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Centro Restaurant

4.6
1819 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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Conveniently located in downtown Des Moines lives one of the city’s most popular restaurants, Centro. The urban eatery specializes in delicious Italian-inspired food featuring fresh ingredients and masterful preparation by Chef George Formaro and Executive Chef Derek Eidson. Whether you’re ordering a multi-course meal or grabbing a drink and pizza at the bar, Centro’s lively, casual yet upscale atmosphere makes it perfect for dining with friends, family, clients and business associates.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday- Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
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Phone number
(515) 248-1780
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Derek Eidson & George Formaro
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Private party facilities
www.centrodesmoines.com
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Private party contact
Rod De Angelo: (515) 248-1780
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Catering
www.centrodesmoines.com
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Cross street
10th Street
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Parking details
In addition to street parking and several near-by public ramps, Centro patrons are welcome to use the ING parking lot a 9th and Locust every day after 5pm.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 1819 People Are Saying
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4.6  based on recent ratings
4.6
food
4.6
service
4.6
ambience
4.3
value
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipDrThought (Detroit)
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

Second visit while staying at Dez Lux Hotel in Des Moines. Service is fabulous and the food very good! The Pork Chop entree is enormous and perfect for a shared dinner for two!

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pwax (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

This was our third time at Centro and once again, everything was great. Great service and great food.

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JimM 
4.0  Dined 3 days ago

We came on a night which was already icy, and looking to become worse, but we soon forgot all about it when our server came to our table and waited very nicely on four of us, and five of us when the last person of our group joined us. Three of the people had never been to Centro's previously, and I think we all enjoyed it very much.

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SteveS 
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

When you leave this place all your clothes smell like burnt food. Not very pleasant.

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gerdy (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

The food at Centro is always delicious but the service makes Centro outstanding. I went to Centro for brunch on Sunday and had wonderful service. Benjamin was a great server that always kept my water glass full and had great customer service. He was knowledgeable about the menu. He took his time with us and was very professional. He was very friendly and made the experience at Centro a excellent one. Also the breakfast pizza is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

The only issue was that when our food came out it had onions all over it. The waiter took it back and brought out a new entree but we wished thatbthe menu would have said it had onions.

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Chels 
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Everything was absolutely amazing!!! Loved it and can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Valentine’s Day date

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OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

Food was great. We both thought it was cold in restaurant even though not seated by door. Waitress was excellent and checked back frequently!

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OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
2.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Overall the food was great. Service was below par. After waiting awhile (@the time it was slow) she asked us for our drinks, we figured she’d come back and ask us for our order after our drinks came, after we picked our drinks she blurted what about for dinner? Do you know what you want? She spilled my husbands drink all over me, apologized and ran off quickly. We ordered the ribeyes which came out plopped on our plates unlike all the other tables their food came out with great presentation. You spend money on a night out and the overall experience was not what we are use to at Centro.

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Wellfed (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

My wife and I had a great time. The food was prepared perfectly. Great service great atmosphere. We will be headed her more often for date night.

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OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Valentine’s Day

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StevePolly (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We have dined at Centro since it opened many years ago..and we have never been disapointed. The food preparation and quality is excellent as is presentation. The wait-staff (servers) are top-notch and well trained. We particularly notice that our server always seems to have his/her timing down to attend to our every need from beverages to dessert, but without hovering at the table or interrupting too often. 5-stars and thumbs up as always!!

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OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
4.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

We had a wonderful Valentine's dinner at Centro. It's a splurge for us and we felt like the value was good.

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KimD 
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

Great food and absolutely amazing service. This restaurant is great for business lunches or any other occasion.

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RebeccaD (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

This was for our Granddaughter’s 20th Birthday! The food and atmosphere was amazing! Our server was awesome and made sure we were all very well taken care of and that our Granddaughter felt truly special. She loved her dessert with the candle. It was the memorable birthday dinner we had hoped for! Thanks! :-)

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JohnM (Denver)
5.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

Amazing food like always. The portobello mushroom fries are amazing!

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OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

We dine at Centro on a fairly regular basis because of the great service and delicious food. Parking is also a plus and it's convenient when we go to events at the Temple which is next door. I ordered scallops on our last visit and although they were tasty, I always get some "gritty sand" ....but I also get that at other restaurants. The price of the scallops were a bit expensive.

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OpenTable Diner (St. Louis)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food and great service!

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ShelleyA (Hawaii)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

OH my, Centro-you far exceeded our high expectations for our Family Sunday Brunch this past weekend. This was only our 2nd time at Centro, but we will be back sooooooooon! Some of us ordered breakfast, some lunch, and the kids menu was awesome! And, our server was so attentive and thorough. I wish I would have seen her name so I could thank her personally-but we reflected our gratitude in her tip (and gave our granddaughter a little lesson on how to tip someone for excellent work). Thanks for the yummy and healthy food, great atmosphere, friendly employees, and amazing service!

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vipOpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

Great food and service

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OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Food is yummy! The restaurant is beautiful! But people coming in and of the door made it cold!

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OpenTable Diner (Kansas City)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

First timer, met all my expectations. Great food, excellent service. Our server Elizabeth was the best. Will be back.

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vipmcdoeli (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Our party of 8 had a great experience here. The brunch menu has something for everyone and the food and service were wonderful. Bloody Mary bar was great!

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RickK (Nashville)
3.0  Dined on February 8, 2018

Good restaurant. They had been closed for a couple weeks but reopened that night. Was looking forward to having a pizza but pizza ovens were not in operation yet.

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OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on January 27, 2018

My wife and I went for our date night. Centro has great food at a decent price. Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

It was great! Went there for my birthday dinner. Amazing meal!

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OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on January 26, 2018

I shared a meal with my guest, which turned out to be a great idea! We ordered an appetizer of Brussels sprouts and it ended up being wayyyy too much food, but we later saw that we could have ordered a smaller portion. I wish the server would have given us that option as there were knly 2 of us ladies.

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vipOpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on January 25, 2018

Best cheese pizza in town! Brussels sprouts are incredible.

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OpenTable Diner (Des Moines)
5.0  Dined on January 24, 2018

The food was delicious and the service was terrific! We had the entree salads that were very good. George’s Marshmallow Sundae is to die for.

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