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Centro Cafe

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808 E Center St, Milwaukee, WI 53212-3048
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Love love love this restaurant . When asked where to go - I always mention Centro cafe. I love everything about the place . The drinks ,bread,salad choices, pasta is crazy delicious . Have a after dinner drink. Once again - total gem. I need to get back soon.

Thank Localfann
De Pere, Wisconsin
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90 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a favorite of ours and our most recent trip didn't disappoint. Loved our pasta and our red wine and loved our waitress, Michelle, who was helpful with the menu and with getting our Rocket Salad quickly. Already looking forward to next time.

Thank bushmckay
Grafton, Wisconsin
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

Tonight was our first time dining at Central Cafe and I will not be returning. I was there with 4 other women celebrating a friend's birthday. Centro Cafe is a small place; tables are close together and are best suited for parties of two or three people. Our waitress was attentive, but she clearly had little or no training, and... More 

Thank Stacy B
Dallas, Texas
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2016 via mobile

Visiting family who had been here before and enjoyed some very, very good Italian food. Calamari, cerviche, rocket salad as appetizers. Gnudi, Italian sausage with penne (nice and spicy!) and seafood risotto. Topped off with very nice wines (both red and white) reasonably priced as is the food. And then there was Jenny who waited on us with some of... More 

Thank tonyrad58
Shorewood WI
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

I've eaten here with family, friends and colleagues. For special occasions or just simply dinner with the family. They are without a doubt one of the most consistent restaurants I've ever gone to. Saturday was probably my 15th visit and once again they proved consistent in every way. Service was excellent and the food as good as always. My companion... More 

Thank J H
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47 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Do not miss this place. It isn't in a trendy part of the city but it is worth the trip. The food is among the best we have ever had. So many delicious options (gluten free options too!) you will find it difficult to decide what to order. No worries...whatever you choose... you will not be disappointed.

Thank mkj50
Fox Point, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2016 via mobile

Best pasta in town by far! We ate here twice this past month and both meals were 5 stars! Excellent service, strong tasty drinks, amazing food and such a super cute spot! So happy we have a new place to eat!

Thank Tina V
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016 via mobile

I have only had great meals here! Most recently I had the gnocchi like ricotta thingys I forget the name of. So delicious! My friends had vegan meatballs with sauce and the other bolognese. All were awesome!!! I highly recommend this place. Then head to the brewery across the street for a beer. Perfect date night/friend night!!!

Thank cbultman
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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136 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2016

If I could give this place 4 1/2 as a rating, I would. I cannot give it 5 because the service was not as good as the food. The food was really good. The menu had a wide range of selections. My wife had the Pollo, which was really good, and I had the Giardiniera, a spicy sausage dish with... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2016

I typically steer clear of pasta dishes but when I want to splurge and completely destroy my constant diet, Centro is worth the calories.

Thank EricThomas1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 808 E Center St, Milwaukee, WI 53212-3048
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: 414-455-3751

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?