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Centro Restaurant

1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
+1 515-248-1780
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
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Reviewed 2 days ago

After years of hearing of Centro, I'm glad we finally went. I was pleased to see the variety on the menu. You can hit a number of different price points, which is nice. My wife and I both had pasta and enjoyed our selections. Good...More

Thank Brian L
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I asked on Des Moines dinning discovery who had the best scallops. This restaurant was recommended most.They were the best I have ever had. Very large and had just so tender. Will be back!!!

Thank AnkenyDavey
Reviewed 1 week ago

It was surprisingly good. The food was good, the service was good. I wish I remembered the name of our server, he was really nice. Totally worth going.

Thank MexicotoNYC
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Prompt and pleasant service. Very well prepare entrees worthy of Boston’s North End Italian restaurants.

Thank Antelope2
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Centro is an upscale restaurant that is connected to a building where a lot of stage shows are performed. We dine here when we go to one of those shows. We have never been disappointed with any of the food; it is amazing! We also...More

Thank Froglovinlady
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Always solid. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner. Great service, great food, energetic atmosphere. Soup, pizza, fish, burgers (oh those buns!), eggs,steak... all delicious. Lots of gluten free. This place is a class act. Year after year.

Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our monthly restaurant group ate here on a Saturday night before a concert. We had reservations and were seated promptly. The service was professional, yet friendly. Everyone loved their meals which were mostly pasta dishes and steak. The price was appropriate for the service and...More

Thank Sharon D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This restaurant ALWAYS pleases. The portion size is large and the food is very flavorful. The staff is extremely helpful with suggestions. It's a great place to go if you want a variety of choices!

Thank beans882018
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went there last summer. The service was good. The ambiance is nice. The staff was very professional. I did not find any totally wow menu items. But everything was very good.

Thank Jackofalltrades1960
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

... the inside acoustics are terrible and atmosphere is not dining but the food is good and the staff accommodating

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7 April 2017|
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Response from 114bruceb | Reviewed this property |
I would not say it is extensive but respectable with a decent variety.
7 April 2017|
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Response from Tami W | Reviewed this property |
Good quality options for sure, although not a huge selection.
1 December 2016|
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Response from Arturo A | Reviewed this property |
I do not remember seeing a vegan option.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic
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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