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Centro Restaurant

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1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
+1 515-248-1780
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“centro salad” (21 reviews)
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Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
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Reviewed September 13, 2016

This is the first time I've been to Centro for lunch, and I promise I'll be back. It was Saturday, so the had a brunch menu as wall as sandwiches (and of course, pizza). Plus, they had a great bloody mary bar with a broad...More

Thank promopower
Reviewed September 12, 2016

Centro shows off Des Moines for its energy and sophistication. You can't go wrong taking guests, especially from out of town, this this upscale dining experience.

Thank dglass2016
Reviewed September 10, 2016 via mobile

I have been to Centro many times over the past 13 years and I have never been disappointed. The lunch menu is excellent and reasonably priced, their salads are phenomenal and their pasta dishes all very good. This is a can't miss restaurant and one...More

Thank Steve A
Reviewed September 7, 2016

Busy place for lunch, good salads and fresh ingredients, good service, enjoyed the atmosphere and the choices available.

Thank BossRino
Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

I stopped in on a Tuesday evening and sat at a high top in the bar area. My server was prompt and friendly. I had the NY strip, which was a very thick cut and cooked relatively evenly, and the half-sized brownie sundae, which was...More

Thank gburgess99
Reviewed September 5, 2016

Went for dinner with my brother, sister-in-law and husband. Onion rings were good, had a Greek salad with their warm bacon dressing! The bread served with the meal was crusty and chewy! YUMMMMM! Had their pizza with grilled peaches which was AWESOME! Shared a couple...More

Thank gmasheri
Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

The calzone was great. Great wine and drink menu. We liked the calamari. The other entrees were just ok. The marshmallow brownie desert was awesome. Reasonable price for this type of restaurant.

Thank Suzi H
Reviewed September 5, 2016

Urban environment with nice outdoor dining space. Very good service, huge portions, and nice list of unique specials to choose from. We were there for a 5:30 reservation - tend to be booked, so plan ahead for the time you want. Seated immediately, water and...More

Thank Coolmom8
Reviewed September 3, 2016

My husband and I took a colleague of his to Centro for dinner on a Wednesday night. We did get there before 6pm and were able to be seated right away. The service was great, the food was great and my husband's colleague is from...More

Thank MWTropicalTravelers
Reviewed August 31, 2016 via mobile

I love going here.. it's busy always over lunch but the wait and service is pretty fast. The Centro salad is very good as well as half pasta chicken prosciutto my all time fave. I always recommend this place kiddie corner by South Union and...More

Thank Annaliza D
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David B
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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
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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
Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Romantic, Local cuisine, Large groups, Bar scene, Special occasions
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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