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Centro Restaurant

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1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805 (10th Street)
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Fox River Grove, Illinois
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Absolutely delicious variety, large portions, well versed staff...a must do in Des Moines! Atmosphere is dark (maybe a little too dark!), loud from bar area, but stylish comfortable decor. Make a reservation far in advance( even 2-3 weeks ahead)!! Accepts Open Table App reservations and always books up fast for dinner!!!!

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Madison, Wisconsin
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218 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Easy to see why this is so highly rated in Des Moines. Service is top notch, atmosphere is wonderful and the food is even better. I went with a fish entree that was the best I have had this far from the west coast for quite awhile. Fish was meaty, fresh and a larger portion than many that would charge... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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57 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The restaurant was absolutely wonderful. We had the portobello fries as an appetizers and they were absolutely amazing! We created our own shrimp pizza and really enjoyed it. Our waiter was very professional and very attentive. The restaurant was beautiful inside. I highly recommend it!

Thank Michael D
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Pizza is outstanding and half off on Monday. Highly recommend portabella fries. Ambience is very pleasing as well. There is a good vibe of energy but not too loud. Wait staff very attentive.

Thank jeffhood
Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is my favorite restaurant in Des Moines. The food is always good, the service always prompt and the ambience always hospitable. I can make believe I am in a large, metropolitan area when I dine at Centro. The breaded portobello mushrooms are a treat I cannot pass up. The limoncello martini is a must have.

Thank pamster51
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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41 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

tells you their favorite dish on the menu is the most expensive one, it's hard not to feel a pinprick of disappointment. That taste of commercialism lingers throughout dinner: bread's good but not excellent, appetizers seems aimed at filling you up on volume, not for taste. Main course workmanlike, sides, too. But nothing stellar. Rating is very good because reservations... More 

Thank underwaydd
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great late night dinner after my son's wedding. Great service and food was great. We had a party of 20 at 8:30 and the staff did everything to make it a perfect end of a special day.

Thank Kim L
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42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really great meal at Centro. Outside dining on a lovely night. Good pasta and wine. Service very attentive.

Thank GMRPennsylvania
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I first visited when this place just opened up. Finally, I thought, a truly unique dining experience for Des Moines. But my last visit was such a disappointment. I ordered the eggplant parmesan. It arrived floating in oil. So greasy tasting it spoiled my appetite. I could not eat it. They did offer me another choice but I had a... More 

Thank Frank b
Des Moines, Iowa
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19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is the first time I've been to Centro for lunch, and I promise I'll be back. It was Saturday, so the had a brunch menu as wall as sandwiches (and of course, pizza). Plus, they had a great bloody mary bar with a broad selection of fresh add-ons (even bacon) to choose from. On the sandwich menu, you can... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $30
Italian, American
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?