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Centro Restaurant

) #2 of 471 Restaurants in Des Moines $$ - $$$, Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly
1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
+1 515-248-1780
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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“brunch” (19 reviews)
“centro salad” (21 reviews)
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Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
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Reviewed yesterday

Overall we enjoyed the meal (steak and salmon) but the main disappointment was the service for a high end restaurant. One thing I do not like and don't expect in a nice restaurant is the server touching the glass on the rim where I drink....More

Thank minnms
Reviewed yesterday

Centro is an established restaurant part of the Orchestrate Hospitality group chain. It's a great high-quality restaurant with a high price tag. This restaurant is worth the money though, as the restaurant's layout and design would make an architect fall in his tracks in love....More

Thank Luke S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Incredibly fresh food. Great for business, couples, family or friends. Excellent service . Loved the pizza and salad and soup.

Thank iowabound
Reviewed 2 days ago

In town for an event but was not impressed with this place---the red sauce was very acidic and the lettuce a bit old--husband ordered a rib eye steak and felt it was good---the set up kinda reminded us of some of the Chicago restaurants but...More

Thank MichiganderMom
Reviewed 3 days ago

I'll start by saying I may be being unfair. I say that b/c after I returned home some Des Moines items popped up due to Google or whatever and I clicked on this restaurant, not realizing yet it was where I had gone (I realized...More

Thank RebelTimeTraveler
Reviewed 5 days ago

We had a great dinner on Mother's Day. I had the chicken Saltimboca, it was amazing!! The waitress told me it was a staff favorite, I can see why. We shared the charcuterie platter for an appetizer, it was delicious, but too much food for...More

Thank luisem25
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have previously reviewed Centro and it's one of our favorite local places. My hubby and I had dinner recently prior to a show at the Temple for the Performing Arts. We'd had big lunches so we ordered bruschetta as an appetizer, split a spinach...More

Thank Mary Alice H
Reviewed 1 week ago

Prior to Mother's Day I called to see if we could make a reservation and was told they were not taking reservations it would be first come basis. When we arrived we asked for a table for 6 and were told it would be while....More

Thank mhelmick2016
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really a nice evening, our server Amber K was outstanding. Food was delicious, I had a special Atlantic Halibut. Portions are just right, plenty but not giant. My sister had the salmon which was buttery and delicious. We felt unhurried, it was a relaxing dining...More

Thank Kate G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great friends great food great fun and no other way to put it then a Friday night at Centro. We started out with the Colossal onion rings and spicy ketchup love 200 bread with oil and parmesan cheese and then into my Cobb salad this...More

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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
USD 10 - USD 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
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Bar Scene
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
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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.