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About Centro Restaurant

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. 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.

1007 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA 50309
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian

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

Cross Street:
10th Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(515) 248-1780

Website:
http://www.centrodining.com/

Catering:
www.centrodesmoines.com

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.

Executive Chef:
George Formaro

Private Party Facilities:
www.centrodesmoines.com

Private Party Contact:
Rod De Angelo: (515) 248-1780

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Centro Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4
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4.7

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.7

service

4.7

ambience

4.6

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (61)
Special Occasion (54)
Good for Anniversaries (51)
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Business Meals (42)
Romantic (42)
Good for Birthdays (35)
Worth the Drive (34)
Great for Lunch (32)
Neighborhood Gem (31)
Pre/post Theatre (26)
Good for Groups (25)
Authentic (23)
Fit for Foodies (22)
Comfort Food (21)
Casual (19)
Creative Cuisine (18)
Notable Wine List (18)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Fun (17)
Happy Hour (16)
Great for Outdoor Dining (16)
Great for Brunch (15)
Bar Seating (14)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Local Ingredients (14)
Cozy (11)
Tasting Menu (11)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Healthy (7)
People Watching (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Disabled Access (5)
Seasonal (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Great Beer (4)
Tapas (4)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Paleo Friendly (2)
Spicy (2)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
Waterfront (1)
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 (Des Moines)·Dined 5 days ago

The food and service rarely disappoints and this visit was no exception

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

The dining experience was fantastic. We hosted our nephew and his friend to help us celebrate our anniversary and we had a appetizer, bottle of wine, our main entrees and deserts. All prepared to high standard and presentation. We spent a long time visiting and eating with everyone feeling very satisfied when it was time to leave.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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food5
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 9, 2017

When I have the opportunity to dine at Centro, I always look for to the fabulous food & wine! The service as always top notch too. Thx Monica

Tags: Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Food is good but portions are too large. Wish there was a pasta option without meat. Nice ambiance. Excellent service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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food3
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Went for my wifes birthday. the food was good. I had steak and eggs . The filet was prepared perfect. Good onion rings. We had pasta dish that was fresh and tasty. Good sandwhich menu,

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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food4
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

I have a group of friends that like to eat at Centro's before a performance at the Civic Center. We have always enjoyed the food but this past Saturday, Nov. 4, 12:30 pm, one of my friends was not happy with her salad. I'm not sure what she had. The rest of us were very happy with our meals. That's the first time that has happened. Our service was very good because we told her we were going to the performance and she was very quick with her service and accommodated our requests. We really appreciated her service.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Healthy, Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Disabled Access
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food4
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Good food, great Bloody Mary bar, tremendous service and a hum that allows you to settle in for a fun experience.

Tags: Romantic, Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch
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food5
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·Dined on November 4, 2017

Let's put it this way. We were in town for 2 days and ate there 3 times. Great food. Great people. What more do you need?!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Sound is loud and brash; difficult to carryon private conversation

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Groups, Great Beer, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List
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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 1, 2017

The special pasta was fantastic.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 1, 2017

This is a favorite for special occasions (private and business). The food is always great and recommend making reservations as it's always very busy. I know the ambiance calls for dimmed lighting, but it's difficult to read the menu - a little too dark. Not the most intimate because it's very busy and gets noisy quickly - seating not conducive for romantic meals. Great staff and fairly quick service.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Seasonal, Business Meals, Casual, Special Occasion, Fun, Comfort Food, Healthy, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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·Dined on October 30, 2017

Great food, good atmosphere. We went for a date night and weren't disappointed! Food is absolutely worth the price. Good choices for vegetarians too...try the tofu gnocchi!!

Tags: Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was fantastic! The service was excellent. We ordered a bottle of wine and were very disappointed in the wine.

Tags: Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Excellent as always. We have dined here many times and have never been disappointed.

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

My husband and I celebrated our Anniversary here. The food and drinks were amazing! I would have preferred a more intimate setting, it's very open and loud.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Local Ingredients, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Enjoyed a lovely evening, great food, great company and on point service

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 23, 2017

The prices were much higher than the prices listed on the open table menu. This was disappointing. The food was good, but the service was incredibly slow and this did not seem feasible, since the place was clearing out.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

This one of my favorite restaurants anywhere I travel in the world. Everything is done absolutely perfect. Service is impeccable, the facility is nice, great wines, and the food is to die for. My favorite is the Wood grilled Niman Ranch Pork Chop with Fennel Pollen. I’ve never had a better pork chop anywhere. Other great choices are their charcuterie selections, steaks, and spicy rigatoni. If you aren’t sure what to get — pork chop. Wow.

