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Centro Restaurant

1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
+1 515-248-1780
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good30%
  • Average7%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Great place to meet friends for lunch. A bit of construction going on, but there is enough space to feel comfortable inside, or outside. Staff was friendly and attentive. Food was good, and served exactly how we ordered. Pizza even baked as expected. Caesar salad...More

Thank Adventurer2day
Reviewed 3 days ago

We arrived at 1:45 on a Wednesday for lunch and were the only patrons in the restaurant. They were in the process of changing over to more of a snack menu at 2pm, but the waitress didn't rush us and allowed us to order lunch....More

Thank Stephanie S
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Our group of 20 wad accommodated easily with several large tables. The service was prompt and helpful for such a large group. The pizza looked super and my gnocchi was delicious. A great lication for a couple or large group.

Thank josephf428
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So our waitress and the service was beyond expectations- definitely a 5, but the food was a 4 - wish I could give them 4.5. Caprese salad was small for the price and basically rated like tomatoes with salt. The prosciutto wrapped shrimp wasn’t as...More

Thank Januarybride01
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not much of a downtown person but like this restaurant and their thin crust pizza. Staff was friendly and we will go back

Thank DLE67
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ordered through Grub Hub and wasn’t disappointed. Ordered the fried ravioli - generous portion served with marinara. Also ordered the Chicken and Prosciutto pasta - again a generous portion. The creamy sauce was delicious. The pasta was served with bread

Thank Swimroetter
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had supper at Centro last Friday night and it was packed. With the outdoor seating on the east side there is a New York City Vibe with this restaurant. Highly recommend getting reservations or be prepared for a long wait. The bar is usually packed....More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We love to eat at Centro when in Des Moines. White tablecloths, patio dining, lots of natural light in the building make for a great environment. The food is excellent. We have had pizza, salads, soups, and steak. Everything is always quality and fresh.

Thank Iowa5kids
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Easily one of your best restaurant options in Des Moines! Food, service, & atmosphere are all top drawer. Great Italian & seafood dishes, along with some traditional American fare. Libation offerings are spot on, as well. If staying in or visiting downtown Des Moines, give...More

Thank EGilSmith
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We made reservations for Friday night, which I recommend. Excellent service team. Started with calamari (just ok), and onion rings (huge). Seafood special swordfish very good, chicken pormadoro also very good, grilled salmon prepared nicely, large portion, as well as pasta dishes. Marshmallow brownie delightful...More

Thank pepperdinemom
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David B
April 3, 2018|
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Response from ChiChisPapa | Reviewed this property |
That is a good point. Parking is an important issue once you arrive. However, when a restaurant is in a area of downtown where it is mostly street parking, or valet at certain places, it is an afterthought and not a... More
April 6, 2017|
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Response from 114bruceb | Reviewed this property |
I would not say it is extensive but respectable with a decent variety.
April 6, 2017|
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Response from Tami W | Reviewed this property |
Good quality options for sure, although not a huge selection.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, 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
Large groups, Romantic, Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene, Local cuisine
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: +1 515-248-1780
  • E-mail
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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