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Centro Cafe

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808 East Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Seating, Waitstaff

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    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Favorite Pasta in Milwaukee

I typically steer clear of pasta dishes but when I want to splurge and completely destroy my constant diet, Centro is worth the calories.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I typically steer clear of pasta dishes but when I want to splurge and completely destroy my constant diet, Centro is worth the calories.

Thank EricThomas1
Port Washington, Wisconsin
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Everything about this restaurant was great. The service and food were outstanding. The menu selections were wonderful and affordable. Great wine selection. Reminded me of the many great smaller restaurants in NYC. The ambiance and enticing smell of wonderful food as you enter sets the stage for a great dining experience.

Thank j f
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

You will have the freshest pasta dinner you can imagine. I love any of the tomato pasta dishes. My fiancé love the lighter seafood plates. It is a small cozy restaurant where tables are close together. That just gives me a better look at other couples choices. This is a real winner.

Thank Localfann
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015 via mobile

The food is very tasty, no doubt about it. However, the attitudes of the current personnel and ambiance of rush, pack 'em in, and no appreciation for the customer leads to a disappointing weekend family experience.

1 Thank Drdam
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

The Italians dishes are truly authentic and delicious. No microwave in this place. Cozy environment with a second floor and semi outside eating areas make it a perfect to place. It's easier to talk than many modern, open places these days where yelling is common.

1 Thank 584joej
Seattle, Washington
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44 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I have now had dinner at Centro 3 times over about as many months and must say that it is one of my very favorite places in the Milwaukee area. I love the friendly atmosphere and the world-class food at reasonable prices. Last night, I tried out the new winter menu for the first time. The gnocchi with duck bacon... More 

Thank SteveLikes_3_Stars
Elm Grove, Wisconsin
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

So you know those times when you're out seeking a new place; then you discover the "place" and you ask yourself, Why haven't I been here sooner? Well, this is that one for me and it's not to be missed...Outstanding, let me repeat, Outstanding dinner fare...attentive service, did I mention 2 bars? I sat at the upstairs bar and had... More 

Thank Daryl S
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
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133 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

Although this Italian restaurant doesn't look like much from the outside, in fact is easy to miss tucked into the middle of the street, you should get here, and come hungry! The service was top notch, menu was diverse and recently expanded. They clearly prioritize unusual, interesting combinations, fresh and often local ingredients. I had squash lasagna, vegetarian. They offered... More 

Thank Ellen R
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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36 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

We went to this restaurant on a Tuesday night. Arrived about 5:30 PM. On street parking was easy, greeted warmly, and seated immediately. Emily, our waitress, was attentive and had great suggestions. Definitely would go there again.

Thank Mark G
New Berlin, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Its a smaller space, very intimate and yet somehow very warm and friendly. Our waitress, Danielle was wonderful and very attentive (but not overly so) Had a glass of wine which was generous of size and very good quality. Had the Salsiccia with Sausage it was excellent and the house sauce is fantastic. I would highly recommend it to anyone... More 

Thank Steve M

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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
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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