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All 499 Des Moines Restaurants

Centro Restaurant

1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
(515) 248-1780
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Ranked #3 of 499 Restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 10th Street
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.
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English first
Sedalia, Missouri
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

My wife and I had a great meal with a wonderful atmosphere. The pizza and portabella fries were absolutely perfect. The price was a bit high, but not over the top...with the great service it was worth every penny.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Food was Excellent!!! The service and ambiace was 5 star status; would indeed visit again; my wife and I loved it!

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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 via mobile

We had an excellent meal. The bread was delicious and the crab appetizer perfect. We thought the sundae had too much marshmallow and not enough brownie.

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Le Sueur
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48 reviews 48 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The portion sizes are large, flavorful and at a reasonable price. We tried the macaroni, the calzone and a Reuben and all were excellent. The fresh bread and olive oil at the beginning of the meal is a nice extra touch. The staff attentive.

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Wichita, Kansas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I was in Des Moines for a weekend visit. Centro is always a "must" for me for dinner. We dined on Saturday night and the restaurant was packed as always. We always make reservations and are promptly seated. The wine list is top notch and extensive - both by the glass and the bottle. We shared a Centro house salad... More

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Davenport, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I enjoyed the food at Centro. Amazing tomato soup. The pizza and salad lunch combo was excellent - both flavor and price.

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Medford, Oregon
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

...this is "Italian-inspired." We chose Centro due to its proximity to our hotel, and it was an excellent choice. Italian is not something I normally choose, but my traveling companion had been there before, so I trusted her choice. I had the swordfish dish with broad beans which was very good, and my companion enjoyed the Pizza Margherita. The service... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

The restaurant was great, had a very good authentic feel to it, and had enough spacing between tables where it made for a good place to have a business relationship meeting. The reason why I gave it a Very Good as compared to an Excellent was the lunch portions. The bread helped but I ordered the Salmon and at the... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I'm from Washington D.C. This place reminded me of my favorite place there amazing service and even better food. The atmosphere was comfortable, metro and very comfortable.

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Tampa, Florida
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68 reviews 68 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Centro offers a nice menu, great food preparation, great service and a solid wine list. The atmosphere was comfortable, with light levels subdued but adequate. Our server was very knowledgeable (and honest) about entrée options, and wine selections. Her recommendations were spot on. Entrees and wine bottles were reasonably priced. All in all, this is a great place for a... More

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