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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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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Enjoyed the atmosphere, the food and the company. We shared entrees and had dessert. Excellent waiter and staff. My water glass was never more than half empty.

Thank rommegrot
Ames, Iowa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My husband and I have dined at Centro several times. We've always enjoyed friendly service. Last night we enjoyed portobello fries. I don't typically like anything breaded but I found this appetizer to be flavorful and delicious. We shared the Centro salad. While I thought it was weighted down with too much dressing, my husband disagreed. The flavors of the... More 

Thank Darla E
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I'm not Italian, but this food is amazing: grilled salmon, sausage penne, baked-to-order pizza, and chicken fingers for the kids. Salads are great as is the bread and olive oil. Perhaps call ahead or be ready to wait a half hour or so, but it's worth the wait. Lots of light, subtle background noise, and casual to business casual dining.

Thank Mike M
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3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed a very nice meal. It was restaurant week and I had one of the prefix meals. Nice presentation, delicious food and portion sized just right. We had a great service, you really can't go wrong at Centro.

Thank Kate G
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent food and the patio was nice and cool that day. We had the best bruschetta I think I've ever had. Very fresh tomatoes. Our meal was pretty big. I made three meals out of what I ordered. I would recommend this restaurant to any out of town guest. Business casual. We are going back to try their pizza! It... More 

Thank styleme10
Berkeley, California
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had dinner for 4 at lovely table on street-level outdoor terrace, warm evening, pleasant breeze, not much street traffic or ped traffic to distract. They were offering $28 3-course dinners so we all ordered them. First course: mussels were great, hot mozarella was pretty heavy and bland. The papardella was fine -- tomato and meat sauce with wide noodles, fresh.... More 

Thank Helena W
Los Angeles, California
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The food here is good and nothing special and seems to be overrated. We had the cavatelli and sausage and it was undercooked and oversauced. We did enjoy the brussels sprouts though.

Thank MickeyEvans
Fort Dodge
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have been with my family and had a great time! I have also been with my husband for a romantic dinner and also had a great time!!

Thank Lori B
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36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

They have the best pizza hands down. However this time my parents ordered the park chop and I certainly should have. It's to die for. Can't wait to come back and get it then. I took a few bites and it melts in your mouth it's so good

Thank trupe77
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3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went with two teenagers after a visit to Drake. Food was very tasty, nice varied menu (something for everyone-we have gluten and dairy issues) and an interesting building. Friendly service-Jake was terrific-he brought us a sample of the house favorite tomato soup-wonderful. Definitely worth stopping at if you are driving on I80.

Thank Patty B

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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
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
Families with children, Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?