthday experience. The food, from the seared scallop appetizer to our entrees and desserts were simply great. The waiter was both attentive and wine knowledgeable. We'd definitely come back again."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "I've only been a half dozen time but it has been amazing each time. The garanelli with pork sausage is a personal favorite but I loved the steak and gnocchi as well. Nice wine list. Friendly but professional service."
    Dined on 3/25/2014
  • "OMG, totally to die for and we did the wine pairing, insane,,,,I have been thinking about the experience ever since,,,,,,like a first date, crazy,,,,now I am trying to figure out what client I can invite to join me so I can do it all again! Ahhhhhh!"
    Dined on 3/24/2014
  • "I took a friend visiting from NYC to Drago for dinner, and we had a fabulous experience. The restaurant itself is nicely laid out, and feels upscale without being stuffy. Our server was friendly, helpful and professional. And the food was amazing; everything we ordered was delicious, and the pasta was maybe the best I've had in LA. All around a really great dining experience."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "I went to Drago when it first opened and it was mediocre. I've been meaning to give it another chance and finally was able to. To my pleasure, the quality of the food had improved drastically. Definitely back on my list of downtown restuarants."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "Always good food and wine in a pleasant atmosphere to have a conversation."
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Monday night, 7:00 pm reservations, very few patrons in the restaurant at the time, and we were offered corner seating. The waiter appeared to be in a hurry, and when we were almost finished with our salads, a second waiter came to ask if we would like pepper. The food was tasteless, not once did the waiter ask if everything was okay. However, even before we were finished with dessert, the waiter was quick to bring the bill. We had exited the restaurant when suddenly this person comes out and yells thank you. We walked away feeling like unappreciated patrons. The only reason we chose this restaurant was it was recommended by the hotel. Not quite the dinning experience we had expected."
    Dined on 3/17/2014
  • "Great food however they take too long to take your order"
    Dined on 3/19/2014
  • "Great ambience...delicious dinner..scenic...mediocre service...very pricey."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "The food at Drago was awful. I invited a client to lunch there and I was embarrassed it was so bad."
    Dined on 3/4/2014
  • "Our server wasn't very knowledgable. There were three of us together and each had a different take. One said she won't come back. One really enjoyed it and I am in the middle. Good food, good Martinis but the service was ok. The busboys were A+ but the waiter didn't know enough and read back descriptions from the menu when we had questions #fail We did love taking pictures by the fireplace and in the adjacent courtyard. Nice that they validated the high valet charge. Appreciate that."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "My fiance took me here for our five-year anniversary this past weekend. We were seated immediately despite being early for our reservation, after being walked past the amazing floor-to-ceiling glass wine "cellar". We ordered an appetizer and got help from the sommelier with the formidable wine list. The appetizer was the best thing I've ever had. I can't even begin to describe how delicious it was. Then came the wine, which was exactly as described, and the food, which was incredible. For dessert we had biscotti, and though my fiance generally hates cookies, even he was in love. This is the best food I've ever tried in my entire life."
    Dined on 3/8/2014
  • "We were a party of seven for lunch. The service was slow and inattentive. Not to the point where you needed to complain, just drinks were not getting replenished and it took a long time to take our order. No one came to chaco if the food was ok after it was delivered. The food itself was just OK. Nothing that said, "I have to come back for this"."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "We have had the pleasure of returning many times to Drago. We like to go there when it's pre theatre, just the two of us, a group dinner in the Vault, or a business dinne, which this occasion was for. The food was great as usual. We do prefer selecting from the menu versus ordering a set tasting. The service is professional and efficient. A very successful and memorable experience for us and for our guests. Thank you!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "We enjoyed another early dinner before attending an event at the Music Center. Shared a beet salad and both ordered the pasta with scallops along with two different glasses of wine, both delicious. The only flaw was that the menu had indicated that the pasta featured a diver scallop, and instead was served with a handful of small bay scallops. They apologized for the mistake and we made no fuss, but honestly, I was really looking forward to that diver scallop! and probably would not have ordered the dish had I known included little bay scallops instead. Nevertheless, Drago Centro remains my favorite place to go before the Music Center."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Just a fabulous dining experience. Been there three times now, each visit better than the one before."
