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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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“brunch” (28 reviews)
“centro salad” (21 reviews)
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10:00 - 21:00All 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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1 - 10 of 786 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

We dined here on a whim while visiting Des Moines. The food was absolutely amazing and delicious. The service however ruined the experience for us. My group of six did not order cocktails or soft drinks as we had been wined and dined all day...More

Thank Jewel K
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Des Moines was closed down because of a summer storm that knocked out power to most of the city. We Ubered to Centro. It was packed and deservedly so. We ordered a pizza and pasta. Had a Bert and vino. Everything was great. And the...More

Thank LAR1942
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Love Centro for their Sunday Brunch and their Bloody Mary Bar. Always enjoy entertaining out of town guests here. Food is great and has an upscale atmosphere.

Thank srgauger
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Wonderful Pizza lots of good Italian dishes usually fast in and out.... Nice place for a date parking is a little bit of a hassle but not too bad.

Thank Cliff K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed our visit to Centro so much! We will definitely go back when we visit Des Moines next. The service was excellent; as was the food. We both had pasta dishes and they were delicious!

Thank Kristy C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Centro, located in an historic downtown building not far from Des Moines's sculpture park, serves an excellent menu of distinct dishes. Indulge in the Newman Ranch Pork Loin or lick your lips enjoying the homemade pasta dishes. Served with fresh baked bread accompanied by an...More

Thank sherrywilk
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

You can do this restaurant for brunch on the weekend, dinner or appetizers and a drink. Love the food here and of course the bread.

Thank Calvin A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Consistently the best. Great entrees across the board. Pizza is great. Many split an entree since they are plentiful.

Thank Hoosieriniowa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Good food and service. Sandwiches are great. Good atmosphere. Have had dinner and lunch here both are excellent.

Thank Sarah B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really Nice atmosphere and great service over all. Reasonable prices for the their large selection of food

Thank M2467OPdebrad
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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
Romantic, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Business meetings
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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