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·Dined on October 23, 2017

It's nice to have a reliable good food dining experience when attending one of the many events in the downtown Des Moines area.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 22, 2017

I don’t get to Des Moines often, but Centro is always on the agenda. Exceptional in all aspects: ingredients, preparation, presentation, flavor, service. Ready to return today

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Free dessert for my girlfriends birthday. Phenomenal

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Fantastic food and wine selection. The carbonara & chicken saltimbocca were both delicious.

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·Dined on October 21, 2017

Was recommended by friends and it did not disappoint. Will continue to recommend this restaurant to others too!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 14, 2017

The waitress was very professional, she didn’t hover, but was still attentive. What a pleasure!

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·Dined on October 7, 2017

Enjoyed dinner very much! Went to dinner before Harmony Central performance. Not rushed, great food and close to Hoyt Sherman.

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Excellent food - seared brussel sprouts always great!
Split entrée of medallions - no questions
Wine was super
Service was outstanding!!

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

We celebrated our anniversary here and the experience was outstanding! Sam, our server, was a pro!

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Happy Hour, Hot Spot, Handcrafted Cocktails, Comfort Food, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Palm Springs)·Dined on October 5, 2017

As usual the food was quite good and the service was excellent. Our server had a great sense of humor and helped make the dining fun as well as delicious. The broccolini was amazing!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Love Centro's! Especially their tomato-basil soup😍😍

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Cozy, Happy Hour
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 4, 2017

Went to Centro for an anniversary dinner and it was awesome! I had special requests and the staff was so friendly and made everything happen perfectly. The service was outstanding, the food delicious, and dessert was on the house for our anniversary. I highly recommend this restaurant for special occasions!! The prices are so affordable so it's also a great place to land on any given day or night. We'll definitely be going back!

Tags: Business Meals, Happy Hour, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Omaha)·Dined on October 2, 2017

It was our first anniversary but the server didn't know. I said on open table that it was our anniversary and thought this message would be transferred to the hostess/server. Other than that it was a great evening with my husband.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 1, 2017

Sunday night dinner at Centro = quieter atmosphere, but less attentive service. Food quality and portions as good as expected.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 1, 2017

We had an outstanding time!! My wife's birthday, were able to sit on the patio and enjoy a beautiful night, great food and wonderful help!!

Tags: Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Attentive service from Server, Elizabeth. Well-presented & flavorful food. Love the sundae dessert served in a maltshake glass.

Tags: Bar Seating, Romantic, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, People Watching, Gluten Free Options, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Happy Hour
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vip
 (Des Moines)·Dined on September 26, 2017

Outstanding! My girlfriends and I went for dinner. The ambiance of the restaurant is outstanding! Food is so good! We shared the brushetta and Brussel sprout appetizers. Delicious! I ordered the crab cakes for dinner and they were among the best I've had - huge, crusty outside and moist inside. So good!

I can't wait to go back!

Tags: Romantic, Happy Hour, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Fun
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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 25, 2017

The service and food were very good tonight. They were busy and still took care of every little detail. We will be back for sure!

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This is our go-to spot in Des Moines when we want a great meal and once again we were not disappointed. Calamari appetizer was awesome and all the main dishes were as well - my Steak Centro was melt-in-your-mouth perfection. My only complaint was that our table was right by the kitchen so it was very loud. Other than that everything was wonderful.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Special Occasion
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This was our second visit to Centro and both times were excellent. We travel quite a bit and this is quickly becoming one of our absolute favorites of anywhere that we go! Tasty and perfectly done classic Italian dishes. The waitstaff is top notch, attentive, very knowledgable about the menu/wine list and always seem to come by at just the right time. Highly recommend!!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Spicy, Good for Groups, Good for a Date
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 23, 2017

Delicious food. Impeccable service. Our Des Moines favotite.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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 (Charlotte)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Took some colleagues from China. We all travel the global be and were highly impressed. Server was attentive and engaging. Salmon outstanding. Great food and better service !!!

Tags: Business Meals
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