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808 East Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212
414-455-3751
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner

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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Absolutely amazing meal

After a recommendation to eat here, we arrived promptly at 5:00pm (when they opened - they do not accept reservations) and enjoyed the most awesome meal. The 4 of us were seated at a great table in the front of the restaurant. The front huge screened windows were open. We enjoyed the feeling of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 5, 2015
Ann W
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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145 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

After a recommendation to eat here, we arrived promptly at 5:00pm (when they opened - they do not accept reservations) and enjoyed the most awesome meal. The 4 of us were seated at a great table in the front of the restaurant. The front huge screened windows were open. We enjoyed the feeling of eating outside, but the comfort of... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
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42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

we came for dinner, the service was little bit slow at the start,but after that it was good. the food is good and fresh we didn't like all the dishes but people around us tell us that they just replace their chef. in the end its a good quality of food and great atmosphere to seat in . the Waitress... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

This is where we take guests to reassure them that Riverwest is not out of touch with their world. But the magic of this restaurant is that it is not out of touch with our world either. This is the real deal - not some corporate chain, or fashion want to be. So we also go here just the two... More 

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Chicago
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

In town to celebrate my birthday with relatives, who recommended this lovely little Italian restaurant that they have frequented. We went on a Wednesday evening about 5 and were seated right away, but by the time we were leaving it was pretty full and lively. Deliciously fresh menu choices, that are not your usual red sauced Italian pastas. I loved... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

While the seating can be a little crowded, the service and food make up for that. If there is a long wait, they will recommend heading to a bar around the corner called Foundation for a drink and they will call when your table is ready (the drinks at Foundation are great, too!). My husband and I have been to... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

We wanted a romantic spot with delicious food for our date night, and Centro Cafe was perfect! The hostess was very nice and suggested a bar around the corner to grab a drink while we waited for our table. We only had a brief wait. Our server was great, she shared the specials and suggested a fabulous wine to go... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We sat at the bar to eat our meal. It was fun watching the chef prepare our meals. Can't wait to go back. It is a real hidden gem in the River West neighborhood.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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96 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

Ok, not just for date night. We also love to have dinner here when our 5 year old is with us. Really off the tourist path in Milwaukee but not to be missed if you love Italian food and great atmosphere. It's a small place so it can fill up quickly and they generally do not take reservations. We don't... More 

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Stevensville, Michigan
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

I am so glad we found this little spot! The room is small but on a busy Friday evening my husband and I were seated almost immediately. First, the service is exceptional. Everyone was friendly and knowledgeable, we loooooved our server (sorry I don't remember her name). Second, the food is amazing and authentic. From our goat cheese appetizer to... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

Before I get to the restaurant experience, I'd just like to comment on the neighborhood (in case you're not familiar with MKE). This restaurant is in the "Riverwest" neighborhood, where the vast majority of the inhabitants are young, homely-looking, free-spirited individuals and they look like they don't bathe everyday. Girls with bangs and guys with beards is a common theme... More 

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Additional Information about Centro Cafe

Address: 808 East Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212
Phone Number: 414-455-3751
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
Open Hours:
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisine: Italian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 808 East Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: 414-455-3751

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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