Fabulous food! Wonderful waitress. Beautiful restaurant.
Great food and service. Easy to locate and ample parking nearby.
Everything about our anniversary dinner was wonderful!
Always the best food , service and best restaurant in town . No worries ever with Gluten. My wife has celiac disease and has never had a problem with gluten. thanks
We had another great dining experience at Centro for brunch. I ordered the steak and eggs (scrambled with cheese and green onion) which came with Centro potatoes(yummy), and my guest had the chicken panini sandwich. Both were excellent. My guest also had the total basil soup which is always good. Service was typically professional, friendly, attentive without being overbearing. I always look forward to a meal at Centro, and afterwards, to the next time.
One of the true gems of the Des Moines food scene. Inspiration menu is always unique, interesting, and great tasting. A go to for both work clients and a dinner out with the people most special to me.
Great birthday celebration with wife and kids. Food and service were great as always.
We came to visit Des Moines from WI and were very happy with our meal and service at Centro. We went for breakfast on Sunday and had Timothy as a server. He made the experience especially delightful with his perky and charismatic personality. The food was also so delicious and decent sized portions. We would absolutely come again when we go back!
Excellent service, outstanding food. Highly recommend Centro for an enjoyable evening out!
We sat on the patio - seemed to be a lot of noisy vehicles zooming by. Nothing that the restaurant could have prevented. :)
We were well taken care of by Timothy and did not have a long wait. Since we were celebrating we enjoyed a special dessert. The food was delicious and we are anxious to return!
Excellent restaurant, believe it or not wish the pasta portions were smaller. I was traveling on business and couldn't take the leftovers with me to my hotel. Been there for lunch and dinner very good food. A little noisy but not terrible. Also have a nice bar.
Timothy is the world’s greatest waiter! Ask for him every time you go!! So helpful and genuinely kind!!
We had dinner on the patio which was lovely. Walking through the dining room, we were happy with the choice to eat outside as the noise level was high. Good service, attentive. Shared a salad- the greens were not quite as fresh as we would have liked. Pasta dishes were very good.
In town on business and decided to try this place out on a Sunday night.
Ambiance: overall it is nice. A little loud with the noise level coming from the bar
Service: Server was good. Two things I found lacking - he kept giving me an update on when my food would be out, such as mussels are about 4 minutes away, etc. While I am traveling on my own for business I don't need a countdown. Also, I finished my starter and my plate wasn't cleared before the entree came out. It wasn't that busy - this should have been handled.
Food: Ordered mussels as an appetizer and had scallops for my entree. Mussels were good, but very small. The sauce was different (not the standard white wine sauce, which I love) but I enjoyed them. A little pricey. My main course was scallops, which were large and tasted good but the dish was not the right temp. While the potatoes were hot the sprouts were warm and the scallops were luke warm. I want my scallops sizzling. I (reluctantly) sent it back and the plate was microwaved for a few seconds and came back out. Scallops were a little warmer but I did not want to risk sending them back a second time. While I know it is uncommon these days I would have preferred to have had the whole dish redone. Plus the scallops were highly recommended by the waiter, which had me anticipating something extraordinary. When they came out luke warm it really was a major disappointment. Plus the sauce with the scallops was a little off putting.
I know this is an Italian restaurant but if you are going to sell seafood know how to prepare and serve it right!
Again, this was a Sunday night...they had a couple of larger tables occupied and a decent crowd in the bar but the place was pretty empty. I would have expected better.
When back in town on business I will not come back
Second or third time in we’ll be back. Consistent quality nice place
It was a great evening so we were able to dine on the patio. Great atmosphere out there but it could use just a little background music. Food as always was fantastic. Mama’s meatball never disappoints and the portabello fries were fantastic. I had the margherita pizza and it was great (I ate the whole thing myself) and my girlfriend has the Gnocchi, well cooked and great flavor! The martini’s were a perfect compliment to our meal, we will definitely be back.
Delicious as usual! We loved the DSM restaurant week specials!
Great meal, great service.
Always lovely on the patio on a cool, breezy late summer evening
Can't wait to go back. Spectacular food! Loved the atmosphere and service was very good.
We enjoy centro. The food is very good and service typically very good as well. This time as special shout out to the host as he remembered our group of six would prefer an out side table. He came back to us after we were seated at a poor table to make it happen. Nice job. Note ..you have a large group, try to seat them at a table that is not in the middle of traffic.
We went for my girlfriends birthday and it was a perfect evening. Parked close, sat right away, food was excellent and the wait staff was on point. Couldn’t of had a better evening at Centro!
Great food and service
Bruschetta was fresh and tasty
Steak Centro was cooked perfectly
The food and service were amazing! We will defiantly go back the next time we are in town. Never had Italian good that good!!
Pizzas were great !
Absolutely the best service I received in DSM after dining this week at 801, Malo, Django, Iowa Tap Room, Americana and Splash. Our server was the best, hands down second to none.
We had a great meal, as usual! Our server was very friendly and helpful. Always a treat to dine at Centro!
We love Centro but were very disappointed in the restaurant week menu. We were surprised to see there was only one choice for a meal for the evening. We decided to order it and the pulled chicken pasta was just okay.
This place was seriously amazing. My husband and I came here for the first time for a random date night. It happened to be during Des Moines restaurant week, so we got to try some amazing off menu items. We spent so much time at Centro just talking to each other about how amazing the food was and we left bellies stuffed. I already want to go back, it was such a fun night and our waitress took such great care of us.
Great food and excellent service! Wonderful place for a birthday lunch with friends!
The food is delicious! Really delicious! The portions are larger than necessary, but there’s always the take-home bag. Oh, and good bar drinks, too.
I have eaten at this restaurant several times before and have found it to be good. Unfortunately, this time, I tried the restaurant week special and found it to be not to my liking. I did not care for the first or third (main) course.
Pasta was wonderful. Service was fine, nothing special. Our waiter didn't have the best tableside manner - aloof and snarly. On the other hand, he was prompt with meal delivery/refills, etc., and we didn't have to wait for anything.
Two of us had the handmade cavatelli with Italian sausage, marinara and mozzarella. My mouth is watering as I remember how good it was - probably the best pasta I've ever eaten in a restaurant, including in Italy.
Four of us shared the mussels and a few lighter appetizers. Nothing to write home about!
I would go back to Centro in a heartbeat. Next time, I would save my appetite for salad and pasta and skip the appetizers altogether.
Great experience. Will be going back. Food was delicious and prompt even during the lunch rush. It was noisy due to being full so I chose to sit outside to be able to have a conversation.
Wonderful!! If this restaurant was local we would visit every week!! An absolute gem!!
One of our favorite places in Des Moines. Food is always amazing!
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit at Centro for brunch. The food was excellent - recommend the tomato soup, portobello fries, Centro breakfast, spinach frittata, & stuffed French toast. Our server was the BEST - very polite & accurate & she stayed on top of coffee refills! This was not our 1st visit, nor will it be our last!
Great time sitting at the bar. Quality food and friendly, engaging staff.
We asked to be seated on the patio when we arrived because it was a nice evening out. They had space and gladly let us update our reservation to move outside. We had put on our reservation that it was my husband’s birthday and they wished him a happy birthday on arrival. The food was excellent we left with full bellies. I highly recommend the scallops and the soup and you can’t beat the Centro salad! Can’t wait to go back!