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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” (20 reviews)
“centro salad” (21 reviews)
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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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191 - 200 of 752 reviews

Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

The food and atmosphere were lively and engaging. We had to wait 20-30 minutes on a Sunday evening but it was worth the wait. The morel mushrooms were amazing!

1  Thank Matt-chew76
Reviewed 16 May 2016

Had the soup and salad for lunch one day. The tomato basil soup was excellent! The salad was poor. It had a lot of the ends/parts of the lettuce that we all throw away. Had brunch the next day. Very good! I just wish the...More

1  Thank Dave512aus
Reviewed 16 May 2016 via mobile

Our son and his wife hosted the extended family for a celebration lunch following our granddaughter's graduation from Drake University. The calamari appetizer was exceptional. My wife had the Margarita pizza. It was superb. My brother and I had the Italian omelet. It was wonderful....More

1  Thank teds759
Reviewed 15 May 2016

We dined here on a Thursday evening. The weather was ideal and the patio was full so we dined inside. We started with the spinach salad with warm dressing and fresh bread and olive oil. The entrees arrived fairly quickly and were fresh and flavorful....More

1  Thank MidwesternMom69
Reviewed 12 May 2016

Quality of meals were only average. Service not much better. Italian kitchens must know how to prepare pasta. There were no Italians in the kitchen here. Pasta was undercooked and sauce tasted like it was not fresh. Server was anxious to go home and it...More

Thank Westcoaster36
OrchestrateDSM, Guest Relations Manager at Centro Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2016

Hi there, Thank you for taking the time to share your review about your visit. On behalf of our entire team, I am sorry to hear that you were disappointed in your food and service. I will be passing your feedback along to our general...More

Reviewed 8 May 2016

We went to Centro for dinner, the restaurant looks nice and ambiance was ok. We sat outside and order our food. We ordered calamari for appetizer, it was not good. Our salad was good and pizza was ok. The worst part of the evening was...More

Thank harry n
Reviewed 7 May 2016 via mobile

I was incredibly surprised to see a restaurant like this in Des Moines but a lot is changing in downtown Des Moines. What they serve is bistro food favorites like calzone and pizza but also higher end seafood and meat entrees. I had a simple...More

1  Thank pkdenver
Reviewed 4 May 2016

You know you are in Iowa when even an Italian place offers pork tenderloin. Centro's has their own take - nice size tenderloin topped with ham, thick slices of bacon and an egg sunny side up. Served on a ciabatta bun. Nicely done

Thank MizzouMike
Reviewed 2 May 2016

I moved to the neighborhood by Centro and was very happy with my dining experience. Why not deliver a 5 star review? I have eaten at only a few 5 star establishments anywhere in the world and I would pick Centro as my favorite in...More

3  Thank Viking94708
Reviewed 2 May 2016

We were here with a group of nine. The sat us within 20 minutes. They were so nice and explained everything. The food was hot and fresh. Our waitress was a doll. She was so nice. Even when t was time to go she wrapped...More

Thank Astoria1239
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Good wine list?
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.
Good wine list?
7 April 2017|
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Response from Tami W | Reviewed this property |
Good quality options for sure, although not a huge selection.
Is there vegan options?
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
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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Groups, 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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