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Centro Restaurant

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1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805 (10th Street)
+1 515-248-1780
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11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Hartford, Connecticut
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169 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I went here while in town with three other business associates. One of the guys I was with recommended it. The lunch, atmosphere and service were all very good. Between the four of us we had salads, salmon dishes and turkey bacon melt. Everyone enjoyed there meal. But be warned it's a popular spot that can get a bit noisy... More 

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Brookline, New Hampshire
2 reviews
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great atmosphere for a business lunch. Lots of variety in the menu. Try the fried Portobello mushrooms...delicious!

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Thank mcilwrath2017
Des Moines, Iowa
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

My friends had gift certificates for their Anniversary. The service was excellent! Friendly and super prompt! The food was excellent as well I highly recommend the Greek salad the small size is actually much bigger. Portions are generous and I loved that! The pasta bolognese was amazing! I hadn't been to Centro for a long time and it reminded me... More 

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Thank BusinessIA
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good lunch with some excellent choice of ales and local brews. I had 515 draft and enjoyed every drop. We had pasta and pizza, both were great tasting.

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Thank Chetan M
Iowa
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Centro is something special in downtown Des Moines. It hearkens to a time when you expected table cloths and great food and good service at a fair price. You won't be disappointed in your choice to dine at Centro!

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Thank iaJim
Minnesota
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65 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic menu offerings from food to wine. A great place to entertain for business or date night. We enjoyed everything served.

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Thank srjuris
Des Moines, Iowa
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27 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I choose Centro for our anniversary dinner last fall. The food was excellent, as was the service. The ambience was a blend of rich wood and modern accoutrement and made it perfect to celebrate our occasion.

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Thank TomHurley
Omaha, Nebraska
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Centro has been rated as the #1 restaurant in Iowa. I would not rate it that high but it is very good and the service is excellent. I have been several times. The atmosphere is warm and welcoming and the wait staff does a great job of making sure you are taken care of fast. The food is above average... More 

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Thank rkcbrasil
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This place is a staple for my wife and me. I would highly suggest trying the pizza although anything on the menu is delicious. This place is good for a simple night out or a night out with the family. Our kids love going here, and they do an excellent job of accommodating them. We have boys of 4 and... More 

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Thank Jeff W
Casey
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were a party of five. We each enjoyed our chosen entree, two chose pizza, one a sandwich and two pasta. excellent service. Large portions which we couldn't finish. Centro kept our boxes in the fridge while we attended a play upstairs in the Temple for Performing Arts...now that's above and beyond.

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Thank Tracy S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Cuisine
Italian, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Meals
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 21:00
Monday
11:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:00 - 23:00
Saturday
11:00 - 23:00
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
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.

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