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Centro Restaurant

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1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805 (10th Street)
15152481780
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Conveniently located in downtown Des Moines lives one of the city’s most...
Conveniently located in downtown Des Moines lives one of the city’s most popular restaurants, Centro. The urban eatery specializes in delicious Italian-inspired food featuring fresh ingredients and masterful preparation by Chef George Formaro. Whether you’re ordering a multi-course meal or grabbing a drink and pizza at the bar, Centro’s lively, casual yet upscale atmosphere makes it perfect for dining with friends, family, clients and business associates.
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  • 36
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Des Moines Hot Spot

I've gone to this restaurant over the last several years and every time the food has been de-lish! I know they make up multiple items from scratch or get in fresh. The presentation of the food when served is very eye appealing. Our servers have always been knowledgeable and friendly - especially... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Troy J
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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I've gone to this restaurant over the last several years and every time the food has been de-lish! I know they make up multiple items from scratch or get in fresh. The presentation of the food when served is very eye appealing. Our servers have always been knowledgeable and friendly - especially our latest visit server - she was a... More 

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

If you want a cheap meal, try the Centro salad with blackened chicken! Always a pleasure from a leisurely cocktail to a fabulous steak. For dessert, try the root beer float!

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Went for dinner and food was great !!! My friend and I decided to do a selection of appetizers and they were fantastic !! We tried grilled shrimp, mussels , and the crab cakes . The recommended wine was great also . Would definitely go back if I'm in the area again !!

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Clarkston, Michigan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Wonderful food, ambience, and staff. Will definitely stop back on our way home to MI. Th bar area was our favorite.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

The food here is exquisite, and the formal attire of the wait staff set this resto just slightly apart from its competitors in the area. If you want a classy dining experience, though a little less intimate than some, go here. Needless to say, this restaurant has some of the finest dining in Des Moines, but is a little pricier... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

When I worked downtown this is the restaurant we went to the most. Really good food and service. Our most resent visit was to celebrate several birthday's. They accommodated a large party and everything went perfectly. Pizza is very good and the portions of the main dishes are very generous.

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Wilsonville, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Arrived just before 5pm on a Monday, my daughter's first day in Des Moines for med school. What a wonderful way to celebrate! Centro offers 1/2 off pizza on Monday's and happy hour beverages. We had Pizza Siciliana, as well as a Centro Chopped Salad and the chef willingly adjusted/deleted some ingredients to make our meals just the way we... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Three of us stopped in for lunch. All three had sandwiches which were wonderful. I had the steak sandwich-nice meat and cooked perfectly. We all order the light salad which was perfect-good selection of lettuces-properly chilled and the dressing was light but tasty.The service was outstanding. It was hot outside and we all had dress suits on-I consumed 5 iced... More 

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Everything was wonderful! Service and food exceeded my expectations. Martinis were half-price and portions (entree) were generous. The appetizer - truffle fries -- was amazing!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

I'm a regular here. Great food and great service always. The pizza is amazing and is coal fired which is a superior cooking method. You don't have to go to Brooklyn for coal fired pizza anymore. The chicken parm is a little on the boring side. Might need some garlic or a zestier sauce. Most of the other Italian dishes... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
    (10th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 15152481780

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic, Doing business

Description

Conveniently located in downtown Des Moines lives one of the city’s most popular restaurants, Centro. The urban eatery specializes in delicious Italian-inspired food featuring fresh ingredients and masterful preparation by Chef George Formaro. Whether you’re ordering a multi-course meal or grabbing a drink and pizza at the bar, Centro’s lively, casual yet upscale atmosphere makes it perfect for dining with friends, family, clients and business associates.
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?