Centro Restaurant

4.7
2293 reviews
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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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EI
Des Moines
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. (I should have listened to the server about how spicy the rigatoni was—very, but not unbearable.) Ample portions. (Have box, will travel.) They were a little slow getting our order to us, but the place was packed. Possibly tops for ambiance in Des Moines. We're from out of town, but make it a point to dine at Centro when visiting our kids/grandkids. Classy place. Can't go wrong.

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RB
Chicago
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service and food was outstanding! I would highly recommend this restaurant to all!

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AL
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall great experience as always!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great experience, delicious food!

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Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was great as was the entire evening.

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Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always. The waitress was smiling and did above and beyond expectations.

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J
Western NC
18 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The service was excellent. However, the food was subpar. The gnocci was home made, but it was rubbery and didn't have a lot of flavor. The calzone was excellent - but the sides of green beans (kind of greasy) and mashed potatoes weren't very flavorful. The ambiance and service levels were very good, but the food was not good.

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MG
1 review
Dined on July 7, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

The food was excellent as always. There was a breakdown on which server had our table. After a 25 minute wait a great female server worked hard to catch up. Another other faux pas was the salad arrived 10 minutes after the entree.
The server was gracious and comped our glasses of wine. Would definitely go again, it was an off night for service.

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OT
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service!

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M
New Orleans
36 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Good food and atmosphere. The server was rather earnest and intimidating, but we still had a great time, and met Kamala!

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CH
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant in Des Moines don’t change a thing

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K
Des Moines
18 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our family celebrated my birthday at Centro. Dinner was great! I enjoyed the Greek salad topped with a crab cake. Delish! Others had steak and pasta dishes. All terrific. We aslo shared strawberry cheesecake for dessert. Loved it. Great wine selection. Our server was attentive. Great place for lunch or dinner.

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GS
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is well prepared and nicely presented. We have never been disappointed with the quality or service. Menu selections range from expected standards to unique offerings. While service is always good, our most recent visit was significantly enhanced by our server, Timothy. Welcoming, passionate, knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and attentive (without being intrusive), he made our visit memorable.

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p
Des Moines
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my wife’s birthday. We arrived an hour early to have a few drinks and had an exceptional waitstaff named Sara! She was outgoing and friendly who made the start of our evening wonderful! We were seated promptly at our reservation time and greeted by Sieed, our waiter. He was knowledgeable as he has been there 7 yrs! We talked about his family and the rigors of the restaurant industry! The food was cooked perfectly and my wife got a free desert to top off the evening!

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Des Moines
14 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing as always!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Salmon too salty.. otherwise pleased with service. Introduced a couple to your restaurant —-moved to Clive last fall. First time to dine in a downtown resto and they were pleased with the experience too.

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F
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Centro is consistently great food and great service. Always our families favorite

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Anniversary.

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Caribbean
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

The tofu gnocchi was a little disappointing and did not live up to its countless good reviews on trip advisor/yelp, but my mother's spicy rigatoni was very good! Would dine here again, however I would order something different.

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m
Minneapolis
23 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Good menu item selections from salads to calzones to steak, pasta and pork chops. Bar cocktails were nicely made. The waitress didn't smile once..maybe having a rough day but service was nicely timed.

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JC
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Centro is my favorite lunch location in Des Moines! World class food, service and ambience make it 2nd to none in Des Moines.

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JF
1 review
Dined on June 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Centro is an absolutely superb restaurant. While some of the dishes may run a bit on the expensive side, their pizza is excellent value for money. Especially on Monday nights after 6pm where all pizza is half price.

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JE
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The stark with the steak and eggs was fantastic!!
The spinach/ricotta frittata was very dry.
The stuffed French toast was very good but barely had any mascarpone filling.
Loved the Bloody Mary bar and the peach bellini.
The coffee was also very good.

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MP
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite restaurant.
Great service great food great drinks

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BB
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

Ordered the filet but it was soaked in better and turned your stomach after 3 or 4 bites. Broccolini, which was also served with it, was also the same so entire meal was saturated with butter. Yuck

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LD
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful experience! Food was excellent. Our server was very friendly, attentive yet not intrusive, and very knowledgeable about the menu. And dessert...George's Marshmallow Sundae - WOW, it was delicious!

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K
San Joaquin
13 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious!

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W
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing food, drinks and service!

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PP
Tallahassee
9 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We ate brunch on the patio. The breakfast pizza was fabulous!

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MS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

We’ve enjoyed visiting Centro for special occasions and were not disappointed. We were seated earlier than our reservation and enjoyed a delicious dinner. We look forward to returning!

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always nice

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C
New England
22 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

My wife and I both chose salads-did not want a heavy meal-I had the steak salad-felt was good and the flank steak was cooked as ordered. My wife had the Cesar salad with chicken-chicken was good, salad dressing was nothing original. We had good service.

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AV
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Staff was very friendly and accommodating for our large group. Service and food was outstanding!

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AL
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy Centro! Tonight, our service was exceptional and the food was, as always, amazing!

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LL
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was great, portions were HUGE and couldn't have had a nicer more attentive waitress. My only suggestion is to chop the tomato and cheese for the bruschetta into smaller pieces to make it easier to eat. Not a compliant, just a suggestion!

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Friendly, professional staff. Menu not overly complicated. Consistent quality every time.

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Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Birthday with my sister from out of town. She was leaving to go back to Arizona. Jennifer was our server and she was outstanding. Our food was very delicious

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CJ
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were out on the patio and there was a big truck running on the road, but it wasn't there the whole time and it didn't ruin the awesome service and food we had. We had a wonderful time and the patio is just beautiful!!

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EM
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went for my birthday and everyone enjoyed it. We all ordered specialty drinks and liked them, and the chicken prosciutto pasta was delicious. I also got a complimentary birthday dessert which was great! A little on the pricey side, but it was worth it.

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PC
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional food flavor and beautiful presentation. The fried mushrooms were the BEST. Pizza perfect and unforgettable!!!

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