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About Drago Centro

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.

525 S. Flower St., Suite 120
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
In City National Plaza between 5th & 6th street.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(213) 228-8998

Website:
http://www.dragocentro.com/

Parking Details:
The entrance to the underground parking structure is located on the South-West corner of 5th and Flower Streets. Valet parking is located inside the parking structure on Level A. Elevator access to Drago Centro from Level A is provided.

Lunch Valet: 11am - 5pm: $5 for 3 hours maximum.

Dinner Valet: 5pm - 3am: Free for 4 hours maximum.

Guests who stay beyond the validated hours will be charged the posted rates.

Public Transit:
We are conveniently located near the 7th Street/Metro Center Station which provides access to the Red, Purple, Blue, and Expo Metro Rail Lines.

Executive Chef:
Celestino Drago

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Drago Centro Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.0

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Moderate

88% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (47)
Special Occasion (43)
Fit for Foodies (40)
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Business Meals (39)
Pre/post Theatre (36)
Good for Anniversaries (32)
Authentic (28)
Notable Wine List (25)
Romantic (25)
Good for Groups (24)
Good for Birthdays (23)
Creative Cuisine (20)
Great for Lunch (19)
Quiet Conversation (19)
Neighborhood Gem (18)
Worth the Drive (18)
Hot Spot (16)
Tasting Menu (14)
Fun (13)
Bar Seating (12)
Cozy (12)
Great for Outdoor Dining (12)
People Watching (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Happy Hour (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Casual (7)
Handcrafted Cocktails (7)
Seasonal (6)
Disabled Access (5)
Healthy (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Local Ingredients (4)
Scenic View (4)
Afternoon Coffee (3)
Late-night Find (3)
Live Sports (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Organic (2)
Great Beer (1)
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 2 days ago

Really small portions.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

I had the scallops dish. It was a three-piece scallop dish, two of them tasted OK but the third one tasted really bad and very fishy. The waiter asked me how was the meal after I finished and so I told him. He went to the chef who then told him that the dish was fine, if two scallops were OK then the third one has to be OK as well. I did not want the answer back or was looking for any a free meal. Basically, that answer ruined our night.

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 (Orange County)·Dined 3 days ago

Well appointed restaurant, beautiful layout, service was super and the food was very well prepared and eye pleasing.
The selections we ordered were uniquely prepared and the spice/sauce really positively impacted the taste buds.
Wine list was complete and reasonably priced

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 3 days ago

We have been many times, and it is a great place to eat before you go to the Ahmanson as there is a shuttle that picks you up practically right outside the door.
The food is always good. The service is great and we will be back again.

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Authentic, Organic, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 4 days ago

We had a fun night out. Not our typical location or level of fancy ness but we had a good time.

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined 5 days ago

Honestly I can’t remember the last time I waited as long as we did to receive our food. Just the bread was 20 minutes, the soup took at least 40 minutes and it was another 30 minutes before we received our main courses. It was unfortunate timing because there was a corporate event on the patio that had more attendees than expected but it was too loud to hear my dining companions’ conversation. For the price we paid for dinner the service and quality of the food was disheartening especially with so many fantastic dinner options in downtown LA. We had a friend visiting from out of town and I was embarrassed by my restaurant choice. The cauliflower soup was well done and big enough to share, the short ribs were good but the risotto was so aldente I’m not sure they even cooked it

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Great birthday dinner. We have been before to this restaurant and it’s one of our favorites. This time the server wasn’t as good as we have had at our previous visits but wasn’t terrible.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Drago has been my favorite fine dining Italian restaurant in LA for years. I've hosted countless business dinners including two client events with over 40 people in each case. I've bragged about it to my wife and finally had the opportunity to take her there. I was beyond disappointed in our experience. The service was very slow, the server finally brought our meals out and they had the wrong order for my wife so we had to wait again and to add insult to injury a couple of tables who were seated well after us were enjoying their meals before we were served. I was embarrassed because I had such I praises for Drago. Regrettably, Bill Suits

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 9, 2017

So inconsistent. I’ve had good meals here, one bad one, and last night was just mediocre. Gloppy overly-dressed Caesar salad, bland, uninteresting Spaghetti Chitarra. Nice space with great views. No excuse for mediocre food.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on November 9, 2017

