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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
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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
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 NEW

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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81 reviews 81 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014 NEW

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
20 helpful votes 20 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
22 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
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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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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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Dubuque, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Great Italian. The pizza is really good with lots of fresh toppings and thin but chewy crust. Good service. Definitely going back.

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Avoca, Iowa
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My husband and I discovered this restaurant last year when we were visiting Des Moines for an overnight get away. And we fell in love with it...the pizza is like a brick oven pizza but it is made with coal! Wow...we moved to Iowa from the East Coast and it is is so close to some of the pizza restaurants... More

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Davenport, Iowa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Three of us tried the pizza which is thin crust and we all felt it was very average, nothing special. It is was good but not great, The other person with our group had a sausage pasta dish and said it was very good. Also our waitress was not that attentive or friendly.

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Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

Having been to Centro several times, I can say that I have never had a bad experience. Service is prompt and informed, food is good if not that inventive, price is fair. However, there is little that is special about the place. Close your eyes, and you can imagine yourself in a zillion similar eateries. It's a Chevy. It'll get... More

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