Centro Restaurant

4.7
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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 Jon Baker. 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.
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TI
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Steak was delicious but not as hot as it should of been. Broccoli was cold but fries were hot and delicious. Making sure the wait staff brings out the dinners as soon as they are done would be one thing I would recommend. My steak was prepared as I ask and delicious but again it was not served hot. Thank you.

KK
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was great, very attentive. I ordered the rack of lamb with spaetzle. It was delicious. For desert I had the espresso creme brûlée. I would definitely recommend this restaurant.

JS
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was great as usual. And open table made it so easy.

G
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Excellent as always! My wife’s bruschetta could have been cut into smaller pieces. She had to cut the tomatoes into smaller pieces. Bloody Mary was amazing!

d
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Never a bad meal at Centro. This has been our go to restaurant for 5 years running when we are in Des Moines.

m
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very attentive and helpful with the menu options. There were 4 of us. We had reservations and a corner table was ready for us when we arrived. The restaurant got a bit loud about an hour into our meal, but we were almost through. There was a 40th birthday party near us that had brought in balloons and cake that added to the normal dinner chatter. I ordered the salmon and my husband had a calzone. Both meals were prepared to our liking. Our drinks and water glasses were never empty. It was a perfect night out for a nice dinner with friends!

OT
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best pizza ever

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DU
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Manhattan was not made well. Pasta entree was over-cooked to the point of leathery chicken and prosciutto. Desert torte was dry and crumbly.

P
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Overall was very tasty. Meals were pretty heavy. Did not find a small sized meal that was appropriate to pair with an appetizer, and dessert, and all the bread they give you unless I wanted soup or side salad. (Took a lot of food home). However, great flavor.

KP
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food1service1ambience3

Our server was rude and inattentive, conveniently didn’t ask which size salad we wanted and we ended up with 2 large salads instead of 2 small salads that we wanted. I’m highly allergic to nuts, and experienced an allergic reaction after a few bites of my Caesar salad, most likely caused by cross contamination. I am very disappointed in my experience.

NA
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Even with it being Valentine’s Day, we were seated 10 min before our reservation. Service was excellent, food is always excellent, well worth the price.

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, amazing food and service.

GS
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was very attentive to our needs and the beverage selection was excellent.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Something smelled like a bonfire. When I left lunch my hair smelled like fire, as did my clothes and coat.

JS
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our waitress was great and the food is always consistent

RS
Des Moines
22 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Choices for food excellent. Server eas polite, gracious, and able to answer our questions.

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious!

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K
Des Moines
23 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

one of my favorite places to go before attending a show at the Temple or Civic Center
food choices are plentiful and everything from pizza to steak and pasta; poultry, seafood and beef options for any taste preference. Server had a smile on her face, checked back with us frequently and kept our drinks topped off.

LT
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrate all of our big milestones at Centro. It's our favorite place to eat!

OT
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service. Excellent brunch. Amazing Bloody Mary bar!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

It was great! The wait for food was short. Our waitress showed up fairly often and didn’t over do it. Overall, I’m very satisfied with the dining experience.

CJ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy dining at Centro. It is our “go-to” place before a Civic Center performance.

AR
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our reservation was kept and we sat right at our reservation time. Quick service and the food was excellent! Perfect spot for date night! Will definitely go back.

CS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat in DSM!

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Centro is a great place to eat and relax. Good food and great service!

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service!

EK
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great overall experience. I keep coming back for that reason.

DC
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and fantastic service!

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. We dined before a show at the Temple Theatre.

DD
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service is always good but more attention to gluten-free options would be appreciated.. that's always been a weak point and one reason we don't go more often.

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome! We love Centro!

TB
Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and Food is always top notch, a great place to do dinner before going to the Civic Center.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed the fabulous Bloody Mary bar. The Centro blend had the perfect amount of spice. The crab Benedict was outstanding. The light sauce did not drown the dish but was just enough.

CC
Des Moines
28 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service!

MW
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Large group out for a girlfriends birthday and we ended up running short on time before our event. The waitress was so prompt, courteous, and understanding. She was amazing and the food was simply delicious; will definitely keeping coming back.

RC
Toronto
2 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice and clean. Has the feel of a great establishment .
Bruschetta appetizer was a bonus two thumbs up!!
Gnocchi was very good but not the best .
The flavor in that Bruschetta mmmmm

JE
1 review
Dined on January 9, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Found a hair in my husband’s pizza, before he even took a bite. They took it and made a new one. Had to wait an additional 15-20 minutes for his food. Mine was hot so I ate alone. They should’ve offered his an appetizer or salad while he was waiting.
It would’ve been nice if they gave us a gift card and said come back and we will try to wow you next time. Or at least they should have taken his pizza entrée off our bill or even part of it.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Elizabeth was fantastic!

OT
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was January and AC was blowing down in me. Burrr

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Centro is one of our favorite restaurants because of the food and atmosphere, so this was our daughters choice for celebration dinner. We were actually very disappointed. I made note in my reservation that we were celebrating a special birthday and that we had people traveling to be there for her. I called that day to confirm the reservation again and to remind them it was a special occasion for us. Our hostess did not acknowledge it nor did the server even after being told of the birthday. Not only was our daughter’s 21st birthday not acknowledged... but our server seemed to only be there to serve my husband. He greeted my husband as soon as he arrived at the table after parking the car and got his drink to him quite promptly, and walked away without even asking the rest of us if we were ready to order drinks. He never bothered to ask any of us if we would like another drink, but asked my husband and served him two drinks, I had to ask him twice to get our first drink orders because he didn’t finish asking everyone at the table when he walked away. Our daughter was not only celebrating her 21st birthday, but she just graduated from college and is celebrating going on to medical school, so we were celebrating some major accomplishments for her.
The food was amazing, the atmosphere is wonderful. But we ended up leaving as soon as we were done eating to go celebrate somewhere else. We weren’t even asked if we like to order desserts. We will definitely be thinking twice before choosing Centro for another big celebration unfortunately. Service matters. Kindness matters.

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