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“City cafe”
Review of Centro Restaurant

Centro Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 572 Restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian, American
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Good for: Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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.
Ankeny, Iowa
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61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“City cafe”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

Centro can almost make you think you're in a city when you're really in Des Moines Iowa! Its space is eclectic, its food excellent and the servers trained to put the customer first. The only thing I don't like about Centro is the row of tables with a bench and then chairing facing inward. I often feel crowded in that seating and always ask for a different table.

Visited February 2013
Thank Patricia M
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English first
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38 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Yummy doesn't even begin to cover it!”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Had my birthday dinner here again this year. Pretty much look for any excuse to come and have dinner here. We always order Calamari for an appetizer and it NEVER disappoints. They serve 2 sauces with this... I'm not sure what the white sauce is, but it's my favorite. It tastes like some sort of aioli. I had Steak Centro which is very similar to a Steak DeBurgo and is always cooked exactly how I ask. My husband had the 3 cheese medallions and he said they were perfect with the gorgonzola one being his favorite of the 3. They have a great wine list and their limoncello is great for an after dinner drink. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu here!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank Loddii
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Omaha, Nebraska, United States
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fabulous and will return!”
Reviewed July 23, 2013

Fantastic service, location and food! We took our waitress' advice on appetizers and pizza as well as the martini's and she did not steer us wrong. Loved the interesting combinations that they offered and will definitely return in the future!

Visited May 2013
Thank SpartanJess
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45 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed July 22, 2013

Try the half and half at lunch. That's half a salad and half a pasta. Delicious! The menu was quite good for vegetarians also.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank friend06
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Vonore, Tennessee
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875 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 998 helpful votes
“Bustling friendly place”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

We have eaten here several times for breakfast, lunch and dinner. We like the bustling atmosphere. The tables are not jam packed so you can have a decent conversation and the ambiance is very pleasant. The wait staff are very good. Location is excellent from hotels and businesses.The food is always well prepared and plentiful. There is a nice selection of menu choices. It is reasonably priced but not inexpensive. We usually take home part of our meal and we are not birdlike eaters. The tomato basil soup is always a favorite with small raviolis in it as well. I am not a huge fan of their pizza but some friends love it. go for the reuben instead or one of the salads or pasta specials at lunch.It's not the best place we have ever eaten in Des Moines but it's consistently Very Good.

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank Torte_Sue
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