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Centro Restaurant

1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
+1 515-248-1780
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“brunch” (29 reviews)
“centro salad” (21 reviews)
“pasta” (62 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
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

Awesome restaurant with a great menu. Got to try pizza as well as a pasta dish and both were very good. Awesome location too. Would definitely recommend checking out for Italian in the downtown area.

Thank BadgerFan47
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We visited Centro on a Saturday night. We had a 9:00 p.m. reservation, arrived early and were seated early. We followed previous suggestions and got the Portobello Mushrooms as an appetizer. They DID NOT disappoint. We had the Peach Beltini (peach martinis with champagne) and...More

Thank Kyotlaw
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food was good, but disappointed in our server. He took forever to get our beverage order, then brought my Mom’s wine, but forgot my iced tea. Our food order came in a timely fashion, but server didn’t bother to check on us until we...More

Thank jtboyles
Reviewed 1 week ago

You can't go wrong with Centro. They excel in all aspects; food, adult beverages, customer service, and ambiance. I'm a pescatarian (vegetarian who eats seafood) and they have plenty of great options for me. If you're looking for a nice date night, or special occasion...More

Thank brietzke
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went to dinner after seeing a play at the Des Moines Civic Center. Our waiter Steven was terrific. I had the Centro Steak and it was cooked perfectly. The entire meal was delicious! My husband had the pork chop. A very hearty portion and...More

Thank Londonbound2014
Reviewed 1 week ago

The variety of the menu is wonderful. I eat fish and vegetarian and they have many options. The staff is very professional and friendly.

Thank Mike C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went there on a Sunday evening while visiting family in Des Moines. Downtown Des Moines is virtually empty on a weekend but this place was packed. The wine selection was very comprehensive and reasonably priced. I ordered the cavatelli with sausage and it was excellent....More

Thank TommyG2
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Needed a place to eat before Hamilton and my son picked this place. Had to wait a few min before 5pm seating began. No reservations but seated right away. Friday night but not crowded at all. There was a festival right outside which caused it...More

Thank janelje
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us had lunch today at Centro. Wonderful, patient, knowledgeable server (Bailey). Comfortable environment. Very busy but not overbearingly loud. Excellent food all around. (Portabella fries were unexpectedly good!). Such a pleasant experience after a very expensive, less than stellar pre-theater dinner last night...More

Thank hawkeyedoc
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Centro gave an excellent first impression of Des Moines. Recommended by the Des Lux hotel, we ordered the four cheese pizza a few minutes before they closed, and a few minutes later we had the tasty pizza delivered to our door.

Thank balage2016
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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
Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Bar scene, Large groups
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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