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
Tried Centro for Sunday brunch, as we love dinner there. It was awesome, with quite a variety to order from the menu. I had the spinach frittata, tasted good, but was surprised at the flat omelet like look as opposed to more of a thick fluffier frittata from the oven. 2 in our group had the egg sandwich, quite a hit. The bloody mary bar was popular with half our group of 6. Lots of garnish choices. I went with the Bellini. Great pace of service and enjoyable morning out with friends.
The service is impeccable. We came in 10 min early to our reservation and were seated immediately. Waiter approached table within minutes. We were given ample amount of time to browse their menu. Trust me you will need some time unless you have been there before. It was hard to make a decision-everything sounded so good! ( ** definitely get the portabello fries- you will not want to miss out)
Food was delivered in a timely manner. Our water glasses were filled consistently. Overall no complaints and a very high praise for this restaurant. They definitely know what they are doing at Centro. If I'm ever in Des Moines again, this is my top pick.
I usually have a good experience here, and the staff is on top of everything. However, this time my food was a little cold. I should have sent it back, but I didn't want to cause any issues. Besides that, the food was actually good. Just could have been a lot warmer.
The experience was enjoyable! The food was well portioned and timed well with appetizers, it also tasted very amazing. It was nice to have true vegan options. The dim lights were perfect for the setting and even better for dates and special occasions. We could not stop raving about the whole experience!
Went for a special occasion. Restaurant was very busy, but service was impeccable. Server was incredibly attentive, but not annoyingly so. Steaks were some of the best I've ever had and melted in our mouths. Everything was cooked perfectly. Cocktails were delicious too. I tried the Bellini-tini and my date had a riesling. For Dessert we shared a marshmallow brownie sundae and it was incredible. Salty sweet, the perfect combination. Ambiance is nice, candlelit atmosphere. I will definitely be back.
My wife and I have been going to Centro for as long as we've lived in Des Moines ... almost 10 years. It is one of our go-to spots, as the food is consistently great and the waitstaff is consistently attentive and friendly. We've celebrated birthdays and anniversaries at Centro. We like to have date nights in the bar area, because it's cozy and a great spot to people watch. As for the food ... whether pizza (capricciosa is my favorite) or entrees (steak or salmon) ... we have never had a bad meal.
Date nights are few and far between with a family our size, but when we have them, Centro is our "go to" restaurant. The food, drinks, ambiance and attentive wait staff keep us coming back. Prepare to open your wallet a little wider, but definitely worth it ... especially if you're trying to impress someone. A "must try" restaurant in Des Moines.
I have been there twice now and each time has been amazing. The food was fantastic, service was prompt and timely but not hovering, and drinks were always full. There were families that had kids there but not many and they were not distracting from the atmosphere. Food was reasonably priced for the quantity let alone the quality. I will definitely be back.
The food, service, and environment were all exceptional. My wife and I went there for our anniversary. It was a special night for us and Centro made it even more special.
There was only one issue with the flooring (When people were walking I could feel their footsteps), which might not be a problem for many, but was for me.
Despite that, I would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who wants to have a good time with their loved ones. It is also a great place for having business meetings since it's relatively quiet.
We made a reservation for New Year's Eve via Open Table and when we showed up, we were immediately taken to our table. The service was wonderful and the waiter offered his opinion on size and value. It was the perfect amount of food for two people. The staff was very friendly and professional to the patrons and each other. This place never disappoints me!
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