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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 WinnerItalian
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/30/2014
  • "Went there before a play at the music center. The food was fantastic and they have a shuttle to the MC every 15 min."
    Dined on 8/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/21/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/17/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Would be nice if the hostess at the restaurant was a bit more gracious with the seating."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We always enjoy Drago, and would dine even more often if we didn't have to fight downtown traffic. We particularly enjoyed the starters; corn soup, and burrata with purple, yellow, and red cherry tomatoes. The service is attentive and friendly. Noise level a little high because of the large, hard space."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "The food was very good, especially the pasta. Portions were generous. The only problem we encountered was that after giving our waiter my past code, it was not reflected on our check. However, when we pointed that out, he changed the bill."
    Dined on 8/10/2014
  • "Food excellent, but evening diminished by a pushy hostess."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Outstanding food at lunch and dinner, impeccable service and tables spaced far enough apart to have an audible conversation."
    Dined on 8/5/2014
  • "Not even worth rating!! Worst dining experience ever. Horrible service & food. My wife could not even eat her dinner as the duck (fowl) was not even cooked!!! Everything we ordered was sub standard. I believe the health department should be called about the food they serve."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Excellent food but definitely hard to have conversation since the noise level was high."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Everything was consistent; food and service were quite good. The place operates like a fine tuned machine."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Food is excellent and easy access to Music Center Events. Would recommend the seasonal tasting menu. An extra bonus is free parking for 4 hours. Do come early because it can get crowded."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "We enjoyed a wonderful birthday celebration for my son here. We each had pasta for our entrees, and they were excellent..to a one. The Caesar salad was one of the best I've ever had, and was a very generous portion. Birthday Boy was treated to a 'custom ' dessert with his name drizzled across the plate..nice touches and attentive service on a busy Saturday evening. I've been to other restaurants in the Drego family, and this one is my favorite...will definitely return."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "Food was pretty good, just wish that the portions were larger considering how much I paid for the meal."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Drago Centro continues to be a favorite downtown spot before going to the Music Center. Parking is validated! The food is excellent as is the service."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Our second time here and again we had a very wonderful dinner. My husband tried the Tasting menu and loved it. I had my favorite pasta dish pappardelle and it was great. Our desserts were good but I have had better panna cotta. Our Server was great, we were looking at ordering a bottle of wine and he saw what we we thinking of and suggested an Italian wine that we have never tried before. The wine tuned out to be wonderful and went well with dinner. Glad he made the suggestion, always good to try something new. Overall dinner was so nice we need to come back again soon."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "I was here for my birthday dinner. The first course appetite is my favorite, the entree is not as good as I thought, dessert is just perfect."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "My husband and I celebrated our anniversary at Drago Centro and we had the loveliest dining experience. The restaurant is simply stunning. Our evening began with glasses of prosecco compliments of Drago. This was such a sweet gesture and set the tone for the evening. Our server gave us sample pours of several varietals to help us narrow our choices for the perfect bottle of wine. My husband selected the tasting menu (shrimp carpaccio, pasta with wild mushroom & truffle, venison loin, & zucchini cake & passion fruit and I had the charcuterie platter with gnocco and pappardelle with pheasant. Every dish was prepared to perfection. The staff is warm and professional. We had the perfect romantic evening at Drago Centro."
    Dined on 7/28/2014
  • "Excellent food and ambience. GM gave us some "fun" wine selections and we really loved the outdoor area!"
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Great ambience with a nice bar area for before drinks."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "Want to be kind. It's o.k. Trying to hit all of GOLD'S 100 best restaurants in L.A. Really expected more for them to be on this list or maybe I just ordered the wrong food. My Pork Belly was very good but not great. The Beef Tartare was excellent. It was just another high end restaurant among hundreds of high end restaurants in So. Calif. For it to be on this list I expect at least a couple of things to just pop out & WOW! Nothing did."
    Dined on 7/27/2014
  • "I've been here twice now, and the food and service is excellent! I love the patio, and it's cool how great of a view you get of the city, even when you're on the ground floor. Great bar area and the ambience is just perfect- dim but not dark, modern/elegant, but not pretentious. Will recommend to anyone!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The food is always excellent. And the new enclosed patio is lovely"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I went for dine la. I was fooled by the overrated reviews from yelp. I started off with garganelli pork sausage and baby squash risotto. Pasta was under cooked and very dry. Risotto was better. For entree, I had papparddlle, which I thought it needed more seasoning. Veal milanese was okay. I had tiramisu and dark chocolate cake for dessert. It was good. Just like any other dessert places would taste. Nothing special. Probably the dessert was the best part of the meal for me."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Always an excellent experience if you come by 5:30p on a Sat. Parking is validated and there is a shuttle to the Music Center. Very convenient. It gets very busy and noisy and sometimes the service is slow. But, the food is excellent and we had a lovely visit with our friends."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The pheasant parpadelle was extremely tasty and the veal (vitello milanese) was my favorite. We also had the charcuterie which had 4 high-quality and tasty meats. At less than $200 (for 2) with a tasty wine I would consider this place to be fair value compared to what you'd pay for similar food at other LA restaurants. The servers were great and knowledgeable and the manager was very welcoming and friendly. We left the roses I had delivered on the table when we left, and the manager had them waiting in the wine cooler for us when we swung back by on the off chance they'd still be around!"
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "I made a reservation at 0830 pm but I got a seat at 0940......... I "made" a reservation..... I won't go there again......"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The ambiance is really great. Great service and great food. Their veil marinara was terrific! I would recommend it! And their tiramisu, although in a smaller portion, was the icing on the cake!"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "enjoyed the whole experience, service impeccable, food excellent risotto very very good veal Milanese with eggplant parm. All around a very good night out"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "I've been coming to Drago Centro for some time. It is my favorite place for Dine LA as the deal is great! I have always enjoy their food and each time is a new experience. This is the first time I had shrimp carpaccio, and I will go back there just for that dish. The only thing that was disappointing this time around was that the service was slow. We were at the restaurant for 1.5 hr just for lunch. Other than that, the food continues to be excellent."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "restaurant is beautiful . service was spot on . menu has so many great dishes and the food was exceptional . we had a wonderful table to make it all perfect . parking in the building ( free for dinner ) and taking elevator right into restaurant is another big plus . We will certainly be back"
    Dined on 7/24/2014