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Centro Restaurant

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1003 Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2805 (10th Street)
+1 515-248-1780
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 22:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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Des Moines, Iowa
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 26 April 2016

This place has the best food, service and ambiance in Des Moines. I have been here several times and never had a bad meal. The service is not just good, it's exceptional! Wait staff are dressed neat and crisp. Always friendly. The menu has a nice variety from inexpensive to pricey options - meats, seafood, vegetarian, pastas, pizza - something... More 

Thank Mary Jo J
Des Moines, Iowa
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Has a little bit of everything. There seafood combos are on point and there fried mushrooms are the best I've had. Beer selection is okay, and wine is pretty good.

1 Thank Adam W
Iowa City, Iowa
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108 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

We had lunch there-really enjoyed the whole experience. Fine food, excellent service- fine urban restaurant! We hadn't been there for a while, so was a pleasant surprise. Vbl

Thank alumnus
Des Moines, Iowa
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 April 2016 via mobile

This is a great location for a business lunch. I am always impressed with the staff and variety of foods. The salads and soups are outstanding.

Thank Funmom63
Des Moines, Iowa
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30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

Great date night! Went there for our 20th Anniversary, and the food was wonderful-cavatelli and my husband had steak....fabulous cheesecake! The only negative is that some of the tables are very close together, so it isn't as private as I prefer.

1 Thank Reader95
Des Moines, Iowa
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 25 April 2016 via mobile

Food is okay . Nothing outstanding. For Des Moines IA It is one of the better places to eat. Table 128 and Bistro Montage are wayyyyy better!!

Thank Averymatthew
Terre Haute, Indiana
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512 reviews
366 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2016

This is located downtown. It is a popular eatery. The bar section was packed. Our group of four had to wait 20 minutes on a Tuesday Night for seating. The wait is definitely worth it. Who would believe that excellent Italian food could be found in Des Moines? We ordered the large calzone for part of our dinner order. It... More 

1 Thank OrlandoMouse
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16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

This is one of my favorite Des Moines restaurants! The food is very good and the desserts are awesome. Their cheesecake alone was worth the trip! The service is usually good but we've had some experiences when we were left unattended needing drinks, napkins, etc. but most of the time it's fine.

2 Thank Mary T
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016

We like Centro. It's noisy, unromantic, but the food is terrific. We go there about once a quarter and always have enjoyed our meal. The service has been good, the table staff pleasant. It's a high end place and you pay dearly for what you get. Give it a try and create your own opinion. Your not going to waste... More 

1 Thank Greg H
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44 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for brunch with some friends. I tried the crab cakes Benedict. The crab cake was an intriguing addition. I very much enjoyed my entire meal.

1 Thank Ashley N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 30
Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?