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.
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: 5152481780x
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
One plate, a seemingly simple pizza with ...
One plate, a seemingly simple pizza with red onion, went back to the kitchen with an undercooked crust. They took that, the appetizer and wine, off the bill, so yay them/us.
The egg pasta I had was the appropriate consistency and flavor, but did not conform to the shape and form of the name it was given on the menu.
Great service and staff and atmosphere.
We have been to Centro three times and w ...
We have been to Centro three times and we have had a wonderful experience every time. We were visiting Des Moines and it was a great find, and we go back every time we are in town. The food is very good; as was the wonderful service. The wine list and drinks are spot on. I would highly recommend this place.
My wife and I dined at Centro for our an ...
My wife and I dined at Centro for our anniversary. The food was outstanding and the presentation was very good. Our server was very helpful, knowledgeable, attentive and very courteous. We enjoyed our dinner, our conversation and the ambiance. Reservations through Open Table made it easy.
Had awesome martini's pre-meal. Calamar ...
Had awesome martini's pre-meal. Calamari was very tasty. Waitress did a great job recommending wine pairings with the meal. I had the double bone pork chop...soooooo good. My son had the filet and it was tender and juicy. Hadn't been here in a while and will definitely be back soon.
I took my girlfriend here to celebrate h ...
I took my girlfriend here to celebrate her 20th birthday. We had a Sunday brunch and we loved it. The location is great and we had some great food along with great service. She got breakfast and I got lunch and both meals were fantastic. I would most definitely recommend this to anyone for any occasion.
My 1st time to Centro - the Waitress / S ...
My 1st time to Centro - the Waitress / Server was outstanding, along with the food, service and outdoor patio type setting. Made for a perfect evening for Me and my Guest from Louisville, KY. She was very impressed
I will be back numerous times in the future and look forward to their weekend brunch.
One of our sons was visiting from Louisv ...
One of our sons was visiting from Louisville. Centro is his favorite restaurants when he comes to town. He is always impressed with the beer selection as he is a bit of a " beer snob." Booked with Open Table and so glad I did because Wednesday night was a full house. Salads were fresh and attractive. Our entries ranged from pizza to the evening pasta special and a chicke, prosciutto pasta dish, all excellent
Found this restaurant on Open Table whil ...
Found this restaurant on Open Table while visiting downtown Des Moines. Everything was awesome. The house made Lemoncello was a nice touch in the cocktail. We only had appetizers, salads and dessert. All the food was fantastic! The pancetta wrapped shrimp was so so good! George's marshmallow sundae - DELISH but share it with 4 people. Our server (Blake?) was excellent. We were at a fairly small table (my only complaint since it wasn't crazy busy) and she worked out the food delivery so we didn't feel crowded or rushed. Excellent choice for dinner - wish we had something similar in our city.
The Cavatelli was delicious but the tabl ...
The Cavatelli was delicious but the table was tiny. There wasn't enough room for bread and appetizers. Our bread came out late and then the rest of the food came out on time which didn't allow for enough room for everything. The Gnocchi was alright and the bread was good but honestly the olive oil with the bread was awful. It was like Biaggi's but Biaggi's has better olive oil.
Our food was average, our placement in t ...
Our food was average, our placement in the restaurant inconvenient and the wait staff was inattentive.
This has not been our experience in the past, so we would still recommend Cents to others - just disappointed in our experience this time.
Enjoyed Sunday brunch here. Food came ou ...
Enjoyed Sunday brunch here. Food came out promptly. My daughter's French toast with mascarpone was absolutely outstanding - I would ask for the syrup on the side . I tried the crab cake Benedict which was good but not great. We had attentive but not intrusive service, and were able to have great conversation. Would definitely come here again.
We were in Des Moines for the weekend. W ...
We were in Des Moines for the weekend. We found Centro on Yelp and gave it a try. The restaurant is gorgeous and our service very good. What I like so much about Centro is that they don't try to "Americanize" their Italian by filling you with heavy bread or sauce. The bruschetta we got was essentially a plate full of tomatoes, onions, garlic, olive oil, and four slices of thin bread. While the bread was very nice, I loved that the focus was on the vegetables! So yummy. Then I got the gnocchi. Very spicy, gnocchi was flavorful and soft, but held together well. Everything came together, you could taste everything, nothing overwhelmed. Really lovely dish. Then we tried the crème brulee. They add espresso to the crème and put pure maple syrup on top - just enough not to be the tired old creme brulee you see everywhere now. Yummy. Would surely go back.
We are both lighter eaters so we shared ...
We are both lighter eaters so we shared the Centro Crab Cake appetizer to start and they were amazing! Flaky, excellently blended, and aioli was delicious. We split Chicken Saltimbocca and the staff attention both plates was perfect, the dish was a foodgasm from first bite. The tenderness of the chicken and the slightly creamy marsala with mushroom sauce was heavenly! The cubed La Quercia was the perfect salt balance to the sweet marsala sauce.
What a great, authentic restaurant in th ...
What a great, authentic restaurant in the heart of downtown Des Moines! Centro is one of the best dining experiences my wife and I have enjoyed anywhere! The menu and wine list is amazing, and you want to come back again and again!
We came to Centro to taste their Restaur ...
We came to Centro to taste their Restaurant Week menu and loved every bite! My boyfriend and I shared the tasting menus and a pizza while our friends had the double pork chop and chicken and prosciutto dishes. Everyone left filling full and very satisfied!
We came here to celebrate my wife's birt ...
We came here to celebrate my wife's birthday. And Centro did not let us down or fail us. We were greeted with a friendly smile, found our reservation, and taken to our table. Our waitress Blake Elisabeth, was this amazing, knowledgeable, attentive, energetic, apologetic (a computer glitch with order, manager was apologetic, and the place as PACKED) young lady. But they did it all to make it right for our dining experience the best it can be. An excellent cocktail was the Bellini-tini (a peach infused concoction). The CHICKEN FRANCESE (wife's dinner) and my CENTRO-CUT NY STRIP* were excellent choices. Two of the sides we had - BRUSCHETTA and the flourless chocolate torte with raspberry sauce were excellent as well. Highly recommend this restaurant.
The appetizer and salads were great. How ...
The appetizer and salads were great. However, our entree came before we were finished with our salads and was just plopped down in the middle of the table. It was not served by our wait person. We had ordered the Three cheese Medallions. The steak was overdone, the broccolini was cold, and it was to be served with Roman Gnocchi, but we received dry polenta. No explanation as to the change or asking us if we needed anything else. Very disappointing.
This restaurant has quickly become a fav ...
This restaurant has quickly become a favorite as my husband and I try to have a lunch date for just the two of us every couple of weeks. If there is a wait time, it's usually not very long and the food is extremely worth it! Reservations online were very easy to acquire through Centro's website and Open Table. Lunch menu staples are huge but very flavorful. I particularly enjoy the pasta and salad combo which is half the full plate size and the variety of choices make this option always wonderful when trying out new things. The wait staff are always friendly and attentive while also giving you space to converse and really enjoy your meal. We are and will continue to be return guests here!
I had been passing Centro while on the b ...
I had been passing Centro while on the bus for about 3 years now, I finally decided to try it out for lunch. I ordered the Tuesday special which is Chicken Parmesan with a Shirley Temple. Although I couldn't eat it all, the food was so delicious!! I would definitely go again and recommend this place to eat or have a drink.
We always love dining at Centro for dinn ...
We always love dining at Centro for dinner, and were happy to discover that brunch is delicious here as well! I really appreciated the tofu scramble and other veggie brunch options, as finding vegan brunch in Des Moines has been a challenge.
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