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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
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Top Contributor
66 reviews 66 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW via mobile

My nephew selected this place for a family dinner. We loved it. OK pricing, great service and nice wine selection. Not cheap, but worth it in my opinion. Be sure to make reservations for popular eating times. The New York Style pizza is not NY style, but pretty good anyway.

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

Had dinner here with large group. Service could not have been better and food was fantastic. People in group had variety of food--seafood, steak and pasta--and everyone was pleased with their dinners. Portion sizes are generous.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Celebrated my birthday here the other night with my husband and a long time girlfriend who is originally from Des Moines but hasn't been here in over 26 years. I knew I had to bring her to Centro during her visit, so what better place to celebrate a birthday and a girlfriend's visit? Our meal was wonderful.....we started with one... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

Met my girlfriend at Centro for dinner--it was very busy but we were able to snag a seat in the bar area. We ordered the brusselsprouts appetizer upon the server's recommendation and they were AMAZING. Our meals were really tasty,f ull of flavor and they had large portion sizes. I hope to visit soon!

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

My boyfriend and I come here occasionally for the lunch and it has been delicious every time. My boyfriend always gets the calzone, which comes with a salad, and it's like the perfect sized meal for us. I started out getting a lunch-size portion of pasta (favorite was the manicotti), but now I get the calzone every time and it... More

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Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

I love love love this place. I come here all the time. Sometimes I get pizza, sometimes a filet, sometimes pasta. I love the bar & drink selection & wines. The chocolate sundae is AMAZING! This time was the only time I've not been pleased about something. They had a truffle risotto on the menu. I thought it sounded good,... More

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Johnston, Iowa
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57 reviews 57 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

They have amazing homemade pizza, entrees, or pasta. Makes you feel like you're in a big city and not des Moines. Nice downtown location with a small portion of outdoor seating. Best big city food and bar that des Moines has to offer. Don't miss out

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Ankeny, Iowa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is our second trip to Centro and we are wondering why we didn't start coming here sooner. We absolutely love the huge Bloody Mary Bar on the weekends. So many options. I do think upgrading the vodka is worth it. I did the first time and not today. I will from now on to my preferred choice, Ketel One.... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Always enjoy the lunch here at least once a month. I do not have any complaints. the food, the atmosphere, the friendliness of the place is always awesome!

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I've been to this restaurant several times. The food is always good with huge portions. My favorite dish is the Chicken Francese with lightly breaded chicken and lemon butter sauce fettucine. So rich and delish! The centro salad is a must as well with the gorgonzola and candied walnuts. It is a big open place so it can get loud... More

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