Centro Restaurant

4.7
1922 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
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Every meal was exceptional! The Ribeye, the NY Strip, Scallops - we tried so many great entrees at our table. Sides also worth getting several.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

We visit family in DSM, have eaten at Centro several times and have never been disappointed. The food and service is consistently excellent. Steven W. was our waiter this evening and I felt as if I were back in Europe....we felt no pressure to hurry thru the meal... careful service without being intrusive. He explained all meats and cheeses, we always had full water glasses, he was excellent and made this a memorable Father's Day for us. The food is high quality and beautifully prepared.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

As usual we had an excellent time. I have dined here many times, and the food and service are stellar.My favorite appetizers are the onion rings and the portobella mushroom fries. My salmon was cooked perfectly, and I am quite pleased with the new summer martini- Bellini-tini. My only complaint would be that I specifically requested to be sat at either table 60 or 55/54, and we were sat at table 30; this was after having made the request a week in advance. Normally, I would have asked to be moved, however, I was the last to arrive, and my guests were already seated. I only asked for these tables because my father suffered a vocal box injury, which makes it hard for him to speak loudly in situations with moderate noise. We've noticed the tile tables seem to be more quiet. Nevertheless, I would definitely continue to recommend Centro to others, and I will continue to dine here.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Fathers Day & sons bday ...

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

It was wonderful all around!

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Always a great dinner but the acoustics could be improved.

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5.0Dined on June 14, 2018

Our server was extremely polite and very helpful overall. The food was amazing!

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2.0Dined on June 13, 2018

this was my first visit to centro. i was immediately turned off by the casual attire of the person who seated me. this was followed by the tacky paper covering the table cloths. as for the food, the sautéed spinach was cold as was the fried ravioli. the only high point was the excellent service of the waitress.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2018

One of the best restaurants in downtown Des Moines. Service and food was excellent.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2018

As always food was delicious. My husband and I both chose a pasta dish. I had a side salad and my husband a soup. We highly recommend Centro

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

Living on the north shore of suburban Chicago, we have hundreds of great restaurants - Centro would give them all a run for their money! My meal, NY strip, was prepared as requested and was extraordinary. Centro is always on my schedule when I am in Des Moines

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5.0Dined on June 6, 2018

The rainfall martini was amazing!! Nice meal on the patio.

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2018

Fabulous waitress

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4.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Very good as usual!! Always enjoy Centro's. If there is one complaint , it would be the Centro Salad didn't seem to be quite as flavorful as it always has been. I even asked for more dressing that I never have done for that salad. I always get the Centro Salad either as a side or as entre. And if I'm there for lunch, I get the Centro Salad without fail. It seemed to be without the normal zest or zip. Maybe a little more vinegar? EVERYTHING ELSE was as good as always.
Like the new chairs, too!!

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5.0Dined on June 2, 2018

Centro is always a GREAT place to eat. Des Moines is luck for a city its size to have such quality food. Certainly Des Moines and not a chain. The ownership Group has other great Des Moines area restaurants.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2018

Great service and food. Very consistent!

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5.0Dined on May 27, 2018

Great food and great service. This was probably the best dining experience I have ever had.

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3.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Wait staff quality receding. Becoming over priced compared to the quality. $27.00 for chicken over priced for Des Moines. Steaks not nearly as good as the Steak Houses in Chicago but the prices nearing the same price points. Will not be back ..

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

The service was great. The waitress was attentive without being intrusive. The grilled salmon was excellent and my friend said the cavetelli was the best she had eaten in years.

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5.0Dined on May 26, 2018

Great food, fresh ingredients. Great service and atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Great place and the food was excellent. Love the decor.

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5.0Dined on May 22, 2018

Went to Centros before the Jimmy Buffet concert. Great service and the food was great!

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5.0Dined on May 21, 2018

We were a party of 7 and had reservations for two tables. When we arrived, they were able to arrange a table for all of us. We had limited time, but our waiter was top notch and still gave us a lovely dining experience. We were finished in good time, but never felt rushed.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Went here for a late brunch after graduation. The waitress was amazing and gave great recommendations. The kitchen had our food out quickly and everything was absolutely delicious.

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4.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Great service and food with outstanding Bloody Mary bar.

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5.0Dined on May 20, 2018

Food and service was great! My wife and I went there for her Birthday and loved it !

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2018

Spending time with my son after the MS Walk.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Met a friend for dinner and drinks. We were able to enjoy the beautiful evening with outside dining.

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

We had a great server and it was a lovely dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 15, 2018

Great, as usual! Please keep those brussels sprouts on the menu forever!!!

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Dependable food, dependable service. This is our go to place for family celebrations where everyone can find something they like. Nothing exotic or trendy- just solid and good for lots of occasions.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

Mother’s Day

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4.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We arrived 30 minutes early for our reservation and the hostess was able to seat us immediately. The pace of the meal was excellent; the bread is to die for; the food and wine were extremely tasty. I love the inside/outside vibe during nice weather, and the floral arrangements gave the restaurant an elevated sense of sophistication.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Wonderful service, great food. What more could you ask for?

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4.0Dined on May 11, 2018

The food is always good. Sat outside, it was lovely & quiet.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

This is a flagship restaurant if you are ever in Des Moines. We are lucky to have this quality of restaurant in a mid size city.

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We were passing through and had to see why the rave?!

Pros: Very flavorful food. Great atmosphere. Could get in with reservation quickly on a Thursday night at 6:45pm. We had the

Menu items we ordered: Brussels sprouts to start...these were deep fried but I would recommend! Salad had great flavor and the toppings were fresh. Kids cheese pizza was made from scratch and my daughter ate it all. My husband had a ham, egg warmed sandwich. He didn’t talk the whole meal if that tells you how much he liked it. He’s normally talking through every meal.

Cons: hostess was not very friendly/professional. Lots of fried foods.

Worth the trip!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Fabulous dinner at Centro! Great service, sat outside on the terrace, wonderful entrees (halibut and fillet trio), exceptional cocktails and wine, and an over-the-top dessert. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The food was fabulous! I have already recommended this restaurant. Our waiter was ok, but most of the other wait staff was great!

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

The food was excellent as always. We each had a steak that was cooked exactly to order. The onion rings are amazing! A half order is more than enough as an appetizer for two.

The only complaint is the noise. It is usually pretty loud in the restaurant and the tables are kind of close together.

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