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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

4.6

service

4.6

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

97% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (59)
Good for a Date (58)
Good for Anniversaries (50)
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Good for Birthdays (45)
Romantic (42)
Pre/post Theatre (37)
Business Meals (36)
Great for Lunch (32)
Worth the Drive (32)
Good for Groups (30)
Creative Cuisine (25)
Neighborhood Gem (23)
Fun (23)
Happy Hour (20)
Notable Wine List (20)
Fit for Foodies (20)
Casual (19)
Comfort Food (19)
Authentic (18)
Sunday Lunch (18)
Great for Brunch (17)
Hot Spot (17)
Bar Seating (15)
Local Ingredients (15)
Quiet Conversation (15)
Healthy (13)
Cozy (12)
People Watching (11)
Great for Outdoor Dining (11)
Tasting Menu (10)
Kid-friendly (7)
Vibrant Bar Scene (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Disabled Access (6)
Handcrafted Cocktails (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Seasonal (5)
Great Beer (4)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Scenic View (2)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Waterfront (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Des Moines)·Dined 4 days ago

The food arrive nice and hot and look so yummy. We had an awesome waiter who made sure everything was right with our orders and kept our water and pop glasses full during our lunch stay!

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Local Ingredients, Fun
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 (Denver)·Dined 6 days ago

Always a wonderful experience!

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

The food was delicious. The service was exceptional. The homemade cheesecake will melt in your mouth. If you haven't tried this restaurant, do so.

Tags: Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on January 10, 2018

Corporate lunch

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 9, 2018

This is my go-to place for nice dinners, this one happened to be my 30th birthday with the in-laws. I have food intolerances so I usually stick to a salad and the soup-of-the-day, ingredients permitting. (The soup is ALWAYS on point!) The rest of the family got pizza-- can't beat half price after 4pm on Mondays! Dessert and service are always perfect, too.

Tags: Bar Seating, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive, People Watching, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Comfort Food, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on January 6, 2018

First time at Centro and found it to be roomy with nice space between tables. It was very quiet that I could hear my five table companions with ease. Everyone enjoyed their experience and thought their meals exceptional. Our waitress was friendly and attentive. We came to celebrate two birthdays and we plan to return for other occasions. My only negative was the lighting was really low which made reading the menu and bill difficult.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 6, 2018

We have had a great experience every time at centros. Our server used the perfect balance of attentiveness/suggestions and knowledge, she was fantastic!

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vip
 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 6, 2018

It's great to have a predictable Saturday brunch spot in Des Moines, and Centro rarely disappoints. However, the menu is a little tired – in fact, have the brunch options ever changed?
The only item I'd never tried was the stuffed French toast, so on this January Saturday it seemed okay to indulge in a sweet carb load. Although attractively served with sliced fresh strawberries, it was not custardy and was simply two slices stacked – not stuffed as I have enjoyed at other restaurants.
I would recommend to diners that they stick to the savory options – especially the mushroom omelet and breakfast pizza which are both very good.

Tags: Fun, People Watching, Happy Hour
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food, great service, great ambiance.....can’t ask for anything more of a restaurant

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Great food and great service! We were there New Year's Eve day and enjoyed our lunch. Thank you!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (New England)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Service was first rate from start to finish; we were well served by Chris B. Lighting could be better; otherwise the room is very enjoyable. My daughter gave high marks to the "Cadillac" cocktail she ordered. 4 to 4.5 stars for the food. My sausage-and-rigatoni was very good, and my dining companions (family members) were very pleased with their dishes. The insalata mista was good; it could have used just a little more vinaigrette dressing. We did not have dessert. Overall, very good. We have been to Centro several times and will definitely return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, People Watching, Authentic, Kid-friendly
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We go to Centro about every other month for there Greek salad and Centro calzone.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Happy Hour, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Minneapolis)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Always great
Great food—great service.
A repeat spot in Des Moines for family celebrations!!

Tags: Quick Bite, Kid-friendly, Vibrant Bar Scene, Healthy
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·Dined on December 28, 2017

Very nice staff , expensive, but good food !!! Nice place when going toa show it's next door very handy !!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Good for a Date
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 (Savannah)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Great service and atmosphere. I had pizza and didn't find it anything special for the $$, so I suggest ordering something else.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Amazing food. Amazing tomato basil soup. Lovely atmosphere.

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·Dined on December 21, 2017

I thought our server was very friendly and knowledgable.
The food was delicious and the portions generous.

Tags: Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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·Dined on December 21, 2017

Very good food and service. I would highly recommend.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Good for Groups
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·Dined on December 20, 2017

Food was excellent!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Overall, Centro is great...one of the best in Des Moines. The Steak Centro used to be much better.

