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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)
Open Now
11:00 am - 11:00 pm Hours
Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We were a group of 4, two of whom are vegan and one of whom is lactose intolerant. We were still able to find items on the menu we could enjoy. The server helped me select a dish that would taste good despite eliminating cheese....More

Thank BamaVol
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I ate here with my relatives and enjoyed the experience. The staff was accommodating, helpful and friendly during our meal. They are very attentive and show a true caring attitude while serving. I would definitely recommend Centro for any special occasion.

Thank ChiChisPapa
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten at Centro before attending a show at the Temple for Performing Arts, and the service and food is always excellent. I recommend making a reservation on the weekend.

1  Thank leighann0576
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the Pasta/Salad Lunch and it was great. Generous portion size. The Bruschetta app was great as well. Service was outstanding, glass was always filled. Definitely worth the visit.

Thank Sting310
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I took my wife for a evening meal. Very good food with a nice selection of options to choose from. Pleasant experience.

Thank Bingtap
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My husband, daughter and I came here on a Saturday night. We had 7 pm reservations and were seated immediately. The place has a cool, modern vibe. Two of us ordered the spinach salad to split (kitchen split it for us so we didn’t have...More

Thank mamat122963
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

They have quite the selection on their menu but we always go for the pizza. One of my favorite things, is they bring in cheese from New York and shredded daily it is delightful

Thank Fam_Tvler
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came with a large group. Service was excellent and so were the appetizers, especially the meatballs. Had a special sea bass for my entree and thought it was very fishy. Tried my friend’s gnocchi. It was a little spicy, but very good.

Thank KauaiLover
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After years of hearing of Centro, I'm glad we finally went. I was pleased to see the variety on the menu. You can hit a number of different price points, which is nice. My wife and I both had pasta and enjoyed our selections. Good...More

Thank Brian L
Reviewed 12 March 2018 via mobile

I asked on Des Moines dinning discovery who had the best scallops. This restaurant was recommended most.They were the best I have ever had. Very large and had just so tender. Will be back!!!

Thank AnkenyDavey
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David B
4 April 2018|
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Response from Froglovinlady | Reviewed this property |
Probably not used by a lot of reviewers. We often taxi or Uber to the places, so I wouldn’t be able to accurately give advice.
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
USD 10 - USD 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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic
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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