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Drago Centro is one of our favorite special occasion restaurants in Los Angeles. The food is wonderful, as is the service and the restaurant itself."
    Dined on 4/13/2013
  • "The food was great. It started with perfectly seared albacore tuna. The veal osso buco was tender and tasty. I ordered the seasonal fettuccine with shaved truffles, so good! There was something going on Flower St. when we arrived and it blocked the street off to the parking garage. When we called the restaurant, they didn't know anything about it. Our waiter was terrible: not attentive, he forgot to bring the dessert wine pairing, and gave my leftovers to the wrong people. The worst part was our table was on the other side of a silverware cabinet. Every time someone would get something from the cabinet, they would slam the drawers. It was really unprofessional and ruined the ambiance and service of what should be a great restaurant."
    Dined on 6/22/2013
  • "Excellent Food & high wine prices caught me off guard"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Drago's food is heavenly. Their risotto is one of the best ( and one of the few restaurants that actually knows how to make risotto!)."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Everything was great but the service of waitress from bar was very wiered ."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "Came here for DineLA. The food was okay, it wasn't memorable. There were ALOT of business people, so we felt out of place. I think its a nice romantic place to eat, if there wasn't just table of suits."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "I had the best manhattan I have ever had. No one else at my table would taste my linguini in squid ink. Be prepared for a pricey menu, though there are less expensive options."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "A great spot for pre theatre at the Music Center, with a shuttle and validated parking to leave a car while you catch a show. Delicious, beautifully prepared Italian food. We ate mushroom risotto and duck, as well as fresh beet salads. The wine service was impeccable. The servers are young, but very professional. If you let them know you have a curtain, the servers will be sure you are on your way on time. Highly recommended."
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "The food was outstanding and the service was great."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Landed a great table angled to the outside area facing flower street where you can see the beautiful downtown LA library tower. We were not sure what we wanted so we just ordered one course at a time in case the favors of the appetizer or salad changed our primi or secondi. Each course was excellent from wild boar risotto, beet salad, pheasant pasts and finally the bistecca was delicious. The server was excellent in his help and never seemed to mind it was a one course -2.5 hour dinner experience for my wife and I. Just as it should be as if in Italy. Great time would absolutely go back again when in downtown la."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "The prix fix meal is very reasonable. The crab pasta was yummy. The ambiance is excellent. The tables are far apart. The noise isn't bad at all. It is a big place so that helps. The decor is wonderful. We order the cheese plate as an appetizer and we liked that much better than the meat/salami plate. I just don't get those meat plates. The bread that came with it was better than the meats. Lots of good bread too."
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "Been a fan of Celestino since he had his first restaurant on Beverly Dr. 30 years ago. Consistently wonderful food, ambience,service -- Kudos to him!"
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Loved the food!!! Taste and presentation were beyond reproach. Mark (the sommelier? or manager?) was great. We asked about wine and he recommended a very good bottle that was very reasonable. Didn't try to over sell at all. And he came back to check that we were pleased. All food recommendations were spot on. Service was good, but honestly I expect better from such a place. We told our waiter that we wanted to share/taste as many dishes as possbile. There were 3 of us dining and we ordered 4 appetizers and 4 primis. But for each course I had to request plates. We never got serving utensils. And I had to ask for water several times. But I highly recommend the place. Can't wait to go again and try the rest of the menu!!!"
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "Exceptional food and perfect service make this a place to try once and return to often. LJO"
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "The experience at Drago Centro was great. I really enjoyed the ambiance and the food choices. However, I had a reservation for 8pm and was not seated until almost 9pm which was something I did not expect for such a nice restaurant. Otherwise, I had a great experience at Drago Centro."
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "Adult restaurant with great food and excellent wine list. Good, eager service with just enough formality in a pleasant space. Wine list has food friendly wines at all price levels. Pastas are always good bet."
    Dined on 1/30/2014
  • "After getting by the rude and boorish hostess, we were treated to one of the most excellent meals in recent memory, with extremely attentive service, attention from the assistant manager and other staff."
    Dined on 1/30/2014