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Centro Restaurant

1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
(515) 248-1780
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Ranked #4 of 502 Restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
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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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
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
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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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Des Moines, Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

I'm very particular about the food I eat and Centro is one of the few Restaurants in DM that I visit when I eat out. They continue to maintain a quality menu of basic Italian dishes, and also through in a few interesting touches fun. You'll find pasta dishes, steaks, salads, and pizza. The ambiance is nice enough for a... More 

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MIDWEST
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85 reviews 85 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

traveling thru Des Moines we relied on TA for a pizza . Centro is definitely is more than a "pizza joint". The facility is a very nice location in downtown DM. The menu is very complete with appetizers, salads and entrees ranging from salmon to pasta. We had portobello fries with a caesar and New Yorker Pizza. The coal fired... More 

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Minneapolis
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Really good food. One of the specials was homemade pappardelle and it was delicious. Great service and ambiance. I will come back here and I would recommend it.

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Adel, IA
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I've been to Centro a lot over the last several times, but I've really started to notice a downtick in their service. They used to have very professional servers, but the last couple of times not so much. The food is still really good though. It took about 25 minutes after we started trying to flag down the waiter to... More 

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AdamDSM, Public Relations Manager at Centro Restaurant, responded to this review

We're very sorry to hear about the poor service you received; if possible, we'd like to get some more information to properly address the issue with our staff. If you would drop Rod DeAngelo (Centro GM) a line at rdeangelo@centrodining.com with the details, we would certainly appreciate it. More 

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34 reviews 34 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I had heard great things about this place but I didn't ever find the time to get there; finally a friend made reservations for her birthday. I'm so glad she did because this is a great place with a great location. The menu selection is wonderful and our service was excellent. I had a very difficult time deciding what to... More 

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Des Moines
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93 reviews 93 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Just your average overpriced bistro. The prices are high and the portions are small. I'd pick up a McDonald's hamburger on the way home.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014 via mobile

This is my favorite upscale place in Des Moines. It has a "buzz" that you typically find in NYC and SF but right here in the Midwest. Order the calzone!

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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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