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
Food and server were good. However, the ...
Food and server were good. However, they need to have timed the delivery of our entrees better as we had barely finished half of our salads when they brought out our main course. Our reservation was at 8:00 and there was no pressure to turn over our table so the pacing of the meal could have been slowed down.
Went to Centro to meet with friends. We ...
Went to Centro to meet with friends. We have been there many other times, and was always an incredible experience, and always worth the extra $$. This time everything was again fantastic, except our server. He left his smile and patience elsewhere. Didn't want to take a drink or app order until the rest of our party arrived, and was extremely rushed. We felt like we were an inconvenience to him.
Centro is one of our favorites and we ea ...
Centro is one of our favorites and we eat there frequently. The food is consistent, staff is well-trained and ambience is nice. They also have a great outdoor patio which is protected from the elements. It can get a bit noisy when busy but that is part of the experience in a "bistro" type setting. We will keep returning.
Wonderful salad, soup, bread but Chef's ...
Wonderful salad, soup, bread but Chef's Inspiration halibut was a great disappointment. It was our anniversary so I splurged to get it. It was a very small portion, was served on a bed of overcooked green beans and sat in a watery broth that was very bland. Was envying my husband's calzone.
Customer service at hostess stand was ho ...
Customer service at hostess stand was horrible. I was waiting for one member in my party and said I would wait up front for the final party member as long as I could keep our seat on the patio. The hostess said that would be no problem and that she would hold the patio spot. The hostess did not hold the patio spot and gave the last table to a party that came in 15 minutes after I had and then proceeded to argue with me about it. I told her that if she hadn't said she would hold the patio table , I would have been seated immediately. We ended up taking a window seat. The hostess was so rude and incompetent that we did not enjoy the experience. I'm not sure we will ever go back. They have good food and a nice atmosphere, but we spend a lot going out to eat and I prefer to do business with restaurants that value our business. I expect good and courteous service and good food for my business. Sadly, I don't feel Centro values our business. There are a lot of other great places in town to eat where I do feel our business is appreciated. We will frequent those instead.
The food was excellent! Large portion si ...
The food was excellent! Large portion sizes! Service was great! Glad I made the reservation to surprise my wife. She was pleasantly surprised. Drove an hour to get there and it was well worth it. First time for using an online reservation system, worked great! Need to do that more often.
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.
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