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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JS
Seattle
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

PF
Los Angeles
64 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s always a delightful experience at Drago Centro.

r
Los Angeles
173 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Salad avg, pasta w mushrooms delicious , fish okay

J
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

PS
Los Angeles
443 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional power lunch spot in DTLA.

j
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 1

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
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

great food!

EJ
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and not to loud

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

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
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Pasta was tough.

SP
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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.

OT
Dusseldorf Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

The food was delicious and well presented. The staff were always polite and accommodating. Unfortunately it was so loud that I could hardly understand my daughter on the other side of the table - you almost nearly have to scream.

J
London
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food

r
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

OT
Los Angeles
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good pasta, had 3 bowls easily rated from Best to ok

r
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

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

d
Los Angeles
23 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure. The food is excellent and the staff lovely and attentive. The space is airy and modern but not cold. I always feel the beauty of the urban experience when I return from the shuttle and see the lovely view of the restaurant from the street. Keep it up.

CD
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Portions were like Spa food
Very small for the price paid

OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant.

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K
Orange County
11 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I chose Drago Centro for a special celebratory dinner with my family. I was not disappointed as the meal and service were superb. I recommend the charcuterie appetizer which had very high quality appetizer meats. My family all ordered their own pasta dishes, each one executed perfectly. I had the squid ink pasta with lobster which was fantastic, my wife had the linguine with clams, perfecto! My only quibbles is that the wine pours are too short and that the Open Table $$ rating should be $$$ or $$$$.

TM
Anchorage
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My experience at Drago Centro was fantastic from start to finish. I arrived a bit early and as I waited outside they offered to bring me water, wine, or seat me at the bar. From there we were seated early for our reservation and the service was top notch! They answered all our questions, were extremely patient, and the food itself was delicious. I've only been here twice now, but both times it has been a lovely experience.

TM
Los Angeles
7 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My teenage niece and nephew loved and very much enjoyed the Ribeye Steak and Tiramisu. Great place to dine before or after the performance at the Music Center.

IB
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent meal with great service.

p
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was amazing!

p
Orange County
26 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely place and great for a date. Delicious pastas and fish.

LZ
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went during DineLa. Food was great, service excellent. When we asked for the recommendations from the waiters, their recommendations were wonderful. Overall experience was outstanding. Will be back there again.

B
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We met with old friends from the east coast. Everyone had a lovely dinner. The truffles were flavorful.
Service was attentive. All around enjoyable.

RR
Los Angeles
16 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 5

The food and wine was excellent. Once I was seated at my table, things were fine. However, I was seated in the bar area and was ignored by the wait staff. The attention to people seated at tables in the bar area needs improvement.

L
1 review
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 4

Underwhelmed, we chose this restaurant based on it's reviews and proximity to the hotel we were staying at. Service was almost non existent. We had a waiter switched on us a third of the way into our dining experience. The restaurant was about half full since it was a Monday night. Food was average, nothing special. We were not told about any nightly specials or helped with the wine list. Our second waiter was gruff and seemed bothered by having to wait on us. He also added coffee to our bill which we did not have and brought me the wrong desert list. I am sure there are many other better restaurants in LA to dine at then this one.

GD
Los Angeles
11 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoint ! Perfect Italian restaurant ! My favorite by far !

s
Los Angeles
324 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my favorite downtown restaurant and we enjoyed dining here before performances at the Ahmanson Theatre. Service this evening was exceptional by Alfonso. The meal of ceasar salad, a special pasta, and ciopinno could not have been better. The pasta was very pricey and I should have asked the price in advance. We will be back again soon.

A
Orange County
91 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drago never disappoints. The farro salad was wonderful. Truly one of the best Italian restaurants in Los Angeles

JS
Palm Springs
7 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good service and food quality ...

HP
Los Angeles
63 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Drago is one of the BEST restaurants in downtown...........and the reason is because it is consistent. We went Monday and I had black cod that I never wanted to finish because it was so delicious!!!! SO-we went back Thursday and I ordered the black cod again-and it was perfect again!!!! This is a truly great experience....and a wine list not to be matched!

JS
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely setting, great food & conveniently located near the Central Library.

MC
Los Angeles
8 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The location at the Peterson makes this very special. We went for lunch with our son but could see meeting friends and having a drink and food afterwards. Whole vibe is great. The pastas were excellent.

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