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Centro Restaurant

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1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805 (10th Street)
11:00 am - 10:00 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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58 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Beautiful fall day walking in downtown DesMoines. Stopped at Centro for late lunch and glass of wine. Missed their brunch as it closed at 3 but sat in the bar. Shared some small plates and the food was superb. Had crab cakes, mushroom fries and fried ravioli. More than two people could eat.

Thank Jan F
Polk City, Iowa
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

If you look up restaurants in Des Moines Centro is always in the top five if not top three and having been there a few times I agree. But my last experience wasn't the best. We checked in at about 745 and were told it'd be about 15 minutes. So we grabbed a table in the bar and then waited.... More 

Thank carltree
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Had a wonderful dinner! Atmosphere is cozy, casual elegant. The restaurant was packed, but tables and booths are situated in such a way that there is intimate dining at each table. Service was excellent and all staff was knowledgeable and attentive. Wonderful martinis at the bar while we waited forward the table. Highly recommend reservations in the evening. Upon arriving... More 

Thank MACVirginia
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33 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Centro is our "go to" place for lunch and also a nice choice for dinner as well. The wood fired oven adds a smokey flavor to the restaurant and the menu choices are excellent. Daily specials are always great as is the pizza. The New York Reuben is a favorite as is the Tomato basil soup Always busy at lunch-either... More 

Thank 114bruceb
Bethesda, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

A business colleague ordered a private room banquet for 40 and everything was super. Nice side room, good service and food. The restaurant itself was hopping. It's downtown near the Marriott and during a conference they were otherwise packed. So have a private party, get a reservation, or get there early and wait at the bar!

Thank PapaInternational
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Centro is a great place for a date, a special family night out or a business meeting. The food is excellent as is the ambience. I have been impressed by the service.

Thank U4738TAcolins
Caseville, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I stopped for lunch while in the area for business and enjoyed not only the atmosphere of the restaurant and downtown Des Moines, but also the great service, reasonable prices, and excellent pizza. I did their pizza and salad lunch special and it was excellent and I had plenty for leftovers for less than $15 including drink.

Thank linz2104
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Top notch, as always! I don't always write a review when I return to a favorite place but I tried a new dish & felt the need to rave about it! Hubby got the Kill Bill (1 of his go-to dishes here) & portabello fries. I ate 1/4 of the sandwich & 1/2 of the fries. YUM! I ordered cavatelli.... More 

Thank Showagapelove
Lake Villa, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food here is great but little to no side dishes. I ordered the filet special and it said it came with potatoes & mushrooms. The filet came stacked on a tiny smear of potato puree w/just a few mushrooms. Really? Potatoes are pretty cheap - how about an actual side of them. The steak was excellent, though. My guests... More 

Thank Tami W
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What a lovely place! The food was outstanding, the service just right and the atomosphere perfect for visiting.

Thank Julie L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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
Business meetings, Bar scene, Families with children, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, 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?