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Drago Centro, Los Angeles, CA

Drago Centro

4.5
4.5
3401 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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Booked 32 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Contemporary American, American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:15 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm

  • Phone number

    (213) 228-8998

  • Payment options

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

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Celestino Drago

  • Private party facilities

    We have a variety of options to host your private event. Please contact us at (213) 228-8998 for additional information.-Flower Room seats up to 16 guests-Vault Room seats up to 42 guests-Garden Room seats up to 60 guests for a sit down dinner and accommodates 110 for cocktail reception.-Glass room accommodates 50 for a cocktail reception.

  • Private party contact

    Betty Cardenas: (213) 228-8998

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown

  • Cross street

    In City National Plaza between 5th & 6th street.

  • Parking details

    The entrance to the underground parking structure is located on 525 South Flower Street (South-West corner of 5th and Flower Street). Valet parking is located inside the parking structure on Level A. Elevator access to Drago Centro from Level A is provided. Please bring white parking ticket with you to receive 4hrs free parking validation.

  • 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.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Popular dishes

Menu

Filtered water will be served upon request

Antipasti / Starter

  • Zuppa del Giorno$13.00

    soup of the day

    • Salumi e Formaggi con Gnocco Fritto$22.00

      House selection of charcuterie and cheeses

      • Il Polpo$22.00

        Seared octopus, potato puree, baked onions and parsley

        • L'Insalata di Carciofini e Arugula$15.00

          Shaved raw baby artichokes, arugula, shaved parmesan cheese

          • L'Insalata "Caesar"$16.00

            Organic romaine lettuce, classic caesar dressing, croutons and shaved parmesan

            • L'Insalata Nizzarda$22.00

              Nicoise salad - seared tuna, cherry tomato, kalamata olives, green beans, hard-boiled egg, champagne vinaigrette

              Le Paste / Pasta

              • Spaghetti Pomodoro$23.00

                Spaghetti, burrata, cherry tomatoes, olive oil, basil

                • Pappardelle Fagiano e Morelle$24.00

                  Wide fettucine, roasted pheasant, morel mushrooms

                  • Gli Spaghetti Cacio e Pepe$22.00

                    The classic… black peppercorn and pecorino cheese

                    • Garganelli con Salsicce$24.00

                      Garganelli pasta, pork sausage, parmesan, fennel pollen

                      • Farfalle Prosciutto e Vodka$23.00

                        Bowtie pasta, prosciutto, marinara, cream, parmesan

                        Secondi Piatti / Main Course

                        • Il Salmon$30.00

                          Pan roasted salmon, parsnip puree, romanesco cauliflower, pine nuts

                          • Il Pollo Arrosto$29.00

                            Herb roasted jidori chicken, haricot-vert, baby roasted potatoes, herb jus

                            • Brasato di Manzo$36.00

                              Braised short rib, potato puree, crispy shallots

                              Dolci / Dessert

                              • Il Tiramisu$14.00

                                Layered ladyfingers, mascarpone cheese, cocoa, shaved valrhona chocolate

                                • Torta di Formaggio$15.00

                                  Lime cheese cake, white chocolate cremeux, pineapple, cherry sorbet

                                  • La Panna Cotta$14.00

                                    Vanilla panna cotta, rhubarb compote, lemon cello sponge, greek yogurt sorbet

                                    • Il Cioccolato$15.00

                                      Praline hazelnut chocolate mousse cake, raspberry cremeux, fresh berries

                                      • Il Cannolo$14.00

                                        Cannoli filled with ricotta and pistachio cream, straciatella gelato

                                        • Il Semifreddo$15.00

                                          Pistachio semifreddo, poached blue berries, toasted meringue

                                          Last updated: February 1, 2022

                                          What 3,401 people are saying

                                          Overall ratings and reviews

                                          Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                          4.5
                                          4.5 based on recent ratings
                                          • 4.6Food
                                          • 4.5Service
                                          • 4.6Ambience
                                          • 4.2Value

                                          NoiseModerate

                                          Loved For

                                          • Downtown / South and East LA

                                            Notable Wine List

                                          • Downtown / South and East LA

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                                          1. M

                                            Mark

                                            Los Angeles

                                            94 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            94 reviews

                                            Dined today

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            It’s always a special evening at Drago, but especially so if the sommelier Mark is there. Extraordinary service and hospitality that you don’t see in most restaurants these days. Take your fine bottle and head straight to Drago, and make sure Mark is there. The food is also incredible as is the waitstaff. Have a wonderful night!

