Drago Centro
Drago Centro

Drago Centro

  • 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 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 WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerItalian
Drago Centro reviews from OpenTable diners
216 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.4
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (128)special occasion (117)notable wine list (96)good for groups (83)romantic (75)neighborhood gem (45)great for lunch (44)great for outdoor dining (35)hot spot (31)vibrant bar scene (27)scenic view (19)late-night find (16)great for brunch (7)kid-friendly (4)Show More
  • wine was especially so good !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    I reservered here for business meeting. They really liked this place! Thank you so much ! We ordered la violis, stake, some pasta. Everything was good ! Especially wine and stake ! :D
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • BarbaraVIP
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    This food was good. The restaurant was very pretty. It was too noisy. Hard to talk.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Scallops undercooked and bitter tasting. Overpriced.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always and consistently great
    great2dine
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We'll keep going back. A bit of New York in downtown. I wouldn't say a hotspot it's a bit more elegant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DragonVIP
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Excellent food service and ambience. Parking is great and convenient. Manager visited our table and was gracious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown Gem
    checkplease
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Wonderful evening! First of all, complimentary valet parking downtown was a treat! The staff is amazing, they are friendly, knowledgeable and completely spoiled us without being intrusive. The pappardelle, roasted pheasant & morel mushrooms, the short rib ravioli, roasted butternut squash, ricotta agnolotti & brown butter foam - beautifully presented and delicious. There is an incredible vibe the minute you walk in the door - as if everyone, the staff and the patrons are enjoying a very special evening!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday Dinner
    Greg
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Perfect in every way for a romantic and delicious dinner. A new favorite.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An all-around excellent dinner
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    Great food, service and atmosphere. One of the few times when expectation matched the experience. Thank you for making this birthday dinner a very memorable occasion, A grateful boyfriend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Dinner before Kings game
    DanoVIP
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We had just been to Drago Centro for a birthday dinner in their private room (The Flower Room) and had a wonderful time so we decided to try it for an early dinner before the Kings game (and win!) on Saturday. Seated promptly, white napkins replaced with black napkins, and drinks arrived quickly. My wife and I enjoyed the kale salad but had asked that they mix in some arugula which they did. We both had the mushroom risotto and it was again delicious. Our guests greatly enjoyed their salads and entrees as well. The whole experience was very nice. We will be back soon I hope.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pasta not up to snuff
    Ses123VIP
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    I arrived late, due to traffic. The staff were excellent about getting me out in time for my performance. I am not sure if that was why the pasta was not up to Drago's usual standard, but the butternut squash agniotti were very "pastey" and not at all up to Drago's usual standard. I hope that there standards are not falling, as their pastas used to be excellent
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Business Venue
    jrbrucejr
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Wasn't so great as a romatic couples dinner. The well intentioned service was over-powering, and pressured. Decide on this, decide on that, and they were not busy at all in the early weekday evening. Of our 3 appetizers and 2 entrees, all but 1 of the entrees were wonderful. The by-the-glass wine was a disappointingly small pour, particularly for the price, and the bottle wine list, while huge, is for the most part very expensive.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SURPASSED EXPECTATIONS!
    cinybinyVIP
    Dined on 11/2/2014
    Chose Drago for my birthday dinner and couldn't have been more pleased! Ben, our server, was extraordinary! The food was terrific -- papparadelli, truffle chicken, sausage penne! All really top-notch! Burrata appetizer really delicious. Also pleased with portion size. A special night -- would definately return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    I took a large party there following a big event and the experience was tremendous. The food, service, and the wine were all outstanding, and the manager (Vincenzo Porcu) made sure we had a great evening. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • BLJ1
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Beautiful, big city restaurant. Food is "meh", service is great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • EXCELLENT FOOD AND WINE
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    La Carne Cruda appetizer, i garganelli and la bistecca entrees and il tiramisu for desert. Everything was delicious. However, the bistecca portion was smaller than I would have liked. The garganelli was AWESOME! The tiramisu was not very traditional....it was not cake-like and moist. It was very flat, and more similar to ice cream. Good, but not the tiramisu I was looking for. Still a great dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • a new go-to place!
    LAphilfanVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    This is definitely my new go-to place for pre-show dining. I went here before attending the LA Philharmonic. I don't find Italian food very exciting in general, but Drago has changed my mind. They offered frappato by the glass which is rare and was one of the pleasant surprises I found dining at Drago, another being 4 hours free valet. It's a beautiful restaurant with fantastic cuisine and impeccable service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best pasta in LA
    NeilE
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    All the food ordered by our table (including branzino and chicken) were reported to be excellent, but everyone agreed that my pasta dish excelled. Their sauces were exquisite but the pasta itself was fresh and the perfect texture. Don't skip the bombolinos for desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • justxjessVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Definitely request a seat outside.. It's beautiful! Food was amazing and everyone working there is always so nice. Pleasant experience every time. Valet is complementary for 4 hours.. Super convenient.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    It was challenging to figure out where to park but once we were there the food was terrific and the service attentive but not overly so.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice atmosphere, OK food
    jackiwacki
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    This is a good restaurant for business lunches. The food is good, but not great. The portions are on the small side. I was still hungry when I left. I recommend getting a salad or appetizer with the entree. It has a very comfortable yet upscale atmosphere. Not quite as noisy as the current trend in restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrific Service!
    svblime
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We came here to celebrate our one year anniversary. I ordered the parpadelle with pheasant which was very rich but delicious. The pasta was al dente! My boyfriend ordered the farfalle with a vodka sauce that was good as well, but I preferred mine. The tiramisu was probably the only thing I didn't like. The food was pretty good, but I thought the service was outstanding. Their mise en place was on point. One thing was that we requested to speak with sommelier, but he never showed up at our table. Our waiter (forgot his name) was such a nice guy. We found a chip in our wine glass, and he ended up comping our wine. I would definitely return again. The ambiance was great for a nice dinner, and in a good location to go bar hopping after.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Delicious
    Lvgirl
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We had a group of 10. They placed us in a beautiful private room with a circular table. Everyone could talk and laugh. Very very enjoyable
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A great downtown dining experience
    KathleenVIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Our dinner was delicious. The service was very friendly and the staff was very knowledgeable about the menu and the wine offerings. Parking was easy and they validate, so it doesn't cost so much to come downtown for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Superb italian fare
    bzrm
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    What an overall excellent Italian food restaurant located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Superb food and wine service. Number of menu items available a plus and delicious. Consistently wonderful dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place in downtown LA
    Grimalower
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Great restaurant in downtown Los Angeles. The food and the service were impeccable
    Special Features:
    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
    • Food
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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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Drago never disappoints
    vininfoVIP
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Drago Centro is the best restaurant in Downtown LA. Perfect for pre-theatre dining as they have a very efficient shuttle.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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