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Centro Restaurant

1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
+1 515-248-1780
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (29 reviews)
“centro salad” (21 reviews)
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11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
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1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Attractive, contemporary, nice menu, excellent bread. Food well prepared. Try and come here whenever I am in town

Thank fcrane35
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Despite having booked we had to wait in the bar till our table came free about 20 minutes after our booking time. The food we ordered was slow to arrive but when it did it was well flavoured and good. Maybe they were just short...More

Thank peterturgoose
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Really outstanding restaurant in downtown Des Moines. So glad we went! We did not have reservations, but got a table on a busy Saturday night in about 35 minutes. We used that time to check out the nearby Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Service was outstanding. Food...More

Thank Bobeana
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Love the ambiance, friendly staff, and food is excellent. One of my favorite places to eat.we use it as a carry out as well and it has always been good.

Thank LakeWinnieNana
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place! Centro has excellent food for both lunch and dinner. I highly recommend ordering any of the pasta dishes. As they are all incredible. House salad is excellent and if you are up for pizza, you will love Centro’s pizza. Lounge is...More

Thank Steve A
Reviewed 13 May 2018

We brought a few of our well traveled business customers here to eat dinner one night after their visit, and our visitors were not disappointed. It was nice to hear that one of our local restaurants was on their list of top Italian places to...More

Thank Don B
Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

Food and service were perfect. Indoor and outdoor seating. All the seating feels good. Nice bar area. Scallops were delicious.

Thank Go2FunFood
Reviewed 8 May 2018

My friend took me to the restaurant it was for lunch it is located down town Des Moines and is a great central place to be with people walking all around the area the restaurant gives you a throw back feeling we were sat down...More

Thank T6125EIdeanb
Reviewed 1 May 2018

This is a busy, upscale Italian eatery in downtown Des Moines. The menu departs a bit from the typical Italian, but still has most of the traditional dishes, augmented with steak, poultry, and seafood offerings. Book a reservation if you want to dine in early...More

Thank DElea60785
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Service was excellent. 5 of us and we were served at the same time. Food came hot and tasty. For the price was a real bargain

Thank Robert A
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David B
4 April 2018|
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Response from ChiChisPapa | Reviewed this property |
That is a good point. Parking is an important issue once you arrive. However, when a restaurant is in a area of downtown where it is mostly street parking, or valet at certain places, it is an afterthought and not a... More
7 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.
7 April 2017|
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Response from Tami W | Reviewed this property |
Good quality options for sure, although not a huge selection.
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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, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
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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