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About Centro Restaurant
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 50309
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00pm; Brunch: Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Sunday: 10:00am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday- Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
In addition to street parking and several near-by public ramps, Centro patrons are welcome to use the ING parking lot a 9th and Locust every day after 5pm.
Private Party Facilities:
Private Party Contact:
Rod De Angelo: (515) 248-1780
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Centro Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Centro never fails to amaze me with their food and service. I usually get the wood fire pizzas (AMAZING) but this time I got the steak salad which was just as good!! Their table bread (foccacia) is the best, you won't be able to stop. Not to mention the great wait staff, staff to take plates/fill drinks, and if you have a reservation you are sure to be seated quickly. Would reccomend 10/10.
Dining room was cold and breezy, in addition to being seated next to a couple that found it appropriate to bring a 1 year old to a restaurant like this, who needless to say, which was not the toddler's fault, screamed and cried throughout the dinner. The combination of the temperature and the seating led to a meal we couldn't wait to leave from. Wine pour could be a little more generous, and I found the craft beer menu and offering not up to par and hard to understand. Food was good, as always, and waiter was attentive, just will be more selective when being seated next time.
This was a our first time there and was for our 20th anniversary, and thought it might be special since it gets good reviews. While the food was okay, it was not worth the extra cost over other italian places.
We explained it was our first time, and the waitress just said okay, do you know what you want. We never really felt that welcomed, even though the waiters were all just standing there with nothing to do since the place was dead.
All in all, we would go if somebody else was going and we went with, but it is definitely not on our list of places we need to go again.
Food as always was great...one of the better restaurants in the state. Service was mediocre....it was the end of the night so maybe she was just tired, but for $30+ plates it could be better.
A note for OpenTable: Centro still called me to "confirm" my reservation. What is the point of reserving online if the restaurant will still call to confirm? I'll just call instead of "confirming" online next time...
The food as usual was outstanding, what really set the dinning apart was our server Chris. Chris provided amazing service while never feeling rushed or pushed. When we ask for menu choices he gave solid advice not just the most expensive meals on rhe menu. Overall it was FANTASTIC!!!
The service was very slow in getting our orders taken. We did receive our drinks, but not very quickly. We finally got our order taken, but it seemed to take a looooong time to receive the food. Tables on either side of us sat down well after we did, but were eating their entrees well before we received ours. Also, it was extremely cold and uncomfortable where we sat.
Can't beat it. Consistency every single time!! The chef has his inspirations menu that is so creative and things on there you can't find in Des Moines. Service and staff are awesome and always at the top of their game. Whole different experience when dining at Centro.
Excellent food and ambiance. Our waitress (Megan W) was moody and acted like she didn't want to be there. This is the first time this has happened to us. This slightly diminished our experience. The next time we come to Centro I will ask not to be placed in her section. Otherwise, a nice time.
We went to Centro to celebrate my husband's birthday. Our group of six enjoyed wonderful food and excellent service. The complementary birthday dessert was big enough for all of us to enjoy a few bites! No singing or obnoxious calling attention to the birthday boy, which he appreciated greatly.
I met my mom and sister there for my sister's birthday lunch and we had a delightful, delicious Sunday brunch. My sister loved the Bloody Mary bar and our waitress was so attentive and sweet. My take-home box was accidentally knocked on the floor by staff, and they made me a whole new entree to take home!
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