I had the Lasagna and it was okay. Reminded me of Airline food (I know that is cruel.) Preparation was good, taste okay, price $18 for a small portion. My wife had the salmon which was very good.....again portions were modest for the price. Didn't have the chicken but someone at our table did and it looked good.
Ambiance was very nice. Service exceptional. Valet Parking in the lower level is very helpful especially in downtown LA

Tags: Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Great, as usual. Every dish is fantastic. Our favorite.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, People Watching
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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on November 5, 2017

This was my fourth time at Drago Centro but my dining partner's first time. Overall we had a good dining experience with two issues. My dining partner ordered the lasagna bolognese but found it a little greasy for his taste. Otherwise the appetizer, soup, my entree, and dessert were very good.

As far as the ambience, this time we were seated in the patio area. My seat faced the window and I had a very strong glare of white light from the building next door's lobby. This was unpleasant it would be great if the restaurant had some way of blocking this glare into the dining room.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Nice restaurant, validated parking so that was a plus. I just thought it was a bit pricey for portion size. My friend thought his food was bland, mine was salty but to be fair, it did have capers in it. Glass of wine 16.00 for Syrah.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Burrata salad and crab pasta were both excellent. Wonderfully prepared and beautiful to look at.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

I️ ordered the specialty black truffle pasta but it turned out to be super salty. I️ told the waiter early on and he told me it’s just the way it is. I️ drank 4 cups of water for the pasta.. everything was great.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Our waiter basically saved the day because he was excellent. Other than that, food was just ok. Pasta was served lukewarm and lacked sauce.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 4, 2017

This restaurant was by far the ultimate worst experience that we have ever had. The waiters were patronizing and sarcastic .
The food was unremarkable . If the food was offered for free, I would hesitate to taste it.
The wine was abodilutly horrible. When voicing the issue to the "sommelier "; if the person could realistically be named sommelier,
He was somehow able to tell us that a wine which had oxidized tasted of litchi and flower aromatics. The experience was surreal at best.
I wouldn't recommend this place to my worst enemy .
The investors of this restaurant should seriously vet the personnel they hire to represent them .

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Overall it was an average dining experience and considering other reviews and the value compared to other restaurants of similar caliber, it fell far below expectations. Scallops were perfection, but the pastas and pizza were less than desirable and the desserts were subpar. Would not recommend.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Can not wait to be back in Los Angeles to visit again. Claudio our waiter. He was perfect for 4 cousins who wanted to visit with each other and have fun.

Tags: Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 24, 2017

A little overkill for a small business lunch, but the food is always good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, People Watching, Notable Wine List
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

This was our first time at Drago and were looking for something new. Great website convinced
us to try Drago and we were not disappointed. The waiter was friendly and helpful, and the wine list was enough to have multiple choices. Our salads were outstanding and main courses
we’re exceptional. We topped off dinner with a great dessert and after dinner drinks.
Good “buzz”inside with wonderful views around the restaurant. We’ll be back.

Tags: Bar Seating, People Watching, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on October 22, 2017

Food and service were amazing. Worth the price everything was perfect

Tags: Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Good for Groups, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene, Paleo Friendly, Hot Spot
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Crusted chicken and meat lasagne were outstanding!! The ambiance was great! Good for special occasion, group or a romantic date.

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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was over the top, A+, must try. ...............................

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Tasting Menu, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Pleasantly surprised; fantastic meal and speedy attentive service. Elegant without being fussy or prentious. Busboys and support staff were particularly warm. Our waiter did the job well, but was a bit odd & cold; maybe just an “off night” for him? Nicely appointed dining room, but noisy—not a good fit for quiet conversation. The salads were great, truffle crusted chicken breast was especially juicy & delicious, and the Tomahawk steak for two was amazing (they cook “steakhouse” temps, so order up from your usual if u don’t like super rare). They have a great separate glass enclosed private dining room, and some other larger tables for bigger groups. Overall a lovely experience—thanks!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The person at the desk and the wine director are great; one of the two bartenders was abrupt and not helpful
The food used to be a strong point : the octopus was overcooked but they redid it
The pastas specially the pappardelle with pheasant their specialty was bland and the short rib average
They need to go back to where they were before: good solid italian italian restaurant in downtown

Tags: Happy Hour
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·Dined on October 18, 2017

Beautiful room, the service was attentive but our meal was a disappointment. Soup wasn't hot, all the pastas were undercooked, beyond firm to the bite and the sauces were unremarkable. Where was the chef?

