Centro Restaurant

4.6
2012 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the top restaurants in Des Moines. Delicious food, nice ambiance and very good service. One of my go-to restaurants for every day or special occasions.

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LW
Des Moines
27 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great birthday brunch. Centro never lets down. Always great food, great service. I am not sure if there is a Nother restaurant in Des Moines one can say that about. We have been there dozens of times.

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P
Oklahoma City
16 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Our first time to dine here. We were visiting, and it was recommended. Service fair...hate for salads to be served before appetizers. Crab cakes cold with too much breading. Bruschetta bland with basically tomatoes chopped up served with not enough toast. Pasta good and pizza good. Pork chop had no taste. Prices reasonable. Maybe give it a second try.

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TK
Kansas City
19 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every year we make a trip to Des Moines for the Farmers Market. This is our second time to eat at Centro and we were not disappointed. The ambience is great, service is impeccable and the food is music to your palate. They made my husband’s birthday extra special!

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JS
Minneapolis
8 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Good food, but a bit pricy. (Truffle pasta soecial $40!!!).
Not crowded when we were there, but could get noisy.

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OT
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, great experience, favorite dessert in the metro: George’s Marshalltown Sundae. Will be back soon!

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LR
Indiana
22 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Quiet ambience, extremely knowledgeable waitstaff concern the menu, food preparation and wine paring. Amazing food flavors and a variety of food selections.

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SG
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food always good and that is why I try to eat there when I am in Des Moines

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RV
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service was great. Food was great. We chose to eat outside on the patio. there was a constant hum that was distracting. The positive aspects of our experience outweighed the negative, but won't side on patio again. We have been eating at Centro since it opened. Love it!

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MP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

I ordered the ribeye steak and was served a NY strip. When I informed my server she took it back to the chef who essentially told me I was incorrect, that it was their ribeye. My wife's scallops were undercooked. The wine we selected was good. The server didn't seem to care to be at work, no personality, nothing but going through the motions. I likely won't be returning here.

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F
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is always OUTSTANDING! Service is great! My favorite DSM restaurant.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best place in town!

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RG
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food, very good service. I always enjoy this restaurant.

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T
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 5

Steak was overcooked, but the redid it and it was fine. Had to tell someone other than the waiter. Also, waiter forgot a second beer request. Pizza is always good, but steaks are going down hill. So is the restaurant, I am afraid to say because have loved it over the years.

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MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was a very nice place for a group of six and a toddler celebrating anniversaries. We had a bunch of different appetizers and demolished them all. A favorite-the portabello fries! And the tomato basil soup was very good. Everyone enjoyed their entrees as well. My daughter and I had a martini at the end of the meal that was amazing. Thanks for the fun experience!

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M
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Went to centro for the first time with my girlfriend on her birthday. We order the crab cakes as an appetizer, they were tremendous. She ordered a small pizza which was also very good, but the chicken sandwich I ordered was not done on one half that I ate so I got sick. Other than that it was a good experience.

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OT
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

A great experience as usual!

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DA
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fresh, interesting and delicious with generous portions and great, prompt service! We dined early before going to a concert. No problem getting reservations nor getting to the show with time to spare.

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IA
Amarillo
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Have decided that Centro is a great place for pizza and soups / salads. Always leave feeling disappointed in overpriced and overrated entrees. Ordered a couple of Manhattans "up" and literally got <1/2 each. Seemed to be a single Manhattan poured into two glasses. Centro is usually better than this so I will chalk it up to a bad night for the bar staff.

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SC
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

A favorite place to dine in Des Moines. Happy hour very limited in selection. Disappointing.

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KM
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always a little loud in here but I have never once been disappointed in the food or service. My favorite restaurant in Des Moines!!

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SB
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Our entrees were great! My husband ordered spaghetti that wasn’t on the menu and it was perfect. Centro steak is a must! We had 6:00 reservations, we got there early at 5:30. There were lots of empty tables and we received a “less than desireable” table. It didn’t make for a very romantic or intimate experience. Service was great and food was excellent!