                                          2. MR

                                            MarisolR

                                            New York Area

                                            6 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined 1 day ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The ambience was warm and welcoming. The food exquisite. It was so good I dined here twice in one week.

                                          3. BP

                                            BrettP

                                            1 review

                                            3.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 1 day ago

                                            overall3food5service4ambience4

                                            Food was amazing. Even the small, overpriced $22 caesar salad was excellent. But, the salad took ~40 minutes to arrive and we only had an hour for our DTLA lunch. The manager was not very apologetic, instead said they were slammed and got behind. Not the best customer service in general, but blaming their internal issues on having too many customers is ridiculous. Fortunately they were willing to comp the salad so we didn't have to pay double its value after all! Wait service was a bit slow, but professional and friendly; the food delay was not their fault. Not sure I will be back any time soon, especially if I only have 75 minutes for lunch.

                                          4. JJ

                                            JulieJ

                                            Chicago

                                            2 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Amazing food, wine and atmosphere. Would recommend to anyone!

                                          5. DC

                                            DonC

                                            Los Angeles

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined 5 days ago

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Food, service, and overall experience very good. Going to concert and got us out with plenty of time. We all enjoyed our visit.

                                          6. RK

                                            RobK

                                            Orange County

                                            6 reviews

                                            vip
                                            2.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined 6 days ago

                                            overall2food2service2ambience3

                                            Dessert was delicious, but the entrees weren't very good.

                                          7. BC

                                            BethC

                                            Washington DC

                                            9 reviews

                                            4.0

                                            9 reviews

                                            Dined on May 12, 2022

                                            overall4food4service5ambience5

                                            It was very good and the patio dining was lovely. Good for a special occasion. While the food was very good, I do think it was a bit over-priced for what it was.

                                          8. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Denver

                                            1 review

                                            vip
                                            1.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 10, 2022

                                            overall1food4service1ambience4

                                            We were forced to order

                                          9. LA

                                            LyndaA

                                            Los Angeles

                                            2 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on May 9, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Delicious upscale Italian cuisine. Elegant decor.

                                          10. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            very good quality food and service

                                          11. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Los Angeles

                                            6 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            6 reviews

                                            Dined on May 8, 2022

                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                            Excellent Italian restaurant near theaters and museum with free parking!

                                          12. N

                                            Norma

                                            Los Angeles

                                            9 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            9 reviews

                                            Dined on May 1, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Such a treat to come back to this wonderful restaurant. The food, service and ambiance are excellent. Recommend for special occasions and/or romantic dinners.

                                          13. CJ

                                            CarolineJ

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on May 1, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great food, excellent service. Relaxing atmosphere.

                                          14. JD

                                            JeffreyD

                                            Los Angeles

                                            4 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on April 30, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great experience . Pastas we’re truly social. Wine service was first rate. Lamb loin was outstanding.

                                          15. FG

                                            FoodGuy

                                            Los Angeles

                                            5 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            5 reviews

                                            Dined on April 28, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Excellent meal and outstanding service. Noise level was a little more than usual compared to prior visits but not so much as to interfere with conversation. All in all, great food and great service (from our server Joe).

                                          16. r

                                            ralph

                                            Los Angeles

                                            29 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            29 reviews

                                            Dined on April 28, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great service great food and location perfect thanks

                                          17. j

                                            joyce

                                            Washington DC

                                            4 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            4 reviews

                                            Dined on April 26, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            I thought the food (I chose the pappadelle pasta with pheasant and the artichoke salad) was very tasty. Great service; highly attentive with good suggestions for drinks and food as well.

                                          18. S

                                            Steve

                                            Los Angeles

                                            9 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            9 reviews

                                            Dined on April 20, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience3

                                            Wonderful business lunch, excellent gourmet Italian food. we were greeted by the owner on arrival and he picked a wonderful Super Tuscan wine for our lunch.

