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Centro Restaurant

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1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805 (10th Street)
(515) 248-1780
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
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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  • 216
    Excellent
  • 123
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
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
Fantastic find in Downtown Des Moines

My wife and I stumbled upon this place during a short weekend trip to Des Moines to visit a friend. We were in the mood for brunch and all google research pointed us to Centro and boy were we glad it did. Where do I begin?! We chose to sit on the covered patio which was very inviting. We... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 1, 2015
tturaider07
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Fort Worth, Texas
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
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Fort Worth, Texas
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015 NEW

My wife and I stumbled upon this place during a short weekend trip to Des Moines to visit a friend. We were in the mood for brunch and all google research pointed us to Centro and boy were we glad it did. Where do I begin?! We chose to sit on the covered patio which was very inviting. We started... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

We eat here often, 3-6 times a month, never been let down and always leave happy, full and with enough left for a great breakfast. It a great building, cool decor with a classic, consistent menu. Specials are always worth a try, pizza is perfect and without a doubt the best around. We usually just duck into the bar area,... More 

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Geneva, Illinois, United States
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177 reviews 177 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Upscale. Worth it. Food was good and the drinks. Totally would go back again. Parking is a little challenging.

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Des Moines, Iowa area
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Having been to Centro countless times for lunch, I expected a similar dinner experience (which would be ok, by the way). I was pleasantly pleased to.find a more robust menu, at reasonable prices. I now often compare other restaurants steak to the Steak Centro, as it was so good.

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

So we decided to walk here as it was close to the hotel we were staying at. It was quite late 8:45 on a friday night but there was still a wait. Probably about a half hourish. We did have 7 in our party though. The bread to start was very good. We were seated by the kitchen and could... More 

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Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Centro is located downtown so very convenient for workers and also some visitors. I have recommended people go here when they ask for suggestions because it has a pleasant, somewhat upscale but not too fancy, atmosphere and I think everyone could find something they like on the menu. It is part of the Orchestrate Hospitality group in Des Moines, with... More 

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Waterloo, Iowa
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I had heard and read good reviews of this place. The decor is nice and the food and hostess was ok. The waitress was arrogant, rude and had a chip on her shoulder for some reason from the start. She asked us if we wanted bread 3 times, told her yes each time, but still didn't bring any bread until... More 

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Iowa
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58 reviews 58 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I always try to make it here while on business in the Des Moines area. My favorite part of the evening was the raspberry and lemon martini! I had the moral mushroom risotto and I was a little disappointed in that selection. Everyone else enjoyed their meal. Next time I'll stick to the filet like I normally have.

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

If someone would go back to a restaurant that is often enough you need to know. I would certainly revisit this one. I wouldn't rate anything outstanding but the food, service, ambience and price are all very good

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Waukee, Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

very good pizza and other food items. can sit in bar or dining room. I went with friends. have been there many times.

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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: (515) 248-1780

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 11:00 pm

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