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Centro Restaurant

1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
+1 515-248-1780
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“brunch” (19 reviews)
“centro salad” (21 reviews)
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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 April 20, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for brunch with some friends. I tried the crab cakes Benedict. The crab cake was an intriguing addition. I very much enjoyed my entire meal.

1  Thank Ashley N
Reviewed April 20, 2016 via mobile

Incredible "made from scratch" food! This is the place that I would take someone if I wanted to impress them!

1  Thank sithlord66
Reviewed April 17, 2016

The service is awesome. The food is good. The location is good. Parking like any downtown could be challenging.

Thank LaVon M
Reviewed April 17, 2016 via mobile

If you want straightforward Italian, go here. Their bread is on point as well. We had a table of four at 8PM in with no wait and our service was personable and timely.

1  Thank Benjamin H
Reviewed April 11, 2016

Every time we go to Centro my nephew has the same thing! He says he just has to because it is so good. This last time I had the Crab Cakes and a salad. Once again one of the best meals. The service is always...More

1  Thank Mlg2
Reviewed April 10, 2016 via mobile

We were greeted and seated like VIP's. Every touch of service was thoughtful, from seating to assuring our view. Water glasses were immediately filled and focaccia brought to the table. Olive oil, pepper and red pepper flakes were on the table to help us take...More

1  Thank PlainJane23
Reviewed April 6, 2016 via mobile

Downtown Des Moines has really changed and the food scene is rockin! Centro is exquisite with great portions and incredible flavors!! You will not be sorry!

1  Thank Chris K
Reviewed April 6, 2016 via mobile

An excellent very thick extremely well-prepared pork chop was my evening meal. The place was a little noisy but we did enjoy a good conversation and it seems like a great hangout for local celebrities.

1  Thank David M
Reviewed April 5, 2016 via mobile

The food is wonderful, I recommend the portabella mushrooms for an app, then you cannot go wrong with any menu item. I love the pizza! The ambience is great. There is an outdoor patio area if weather cooperates as well. Great place to take a...More

1  Thank Jason V
Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

Liked everything except the BATHROOMS thought they looked horrible. Check out these photos. Food tasted good but I was very disappointed in the facilities. I think you can tell a lot about the employee's attitudes by the cleanliness of the bathrooms. Sorry too say.

Thank Brent S
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Good wine list?
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.
Good wine list?
April 6, 2017|
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Response from Tami W | Reviewed this property |
Good quality options for sure, although not a huge selection.
Is there vegan options?
November 30, 2016|
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Response from Arturo A | Reviewed this property |
I do not remember seeing a vegan option.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $30
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
Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Bar scene, 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.