Cento

4.6
1585 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
Chef Chris Myers focuses on local ingredients and authentic Italian preparation methods with a modern twist. Translating to “100″ in Italian, the significance behind Cento’s name (pronounced Chento), lies in our location.
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J
Louisville
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Elsa was our server and she was so incredibly pleasant! Food was great, as always. I LOVE the Boozy Brunch option - it is my absolute favorite and an amazing value.

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BR
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The boozy brunch is amazing! HIGHLY recommend - but make sure you have a reservation :)

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KB
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, reasonable pricing for the atmosphere/ambience. Great seared scallops! Call ahead for a reservation

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M
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The only complaint we had was our server seemed to forget us a couple of times.

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SB
Milwaukee
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Their service is great. Food wonderful . Only downside is this restaurant is on the noisy side.

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VP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

They need to simplify their dishes. They are making their dishes too complicated with too many ingredients. They should consider leveraging the quality of their main component and not covering it up with so many ingredients that conflict and take away from the main component.

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F
Milwaukee
30 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Service was excellent. Food was very good. Noise level was loud for a quiet dinner, but ok if you are with a group. Host seemed a bit pretentious.

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K
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great time for Mother’s day with my family!
Boozy Brunch is a great deal with many taste options! You will not be disappointed!

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OT
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service great, food outstanding, fresh, fresh and more fresh, pizza and cocktails great !

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WI
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I really have to single out our server, Ava, as the highlight of our experience at Cento. From the moment we sat down, she was so helpful and accommodating and pleasant! The food was very good. Brick chicken was delicious, the brussel sprouts were tasty and the bucatini was enjoyable. The coffee and dessert were very good as well. Ask to be seated at Ava's table if you go!

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p
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Daughters graduation weekend...!

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MT
Indiana
9 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

A real disappointment. We ordered appetizers and they came right out. Almost a half hour later our salad and entrees came at the same time “because the kitchen was backed up”. My pork tenderloin was served rare... I asked for it to be cooked a little more and the server said it couldn’t be done. My nieces sausage in her pasta dish was pink... the server said they buy precooked sausage so it was ok to eat. While the server smiled a lot she didn’t know the dishes... and the 100 meal for 2 was almost not consumable. I can’t recommend on any level.

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BB
Milwaukee
45 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another wonderful meal with excellent service from Camille. The stuffed ravioli was superb and the arancini was delicious! We recommend CENTO to all our friends and it's a MUST GO for anyone visiting from out of town. Thank you, Chef Chris!

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JS
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a great meal. The food and the staff were fantastic. The big thing for us was the noise level. The music was loud and it's never fun to shout to those whom you're dining with.

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m
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Beautiful restaurant with a modern, airy feel. Wonderful lighting from tall, large windows during a Saturday lunch. Never before have I felt compelled to say "wow, these booths are really pretty!" The Bolognese and French Toast w/Peach Compote were table favorites. Service was lovely. Surprisingly reasonable prices for the cuisine and experience. Will definitely be back again.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We had a great experience at Cento. We were celebrating our anniversary and they surprised us with a glass of champagne on the house. The food was amazing but the portions for the pasta were very small. It worked out for us because we had other courses to help fill us up. Thanks for a great experience Cento!

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CC
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food- especially pasta. Service was attentive and prompt. Noise level is what you might expect for a very busy restaurant, but the quality of the restaurant is what makes this site so popular. Always at the top of the list for entertaining out of town guests.

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cento. Food is always fantastic, good atmosphere. It's one of our favorite places in Madison

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M
Los Angeles
21 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We got to the restaurant early but not enough time to go back to the hotel to change. We were not dressed for dinner. My husband did not have a collared shirt on and I looked like I had just walked out of REI.
Nevertheless the hostess sat us at the bar until our table was ready. I don't know if they were trying to hide us or give us the best table. Either we were seated in the other room, not the main room, next to a window facing the library. The room was very quiet. The service was fabulous. I chose to leave the sorbet off my chocolate cake which I was taking home. So instead upon request they put the sorbet (vanilla) in my husband double cream stout. Delicious.
For dinner we enjoyed both pastas (Tagliatelle and Orecchette) and the bacon wrapped dates. We would highly recommend this restaurant.

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MH
Milwaukee
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Love Cento for excellent food and service, location, and beautiful atmosphere. Our only complaint is that it is noisy. Being seated in a booth helps foster conversation, although not too close to the kitchen which generates some energetic noise. =)

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KL
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great environment for getting together and catching up with friends. Great food, great service!

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints. Great Manhattans and the food is spot on

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OT
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Monday, sis birthday🤷🏻‍♀️. Service was excellent, food was good (I’m vegetarian)

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Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a good time. I ate alone, and while it was not noisy I did enjoy the ambiance

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DG
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was delicious. Friendly and attentive service

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! My husband and I had the boozy brunch. We had the French toast and crab cake benedict. Both were amazing. The specialty cocktails were also tasty. We will be back!

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C
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service from Kevin. Great for brunch.

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MA
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went to Cento on Easter Sunday and enjoyed their "boozy brunch"...it was perfect. The service, the food, the drinks, the atmosphere-all of it was just wonderful. We will be back.

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Chicago
170 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

While our dinner was good, the service was exceptionally slow. It would not have been an issue, but the server never stopped by to let us know why everything was taking such a long time and was unable to be asked as she avoided our table until our food arrived. This establishment is usually cool/breezy so it helps to have adequate wrap or jacket in case. A few more less expensive bottles of wine might be offered.

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CC
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Definitely in my top 5 for Madison restaurants. Food was flavorful and perfectly prepared.

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I
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The food is very good, and the wait staff were charming, attentive, and informative. We really enjoyed our dinner at Cento.

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JA
Milwaukee
7 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food - the service was the best

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LC
1 review
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I would highly recommend Cento restaurant. Our waiter, Kevin, was knowledgeable and very friendly. The food was delicious, from the appetizer to the dessert. We will definitely be returning to try more of the diverse menu!

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GD
Seattle
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food, great service, noisy when busy (like Sunday Brunch).

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CC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Kevin, our server, was fantastic! Avacado toast was our favorite brunch item.

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UW
Chicago
29 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We had a great time. Our waiter, Kevin, was the best! And the wine steward....she was so knowledgeable and helpful. The food truly was outstanding.

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d
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

I've been to Cento for brunch numerous times. While the service and atmosphere are always great; the food this time was not up to the usual delicious, fresh standards. Had the Crabcake Benedict and the crabcake was overcooked.

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good brunch.. beautiful space. Service was just okay but we enjoyed.

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LJ
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything we had was delightful, and priced moderately I thought. Service was excellent, our waitress was exemplary the entire time. We were seated in a great place, even for showing up 9 minutes late to our 8 pm reservation.

I would STRONGLY recommend the affogato for dessert if you even remotely like coffee.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

We were a group of 10 celebrating a weekend with our mothers visiting from out of town. We ordered appetizers which took a decent amount of time to come, but more frustrating were the entrees. After waiting around 1 and a half hours for our meals and 2 of them being cold we were not impressed. We told the waitress about the two cold meals that she took back to totally remake taking another 20 minutes and giving smaller portions than the first time. The waitress took these two entrees off the bill, but never once did a manager come over to apologize or acknowledge the terrible service. Our waitress said we could have 3 desserts on the house but when they came there were 4 desserts. While reviewing the check and seeing we were charged for dessert we asked the waitress while her totally rude and unprofessional response was, “if its really that big of a deal i could take it off”. It wasn’t the fact that it was on the bill but the principle of being a paying customer who likes to dine at this establishment but in the future I can’t guarantee I will ever be back.

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