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/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Centro Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
Food was fantastic! Our waiter went abov ...
Food was fantastic! Our waiter went above and beyond for us. Overall, our experience was fantastic and I can't wait to go back!
We always love visiting Centro! One of t ...
We always love visiting Centro! One of the best restaurants in Des Moines, with plenty of vegetarian/vegan options!
Food and service was outstanding. Table ...
Food and service was outstanding. Tables a little to close together. Makes it I little noisy with your neighbors. Our waitress was outstanding. Will go back again!
portabello fries were unique and tasty. ...
portabello fries were unique and tasty. service was great. noisy and not particularly romantic or intimate. I hear to pork chop was great, the broccolichini was really doused in butter- the salmon was fine, nothing spectacular. Cesar salad great, cheesecake delicious. cocktails also great.
Great place for our anniversary dinner. ...
Great place for our anniversary dinner. Had previous experience with loud atmosphere but it seemed much better with earlier reservation when it wasn't so busy. Server was attentive and service was fantastic. Food was great with plentiful portions
One of our favorites!
This was our third visit to Centro's and we loved it again. Celebrated our son's 21st birthday with our family and it was a great place to do it. The food---pasta, sandwiches, dinners---was all excellent, and the bloody mary bar is hard to beat! Service and atmosphere were also top notch. We'll be back!
Server less than friendly
Wanted to have a fun night out with friends, but found the server to be pushy and not friendly from the start. Never a smile or suggestions from the menu. The food was just okay. Our pizza was cold. My husband was served wine in a broken glass. We were never asked if we wanted another round of drinks. I might go back for the atmosphere, but would only sit in the bar.
Enjoyed Centro as we always do. It is d ...
Enjoyed Centro as we always do. It is definitely are "Go to" place for any reason especially when we are dowtown.
Nice spot of a business dinner.
Nice spot of a business dinner.
Delicious and lovely
Waitstaff is the best and one of the best filets I've had in quite a while. Impressive presentation.
We dine here whenever we visit the area, and it is a treat every time. The short rib is delicious! And the service is top-shelf.
Always a pleasure
Centro is our downtown "go to" for both casual as well as special occasion dinners. The restaurant can match both appetite and budget with items ranching from pizza and salad to unique entrees. Offerings are broad without being exceptionally adventurous, but always good. We especially enjoy visiting Centro on Sunday evenings -- taking advantage of that last gasp of the weekend in a fun and lively atmosphere. The food is consistent and the service is good. Hard to ask for anything more.
Once again we absolutely loved our exper ...
Once again we absolutely loved our experience at Centro. Everyone in our group had something different and every one of us said our meals were great. The service was quick and very friendly. I highly recommend this place to anyone looking for a delicious meal.
Always a Great Meal
Every time we go there I always try something new and so far I have yet to find something that I don't instantly love. Great date night spot and/or family supper. You won't be disappointed.
We went here after the symphony for our 35th wedding anniversary . We picked it because we love George Formaro's restaurants and wanted something we knew we would enjoy. They accomodated our request for patio seating, and made our evening very special .
First time there, food was good not grea ...
First time there, food was good not great. Service was quite good, attentive and not over bearing. Desert menu, didn't have the brownie Sunday available even though on menu and we were there early in dinner run- 6:15 reservation. Food arrived quickly and looked very nice.
Fantastic restaurant! We were in town f ...
Fantastic restaurant! We were in town for a concert and wanted to try something local to Des Moines and came across Centro (pronounced "CHEN-tro"). My husband had the pork chop - huge portion, cooked perfect and the wine/sauce was complimentary. His plate was artfully garnished with asparagus and new potatoes. I had the sausage and homemade cavatelli noodles - delish! The service was great, drinks were nice and just an overall great experience.
Great dinner on the patio!!!!
Great dinner on the patio!!!!
There is not a bad find on the menu, and ...
There is not a bad find on the menu, and their list of special cocktails is so extensive, it took me at least 10 minutes to decide which martini I wanted to try. The Fiore de Pera is excellent, but the Banana Nut Bread martini is absolutely divine. My husband had one of the specials -- spinach and mushroom stuffed ravioli. I had the halibut. Both were fantastic. The fish was prepared perfectly, and set on a bed of small pasta beads, with side salad containing pistachios and grapefruit segments. Very unique flavor combinations, and simply an exquisite dining experience for our anniversary.
Excellent food and environment, I loved ...
Excellent food and environment, I loved the freshness and quality of the food, and would highly recommend. My only suggestions are 1. a wider variety of wines and 2. friendlier wait staff
Excellent food and service!
