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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
In town for business and found Centro at top of ratings list. Great atmosphere and service. The table started with Brussels sprouts, which were phanominal. We had the wood grilled salmon, steak salad, spicy sausage rigatoni, and ghonchi - all hits! The steak was slightly overcooked for an ask of medium. Wine and food were affordable, and we left happy customers!
Disappointed in the service and the good. Was told repeatedly that it was "Restaurant Week" and that's why the service was so slow. We saw our server inconsistently, and mainly just to take our order and to apologize for the delay in our food. We ordered the calamari which was a huge portion, but was extremely greasy and not seasoned at all. We also ordered a small pizza and the herb crusted beef tenderloin. The pizza was good, but came out after the pizza from a group that was seated 20 minutes after. The tenderloin was good, not great. Not sure if it was worth $37.
Will probably be a while before we try it again. Would probably order a pizza for carry out though.
Celebrated my birthday in town and my brother recommended we eat at Centro. Im so glad he did. It was exceptional. Our waitress was great and recommended the chicken saltimbocca dish, which I ordered and absolutely loved! My husband got a pizza which was great too. They have an awesome specialty cocktail list to choose from and the atmosphere was really nice too. Overall, everyone loved this place and we would defiantely go back again.
Centro has for many years been a favorite with me...but Sunday was not a great experience. I made a reservation to bring cousins visiting from California for lunch. It could have just been an off day or ?. But the noise level was unusually high, and the food not up to par. ...tomato bisque soup was left un touched, blt bacon billed Niman Ranch was soggy, tomatoes anemic looking....we didn't order anything difficult or complicated....and all four of us were very disappointed...server didn't show up to ask how anything was, so.....
Our server did fine at the beginning . But when it was time to pay, he left the bill, but didn't come back. We caught his attention, he said he had to attend to another table first. But then he just stood against the wall. We waited over 15 minutes. We finally took the bill to the front and she took care of it. Never saw him again. Very very odd. A first ever. Food was excellent .
Our table of 7 experienced excellent service from a very helpful server with great recommendations for dinner and dessert. The caprese salad with locally grown tomatoes was ambrosia! The carbonara dish was a hit and well as the thin crust pizza. Our peach sangrias were perfection to start the evening. A wonderful birthday celebration!
Centro has been our go to for birthdays and anniversarys but this last visit may be it for us. In the good ol days outdoor seating was reserved for intimate dining but things have changed. When we arrived we were seated next to a 10 person after work social that was VERY loud and totally over stayed their welcome. In addition there was a lovely long black hair wrapped snugly in with our bread (I pulled it out before my husband noticed!) The furniture and plates are tired and the menu continues to down grade. It's been fun Centro but we are moving on...
I'm not from Des Moines, but I heard great things about Centro. The service and ambiance were outstanding. Unfortunately the food didn't meet our expectations. My wife's sea bass was overcooked to the point where it was tough. My tofu gnocchi was good, but greens and veggies with it had a very strong raw garlic taste. Had the garlic been cooked, it would have been a good dish but it wasn't prepared well. Our kids liked their grilled cheese and ravioli.
I drove two hours to eat here for my birthday with my girlfriends. I loved it! Clean, roomy restaurant with pop and old ad styled art on the walls. Old, classical music played low in the background, which I love. The food and service was amazing in taste and quality. And I was pleasnantly surprised to find my total to be just over 20 dollars for bread, an entre and salad, drink, and dessert! 10/10. I would actually move to Des Moines just so this was closer to me. My new favorite restaurant. I've already recommended to all of my friends and family.
GREAT brunch menu - kids included! My three-year-old and I met my parents for a weekend brunch and could not have been more impressed by the food and service. The meals were generous, yet so delicious, no leftovers were to be had. HIGHLY recommend and we will be visiting again soon.
The food tasted great though the portions were too large. Plate presentation amazing, service was spectacular and waitress was totally attuned to our needs giving us refills and asking questions we had about particular dishes. It was my wife's birthday and she got her dessert for free. We will be back as this was our first visit to Centro. It was a little loud inside but we could still hear our own conversation. Complimentary oil and bread was amazing. I ordered the calamari and side Greek salad. Wife order the cheese ravioli and a side Centro salad. Lemon aoli and marinara were to die for. We had the creme brulee for dessert. I wished the breading on the calamari had some seasoning on it. It was easily the best Greek salad I've ever had. Biscotti served with the creme tasted great.
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