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I was very happy that the hostess mentioned the construction on flower Street when she reconfirmed my reservation. I did have a hard time finding the entrance to the restaurant since the regular elevator to the restaurant was not working. There were signs placed around all the doors but there are a lot of doors and it's all glass. I thought the service was really good. Our water glasses were refilled and our plates taken away and silverware replaced promptly. We did have an issue with the risotto been under cooked but they promptly replaced it. The waiter did say that it was cooked al dente but I've never had rice cooked al dente and this race was hard. He should have just replaced it and not said anything.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 15, 2017

The elevator was out of service and it would have been good to know that when I received the call confirming my reservation.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We dine at this restaurant often and have never been disappointed. Food is great, service attentive and ambiance lavish. Great for a pre-theatre dinner or special occasion. Parking is easy and inexpensive. Construction in the area makes finding garage a bit trickey.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I've never before had pasta I didn't like until Drago Centro. Same with my guest.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 12, 2017

Less sodium at orders requested , but came out salty
Cicktail want good neither

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·Dined on October 10, 2017

I ordered the Shrimp Ravioli. I must say the size, color and shape of the ravioli was very unappealing and not at all appetizing to look at. To be honest, the server accidentally put it in front of the person I was dining with and they said they were glad that it wasn't their dish. I had to tell myself that I was not eating bugs. That is what we both thought the plate looked like...a dish of bugs! The taste was bland, it didn't have any shrimp flavor at all and the red shrimp that was part of the dish were so few you shouldn't even point it out in your description. I know that chef's try to make a dish that is not typical to impress, but as a Sicilian american, this dish should be scraped from your menu. My dinner partner had the Hankerchief pasta with lobster and pesto sauce. It was tasty and a much better option.

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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

the food, the prices, the ambience, and especially the wine selections are superb

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Had my wife's bday here and we were both very happy with the food and service. I highly recommend this place if you like upscale environment, with great food, drinks, and service.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Hot Spot, Worth the Drive, Fun, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Romantic, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Restaurant ambience was lovely.
Good Wine List.
Limited Menu but adequate.
My entree was very good but not hot. Small portions for the money.
Service was gpod.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Food and service were great. Waiters should tell you the costs of specials so that you are NOT surprised to see a regular pasta dish for from $20 to $45 just because they shaved a small amount of truffles on the plate.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Drago Centro is one of our favorite restaurants, though L.A. traffic does not make it easy to get there. This meal was outstanding for service as usual. However, our main course of a huge steak for two sliced table side was not up to par, especially at its rather high price. It had much too much fat that we had to trim off of each slice. Also, we requested medium rare, but it was closer to rare than medium, making it difficult to cut off bite-sized pieces. We finally gave up and took the rest home for sandwiches. On the plus side, their Caesar Salad may be the best in town with lots of shavings of Parmesan cheese. We will go back, as our history there indicates that the steak problem was just a fluke, though I would never order it again. Stick to the phenomenal pasta choices and that Caesar Salad.

Tags: Good for Groups, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 6, 2017

Never disappoints. The whole service team are fabulous, attentive and knowledgable.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great Beer, Healthy, Fit for Foodies, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Happy Hour, Creative Cuisine, Tasting Menu, Good for Anniversaries, Local Ingredients, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Business Meals, Romantic
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 4, 2017

I've had great meals here in the past so I made a reservation to bring my parents here while they were visiting LA. We happily splurge on nice meals.

We ordered the pasta special and when we got the bill, the pasta was $45. Most pasta dishes are $19-$26 so we were a little surprised when we saw this on the bill. When we asked the waiter if this was correct he was very rude and unprofessional. He said 'the pasta had truffles on it, that's the normal market price for truffles. If you are not aware of this, they are very expensive. You shouldn't be surprised at the price.' and then walked away.

In my past experiences, the wait staff here was incredible and I've written positive reviews about them. I felt the need to share this as the experience left a bad taste in our mouthes. It's not right to make people feel stupid for asking a question. We weren't asking for $ off the bill.

Don't know if I'll continue recommending this place after last night.

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