Drago Centro

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$31 to $50
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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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Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Posted menu is not what is actually on the menu. This was a huge disappointment since the reservation was made based on the posted menu and the fact we had that missing item at an event. We debated leaving, but the server was so good, apologetic and attentive we stayed and had a spectacular pasta with white truffle, buratta salad and a comped cannolo! So while we were disappointed, the wine, food and service made up for the menu.
Ps- the server said they do plan to update the menu on line this week. A bit late for us....

A
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Service was hit or miss and we had to call someone over several times.

Our food came out so fast it kind of defeated the purpose of having a business lunch here.

IG
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive knowledgeable service. Mellow relaxing atmosphere. Excellent food from truffles-pasta to salad to entrees to dessert. Worth a return visit.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our second time dining at your restaurant. We loved it! Can’t wait to return

s
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Has been & continues to be a reliable, delicious, elegant dining experience.

NT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love going to Drago. We celebrated our wedding rehearsal dinner there and have been back many times for anniversaries.

OT
Cincinnati
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was outstanding. Service was great. Definitely recommend.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and service. We’re definitely going back.

v
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I loved going to this restaurant when I worked at the Paul Hastings building — the ambiance is beautiful and the service excellent.

However, I also believe there is room for the food to be more authentically Italian — there were little misses, such as no cheese included in the charcuterie dish; flavors were a bit more Italian-American as opposed to Italian.

Overall, experience was great!

j
Los Angeles
116 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Always a nice civilized restaurant and a delicious meal. Good wines by the glass. Great for dinner before the theater or the LA Phil.

g
Los Angeles
87 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A class act from start to finish. One of the best breast of Duck I have ever had!

SF
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Loved this place. Will be back

K
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best meals I have ever had.

s
Los Angeles
331 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant and we have dined here many times. Actually, this is my first choice when we are in downtown to see performances at the Music Center. We are season subscribers at the Ahmanson for at least ten years. Usually our reviews are 5 star but this time we were disappointed with our meals. The Ahi appetizer was poor. Only two chunks and dry and tasteless. The presentation of the Oso Buco was attractive but it was also dry and lacked flavor. The scallops entree was delicious and was really the best part of the meal but the portion size of three rather small scallops and felt more like an appetizer than a main course. As we love the restaurant, our first choice, we will return again and hope for improvement.

S
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, but it is very expensive.

BS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second time at Drago Centro. The excellent service, pleasant, beautiful surroundings and excellent food will have us coming back yet again.

JG
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We miss Italy but a trip to spectacular Drago Centro makes up for it.... incredible food, great view and wonderful atmosphere

C
Los Angeles
45 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love going to Drago! Ordered an osso buco special which was delicious and a beautiful presentation!
Service is always attentive. Always a special evening.....and a perfect start to the evening before a Disney Hall concert.

w
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, excellent service and a great table outside by the fountain. Pleasant and quiet. A bit pricey.

JH
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on October 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant! The service was exceptional, the food was fantastic and the atmosphere was perfect. I would highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to coming back.

CB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

A truly enjoyable evening!

Thank You!

The Osso Buco was perfectly cooked.

l
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The service friendly and efficient and the ambience lovely and quiet. We had a great evening at Drago

f
Los Angeles
57 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect spot before going to the theater! Free shuttle located outside of the restaurant. The food is great. The wait staff is superb.

s
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

it was great food, mood..for me. everything was good.

JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff went over the top to provide a great experience for us, THANK YOU!!!

PF
Los Angeles
69 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

High end business fare but appropriately so. The service was great, but could still use some tuning. I'm just asking that when serving, it's appropriate to not reach in front of someone as they maybe in part of an important conversation. That's all.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always a delightful experience at Drago Centro.

r
Los Angeles
173 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Had a really nice lunch here, normally we go for dinner but couldn't make it that night to celebrate a birthday.
I ordered my favorite pasta pappardelle since it's usually so great and it did not disappoint. I am always curious about the other pastas but have never tried them before, this time I did two pasta dishes. Besides the pappardelle I ordered the linguine and clams. It was very good but it seemed to lack a little bit of flavor, it needed more garlic or salt. Glad I tried both. My husband had the halibut he said it was really tasty. We enjoyed the drinks we ordered. Dessert was nice also.
Our server was very nice and helpful. This always help make a meal enjoyable. So happy we were able to dine there.

