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Centro Restaurant

4.7
1898 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
What 1898 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.7
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
value
Noise · Moderate
99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

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 3 days ago

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 3 days ago

Great service and food with outstanding Bloody Mary bar.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

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

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Spending time with my son after the MS Walk.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

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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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

VERY loud but great food
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5.0Dined on May 4, 2018

In Des Moines for my son’s graduation. The restaurant was excellent. Everyone in our party enjoyed their meals. The only problem was we were too full for dessert. Steak, chicken, pasta and paninis were all great.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

We were attending a concert at the temple, and we were late arriving for our reservations because of a storm. I called ahead and they held our reservation. We only had an hour between the time we sat down at our table and the start of the concert. Our server made sure we got our wine and food in a timely fashion, prepared very nicely, and we were at the concert on time. However, I recommend that you do allow yourself time to savor their good food.

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4.0Dined on May 3, 2018

I definitely recommend eating at this restaurant. Not only was our food good, but the service was excellent!

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5.0Dined on May 1, 2018

The food and service was excellent! This is one of the best restaurants in Des Moines.

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

As always awesome!

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5.0Dined on April 28, 2018

Always very good service at Centro. Great food, diverse menu. Would like more craft beer options.....like the Open Table because Centro is hard to get into. Derek the Host on Friday night was very good, very accommodating.

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5.0Dined on April 27, 2018

Amazing as usual! Great variety in appetizers & excellent meals. Service always impeccable.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

Had an amazing 10th anniversary date!!! Love this restaurant!

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4.0Dined on April 26, 2018

We had the special risotto and the special pasta for the evening. Both were wonderful. Look forward to a return visit to this restaurant.

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5.0Dined on April 26, 2018

I can always depend on Centro to have delicious food and a varied menu. The staff and service is top notch. I have probably had 30-40 dining experiences and have never been disappointed with the food, service, and ambiance! Having a choice of the bar, dining room, and patio adds to the dining experience.

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5.0Dined on April 25, 2018

One of my overall favorite restaurants in Des Moines. Great for all occasions. Great atmosphere and food, for a reasonable price.

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4.0Dined on April 24, 2018

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 on April 22, 2018

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

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2018

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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