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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: Dinner, Breakfast, 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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  • 223
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  • 128
    Very good
  • 35
    Average
  • 10
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  • 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
Centro Downtown Des Moines

Great food, nice environment for business or casual dining. Location is down town near the art park and other attractions. Highly recommend.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 24, 2015
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Des Moines, Iowa
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015 NEW

Great food, nice environment for business or casual dining. Location is down town near the art park and other attractions. Highly recommend.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015

Great menu, delicious food, and fun ambiance! Very convenient location downtown. No problem parking in the evenings.

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015 via mobile

Met a colleague here for dinner recently and had a fantastic dinner, excellent service and wonderful evening. A meal where the service is anticipate and transparent. At the recommendation of my host I had the double pork chop cooked medium rare. Amazing. Grilled perfectly and so moist, tender and flavorful. Accompanied by a nice bottle of 2913 Willamette Valley Pinot... More 

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Fort Worth, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

We were in town for a class reunion and my wife and I decided to get a meal during our down time. This place would fit in any large metro area in terms of quality of the food, and ambiance.

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Rochester, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Was there with my technical team and a client in Des Moines. Very good service! The food was excellent, wine was very good, and overall experience a ++ Would recommend highly!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

I was only in Des Moines for a couple of days and needed somewhere good for a business dinner. Centro really didn't disappoint- the food was perfectly cooked, the wine was perfect and the service impeccable. I'd certainly go again next time.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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104 reviews 104 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

We have eaten here 5 times in the last year. Centro is often pitched as Des Moines best, and while we like it very much, we don't see it at that lofty of a level. The pro's are an interesting and diverse menu, consistently good food quality, a nice space, and usually, very professional wait staff. A big plus (for... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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63 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This is my first trip to Centro Restaurant in downtown Des Moines and I have to say that I was quite impressed. I grew up in the NYC-area where there are great Italian restaurants and so my standards are quite high. Centro did not disappoint. I went for lunch and had the soup and sandwich combo which was terrific (I... More 

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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113 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

We had one Sunday in Des Moines and lucky for us, we wound up at Centro. Casually elegant place with wonderful food. Breakfast pizza was new to me and delicious with eggs, sausage, peppers, tomatoes and lots of cheese. Crust was coal fired good, not exactly Neopolitan but very tasty. Burgers were big, cooked perfectly and very falvorfull. Service was... More 

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Addison
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26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Fantastic menu and great atmosphere. Lunch attracts a large business crowd daily. Dinners are very nice, but reservations are recommended. Their pizzas are delicious.

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Additional Information about Centro Restaurant

Address: 1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
Phone Number: (515) 248-1780
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

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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: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine

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