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Sun, 4/22
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Drago Centro

4.5
2680 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
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  • Notable Wine List
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.

Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm
Sunday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

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Phone number
(213) 228-8998
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Celestino Drago
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
In City National Plaza between 5th & 6th street.
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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.

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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.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2680 People Are Saying
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4.4
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4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Great service, soup and entree. Had potato leek soup and lasagna. Delicious albeit pricey. Lovely atmosphere though.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Love the restaurant. It’s a real gem. Worth the trip downtown.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Lunch in downtown LA. Great location. Perfect for pre- or post- LA Phil concerts. Delicious food. Sophisticated environment. Gorgeous floral arrangements. Top notch.

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

All dishes were excellent! Will definitely return!

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

A delightful experience. The menu was actually a little more adventurous than I expected, though still not wild and crazy; just very good food in a beautiful room. With a terrific wine list.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

I am not sure how we've not been here before now! This place is gorgeous, and in a town of hot spot restaurants with bad service the service here was amazing. The food was really good too. I would definitely come back again.

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2.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The service was terrible!!!! We had to track down a server every time we needed something. Rarely found our server and the others were not too happy when they had to pick up his slack. I would have expected much more from a Drago restaurant....

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4.0Dined on March 27, 2018

Everything was wonderful. I was just a little disappointed in the salmon entree for dinner, it wasn’t to me worth the money I paid for but everything else was lovely.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Worth it! A first class restaurant in DTLA. Day in day out provides quality food and hospitality.

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5.0Dined on March 17, 2018

Love the Pasta the atmosphere is simply amazing.. this is my favorite Italian restaurant in Los Angeles..

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5.0Dined on March 11, 2018

Drago Centro offers a superb dining experience with its wonderful Italian food, fine wines, excellent service, all in a modern, spacious dining room. The wines-by-the-glass list warrants particular commendation. That list includes a large number of fine Italian wines, and a few domestic ones, by the glass (150 ml) or quartino (250 ml). We enjoyed two Italian wines by quartino – a white, a Lugana, and a red, a pinot nero – which were outstanding exemplars of their typicity. This list is plainly one of the best we have ever seen.

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5.0Dined on March 10, 2018

I took my wife to Drago Centro for her birthday on a Saturday evening. The first thing I noticed was the ambiance - an impressive glass wine room, tasteful decor and comfortable seating. The real stars of the evening, however, were the service, food and wine. They served us proprietary Italian wines by the glass that were modestly priced and delicious. The waiter was attentive and very professional. The food was flavorful and reminded me of meals I've eaten in Italy. After dinner we spoke with one of the owners from Italy and the wine manager, who explained where the grapes were grown in Italy for their proprietary wines. If you are looking for authentic Italian food and wine without flying to Italy, this is the place! Also, the cost of our meals was very reasonable for such a classy place.

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4.0Dined on March 9, 2018

We dined early pre-performance on a Thursday night. We were seated immediately and greeted soon after by the waiter. The food did not disappoint, from the pink lady apple salad, shared squid ink tagliatelle, roasted salmon, scallops to the desserts of affogato and the bombolini (mini doughnuts with lemon curd.) From the wonderful Italian centric wine list, we had prosecco as our cocktail and a 2015 Greco di Tufo for wine. Service was perfect in every respect, even though it did get busy. We got out in plenty of time to make it to the symphony performance. We’ve dined at Drago Centro several times now and we’ll do it again on our next trip to LA.

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4.0Dined on March 8, 2018

Lovely open space, set back from Flower st. A little noisy even on a Wednesday evening.
Expect to spend $50-100 per person. Good pastas, standard Italian menu, not much more.
Would not recommend if looking for quiet intimate dinner, more of a business meal type of place.
Extensive wine selection, pricey.

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1.0Dined on March 5, 2018

We will never return after experiencing one of the most arrogant and rude dining room hosts of all time. We arrived for a very late lunch on a Monday for a business meeting and meal about 2:30 pm. Our server was gracious in making sure our lunch order was in before the kitchen closed for dinner prep. But at 4:55 pm on the dot, the dining host Fabio Lai came over with a dinner menu, and asked if we wanted to "look at the dinner menu." Mind you, the dining room was completely empty, the outside patio was empty and there were a few customers in the bar area. We nicely said, "No thank you. We will be leaving soon." Fabio closed the dinner menu, made a point of looking at his very expensive watch, and said very slowly without a smile, "When you say soon, do you mean now or in 5 minutes?" At first we thought he was joking, but then we realized he wasn't. But he wasn't done. He then said in an officious and demeaning manner: "I need you to clear out as I need to make room for my patrons." (Note that "patrons" was pronounced as if he was talking about the tequila). As if we were not patrons who had just had a meal at Drago. Each of us commented at his rather abrupt and rude manner, but he had no apology and simply walked away, taking a service elevator to further avoid us as we walked out. Having had many business and bar association meetings there - including dinners in the Vault - this will be the last time I will step foot in Drago. Fabio Lai (who apparently is the manager) must have some amazing job insurance policy to remain there. And clearly the lovely woman up front is well practiced at apologizing for him.

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2.0Dined on March 5, 2018

The food just didn’t taste good. Very disappointed because Drago was my favorite restaurant. We spent a lot of money on a dissatisfying meal.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

This is my 3rd time dining at Drago Centro. Everything was perfect me and my Wife had the tasting menu it was out of this world delicious. Waiter was attentive and checked on us often. Would recommend anyone celebrating or wants a fine cuisine style dinner to come to Drago Centro. Chef Celeste will not let you down,

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Outstanding food. My husband and are vegan and they did an amazing job by preparing two vegan entrees . The servers were outstanding. Overall a great experience !

