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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%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (29 reviews)
“centro salad” (21 reviews)
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10:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll hours
Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This is one of the finest restaurants in Des Moines. Great menu selection and the food tastes great. It is well worth venturing downtown to enjoy a great meal.

Thank Carole M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I ate at Centro while in town for a wedding. Seating was outside on the patio, which gives a good view of the downtown area. The food was good, but not quite up to my expectations for Italian fine dining. Unfortunately, the...More

Thank krondor100
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If your visiting Des Moines this is an excellent place to grab dinner in a non chain restaurant. Food is always excellent with excellent service. If you try the Tomato soup you won't be disappointed.

Thank Deb M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great ambience, top drawer service, and delicious Italian and American fare all combine to offer one of this city's finest dining experiences. Centro's soups and salads are excellent starters. Their traditional pasta, noodle, and pizza offerings are spot on. And the excellent wine list provides...More

Thank EGilSmith
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Many people have about this place. I have no complaints. It's fine, but I don't think it's extraordinary.

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

You really can't go wrong at El Centro.. The food is always excellent; we have never had a bad meal there. The house salad is wonderful; pasta dishes are their specialty. Would also recommend the pizza. Service is quite good in this upscale atmosphere.

Thank GoneAgain02
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

...and excellent service and a nicely central location. Can't go wrong here, whether you're in the mood for healthy or comfy food.

Thank Dena S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Centros is a great place to take a client for dinner. The menu has a wide variety, from Pizza to steak and chops. I've never been disappointed here.

Thank Bruce L
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant had a nice Italian flair, wonderful appetizers, and healthy large portions. italian chicken caprese was tasty and very large portions.

Thank asldsl
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

My husband and I loved this place. Vegetable pizza, bruschetta, beet salad, tofu gnocchi pasta! All amazing. Great vegan & vegetarian options. Waitress was so educated on all the foods and very outgoing. Will return again. Don’t miss this jewel.

Thank aimeelynn1981
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Questions & Answers
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.
1 December 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
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
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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