Drago Centro

4.6
2996 reviews
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$30 and under
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Chef Celestino Drago has created a menu representative of the cultural diversity of Italy. The concept of “Contemporary Italian Cuisine”, emphasizes local dishes, fresh, high quality ingredients and old flavors that have defined Italian cuisine for centuries and which are revisited to create a truly eclectic menu. The extensive menu is a la carte and offers daily specials featuring many unique items. DRAGO Centro offers a diverse and extensive selection of premium wines from Italy and around the world.



DRAGO Centro’s unique interior is designed by acclaimed Los Angeles based designer Stanley Felderman, who is internationally renowned for creating modern buildings, interiors and product with a playful twist.

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FS
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. We asked them to turn down the loud music and they did, to almost inaudible which was great so we could talk.

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r
Los Angeles
168 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Had a wonderful anniversary dinner here. Server was quite busy with various tables throughout our time there but he always managed to check in with us. Food for the most part was amazing, just a little off on one of the desserts to me. Server Colin gave us good suggestions for wine with our meal. Surprisingly with an order of tea, you get a small cup with no pot for more and no refills.

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CM
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This is a large upscale restaurant in Downtown LA. We were visiting LA with a tour group and decided to dine at Drago Centro on a "free night" based on other reviews. They employ a large staff and service is formal and attentive. This is not your cozy neighborhood hangout - closer to Downton Abbey! The bread, served with a high quality olive oil, was fresh and crusty. The food is excellent. It is prepared perfectly and the chef achieves flavor without using too much salt. The dishes are beautifully presented. We enjoyed their beet salad, salmon with peas and farro, Caramelle pasta and an amazing Chocolato dessert.

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m
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Excellent food

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Food was great. Service was non existent. Waiter came and went. Ordered dessert and an after dinner drink. Dessert came. Never saw our after dinner drink or our waiter. His colleague finally presented the check. Very disappointing night at a restaurant I frequent for business lunches on a frequent basis.

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JB
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

I was so excited to try this place so we made a reservation for four. Ambience and overall the restaurant looked and smelled great. Our server was awful, unattentive,and rude. Runners & bussers were great. Will not be returning.

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JS
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing. The best part, however, was your sommelier. He was incredibly knowledgeable
and recommended the finest wines for each dish and was very pleasant. He definitely added to an outstanding dining experience.

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OT
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 2

The cioppino was just tomato sauce and meager fish

Pasta was bland and cold. We eat at Drago often and have really enjoyed it. This was probably a bad night

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OT
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

The server was not friendly and overall very condescending. The food was good and the ambiance was nice but the waiter ruined the experience

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m
Los Angeles
79 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have always thought that Drago Centro was an under appreciated gem in downtown. The room is stunning. The service, from the greeting at the door, service through the meal, and a warm goodbye is sincere and polished. I hosted a small retirement dinner for my associates. It could not have been more enjoyable or effortless. I brought wines which were expertly decanted and presented. The server was proficient in reviewing the specials, any allergies or dietary restrictions and in giving us the space to enjoy the moment and make our selections after enjoyably settling into the evening. The food really is superb. There was not a nibble left on any plate through the evening. I cannot recommend this restaurant highly enough. Sublime.

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LA
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Every dish is well-executed and the pastas, in particular, are among the best in the city.

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O
Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb. We had appetizers/salad and entrees. All of the dishes were delicious. Venison is not a usual menu item but Drago cooks it perfectly.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfect! Thanks.

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and service was outstanding. Had a great time here.

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PS
Los Angeles
416 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good business meeting spot with great food.

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SM
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was outstanding, staff attentive and an elegant environment - a perfect place for a special occasion!

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OT
San Diego
6 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurant experiences I've had

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B
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

I have been to Drago many times in the past and always found the food excellent and the service
fabulous. This time I was a bit disappointed with the service. I felt that we were neglected and when
asked for help they seemed to be annoyed. I ordered a cosmo and when it was delivered I told the waiter that it was not to my satisfaction and he seemed annoyed, which is very rude.

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V
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drago Centro has maintained a classy, contemporary, but not overly noisy atmosphere, and consistently quality, tasty dishes. I had not been there for a year or two, and I feared it would be "dead" or declining. It was neither. We had great service, from the greeting to the serving, and great food and wine. Have to go back sooner next time.

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KB
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Mark and Carlos took extra special care of us and we really enjoyed our evening. Stellar service. The food was great. Handmade pasta to die for. We will be back!

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SV
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The dining experience is 5 star re: room and table. Re: the food, it is very tasty and all excellent quality. However, for the prices charged, the quantity of food is a bit minimal. Additionally the 2 people attending our table had too many other tables to service. Finally, the wine list has a lot of gems under $60 which is my price point. With an excellent sommelier at the restaurant, one should have no trouble finding a suitable wine that is ready to drink.

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PS
Los Angeles
416 reviews
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 5

As a regular, I've noticed that the servers are not as friendly as they used to be. Very grumpy servers...

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MF
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent experience. Good food and great service!

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LA
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food & service always great at Drago! Always enjoy going there! If you're reading this, you won't be disappointed! Mangia!!

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H
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

Food: unique and superlative. Ambience: corporate and business like. Service: proper.

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PS
Los Angeles
416 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

It was a busy lunch time today, and the service & food was a bit sub-par... but still a great authentic restaurant by Celestino Drago.

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p
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was great!

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R
Chicago
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and waiters.

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CD
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

This restaurant had 2 strikes by the time we sat down. First, they made a fuss about seating two of us for a reservation for 3. Then they made a fuss because we wanted to order an appetizer before ordering the full meal for the table. They "made exceptions" on both counts, but did a poor job of explain the rationale for the random rules. Luckily, the food was divine. The whole branzino was perfect, as was the cioppino . The tiramisu was fluffy and delicate. The food was surprisingly good and would go back, despite the unnecessary rules.

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JM
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. Good menu selection. Very good food. Good service. Pricey, but you get what you pay for.

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LA
Los Angeles
76 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our long time favorite dining spot in downtown LA. Great ambience; thoughtful, not rushed but efficient service; fantastic food. Perfect for pre-performance dining at the Music Center or for any occasion if you're in the area. DON'T miss their 5 course tasting menu! An amazing value, carefully prepared. Not too much food, each course is a work of art when presented.

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NR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Go to restaurant when I’m downtown. Haven’t changed my mind over many years.

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BF
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

WONDERFUL!!!! Took out of town friends there and we had a wonderful time. Food was superb, great service, nice quiet ambience. LOVED IT!

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L
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service was excellent. A very extensive wine list, but the wine was relatively expensive.

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DN
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Service and food were great. Pretty loud inside. I think it would be nice if the lights were lower.

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DW
Orange County
6 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always get outstanding service and the staff is charming and friendly.

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m
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been dining at Drago and Drago Centro for many years, and have never been disappointed! An overall wonderful dining experience.
We highly recommend this restaurant.

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d
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fabulous food with wonderful service. Had theater tickets and they were very accomodating in getting us served and out in time to make our show. Great dinner!

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G
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding food and service. The salmon is amazing and the black truffle pasta is a party I'm your mouth!

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K
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Awesome food was amazing

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