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Centro Restaurant

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1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805 (10th Street)
10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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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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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

My wife and I visited Des Moines recently and chose Centro's based on other TripAdvisor reviews. We began with cocktails which were nicely prepared. The dinner itself was good but not great. We began with the meatballs and calamari appetizers and both were very tasty. My wife had fish which was somewhat overcooked and I had the beef medallions which... More 

Thank hamburgguy
New Hope, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

They served me the most tender steak I have ever eaten. Nice luxurious ambiance with white table cloths and tea light candles.

Thank Michael M
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I have only been to Cento twice since moving to Des Moines and both times I have been impressed with the ambiance, service and amazing food. Their margarita pizza is the best in Des Moines and their bruschetta is one of the best I have ever tasted. Our waiter was attentive without hovering. I would highly recommend it to anyone!... More 

Thank Muchtoodutch
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70 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I ordered the steak salad. I love a salad with a bit of good steak on top and have had several in different places that were good. This was, unfortunately, not. The problem is the cut of beef. I like my meat well done, and it was tough as shoe leather because they use skirt steak. I'll tell you, you... More 

Thank susanwithagoodbook
Upland, CA
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

My sisters and I just spent a week in and around Des Moines, Iowa. We had two amazing dinners at Centro. The restaurant is beautiful, the food and the service were phenomenal. Iowa steaks were a must on our trip and the Centro Filet was delicious. Our server Kim, was so wonderful we asked for her on our return visit... More 

Thank dot2dot3
Sugar Land, Texas
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We were in town for a night and ate at Centro. Restaurant has the classic open room with white table cloth. Low lighting with a romantic feel, but can be loud at times. Service and food was par, but atmosphere makes up the difference.

Thank slee2814
Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Centro has long been one of my favorite restaurants. After living out of the state for seven years, it was wonderful to eat a "welcome home to Iowa" dinner at Centro and have it be just as amazing as I remembered. My husband and I enjoy the romantic atmosphere and the food is always delicious.

Thank Sara S
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Took my young professional daughter there for her birthday with my mom. Three generations enjoying both the atmosphere and the food. The hummus was the best I've had in my life! We arrested a large salad to share and they slit it for us. Service and food were in the top 10% of restaurants for me and I've traveled the... More 

Thank bookling
Castle Rock, Colorado
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275 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice eatery with a nice upscale dining room décor. I ordered the Reuben sandwich, which was delicious. The service was friendly and quick.

Thank Don M
Catskill, New York
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Outstanding restaurant's one of the best, period. The presentation,food quality, wait staff was of high standards. It was refreshing to find such a quality restaurant after spending many days. I actually ordered two appetizers for my meal which included the muscles and shrimp appetizer. My daughter had fried portobello mushroom appetizer on with the rigatoni meal. Of course we had... More 

Thank Dale F

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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
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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
Romantic, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, 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: 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 have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?