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DW
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

I’ve fined at this restaurant several times and I’ve always enjoyed the food and this time was no exception. My only problem with this dining experience was for the first time, we dined on the patio. Though the patio itself along with the service was great the noise pollution was nearly unbearable. The restaurant is located in what’s called “The Loop”. Cars for nearly 90-120 mins were driving in a quarter block rectangle and would intentionally peel off at the intersection where the restaurant is located. It was nearly nonstop. I wouldn’t recommend dining outside nor will I ever do so again. Severely dampened my romantic dinner for two.

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MN
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 4th visit to Centro in Downtown Des Moines and we were not disappointed. The food was great from appetizers to dessert. Excellent service and wine list. We will be back!

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LZ
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrated our 50th anniversary here with great friends. Excellent food, service and atmosphere.

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S
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful birthday dinner and excellent restaurant week menu.

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WH
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food that night had 3 course meal server was always there with a refill. 5 stars easy

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AS
1 review
Dined on August 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

My wife ordered Pizza with less cheese and for some reason, cheese quantity looked normal. When we told the staff about this, they immediately placed another order with less cheese and brought it to us in a few mins. Outstanding service.

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C
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our dinner was totally wonderful! The Centros in Davenport IA closed sometime ago. We were quite dissappointed. Since we were in Des Moines for the state fair we felt our little get-away would not be complete without a nostalgic visit to Centros. We weren't dissappointed. Food, service, everything was exceptional as was the wine and drink selection. We are so happy we took the time to enjoy a great meal at a great resturant.

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JA
Denver
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is my favorite restaurant. I drive 45 minutes to get here. The food is delicious and the plating is great. The price isn't bad at all when you want 5 star quality and taste. Two apps, 2 entrées (one being a large gourmet pizza) and 2 drinks for $60. We took home a lot of food. If it's your birthday you get free dessert. The restaurant is beautiful and the servers top notch.

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BW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Centro is fantastic! Great find in Des Moines. Such great, creative Italian food with an American flair. Good value, service, and ambiance. Will definitely be back!

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S
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved everything. We will definitely go again !

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ML
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 4

Kitchen was a bit overwhelmed on night of our visit and it took a considerably more time then usual for our dinner to arrive. We go to Centro often and will continue but thought an explanation earlier in process would have been appropriate.

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OT
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Celebrating an Anniversary and they went out of their way to make it special.

Wonderful food and atmosphere.

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Great food, great service. Love Centro.

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JB
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service with an attentive waitstaff (our waiter was helpful, knowledgeable and available). The bread is excellent and the steaks far exceeded my expectations. Appetizers were delicious, the drink menu was interesting and the service was prompt. I do business regularly in Des Moines and will add this to my shortlist!

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D
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We stopped at Centro for Sunday Brunch. They have a nice menu with plenty of choices. We had the spinach frittata and the crab cake benedict, both were excellent. We saw the great review on TripAdvisor and weren't disappointed. We would love to try this place for dinner.

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SK
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great Anniversary dinner! I had dropped a rose off before to have as a surprise at the table and it was put in a small nice vase of water and on the table perfectly! Great touch. Server Emily was great and the food was wonderful. The only thing I would change about this restaurant is the beer selection is lacking if you like craft beers - specifically IPAs. Otherwise, I recommend this restaurant above all others downtown. Great job!

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VM
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We originally came here for the lasagna but we were informed that that is only a lunch special on Thursday. We then looked at the menu and decided to get the fried calamari for an appetizer and the chicken saltimbocca and chicken and prosciutto for the main course. It was all delicious. The calamari was cooked to perfection and so it was very tender and tasty. They include the tentacles which is a plus for us.
We were seated outside as it was a beautiful day. Even though we were on the street the noise level wasn't too much so you could have a nice conversation.
We will definitely be back for lunch and that lasagna.

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RA
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great place to come on a date night or even with a group of friends. Very friendly staff and very swift service. Great balance between being attentive, but also not making you feel like you are being rushed out.

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