                                          19. D

                                            Dbergeron

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 20, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The place was amazing, great customer service and food was excellent

                                          20. j

                                            joejoe

                                            Orange County

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 17, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            It was very enjoyable and the food was good. The service was great too.

                                          21. p

                                            pepsi

                                            Los Angeles

                                            19 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            19 reviews

                                            Dined on April 15, 2022

                                            overall4food5service5ambience5

                                            We enjoyed Dine LA with a group of 6. Delicious meal although 2 of us couldn't eat the pasta b/ we are allergic to fennel. So we let our friends take it home. We all enjoyed our choices, added wine and coffee. So glad there was parking. We will be back again. Thanks

                                          22. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Los Angeles

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on April 14, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            Booked for a birthday treat with my wife. Wonderful food and wine list. We both would have been happy to order any item on the menu. The langoustine carpaccio was very delicate and tasty; the cacio e Pepe pasta was incredible and the Branzino entree was superb. But the surprise ‘got to try again’ dish was the canollo dessert… just heavenly!

                                          23. BC

                                            BarbaraCasey

                                            Jackson Hole

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on April 12, 2022

                                            overall5food5service4ambience5

                                            Excellent food and service. Pleasant outdoor dining. Convenient parking.

                                          24. JC

                                            JoseC

                                            Los Angeles

                                            28 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            28 reviews

                                            Dined on April 10, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Entire meal was outstanding. The soup, entrees, and dessert were all wonderful and flavorful. Simple food where the ingredients were allowed to shine by the chef.

                                          25. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            Los Angeles

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 10, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Mark, the director of wine, was an absolute pleasure and a true professional. 10/10 experience.

                                          26. HE

                                            HeatherE

                                            San Diego

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 10, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            I highly recommend this wonderful Italian restaurant. Everyone was attentive and the food was outstanding. Additionally, there is ample parking and you can get it validated for no extra charge.

                                          27. h

                                            hungry

                                            New York Area

                                            1 review

                                            1.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on April 10, 2022

                                            overall1food2service1ambience3

                                            Real Menu is different from the one posted online. Way overpriced for a poor quality and almost no vegetarian options

                                          28. FH

                                            FernandoH

                                            Los Angeles

                                            21 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            21 reviews

                                            Dined on April 10, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Great food and service. First time here and was impressed. DineLA deal was exquisite. Thank you!

                                          29. D

                                            Downtowner

                                            Los Angeles

                                            68 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            68 reviews

                                            Dined on April 9, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Hadnt eaten at Drago in several years due to the pandemic - Food, service, ambiance, evening were all superb. Bravo Drago - consistently one of downtowns best dining options.

                                          30. FD

                                            FrankD

                                            New Mexico

                                            15 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            15 reviews

                                            Dined on April 6, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The food was amazing. Nice ambiance, and absolute great value. I’d recommend this place for a cozy DTLA dinner with a date or for business.

                                          31. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            New York Area

                                            2 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on April 6, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            The service, starting at the entrance to the exit, was superb. The staff were polite, helpful and patient. The food was excellent from the taste to the presentation. I was in town on business from NYC and will certainly visit this restaurant again.

                                          32. CJ

                                            CarrieJ

                                            Los Angeles

                                            83 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            83 reviews

                                            Dined on April 5, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            I had not been here since COVID and was so happy that everything was just how I remembered. I had a wonderful Salmon Salad and my guest had pasta. We both shared the Tuna Tartar and loved everything.

                                          33. e

                                            eidco

                                            Los Angeles

                                            23 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            23 reviews

                                            Dined on April 2, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience4

                                            4 wonderful dinners with excellent service! We'll definitely come back again. 3 of us had the Fazzoletto. So amazing!

                                          34. VL

                                            VitoriaL

                                            Los Angeles

                                            1 review

                                            5.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 30, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Our waiter was super attentive to us. The food was great

                                          35. OT

                                            OpenTable Diner

                                            1 review

                                            4.0

                                            1 review

                                            Dined on March 27, 2022

                                            overall4food5service3ambience4

                                            The food was excellent. The restaurant was very busy and it seemed to affect the service.

