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
I am a professional Chef in the Ames Iow ...
I am a professional Chef in the Ames Iowa area. This is my take of my recent trip to Centro;
Deep fried mushrooms were over done/had burnt overtones. Gnocchi was very heavy, un-scored and lacking sufficient sauce. The gnocchi at "Luca" in the East Village, Des Moines (and my own) are much lighter and more traditional in flavor, appearance and mouth feel. As this is marketed by Centro as an "in house" product, I would recommend a different recipe for the gnocchi. Table bread was fine but served room temp and lacked a proper crust. Fettuccine Alfredo had excellent flavor but was a bit dry. Margarita pizza was very good. House chianti was very good. The cappuccino I had for desert was stellar.
Atmosphere was impressive. One of the best in the metro. Linen tablecloths added to the level of sophistication of Centro but the white paper table top coverings screamed "we're cutting costs!" and seemed to call for a box of Crayolas. My wife and I were well dressed as were the vast majority of patrons. It was refreshing not to see any shorts or blue jeans. Service was decent and the staff were all very professional and accommodating. Overall the dining experience was fine but I would have to try it again before I could give Centro a strong recommendation. For Italian restaurants in Des Moines, I would definitely rank Centro in the top 5.
reviews noted for wine: server did not g ...
reviews noted for wine: server did not give me a wine list: what do you want? Pino
Gri or Cabernet? Food nothing special. creme brulee good. Noisy. Really Italian american, not Italian.
My recommendation: look for something more imaginative.
This has always been a favorite spot. Th ...
This has always been a favorite spot. The server was friendly but not as attentive. I asked for a lemonade but never recieved. I took it as a sign that I didn't need one so I never asked again. Food was good as always but getting the check was a little slow. I'll still be returning.
FYI It was a Thursday evening. We were w ...
FYI It was a Thursday evening. We were with good friends and in a mood to be pleased, but that didn't happen. The scallops were bland and "slick". The chicken proscuitto penne pasta contained no discernable proscuitto. The couple we were with didn't care for their entrees either. I'll continue to go to Centro occasionally for brunch, but defintely won't return for dinner. Also, the bathroom, which is shared with Starbucks, needed some attention.
Glad we made a reservation - the place w ...
Glad we made a reservation - the place was busy. Wonderful, tasty food that came with reasonable proportions. Pizza had a nice crisp crust and the pasta entrees were delightful and fresh. Sara was very much in tune to the pace we desired to eat and converse. She made wonderful suggestions for food pairings. Take the time to have the deserts they were delicious.
Centro is a great spot for a decent lunc ...
Centro is a great spot for a decent lunch in downtown Des Moines. We had several pizzas. These are thin typical southside pizzas. Nothing really special, but they do use quality ingredients. The crust seemed bland to me compared to others in the area. Service was attentive. The iPads for wine lists were malfunctioning. Nothing like good old paper. The mixed drinks were good. Somehow Centro just seems to be very slowly declining in taste and quality. Call me picky, its still a good place, just not the top of its game it was ten years ago.
Love Centro! Food was exceptional Tuesd ...
Love Centro! Food was exceptional Tuesday night. Service always good. The noise precludes me from being a more consistent customer. It is very noisy in the restaurant.
I usually love to sit in the bar at the tables. Love to look at the street traffic.
It took almost a half an hour for our wa ...
It took almost a half an hour for our waiter to take our order, even though he had given us water, opened our wine, and given us menus. We enjoy Centro, but the noise level is unbelievable. My husband said he could only hear the 2 people next to him. He couldn't hear a thing that our friend said from across the table.
We'll have to think again, before we go with more than 2 people in our group.
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.
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.
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