AA
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Lovely restaurant and great location in Downtown LA. Food was good but portions were so small and found it a bit overpriced for the amount of food. Service and ambiance was really good though and it was a good experience overall

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Salad avg, pasta w mushrooms delicious , fish okay

J
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I was underwhelmed by this dining experience. The risotto was fairly mild in flavor - I am not a "salty" person but if there was a salt shaker, I would have definitely added more. The rice was also too al dente. I tasted my colleague's carbonara and surprisingly felt the same way, despite the presence of guanciale - flavorless. Two other colleagues ordered the bowtie vodka pasta and also felt that it was lacking salt/flavor. Surprising coming from such a fine dining establishment.

On the other hand, the service was excellent and the ambiance was nice.

r
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great place for business lunches DTLA. Here regularly and never disappointed with the food, service or ambiance.

PS
Los Angeles
452 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional power lunch spot in DTLA.

j
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience1

We were a party of 6 for a birthday. Seated on the outside patio. Don’t sit there during the summer, too hot a d no fans! Our waiter screwed up our order, wasn’t attentive, didn’t listen to our requests and felt like he was doing us a favor by taking off the service charge! We enjoyed our food, but the service and environment killed the dining experience!

LC
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall1food4service1ambience4

I have been to this restaurant several times but unfortunately will not be returning. The food was great but the service was horrible. We were a party of 6 and two of the people in our party were celebrating birthdays, which I put in the notes to my reservation. Sadly, due to the unfriendly nature of our server, it ruined our dinner. Thankfully the bus boy was great, tentative and very friendly and honestly, I wish he was our waiter and not a bus boy. We ordered drinks, appetizers, salads, our dinners and then dessert and coffee. Then when we were all finished with our dinner and the waiter was bringing our bill, he said, oh someone is celebrating a birthday? I will bring something out!! How inept since we were about to pay the bill and leave. How do you forget that someone is celebrating a birthday when it is right on the reservation? And once the bill was brought, I realized why the waiter was so inept and unfriendly. He did not have to do anything to get his 20% tip because it was already added on!! No where in the reservation or the website did it say that the tip is already added on. You may want to let your guests know this little fact, especially if they do not receive at the very least, decent service. I really wanted to ask for a manger because this waiter DID NOT deserve a 20% tip and the only reason I did not was because we were there to celebrate birthdays and I did not want to make the evening worse than it had already been. This waiter with his cold and condescending attitude, forgetting the birthdays at the table, providing terrible service, having to constantly ask for water refills and bread explains the horrible service when he knows good and well he does not have to do a thing to get his tip so in return he provides zero service. And how do you not let your guests know that you add on a 20% tip? This was such a let down, especially when we were there to celebrate and then we are forced to pay a tip that was so undeserving.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

great food!

EJ
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Good food and not to loud

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience3

ordered salad without dressing and with added avocado. salad arrived late after asking twice was dressed without avocado. had to ask for check twice. sweet green salad is better.

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Pasta was tough.

SP
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the food at Drago Centro. We went for dinner and they have a really nice selection of salads and I enjoyed the Insalata di Mele (apple salad) which had a nice refreshing champagne vinaigrette dressing. I shared Bistecca per due (steak for two) with my sister and it was huge, it could be "per tre" (for three) smaller eaters it was so big. The steak is carved tableside and it takes 40 min once ordered, but it was worth the wait. Because of its size there will be a temp difference from bone to the outer portions, so be advised. We ordered med rare and it was mostly perfect, but the meat nearest the bone will be rare, the outermost part closer to medium. Another person at the table ordered their tasting menu and really enjoyed it. We had dessert and their cioccolato was excellent. I want to go back soon to experience the linguine and clams as I feel like I missed out not ordering pasta at an Italian restaurant. Underground valet ramp entrance is off of 5th St. from Flower St. immediately on the left side of the one way street. Entrance elevator from the valet goes straight into the restaurant.