Drago Centro

4.6
2913 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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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SW
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful time spent with friends. Ryka celebrated his promotion, Michael celebrated his new employment with Stanford and we all celebrated with great friends, delicious food, and satisfying wine!!

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OT
Orange County
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Italian restaurant right downtown LA.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Husband’s bday

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PS
Los Angeles
391 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Italian restaurant in downtown LA!!!

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JS
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

The service was not up to par on my visit to Drago. I had to ask repeatedly to have my water and iced tea refilled. Waiter also was not friendly. Service needs work here.

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g
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

It’s a lovely restaurant. I wish the food was better. I had the lobster linguine as recommended by our server. I was not impressed and my feeling was that it was recommended because it was the most expensive pasta on the menu. My companions had the branzino and the venison, both of which they enjoyed. My partner had the farfalle which he found underwhelming. I may come back again to give it another chance.

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A
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Good food, good service, great variety of choices on the menu.

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HS
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place with excellent service. Will be returning!

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MK
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

I have dined at Drago Centro several times. The food at Drago Centro is consistently excellent. My only two criticisms are that the tables are too close to each other (which Drago can definitely control) and it is too loud (which Drago cannot really control). Overall, I like this restaurant very much.

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NL
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had amazing dinner

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MD
Glasgow
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous restaurant at a very convenient downtown location. Excellent food, quality ingredients, and great service.

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C
Los Angeles
40 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always consistent.....great food! Nice wine list as well! Josh is an excellent server!! We keep coming back and will again! Perfect pre theatre spot and there’s a shuttle to the Music Center and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

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TM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, but over priced in my opinion, especially given the small portions of food. Still like it though.

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JC
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

As someone who has previously worked in the restaurant business, I am hesitant to go out to eat on New Year's Eve. Drago Centro did things right, though; controlled the number of menu options, had plenty of staff, and seated us quickly. The food was quite good; scallops and octopus were excellent, pappardelle was very good but not particularly special. The semifreddo was way better than mine! Service was attentive and timely but not particularly personable. Overall a remarkably pleasant experience.

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B
Naples
51 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and wonderful food. Will be back

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MZ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Just like it! It’s good!!!! All the way around. Hostesses were welcoming and accommodating - Dressy casual or dress up- either way- sophisticated but not pretentious- I like the varied age group, not “trendy” or loud. Service is better than good (not perfect) but they try to be, which is great. Dinners I’ve had -have never disappointed and they are consistent.
This was our second New Years celebration early dinner - and although they offered a Prix fixe menu - we had plenty of other options- including choices from pf menu if we desired. (That’s the way to go when you have a crowd with diverse food preferences). Very important- it’s Not too loud- we can hear each other speak and enjoy our conversations. Sometimes it’s more than the food - if the service and ambiance is bad - food may be better than good, but if the other things lack-- I won’t go back. ( only one thing I could think of - evenings in the patio can use a tad - just a bit more light).

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m
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a delicious meal here on NYE made extra special by the excellent service. Alize was very personable and extremely knowledgeable about the menu. Would highly recommend!

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SS
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful dinner before going to a show at the Music Center. The staff was attentive and courteous and the food was delicious!

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a
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Waiters did not have menu memorized. They did not understands which salads were on the menu, which pastas came with what, etc. Drago needs to do a better job at training these people and ensuring servers know menu and can articulate in a clear manner. Good thing food is delicious.

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JC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our go-to place for many years - it continues to be the place for a delicious evening!

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OT
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is on point ! perfect in every way. I can’t wait to go back and try more items. Our server was great, very attentive. We got a late reservation and felt a little rushed out of there because the main dining room was being closed off for a private event . Nonetheless, food, service , second to none. Can’t wait to go back ! Thank you all👍🏽.

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J
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and food was fantastic. Brought my hubby here for his birthday and we enjoyed it.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 4

Portions are very small! Not worth the money. Pasta was sticky. Not what I’d expect from an Italian restaurant. Appetizers are NOT to share.

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n
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was good as expected. Service was lacking on this visit. Our server was distracted and he seemed more concerned with a larger party seated next to us. Couldn't get refills on iced tea during dinner nor coffee after dinner with dessert.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and service

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UR
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From a-z a true experience

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i
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our Christmas Eve dining and the tasting menu selections were superb.

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PS
Los Angeles
391 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great service and food, but definitely a typical small portion restaurant. Be sure to order a full course.

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JP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food here is consistently on point! Delicate flavorful dishes.

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p
Los Angeles
28 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

OMG! This restaurant is absolutely amazing! My husband and I have been dining here for many years. So sorry to miss Celestino tonight. Brought friends for a pre Christmas dinner. The octopus was divine. The most tender we’ve ever had. Our steaks were done to perfection. The branzino was so moist. Who does this? Drago does this. A note to our fabulous waiter, Stefano from Milano. Thanks so much for having fun with us! You made our night! For those of you who haven’t tried this restaurant, it’s a must!

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s
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was good and the food was very good as well!

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s
Los Angeles
310 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Overall, the food was very good. The Caesar salad was disappointing. Just chopped lettuce with light dressing. The linguini with clams was delicious, as was the branzino. The fish was very tasty but the size of the fish was much smaller than we had the last time we dined here. Service was excellent and we send compliments to Diego. We will return the next time we are in the Downtown area.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

The service was not what I thought. They never replaced our silverware after appetizers. They forgot our coffee orders before bringing out our dessert.

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KH
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

Very good food & ambiance, but it took one hour for our food to arrive at lunch. Waiter was very nice and apologetic, but still it was frustrating especially since I was late getting back to my office because of it. I will give them another try when they are not so busy as the food was delicious.

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a
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

Service was terrible. Waited for over 30 minutes for bread and pastas took over an hour after our order. Appetizer salad was missing the mozzarella for Caprese and a few tomatoes were bad. Ordered cappuccinos at the end and no sugar no spoon was provided. This is by far the worse experience I’ve had.

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WP
Naples
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

great food, reasonable price, free parking, nice people

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h
San Diego
11 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never a disappointment. We are always amazed at the new dishes and great service.
Love this place.

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EF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 4ambience 1

Over the top noisy.
Pretentious environment, without the substance to back it up.
Expensive without the value.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service & meal. Servers were attentive and helpful in making suggestions, especially with regards to the wine. The scallops were some of the best cooked I’ve ever had. Would absolutely return!

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RM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Manager was incredibly experienced and helpful throughout the night. Would highly recommend for a special occasion or date night. Thank you Drago!

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