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Downtown gem, near perfect on every level. Relaxed yet sophisticated decor, knowledgeable staff that was attentive but didn’t dote. Pasta dishes could not be better.

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

Food is consistently high quality. Very convenient location downtown with xlnt parking!

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4.0Dined on March 3, 2018

La lasaña estaba muy buena y bien caliente como debe ser, el servicio no fue malo pero para el tipo de restaurant que es, esperaba un mejor servicio y jamás pensé tener que servirme el vino en una ocasión porque el mesero tardaba en regresar a la mesa.
Muy bonito el restaurante
Puedo volver a probar otros platos.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2018

Drago Centro continues to be a great dining experience with amazing execution, great attentive service, wonderful ambiance and exception ingredients. I live in Texas now so do not get to go as often now but I hit it up at least once a year. You will not be disappointed.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

There was a really tacky group of people that hosted an event of some sort that evening. Maybe some guide lines or expectations around the people that are hosting an event. The group that was there got a little out of control and sloppy. My date and I️ ended up leaving after dinner even tho we wanted to enjoy a dessert wine. I love your food and service.

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4.0Dined on February 24, 2018

Excellent service from beginning to end felt very welcomed! :-) the drinks were good a little fruity and the crispy calamari was excellent in the bar, perfectly cooked Papadalle could have expected a little bit more pheasant but it is what it is, the waiter split the plate for us without even asking which was very nice. Truffle chicken was the most tender flavorful chicken I've ever had in my whole life green beans nice and crunchy, squid ink pasta also was cooked perfectly al dente we had the hazelnut desert very good I was stuffed at that point lol.

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5.0Dined on February 24, 2018

One our most favorite restaurants in Los Angeles for many years. The food is always perfect, the service excellent and the sommelier quite knowledgeable.

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5.0Dined on February 23, 2018

Taking my girl out for anniversary the food was good I order pasta with Shuffle it was amazing pretty expensive but it Worth it

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5.0Dined on February 22, 2018

I’ve always enjoyed dining at Drago, unfortunately service hasn’t been what it used to be. Not sure if staff is spread too thin or it was just an off day. My friends thoroughly enjoyed the Branzino and caprese appetizers but the linguine vongole was disappointing. Pasta was too over cooked and clams were small and tasteless. I’m planning on returning but not for that entree.

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4.0Dined on February 22, 2018

Went here for a friendly business dinner. Food and service were good, although portions were small. A little disappointed about the fact that one of our party was a vegan, and they seemed kind of baffled when asked to suggest choices for her especially dessert. It was a cool place though for downtown. Would probably go back next time in LA.

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2.0Dined on February 21, 2018

Have been to Drago many times....This was the worst meal ever. Starting with the menu so small to sending back two dishes that we could not eat. Yuck. For four of us, we wanted to share two pasta dishes to start. Asked that the chef put a little on each plate. Nope...would not do. Please be aware the restauant was 3/4 empty on a Tuesday night! So we split it when they came to the table. Steak was so mushy, you could not eat it. Beyond tender...mushy. yuk. My octopus was so salty you could not eat it and I love salt. The donuts were raw inside. Chicken tasted only like garlic and nothing else and the scallops had sand in them. The bill was 288.00 before tax. Give me a break.....

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4.0Dined on February 15, 2018

First time visit. Great food, great service, great venue. Would be 5 Stars but bar service while waiting to be sat could use the same excellent service as the restaurant. Overall a great place. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined on February 12, 2018

We enjoyed that our table was romantic and cozy and had a great view of the city. The service was great and food was tasty

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5.0Dined on February 6, 2018

Dinner before music center event

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5.0Dined on February 2, 2018

I Love the pasta here. The burrrata is also good. I’m not a fan of the tiramisu tho.

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3.0Dined on February 1, 2018

Kinda disappointing. Friendly professional service. Great wine. Risotto was good but not special. Dessert was disappointing. Lavender gelato tasted to soapy.

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4.0Dined on January 31, 2018

All the food was delicious and very reasonably priced for a downtown restaurant. The restaurant is beautiful but just a tiny bit on the noisy side and we were there midweek when is wasn't completely full. We had a great time and would definitely recommend.

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4.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Consistently delicious food. Service is great from beginning to end; very helpful wait staff to keep our concert date on schedule. Be aware: construction in DTLA can cause detours so plan a little extra time to get there in time for reservation, then relax and enjoy the food!

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5.0Dined on January 27, 2018

Delicious food and wonderful wine list with impeccable service. Never any different!

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Great food and equally great service!!!

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4.0Dined on January 26, 2018

Food was too salty. Our waiter was too solicitous - seemingly wanting us to order more food after we ordered. Not an unusual practice, but he did it too much. He also took our signed cc bill while we were still enjoying our dessert which is not very professional.

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3.0Dined on January 26, 2018

A group of office friends and I celebrated recent birthdays at Drago and took advantage of the DineLA menu. Dining at Drago is always a pleasurable experience, but I must confess, it doesn't wow me the way it did when it first opened. Especially the DineLA menu, which like many other participants is only two courses these days, was tasty but not outstanding. We will continue to visit on occasion, and hope to rediscover some of the early Drago magic.

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