                                          36. LL

                                            LenL

                                            Tampa

                                            29 reviews

                                            vip
                                            4.0

                                            29 reviews

                                            Dined on March 27, 2022

                                            overall4food4service3ambience4

                                            Excellent food but the overall experience was diminished by rushed alternating with inattentive service.

                                          37. W

                                            Wendy

                                            San Francisco

                                            15 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            15 reviews

                                            Dined on March 26, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            Many places are just not the same since COVID, but I was pleasantly surprised at how good everything was at Drago, especially the service.

                                          38. RW

                                            RuthW

                                            Detroit

                                            7 reviews

                                            vip
                                            2.0

                                            7 reviews

                                            Dined on March 23, 2022

                                            overall2food4service2ambience3

                                            The service turned a celebratory meal into a rather frustrating night. Every course from cocktails through dinner service took a very long time. We ordered cocktails that took 15 minutes to deliver. Once our meal was ordered it took over half an hour for salads and then nearly an hour for our main course. We spoke with the manager who offered dessert though at that time we had no intention of staying at the restaurant any longer. The food was good and the service was awful, we will not be back.

                                          39. M

                                            Mart

                                            Detroit

                                            3 reviews

                                            5.0

                                            3 reviews

                                            Dined on March 22, 2022

                                            overall5food4service4ambience5

                                            Overall, super fun and beautiful restaurant. Staff is delightful and very attentive. Only complaint is that the food comes out super fast, feels a bit rushed to turn over tables.

                                          40. d

                                            dinerluvr

                                            Los Angeles

                                            2 reviews

                                            vip
                                            5.0

                                            2 reviews

                                            Dined on March 19, 2022

                                            overall5food5service5ambience5

                                            It was a great evening. Mark was the absolute best and really helped to make our celebration special. The octopus appetizer was fabulous, the branzino was delicious, the scallop special was exactly as described and the seafood pasta was fresh and plentiful. We enjoyed everything: the food, the service, the ambiance. An 11 in a scale of 10!

                                          Safety precautions

                                          • Cleaning & sanitizing

                                            • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                                            • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                                            • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                                            • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                                            • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                                            • Contactless payment available
                                          • Physical distancing

                                            • Limited number of seated diners
                                            • Distancing maintained in common areas
                                            • Extra space between tables
                                          • Protective equipment

                                            • Waitstaff wear masks
                                            • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
                                          • Screening

                                            • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
                                            • Staff temperature check required
                                            • Contact tracing information collected

                                          FAQs

                                          You can order delivery directly from Drago Centro using the Order Online button. Drago Centro also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (213) 228-8998.

                                          Drago Centro is rated 4.5 stars by 3401 OpenTable diners.

                                          Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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                                          Booked 32 times today
                                          Google Map for Drago Centro

                                          525 S. Flower St., Suite 120 Los Angeles, CA 90071

                                          Additional information

                                          • Cross street

                                            In City National Plaza between 5th & 6th street.

                                          • Neighborhood

                                            Downtown

                                          • Hours of operation

                                            Lunch Mon–Fri 11:30 am–2:15 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–9:15 pm

                                          • Cuisines

                                            Italian, Contemporary American, American

                                          • Dining style

                                            Fine Dining

                                          • Dress code

                                            Business Casual

                                          • Parking details

                                            The entrance to the underground parking structure is located on 525 South Flower Street (South-West corner of 5th and Flower Street). Valet parking is located inside the parking structure on Level A. Elevator access to Drago Centro from Level A is provided. Please bring white parking ticket with you to receive 4hrs free parking validation.

                                          • 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.

                                          • Payment options

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

                                          • Executive chef

                                            Celestino Drago

                                          • Additional

                                            Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                          • Phone number

                                            (213) 228-8998

                                          • Private party facilities

                                            We have a variety of options to host your private event. Please contact us at (213) 228-8998 for additional information.-Flower Room seats up to 16 guests-Vault Room seats up to 42 guests-Garden Room seats up to 60 guests for a sit down dinner and accommodates 110 for cocktail reception.-Glass room accommodates 50 for a cocktail reception.

                                          • Private party contact

                                            Betty Cardenas: (213) 228-8998

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