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“Nice setting - slow and the food isn't that good”
Review of Centro Restaurant

Centro Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 573 Restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 10th Street
Description: 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.
Rapid City, South Dakota
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391 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 218 helpful votes
“Nice setting - slow and the food isn't that good”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

Overall a nice place but the sandwiches we finally received Egg Sandwich and Pork Tenderloin were dry and not very tasty. Waitress seemed confused at many times, and we actually saw our food being carried around by another waitress 10 minutes before our waitress brought it to us - so we knew it wasn't exactly "fresh" from the kitchen.

Won't be back any time soon.

  • Visited September 2012
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3 Thank msgtp
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Green Valley, Arizona
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Downtown you Go!”
Reviewed September 10, 2012

Wonderful food, service and surroundings. Great for lunch and dinner. Helpful staff and great prices. Love this place.

Visited September 2012
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Thank Jean M
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Des Moines, Iowa
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“My favorite restaurant in Des Moines”
Reviewed September 8, 2012

This wonderful eatery is a gift to Des Moines. One of the first of fine dining restaurants built in our town, Centro is universally loved.The food is consistent and absolutely delicious every time. Every dish is perfect

Visited August 2012
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Thank Barb H
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Des Moines, Iowa
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Best Restaurant in Des Moines”
Reviewed September 4, 2012

If you are spending a day in Des Moines, this is the one restaurant you should visit. Everything is good. They have delicious pasta, excellent salads, fantastic bread baked fresh daily at Chef George's own bakery and my personal favorite, Chicken Saltimbaca.
I have suggested Centro to many people over the years, and no one seems to walk away disappointed. There are many entrees to choose from for less than $12, it does not have to be expensive to dine there. Enjoy!

  • Visited September 2012
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Thank caroldesmoines
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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169 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“No Big Deal !”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

We were told we needed to eat here because it's the one of the best places to eat in Des Moines. i called to get resv. and were told they were booked till 9pm but if you get here at 5pm we can maybe ge you a table. WOW. this place must be good if the are that booked up! we get there at 5 and get a table on the outside patio. the patio is first come first served no resv needed. the resturant looks great in an old building. high ceilings and lots of tables. our server was Bobby and he was GREAT but the mussells and pizza NOT SO GREAT! Maybe the other items on the menu are better but the Pizza was NO BIG DEAL. Papa Murphy's is better. cool place but the "well Done" pizza needs help.

Visited September 2012
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Thank skinnyskier
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