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Centro Restaurant

1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
+1 515-248-1780
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“centro salad” (21 reviews)
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Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
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Reviewed yesterday

We went to a large group function at Centro. Their pizzas were a hit - thin, crispy crust with seasoning you could taste. Meatballs - fabulous! And their flourless chocolate cake was wonderful - deep, rich, chocolate flavor.

Thank WhichWay?
Reviewed 2 days ago

Walked in the front door, after passing the very nice outdoor seating. The smoky, woody smell from the oven where they make the flatbreads was 'you had me at hello'. Great looking bar immediately on the right. Very reasonable wine list, so i started with...More

Thank Grumpy_old_guy_ATL
Reviewed 3 days ago

I've eaten here several times on my visits to Des Moines. Everything I've had has been very good. I love eating at this location.

Thank DannyT223
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We read the reviews and decided on Centro. So glad we did. Service was superior!!!!! We started with Mamma's meatballs as a appetizer. Each meatball is the size of a softball. They were awesome. I had the three cheese medallions with brocollini. My husband had...More

Thank Cubette6
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Centro is that "Go to" restaurant that you know is always going to be great. Last time we ate there it was busy, lively, and great as usual! We got the margarita pizza and a bottle of great Italian wine. The patio is my favorite...More

Thank Marie M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This upscale restaurant in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. Food is varied and great - pastas, steaks, entrée level salads. Count on staff to be helpful, knowledgeable, and interactive.

Thank GramsB487
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Centro is an energetic, classy restaurant that could be at home in NYC or other foodcentric cities. Respectable wine and cheese selection. Elegant entrees. Wood fired pizza. Salads are tasty including a beet salad with pecans and a salty sweet vinaigrette. My only complaint would...More

Thank Randy W
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Restaurant was very busy at the noon hour as expected, but the food is well worth the wait. Wait staff was very nice.

Thank U3577RKkimh
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

You know that restaurant that is still packed due to its long-ago reputation but the service and food now is not very good. THIS IS THE PLACE. I was in Des Moines for one evening and wanted to have a nice meal while visiting. I...More

Thank Kenneth C
Kelly M, Guest Relations Manager at Centro Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Kenneth, Sorry to hear that your recent visit to Centro did not live up to expectations. We take pride in the quality of our food and service, and we're disappointed that we let you down during your trip to Des Moines. I have passed...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our group of four really enjoyed our dining experience at Centro. I had a Caesar Salad before dinner and it was very large as were all the salads. For dinner our group had Salmon, Salmon Salad, a Calzone and Spicy Sausage Rigatoni. Everything was very...More

Thank James E
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6 April 2017|
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Response from 114bruceb | Reviewed this property |
I would not say it is extensive but respectable with a decent variety.
6 April 2017|
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Response from Tami W | Reviewed this property |
Good quality options for sure, although not a huge selection.
30 November 2016|
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Response from Arturo A | Reviewed this property |
I do not remember seeing a vegan option.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Bar Scene, Romantic
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
    (10th Street)
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-248-1780
  • E-mail
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.
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