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“One of my Favorites”
Review of Centro Restaurant

Centro Restaurant
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Ranked #2 of 574 Restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, 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.
Des Moines IA
Level 3 Contributor
9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“One of my Favorites”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

I have been coming here since they opened. Great place to meet friends for lunch, great place to celebrate special occasions, great place for a drink and pizza after work before heading home. Only complaint is that it is that with the high ceilings, it is sometimes noisy and hard to hear your dining partners. But the food is always wonderful. The Centro salad is my favorite with a slice of South Union bread on the side. Yum!

  • Visited March 2014
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IOWA
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Yumm!”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

They have out this world salads! Love the Centro salad. The Chicken Francese is delicious. I also have had their pizzas which I highly recommend. They also have a full bar. Parking can be difficult as it is on street parking, so go early like 5 pm for dinner.

  • Visited December 2013
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Des Moines, Iowa
Level 4 Contributor
23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Reliably good”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Consistently very good, food, service and ambiance. We recommend the booking online system called Opentable.com.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Sophieknits
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Des Moines, Iowa
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
“Tasty meal with excellent service”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

George Formaro and his staff go to great lengths to to serve meals that are both pleasing to the eye and the taste buds. Centro is a beautiful setting for a meal with friends or business associates. It is conveniently located near the western Gateway Park.

  • Visited February 2014
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Des Moines, Iowa
Level 4 Contributor
30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Great party venue”
Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Great food and fun atmosphere if you don't want to have a serious conversation. It is one of the noisiest restaurants in town.

  • Visited December 2013
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