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Centro Restaurant

4.7
1868 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Perfect For:
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  • Good for Anniversaries
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 1868 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.5
ambience
4.3
value
Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined 2 days ago

everyone at our table of four was satisfied with their food and the wine was exceptionally good. One of our guests even took a picture of the bottle as a reminder of a selection she would request again. The wait staff was informative and engaging and helped to make our experience a positive one. The only criticism I have is that we had a salad order requesting no onions and that did not happen but they were easy enough to remove.

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Nice restaurant. A tad overpriced. Great waiter. It was a Sunday brunch and quite noisy.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Centro is the best restaurant in town, hands down. Great for lunch, brunch or dinner.

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4.0Dined on April 15, 2018

First time here and very delicious! A little on the spendy side though. Overall great experience. Service was quick.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Had great service, and the food was ready in a timely fashion. All our meals were cooked perfectly.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Great food and service service as always!! You can’t go wrong with any of the menu items but the pizza is delicious!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Always great food and service!

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Delicious appetizers. In fact we filled up on appetizers and instead of getting the pasta I love, I could only handle a salad and grilled cheese sandwich!

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2.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Our fish dish, a special, was way over cooked. I thought the prices were a little on the high side. The wine choices were excellent and our server did a good job.

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5.0Dined on April 9, 2018

We have been going to Centro lately on Mondays for the Happy hour and pizza specials and it is Fabulous. We usually sit in the bar and the staff there is great. They are very friendly and help if you ask for suggestions. The salads are great! The Pizza is Fabulous EVERY TIME! We Love going to Centro! Check it out, its a great time and sitting in the bar you can watch all the activity going on outside.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Was a little disappointed in the lack of herbs and spices in the food. I want to have that wow moment in my mouth so I can brag on the dining cuisine I had with my friends. Service was Great! We loved how Benjamin took care of us and a few others. Great atmosphere. If was worth the drive from Oskaloosa for our 1st Anniversary.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food was good, asked them in the request box to have a rose on the table for our anniversary, it did not happen. Was a little disappointed.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Amazing food and great service! Highly recommend this restaurant to everyone!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Great venue......wonderful ambiance! It was a first date and a perfect choice!

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

The tomato basil soup with tortellini is to die for! Salads and pizza are great too!

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Always good food and good service at Centro. Very reliable

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Outstanding as always! The food and service was fantastic!!! Kim did a wonderful job taking care of us for this special occasion!!!

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4.0Dined on April 2, 2018

This was our second time here. The first time the service was great but the atmosphere was not so much. This time, both were lacking. It took our waiter a while to get to us which was understandable with the amount of people there. The food was great but the service wasn't as much.

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2.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Bloody Mary bar: If I'm paying for a drink, someone is going to make it! (which the waitress was happy to do) Ambiance: Very nice for an Easter brunch with the family. Before addressing the food let me say I've eaten dinner at Centro several times with nothing but the very best experiences. Opted for the Crab Benedict. While a tad cold, I could tell it would have been a good dish if the construction (i.e. piled on top of the crab cake) was more ingenious and the presentation better planned. WORST of all, the accompanying potatoes had absolutely no business coming out of a classy kitchen such as Centro's. Dry, flavorless ..... almost an afterthought. Very poor. After meal coffee was top drawer though. In passing, my daughters' s split a breakfast pizza about which they raved.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Excellent service. Waiter was one of the best I've had in the country. Food was delicious. Just a bit on the pricey side but not out of line with very good restaurants. Glad to see Des Moines has something like this to offer.

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3.0Dined on March 27, 2018

We visited Centro for the first time before catching a show at Hoyt Sherman. The waitress that assisted us was patient, friendly, and helpful. Her recommendations on the Centro crab cakes and pancetta-wrapped shrimp didn't disappoint. I think the shrimp were my favorite part of the meal.

My cocktail, starburst or star rise or something along those lines, didn't have as prominent of a blackberry flavor as I was expecting. It was fine but a little pricey at a $10 price point. Our pasta dishes, chicken and prosciutto and spice sausage rigatoni, were also both satisfying , though nothing exceptionally noteworthy from a taste perspective. The portions were very large, but I was expecting a bit more oomph in the flavor department at a $30 price point.

Our total bill for two appetizers to share, two pasta entrées and two mixed drinks came in at $95 pre-tip.

It should also be noted that the space is very loud if you're seated in the middle of the room. We didn't need to shout across the table to hear each other, but it was disarmingly loud when you're first seated. It's also easy to lose the thread of your conversation as diners around you order and converse. If you're looking for a more intimate dinner experience, I would recommend requesting a booth in your reservation.

All in all, Centro is a restaurant I would recommend to my friends and family that are looking for an upscale atmosphere for a special occasion out. The food is a little more familiar and approachable than what a true foodie is in search of in a meal at this price point.

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5.0Dined on March 26, 2018

Server was awesome food was great!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Fabulous place...service was wonderful and food was excellent. Centro is a must-do restaurant when visiting Des Moines!

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Loved it food was as delicious

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2018

Awesome chicken and shrimp pasta. Great service. Comfortable atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

The food was amazing and our waitress was great! Definitely recommend it !

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2018

Great food and ambiance for a special occasion dinner. Waitress was not very personable or friendly though, and in the past we've had great waitstaff, so disappointed in the service.

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4.0Dined on March 17, 2018

My husband ordered the 1/2 chicken and it was the size of a Cornish hen. Very misleading and way over priced for what he got. He said it tasted very good though.

I ordered the Chicken Francese. The portions were great and would have liked more Alfredo pasta. It was delicious. My entrée was cheaper than my husbands.

The onion rings are great!

My husband asked for 2 scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream and was served with a beautiful dish topped with strawberries and whip cream with strawberry sauce. Very very nice.

It was a bit noisy for us.

Thank you.
CL

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

The staff was very friendly. Our waiter was very attentive. There were plenty of wonderful choices on the menu. The brunch was very good and the price was very reasonable. My friend and I enjoyed the atmosphere. I was glad that the noise level was low enough for my friend and I to visit easily. I will come back again.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Elizabeth was our server and she was amazing. The best we’ve had in awhile. She made our experience.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great food as always! Even witnessed a proposal!! 💍

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Absolutely loved this place! Glad I chose it to do my proposal. Everyone was friendly and the food was spot on! Keep it up :)

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4.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Service was excellent. I had the bass which was the seafood special. It was okay. Wished I would have gotten the cavetlli instead.

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5.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Everything was excellent!

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4.0Dined on March 13, 2018

Food was good, but not sure why Pasta & Pizza required a 45 minute cooking time.

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Centro is consistently great. Food, service and atmosphere are terrific. Centro continues to be my favorite Des Moines restaurant.

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5.0Dined on March 9, 2018

Only complaint if any would be that it is so loud. Great food and service though.

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5.0Dined on March 8, 2018

One of my favorite restaurants, always good service and food!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2018

We started in the bar for Happy Hour (Rain Water Martini is a must!) and ended with dinner in the dining room. The staff was extremely accommodating, the service was stellar and the food was delectable. Our party of six, including one vegan and one vegetarian, was very pleased with the entire experience!

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Always a wonderful dinner, service, and experience. Closest thing to NYC in Des Moines.

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