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1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805 (10th Street)
15152481780
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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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  • 36
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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
Amazing!!!

I was in town for work and someone recommended this place. It is one of the best Italian meals I have had. The service is outstanding. These folks know what it takes to make an exceptional experience for their patrons. I would highly recommend this to my colleagues, family and friends. I will... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Ryan N
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Perrysburg, Ohio
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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Perrysburg, Ohio
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

I was in town for work and someone recommended this place. It is one of the best Italian meals I have had. The service is outstanding. These folks know what it takes to make an exceptional experience for their patrons. I would highly recommend this to my colleagues, family and friends. I will definitely return. Try the Chicken Saltimbocca, you... More 

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Pella, Iowa
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

ckecked this place out with another couple. The service was great, the menu had a great selection, and everyone loved their food. I had the chefs feature halibut but everyone's food was great. You must have the portobello fries they are amazing!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

For our 5 year anniversary, we wanted to do dine something out of normal routine of restaurants. Having been to Centro a few times in the past, we decided this would be the ideal place to celebrate. Upon arriving around 7:00, we had a short wait, but were able to enjoy a couple drinks at the bar. While busy, the... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Lovely little restaurant downtown. Nice variety on the menu. Server at lunch was extremely helpful with suggestions.

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Sacramento, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed the terrific food with a great choice of beer, and basket of bread. I split the grilled pork chop with my cousin and the sauce was divine. The portions were still plenty adequate. The potatoes and asparagus were very good.Our server was excellent and the restaurant is very pleasing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

Everything on the menu is very good. Surprisingly one of the best burgers in town. Get the Onion rings with their special ketchup. Yum

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Western US
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

This is the best meal we have had in all of Iowa!! Such a relief to finally have healthy choices. All of us had a different dish and all of us cleaned our plates AND we had dessert! Service was excellent.

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Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

The food was out of this world! The wait staff were all friendly and attentive. We were a party of 6 and all meals were served at the same time and hot!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We ended here for a big birthday celebration and what a great way to end!! This restaurant was getting ready to close for three days over the holiday, so we weren't sure if they would have everything we ordered. They had it all. We had bruschetta, chicken, sea scallops and pizza. The chocolate torte at the end was excellent!. Our... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

To call Centro a pizza restaurant is akin to calling a baseball game a game of catch. Yes, Centro makes pizzas, but not the kind your local pizza shop makes. At the hearth (pun intended) of Centro is a coal-fired pizza oven that flash bakes thin crust rustic Italian pizzas in a way that assures crisp edges and melt in... More 

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Additional Information about Centro Restaurant

Address: 1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
Phone Number: 15152481780
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 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: 15152481780

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups

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
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 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?