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Centro Restaurant

1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
(515) 248-1780
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Ranked #3 of 503 Restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
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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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Any
English first
Charlotte, North Carolina
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

Pretty expensive place but the dishes don't lack inspiration. Do not underestimate the Five finger death punch sandwich, it's the real deal. Great ambiance in a central location for business. I would recommend.

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Kansas City, Missouri
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161 reviews 161 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
207 helpful votes 207 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

My son, who's local, recommended Centro for lunch after church. We got a table almost immediately with no reservation. The menu was imaginative without being weird. I had a wild mushroom omelet with Asiago cheese and truffle oil; my son had a crabcake sandwich. My husband had a half-sandwich; I forget the contents but it was a good-sixed portion. He's... More 

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46 reviews 46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015 via mobile

We went for a late lunch, the dining room closes at 2, however we were offered bar room seating with a abbreviated menu. I had a Greek salad and shared a pizza. presentation nice and pizza came out split on two plates.

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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49 reviews 49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015 via mobile

also a great restaurant for a celebration. It was our first visit and we plan to return to try their pizza. We had 4 people in our party and everyone loved their choices. I had the chicken and prosciutto with a Centro salad and the portions were generous. My boyfriend had the cavatelli with a side salad. We plan do... More 

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Ankeny, Iowa
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Great food and atmosphere. Local restaurant with wonderful food. A great place for special occasions.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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86 reviews 86 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

I work downtown and have been to Centro many, many times and highly recommend it. My family had dinner here the other night (first time for them) and I was again impressed with their food and service. On any given night you will find people in formal wear sitting next to people in jeans or other casual wear... Come as... More 

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Johnston, Iowa
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70 reviews 70 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This place is constantly great. The decor is modern, sleek, minimal... Yet still remaining comfortable. Staff is courteous and and quick to remedy any situation. I would even go as far as to say, best staff in the area. The food is great. Nice sized portions. Their pizza is my personal favorite. A nice wood oven crust. Their bar is... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

I had a rib eye steak and it was cooked to perfection. The service was wonderful; commensurate for a restaurant of this caliber. I would definitely come back!

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New Albany, Ohio
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 via mobile

The food and drinks at Centro are something we look forward to every time we visit Des Moines. Everything on the menu is good and the bread and dipping oil is fantastic.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I have always had a great experience at this restaurant. The food is excellently prepared, it is innovative, fresh, and always great tasting.

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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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?