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·Dined on December 18, 2017

Food is delicious! Love their Portobello Fries for an appetizer. Great options for lunch. Took my work team for a holiday lunch celebration. It was affordable for group and everyone could find something on the menu to meet their taste. Nice to see that portions are not scaled back at lunch. Server was well-timed and friendly.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Groups, Business Meals
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Our first visit to Centro was incredible. This was not. Poor service, lukewarm food and messy bathrooms.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 17, 2017

Felt a little rushed this visit. Solids came before appetizers were finished and entry was before solids were even half finished. My Gramdsons Steak did not come as ordered but he was hungry enough he ate it anyway. First time Ive had a so-so experience. I’ll try them again. Everybody has a bad night.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on December 17, 2017

As always, everything was fabulous!! People ask why we always go to Centro when there are tons of the other restaurants in Des Moines. Because it's amazing. And consistant. And delicious!

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 14, 2017

One of my favorite DM restaurants. The standard menu items are always excellent and I enjoy the chef's new creations. They are seasonal, perfectly seasoned and artistically presented. The service is well above average. The servers take orders, replenish beverages and tend to the table's needs without interrupting! So nice not to have servers butt into our conversation or ask questions when the diner is chewing!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Authentic
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·Dined on December 12, 2017

Food and service was excellent.

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·Dined on December 9, 2017

We enjoyed a good meal prior to going to a show a the DMPA. The waiter was very helpful with our order selection and explained the menu. Food arrived in a timely fashion and coffee was refilled without prompting. We had a wonderful time at Centro.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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·Dined on December 8, 2017

My calamari was stuck together in a big clump of raw batter.

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·Dined on December 8, 2017

Food was AMAZING but service was lacking some. It was the middle of lunch rush so a small wait for the waitress to come back is understandable but I sat with an empty plate in front of me for at least 10 minutes and then had to ask for a dessert menu instead of it being offered. Also the sauce I requested on the side did not come that way but the delivering employee was more then happy to get it fixed. Our waitress was never even aware of the issue when she returned to the table.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 8, 2017

Our first time here. DId not like the I-pad drink list. Service was good. Started with the pancetta wrapped shrimp, tomato basil soup and centro salad. Soup was very good as that is what a lot of people reccomend. Our main entrees were the wood fired salmon with broccolini and fingerling potatoes and the two bone pork chop with asparagus and fingerling potatoes. We were told that the pork chop was cooked to medium as standard but ours came out more medium rare but that was ok. Both entrees were very good. Dessert was the budino; a pistachio pudding. We will be back as there were more things that we would love to try. This could be our new place to try. Our bill before tip was around $120.

Tags: Worth the Drive
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Everything was wonderful as usual except for a hiccup in service by the waitress. Upon arrival I asked about the martini special that ended at six. Our waitress said she would see if it was still applicable, stating that it was dependent on the time showing at the register. So rather than take our order and check, she stopped at two tables on her way to the bar. When she returned it was 6:00 and she stated that the offer window had passed. Ok.

I had the lamb pasta that included some of the widest flat noodles I’ve ever had and it was delicious. My date had the two medallions of beef and it was equally good. We finished up with the flourless cake that was truly decadent.

All in all another wonderful experience at Centro!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We usually love Centro. The food has always been delicious and the service is outstanding. However, this time things were a little off. The food was cold and after being warmed up for us only tasted ok. Passing it off as a bad day. We’ll be back.

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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The food and atmosphere were awesome! The service could have been handled a little better even though it was busy.

Tags: Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 3, 2017

The overall experience that we had was amazing! The food was great and our waitress was so pleasant. The only thing that I was not impressed with was the family sitting next to us. With the vibe the restaurant gives, this isn't really the place for kids. The obnoxious noises is the only thing I have a complaint about! We will definitley visit again!

Tags: Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Sunday Lunch, Hot Spot, Great Beer
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 (Richmond)·Dined on December 3, 2017

We dine here a few times a year. Excellent food, and a solid selection of wines with staff who can assist with recommendations. House-made pastas and a large variety of pizzas. Can be very busy so get a reservation.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Romantic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, People Watching
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 (Orlando)·Dined on December 2, 2017

Very disappointing. The home made cavatelli was almost raw. It was swimming is a greasy bland sauce. I specifically asked if the coffee was fresh before ordering. It arrived room temperature. The restaurant space is beautifully decorated and very spacious. It's a shame.

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·Dined on December 2, 2017

We went to Centro Friday 12/1 for our anniversary. We decided to choose a restaurant that we both hadn’t been to before. We were impressed by the menu online and decided to give it a shot. We arrived early for our reservation and were sat right away (definitely weren’t expecting to be sat so soon since we knew we were almost a half hour early). Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. The food was amazing (can we talk about how good the free bread is?!) and our waitress gave us a complimentary dessert for our anniversary which topped off an already awesome experience. 10/10 would recommend! We will definitely be coming back! (:

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 1, 2017

I always look at the daily specials. Some really creative, seasonal creations!

Tags: Good for Groups, Happy Hour, Local Ingredients
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 29, 2017

The meal was very good and the location is right next to the Temple Theater. Open table reservation app works great

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on November 29, 2017

We were a party of 4 women, 2 of whom had never been to Centro. Everyone enjoyed the short time we chose to spend in the bar before our dinner reservation . Busy and friendly servers at reception desk, bar and restaurant. Just the right amount of attention and service from everyone. Food was great after a day of shopping and pre theater. Absolutely will be back again.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual
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