We booked our group lunch through Open Table a week prior. The customer service was excellent prior, appetizers were as expected, food was delicious our server was amazing, and she even split our desserts to share as a large group. Thanks Centro!
Service,food was wonderful. No waiting f ...
Service,food was wonderful. No waiting for a table. Waitress was attentive, not over bearing. She was very accomidating to our wishes. Great place
A Must go type of place!
Centro Restaurant was wonderful! From when you walked into the place up to the end. The food was fresh and flavorful and our server was knowledgeable and polite. I will definitely go back.
Mother's Day Brunch
Went there for Mother's Day brunch and the ambiance and service were great. Food was okay.
We love Centro!
Dining at Centro is always a pleasant experience. From the food to the atmosphere top notch all around! This is where my wife wanted to go for Mother's Day! I highly recommend Centro.
Only for special occasions
Great ambiance and excellent service. The food was good, but not amazing. You are paying for the experience, not the amount nor quality of the food. It is expensive for what you get
Probably my favorite place in Des Moines to eat. I love the wait staff, always very professional, and the food is amazing. I love the potabello fries... I could seriously just eat those and be the happiest girl in the world! Everything I have tried there has been very good. Soups, pizzas, pastas ( they make their own)...I highly recommend this as a great place to eat!
Perfect birthday dinner
I had the halibut special, my companions had pizza, scallops, and chicken. Our food was delicious, our service was spectacular, and it was a great place to start off a night of celebration.
We went for my girlfriend's birthday and we had a great time! The food was great and so were the staff! We will be back!
Bruschetta was unbelievable.
Bruschetta was unbelievable.
Everything great...except dinner.
Appetizer great, . Service top notch. But, dinner left something to be desired. I had the Pork Chop Milanese and I could have made this at home. It literally had absolutely no flavor. Yes, I did ask for the chopped salad on the side, so maybe the dressing in it would have added more flavor, but the breading on the chop itself had nothing, literally nothing to taste. I added a bunch of parmesan f rom the table and it still did not help. The fettuccini side also had no flavor and did nothing to help. I was able to doctor up my leftovers at home the next day and that did help. My sister could not find any sauce on her Chicken Francese, and I felt bad because I recommended that after enjoying that in the past. The best part of the meal was definitely the Fried Ravioli and the Smore Brownie Dessert thingy we had? Our server was awesome, he knew we were not in a hurry and totally stayed back and let us enjoy our evening out with our dad. That was sooo appreciated. Never once did he make us feel rushed or that he was waiting for us to leave. I would go back for a sandwich , appetizer, or pizza. But, with the lack of flavor and price paid for entrees, I would not recommend those again.
We had a wonderful dinner at Centro. One of our favorite places to go. The only thing I dislike about Centro is how you are seated so close to the next table especially in the booth seating areas. Otherwise the food, wine and service was great!
Top of the list experience
This is one of my absolute favorite places in downtown Des Moines. The food and wine never disappoint. The service is fantastic. We will continue to visit again and again.
A great romantic dining experience!
My husband and I went to Centro for the first time to celebrate my birthday. It has a romantic ambiance and the food was very good. Our server was friendly and attentive. We will definitely return!
Everything was fine except the halibut.. ...
Everything was fine except the halibut...super bland for $30.
Food was very good and the service was o ...
Food was very good and the service was outstanding. The noise level in the center of the restaurant was loud but when asked to be moved, they accommodated us and it was much quieter on the other side of the restaurant. Good drinks and great selection.
What a GREAT night!
Jessica was our wait person, and she was professional , friendly, and fun. My wife and I enjoyed the varied selections and the more than adequate wine list. I find that I am still remembering how much I enjoyed the pork chop! WOW! When passing through Des Moines again, we intend to make another stop to this outstanding restaurant!
I was very impressed with the follow up for our reservation to Centro's. I got email reminders and a confirmation phone call to ensure we were coming and that they were expecting us. It put my mind at ease that our special dinner for my mom's 70th would get us seated quickly as we had a concert at 7:00 to attend that evening as well. Centro's did not disappoint! The entire evening ran smoothly and even with a 2 year old in tow, things were right on time and tasted SO SO good. Thanks Centro, for helping my mom feel special and giving us a great time as a family!
New Yorker Approved
We were visiting Des Moines from NYC, performing at the Temple Theatre next door to Centro and we ate almost every meal at Centro. As a true NY foodie (I read the restaurant reviews first in every issue of the NYer) Centro passes the test! Great food, great service, great wine. I will be going back if ever I am in Iowa again.
This is one of the top-rated restaurants in Des Moines. This says a lot about the current food scene in Des Moines. A traveler needs to lower one's expectations. The food is edible and uninspired.
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