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Centro Cafe

#104 of 1,242 Restaurants in Milwaukee
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
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808 East Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212
+1 414-455-3751
17:00 - 21:00
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Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Milwaukee, WI
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great GF options. Many menu items just come gf standard, even their pizza. The garlic toast was to die for. Lots of options from basic pasta dishes to seasonal specialties. Yum!

New Albany, Indiana
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Small, cozy place in a quiet neighborhood. Waited an hour and a half, however we just put our name in and went to some nearby taverns (do not miss the Foundation Bar just around the corner). Food and service were great. Had the Diavolo (spicy seafood pasta), very good.

Thank tiwlli009
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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42 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We wandered in on a busy Saturday night and got a cozy corner table in this great place that has a Big Apple feel. Our spicy arugula salad with a dollop of scrumptious marzapone, butternut lasagna, and the night's special Scottish lamb with barley were all perfectly prepared and satisfying. Service was attentive and efficient. We will be back, often!

Thank MarianneRemark
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

While the decor and atmosphere are great, the food wasn't so great. The complimentary bread and olive oil weren't very good. The bread was hard and the oil was tasteless. I've had flavored oils at other restaurants but this was plain. The service was great, hot dinners were brought out after a short wait. The pasta dishes were all large... More 

Thank LoriMilwaukee
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
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278 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 September 2016

Took friends to Centro for dinner. They were just as delighted as we have been each time we enjoy dinner there. Two of us had the special - Duck bacon and shrimp risotto, one had the duck risotto, and the other the Bison meat balls. All were extraordinary. We also enjoyed an appetizer of prosciutto wrapped asparagus - grilled. Would... More 

Thank Ann W
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

Love love love this restaurant . When asked where to go - I always mention Centro cafe. I love everything about the place . The drinks ,bread,salad choices, pasta is crazy delicious . Have a after dinner drink. Once again - total gem. I need to get back soon.

Thank Localfann
De Pere, Wisconsin
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108 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016 via mobile

This is a favorite of ours and our most recent trip didn't disappoint. Loved our pasta and our red wine and loved our waitress, Michelle, who was helpful with the menu and with getting our Rocket Salad quickly. Already looking forward to next time.

Thank bushmckay
Grafton, Wisconsin
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35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016 via mobile

Tonight was our first time dining at Central Cafe and I will not be returning. I was there with 4 other women celebrating a friend's birthday. Centro Cafe is a small place; tables are close together and are best suited for parties of two or three people. Our waitress was attentive, but she clearly had little or no training, and... More 

Thank Stacy B
Dallas, Texas
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2016 via mobile

Visiting family who had been here before and enjoyed some very, very good Italian food. Calamari, cerviche, rocket salad as appetizers. Gnudi, Italian sausage with penne (nice and spicy!) and seafood risotto. Topped off with very nice wines (both red and white) reasonably priced as is the food. And then there was Jenny who waited on us with some of... More 

Thank tonyrad58
Shorewood WI
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33 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

I've eaten here with family, friends and colleagues. For special occasions or just simply dinner with the family. They are without a doubt one of the most consistent restaurants I've ever gone to. Saturday was probably my 15th visit and once again they proved consistent in every way. Service was excellent and the food as good as always. My companion... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 808 East Center Street, Milwaukee, WI 53212
  • Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Milwaukee
  • Phone Number: +1 414-455-3751

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?