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Centro Restaurant

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1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805 (10th Street)
+1 515-248-1780
11:00 - 23:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Sioux City, Iowa
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 March 2016

Everything was very prompt and everyone was very knowledgeable and kind. And the food was to die for. I ordered steak with broccolini and Gorgonzola sauce and it was so immensely satisfying and the food very soon after we ordered it too!

Thank HonestIsBest
des moines, iowa
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

I always have had excellent food here. The portabella mushroom fries make me want some now. Service was great as usual.

Thank senoritasara
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49 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2016 via mobile

I've been there multiple times and will go back again so many other. Service is excellent, choices are exquisite and you feel reved up with the music, wine and amazing taste. I have to space my visits so I don't get bored of going too often. Possibly the best place in downtown Des Moines.

Thank David T
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2016

I went to Centro with a group of friends for lunch before the symphony this past Sunday. It was pretty busy at 11:30a, but we were seated much faster than expected. The place and the settings were crisp, clean, and fresh. The room very full, so it was loud, but not so loud we had to shout across the table.... More 

Thank Candi K
Middletown, Rhode Island
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016 via mobile

Tasty food but really large portions - dont be afraid to share or order an appetizer as a main Fried Brussel sprouts are surprisingly good!

1 Thank KRedri
West Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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153 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 February 2016

I had visited Centro when it first opened several years ago and had several repeat visits over about a course of a year, always a great experience. It's a bustling atmosphere-very large room, lots of tables right next to each other, servers stalking the aisles regularly. Most tables are deep in conversation and this place seems to attract larger groups... More 

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Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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137 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016

Food, excellent. Service, excellent. Price point - Excellent. Atmosphere, excellent. Fine Italian dining in the heart of Des Moines. A must if you are visiting -- a treat if you live here!

Thank JFSoccerCoach
El Cerrito, California
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016 via mobile

In town for business, this place was a welcome surprise. Quality, innovative menu with very attentive wait staff.

Thank TravelingJo2014
Des Moines, Iowa
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12 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016

The food, ambiance and service were all fantastic! We had a seafood and it was fresh and delicious. The unique dish was the chef's creation and was high quality, fresh and fabulous. Would definitely return!

Thank honest11247
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

Lovely birthday meal out with my wife and two sons. Food as exciting as always. everyone but I had pizza which they swear by. I had the short ribs which were tender and served with a brasica based sauce which was absolutely exquisite.

Thank Victor N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Italian, American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, 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
Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, 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
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?