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Centro Restaurant

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1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805 (10th Street)
(515) 248-1780
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11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 212
    Excellent
  • 115
    Very good
  • 34
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
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
Food good. Acoustics bad

Glass on two sides of the restaurant and high reflective ceilings means it can get noisy. I don't like to go there for business or for dates when I was single. Do like to go there for decent food at a reasonable price for their types of offerings. I like the pizza. Staff is well trained... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
RandyKasal
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Des Moines, Iowa
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

Food is ok but too much smoke from kitchen is coming into the restaurant my eyes burned during dinner and all our hairs and clothes are smells food because of the smoke I would never go again untill they solve this problem.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Glass on two sides of the restaurant and high reflective ceilings means it can get noisy. I don't like to go there for business or for dates when I was single. Do like to go there for decent food at a reasonable price for their types of offerings. I like the pizza. Staff is well trained. Many different offerings. Bathroom... More 

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29 reviews 29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Centro is a downtown restaurant offering a wide variety of entrées including beef, pork, chicken and fish as well as delicious salads and desserts. Their pizzas are crispy and yummy. I particularly love the tomato basil soup.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Loved the variety of Pizzas and good downtown location. Nice appetizers and great staff too. Did not wait for long even though as a group of 6, we all ordered pizza

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015 via mobile

raspberry limoncello martini started a lovely experience before the theater. Awesome waiter, timely service. Well worth many a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is a grand facility with excellent Italian food. Reservations are accepted. Street parking is easy. The Italian food is excellent at lunch and dinner. The bar is enticing, so much so that you may wish to eat at one of the high-top tables in the bar. There is a great Bloody Mary bar for Sunday brunch. This is one... More 

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59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We were staying at the downtown Marriott and walked to Centro for supper. It was excellent! Service, food, wine-everything was excellent. It was a little spendy but we enjoyed it very much.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

My dining partner and I were greeted at the door and shown to our table located in the center of the dinning room despite it being a busy Thursday night. It was surprisingly cozy. We were given a tablet to order our drinks. Our waitress was outstanding and the manager attentive. I had the scallops and my partner had the... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Centros is one of the best restaurants in Des Moines. We eat at various restaurants throughout the year when we attend the shows at the Preforming Arts Center. The service is fantastic, the menu is exquisite, and the drink options are fabulous. We have eaten here many times and have never been disappointed with either the service or the food.... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Been to Centro several times, most recently a few months ago. Not a place for an intimate dinner, they pack in the tables about as much as fire code allows. The service is pretty good, the food is good albeit overpriced.

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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: (515) 248-1780

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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
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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?