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Centro Restaurant

1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
(515) 248-1780
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Ranked #2 of 501 restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
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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87% Recommend
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Des Moines, IA
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This is a good place for after work cocktails, couples dinner, date, etc. It's really trendy. The prices were reasonable and the food was really good. I liked that you could make online reservations through opentable.com and noticed you now can through TripAdvisor also! They did really well with sticking to the requested time. We would go again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

I went with a date, it was amazing. The candle lit atmosphere. Service was on point. Very nice and professional. The food is well worth the money it looked good and tasted better. It Is loud at times, but you get over it and it maches the atmosphere. I defiantly recommend it for any classy occasion.

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Scottsdale AZ
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6 reviews 6 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Pizza, salad and over cooked pasta for urban prices. Maybe people just don't know what real Italian food should be like.

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2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Great food, great service! However it is best suited for adults only. We enjoys our visit at Centro so much that we now send gift certificates for holidays to our kids living near Des Moines.

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Des Moines, Iowa
14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

From the fabulous decor of European Vintage Posters to the incredible food (and staff) this is a top notch restaurant in Des Moines. We opted for a bottle of Riesling (great), the George's Favorite Pizza (fantastic) and the George's Marshmallow Sundae to polish it off (OMG). This is a go to spot for us....never a bad meal!

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Columbus, Ohio
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I travel to Des Moines for business a few times a year and I make it a point to eat at Centro on each visit. The food is fantastic - especially the steak. By far, the best steak I've ever had at a restaurant. Tender, juicy and flavorful....amazing. The garlic mashed potatoes are wonderful too. The only thing I've ever... More

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30 reviews 30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

I've been there at lunch and dinner, had pizza at the bar and several full meals in the dining room. The service was always excellent, food well prepared, environment pleasant. I would definitely go back on a future trip!

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Iowa City, Iowa
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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014 via mobile

I attended a wedding reception dinner for my niece. We were served buffet style in a private room with about 60 people. I never expect much from a buffet, but was in for a real surprise. The food was elegantly presented and plenty hot. The wait staff and bar tenders were extraordinarily friendly and handed several special requests swiftly and... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

Every time we go to Centro we have great food and good service and today was no different. My Chicken prosciutto penne was full of flavor and my husband got the "Kill Bill Tenderloin" (as always). It is a breaded tenderloin topped with ham, bacon, cheese, and a fried egg - yes a heartache on a bun, but well worth... More

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Canberra, Australia
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126 reviews 126 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

After a couple of days enjoying Des Moines with friends, we were taken to Centro for a farewell lunch. Centro is a lovely restaurant with excellent staff, a great menu and a comprehensive wine list. The food was very well prepared and delicious to eat, while our accompanying wines and beers were all excellent quality and appreciated. Our table waiter... More

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