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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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Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805
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Reviewed 17 November 2016

Some creative combinations and fresh ingredients made for an excellent pizza. The crust was baked perfectly and the sauce had good flavor. It is not cheap, but worth treating yourself to every now and then.

Thank TCstravels
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Looking for a nice restaurant to take the entire family for a special event. You know the problem - kid's menu, entrees for the older ones, not too stuffy. I thought of Centro, having had several lunch meetings there. Perfect! The kids thought it was...More

Thank PrMichaelM
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

We dont get much of the vegetarian food in US... fortunately centro has a couple of items in their menu which is a good thing for us... but as there are only couple items everytime we go there we are just ordering the same food....More

Thank chanda_swetha421
Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

Centro is one of the most amazing places in DSM. Great food with a wide variety, excellent wine list, and very comfortable atmosphere. It is our DSM favorite.

Thank briancarico
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

... even if you don't have anything with garlic. The smell permeates your clothing and you'll reek of it until you send 'em out to the cleaners or towss 'em in the washer. The food is passable; the service is desultory, but adequate, but the...More

Thank Douglas C
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We were staying in a Downtown hotel and did not want Hotel food. I saw the reviews for Centro and thought a four-block walk would not be out of the question for a great steak. It was well worth the walk. The steak was excellent...More

Thank Mark E
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

We were surprised by the superb preparation and presentation. The chef is talented. Flavours well balanced, not trying too hard, fresh, innovative and about the best meal we'd had in awhile. This after a month of meeting with friends in Chicago's highly rated places. Congrats...More

Thank PaulJR49
Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

We were at the American Showcase Alpaca Show in Des Moines and after a long day wanted to enjoy a nice meal with other alpaca breeders and did we ever! Excellent dinner. All of us enjoyed our meal. Would go back and definitely recommend it...More

Thank dred1
Reviewed 1 November 2016

We were impressed with both the food and the service. We sat at the bar and enjoyed the friendly and professional servers. We ordered the fish special and the food was delicious and carefully prepared. This is a well run establishment. They know what they...More

Thank Julie R
Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Just landed in Des Moines and my colleague and I were looking for something not hotel food. On a recommendation from the front desk we went to Centro. And, I was pleasantly surprised on the recommendation. Both being foodies and expect a lot from our...More

Thank Daniel W
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David B
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Response from ChiChisPapa | Reviewed this property |
That is a good point. Parking is an important issue once you arrive. However, when a restaurant is in a area of downtown where it is mostly street parking, or valet at certain places, it is an afterthought and not a... More
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
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
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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