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Centro Restaurant

4.6
4.6
2156 Reviews
$30 and under
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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Additional information

  • 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

  • Phone number

    (515) 248-1780

  • Payment options

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

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jon Baker & George Formaro

  • Catering

    www.centrodesmoines.com

  • Private party facilities

    www.centrodesmoines.com

  • Private party contact

    Rod De Angelo: (515) 248-1780

  • Neighborhood

    Des Moines

  • Cross street

    10th Street

  • Parking details

    In addition to street parking and several near-by public ramps, Centro patrons are welcome to use the parking lot at 9th and Locust every day after 5pm.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 2,156 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.6
4.6 based on all time ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. F

    Foodie

    Omaha

    122 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    122 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2020

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Our first time visiting Centro. We had lunch and it was really good. We definitely will go back and try the dinner menu.
  2. a

    andyvf

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing, as was the service. We will definitely return!
  3. H

    Harts

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Always love coming here, one of my favorites in downtown Des Moines
  4. JJ

    JJM1

    Omaha

    50 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time eating at Centro and we loved it. I started off with a meeting and happy hour apps. Then I joined another party for dinner. We enjoyed the half-priced pizzas and a giant salad. The pizzas and salad were so fresh and delicious. We can't wait to come back and try the pastas +.
  5. AD

    AndreaD

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The homemade cavetelli is to die for!!! The bread is wonderful. That is where I choose to go for my birthday every year.
  6. KW

    KristiW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Great food and great service! Only problem was we were seated next to the kitchen, so between the doors swinging open and the noise, it was hard to focus on the conversation between friends!
  7. RF

    RobF

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Past experiences and reputation is why we picked this place. Poor service both at bar and dining. Fried ravioli were like briquettes. Entrees were cold and lacked seasoning or flavor. George should spend more time in that place because standards were really bad that night.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great as always for my birthday
  9. MR

    MelvinR

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Loved the food, sat in a very drafty area and could not be reseated.
  10. O

    Ohmar

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a tremendous experience at Centro. Best restaurant downtown.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We Always enjoy our experience at Centro. Great food and service. We’ve come on date nights and also with our kids, we are never disappointed!
  12. TI

    TamiI

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 22, 2020

    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.
  13. KK

    KeithK

    Los Angeles

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2020

    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.
  14. JS

    JenelleS

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was great as usual. And open table made it so easy.
  15. G

    4Given

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    5.0

    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!
  16. d

    dmillage

    Milwaukee

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 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.
  17. m

    ms03805

    1 review

    5.0

    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!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best pizza ever
  19. DU

    DennisU

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 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.
  20. P

    Petersen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 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.
  21. KP

    KenP

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 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.
  22. NA

    NancyA

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, amazing food and service.
  24. GS

    GeorgeS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2020

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our waitress was very attentive to our needs and the beverage selection was excellent.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    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.
  26. JS

    JenelleS

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our waitress was great and the food is always consistent
  27. RS

    RandyS

    Des Moines

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was outstanding. Choices for food excellent. Server eas polite, gracious, and able to answer our questions.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 6, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious!
  29. KG

    KGALLA

    Des Moines

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 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.
  30. LT

    LizT

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 5, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We celebrate all of our big milestones at Centro. It's our favorite place to eat!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service. Excellent brunch. Amazing Bloody Mary bar!
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 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.
  33. CJ

    ChristineJ

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    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.
  34. AR

    AaronR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 1, 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.
  35. CS

    CSwift

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a treat in DSM!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Centro is a great place to eat and relax. Good food and great service!
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service!
  38. EK

    EKAAR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great overall experience. I keep coming back for that reason.
  39. CB

    CherylB

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Love Centro’s Brussels sprouts with garlic aioli, yummy!
  40. DC

    DCFoodie33

    Cleveland

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and fantastic service!

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Centro Restaurant is rated 4.6 stars by 2156 OpenTable diners.

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Additional information

  • Cross street

    10th Street

  • Neighborhood

    Des Moines

  • 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

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    In addition to street parking and several near-by public ramps, Centro patrons are welcome to use the parking lot at 9th and Locust every day after 5pm.

  • Payment options

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

  • Executive chef

    Jon Baker & George Formaro

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (515) 248-1780

  • Catering

    www.centrodesmoines.com

  • Private party facilities

    www.centrodesmoines.com

  • Private party contact

    Rod De Angelo: (515) 248-1780

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