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“You GOTTA GO” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Centro Restaurant

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
Price range: $30 - $30
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.
Pewaukee
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83 reviews 83 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“You GOTTA GO”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

While in Des Moines IA on business I decided to try Centro Restaurant in downtown Des Moines.

WONDERFUL experience. I had the scallops with balsamic glazed Brussels sprouts. The dish also called for hazelnuts which I asked to have left off as I am not a big fan of same. Meal was FANTASTIC. Perfectly prepared scallops (though I did get a slight hint of grit on a couple). Also had tomato basil bisque soup and a white chocolate bread pudding for dessert (HUGE portion that I wasn't able to finish).
Would highly recommend it and; should I be in Des Moines again, I'll go back!!!!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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  • Italian first
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English first
Urbandale, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Wonderful Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2013

I enjoyed having dinner at Centro. The place had a very good ambience and the food was excellent. The place was huge and surprisingly very busy on a Wednesday evening. The service was excellent also

Visited March 2013
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Des Moines, Iowa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Try the Lamb”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

decent food and service, a little cramped for space but worth thr effort. The lamb is very good. Have not had a bad meal there yet.

Visited June 2012
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Omaha, Nebraska
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71 reviews 71 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Sweet bistro atmosphere with great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

Deceptively small-looking from the outside but very large space on the inside. Our family had brunch there. The crab cake benedict would compare favorably with any on the West or East Coast. Flaky and well-seasoned, generous portion of crab.
Entree-sized mista insalata could easily serve two. Delicious focaccia bread. Moderately priced--a place you could make a regular weekend visit!

Visited March 2013
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atlanta, ga
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80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
“sunday bloody mary”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2013

wish I could have eaten here. I was pretty full from the AMAZING bloody mary bar. I have never seen such a cool spread. I will eat here the next time I get to Des Moines

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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