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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, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
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Reviewed 1 week ago

food was very good, the service was great, Some menu items are a bit pricey....the steak medallions were $40 and you only received 2. the wine selection was good. the environment is casual fancy.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank 859kellig
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went with a large group. They handled it. Wait staff well-trained and pleasant. Food creative and well-prepared. Tasty.

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed November 6, 2018

Excellent food with something for everyone. You want pizza for kids? Got it. You want a fancy steak? Got it. You want salads? got it. The menu is really large. Reasonable prices and a pretty good wine list. Small bar so this is a dining...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank tms215
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

Never had a bad meal here. The Centro salad and crab cakes are personal favorites. Great for a fancier date night. So good we had our rehearsal dinner here. Out of town family loved it.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank thomasdcotter
Reviewed October 15, 2018 via mobile

We decided on Centro because we had tickets to a concert. The wait staff made a point of asking, at the outset, if it was a special evening so we said yes. She was so accommodating and ensured that everything was to our liking and...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Ahorntime2run
Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

Last night we had dinner at Centro. My steak salad was fine but my husband sent back his entree which was a ravioli dish that was swimming in oil. The waitress was very accommodating. This was the first time we ever did this. Along with...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Nancy B
Reviewed October 7, 2018

Having been here a few times over the past couple of years, I have found this is consistently the best in downtown Des Moines. Every part of the meal and every dish you will find flavorful and enjoyable from a seafood entree to pizza. Service...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Loki_and_Odin
Reviewed October 2, 2018

In the heart of a re-emerging Downtown Des Moines in a classic old theatre building is the incredible Centro. Massive amounts of food that Mama could have cooked. Delectable pastas, moist chicken, delicious fish. Something for everybody.

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank realChrisZoller
Reviewed October 1, 2018 via mobile

We were visiting Des Moines for the weekend. Our hotel recommended several restaurants, but the first one we tried takes reservations only on the weekends so they suggested Centro. We were seated promptly at a banquette table for 2. Very comfy. Our server was terrific....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank susyqb
Reviewed September 22, 2018 via mobile

Love this place, and come here every time I am in Des Moines. Pizza is good, as well as the onion rings. Variety of great Italian food on the menu. You will not be disappointed.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jrwade6
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David B
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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 784tamiw | 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, Business meetings, Bar scene, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
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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