Centro Cafe

808 E Center St, Milwaukee WI 53202
$$$ Italian

A cozy Italian inspired restaurant established in 2009 in the heart of Riverwest. We’re very passionate about our food; our menu changes seasonally and features a wide range of Italian inspired dishes, including pasta, seafood, salads, and unique pizzas. We’re well known for our gluten free and vegan options, nearly every pasta dish and every pizza is available gluten free. Our food is super fresh and we use local ingredients whenever possible. We also offer a fantastic dessert menu for the cherry on top of your experience. Our exclusively Italian wine list offers rich and varied selections from small producers and family vineyards. Our seasonally changing drink list includes creative Amari cocktails and a rotating selection of beers from Wisconsin micro-breweries. Our bustling open kitchen, centered in the dining room provides an enticing glow. Our intimate and well-lit atmosphere is inviting and offers a comforting experience for all. Additionally, the bar, lounge, patio, and sidewalk each offer distinct dining experiences. Come stop on by!

Reservations

Business Info

  • Address: 808 E Center St, Milwaukee WI 53202
  • Cross Street: Bremen St.
  • Cuisine: Italian |
  • Cost: | Moderate
  • Category: Fine Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Meals Served: Dinner |
  • Parking: Street |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Cash |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: (414) 455-3751
  • Features: Full Bar, Live Entertainment, Outdoor Seating, Takeout Available, Lounge / Bar,
  • Occasion: Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Special Occasion, Date Night,

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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Dinner - Back Patio - OUTDOOR 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner - Centro Cafe - INDOOR 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner - Front Patio - OUTDOOR 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tuesday
Dinner - Back Patio - OUTDOOR 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner - Centro Cafe - INDOOR 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner - Front Patio - OUTDOOR 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday
Dinner - Back Patio - OUTDOOR 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner - Centro Cafe - INDOOR 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner - Front Patio - OUTDOOR 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday
Dinner - Back Patio - OUTDOOR 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner - Centro Cafe - INDOOR 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Dinner - Front Patio - OUTDOOR 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday
Dinner - Back Patio - OUTDOOR 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Dinner - Centro Cafe - INDOOR 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Dinner - Front Patio - OUTDOOR 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday
Dinner - Back Patio - OUTDOOR 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Dinner - Centro Cafe - INDOOR 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Dinner - Front Patio - OUTDOOR 5 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday
Closed - Back Patio - OUTDOOR
Closed - Front Patio - OUTDOOR
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.8 out of 5 stars based on 1118 votes

Overall: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
May 21, 2022
Stephanie S.
Two excellent wait staff Magnificent food

Overall: 10/10
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May 08, 2022
LynnAnn P.
First time there, new to the area! Saw you interviewed on Milwaukee Tonight show and the food looked wonderful so we gave it a try! Happy we did!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 9/10
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Apr 27, 2022
Pat G.
There was only one small thing that I would note. I ordered the Pepe e Cacio and the scallops were perfect. However, the linguine and sauce had cooled off a bit…maybe as the scallops cooked? It was delicious, but would have preferred it warmer. Otherwise, the whole night great as usual.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 8/10
Apr 10, 2022
Hannelore M.
We enjoy Centro. Always good food and service. Quality of both is consistent.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
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Apr 10, 2022
Holly G.
The server was great. Many gluten free options! Second time was as pleasant as the first.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 29, 2022
Anthony W.
Great environment, a little Italy

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Mar 28, 2022
Jane M.
Food was excellent. Service was excellent... Only complaint is it was very chilly in the restaurant.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 27, 2022
Katie O.
Delightful experience, I look forward to my next visit.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 25, 2022
Sarah A.
Enjoyed the wine!

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 25, 2022
Michael F.
It was wonderful I had requested a quiet table for the occasion and we were given a perfect spot Both meals were delicious Excellent service - just the right touch

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 24, 2022
Ashleigh L.
All of our food was amazing! Not sure if the restaurant sees this but please add the marsala risotto with scallops on the menu. One of the best meals I've had in a long time. Our server was also AMAZING. really wish I remembered the name.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 16, 2022
Janet L.
Excellent food and service. I liked the restaurant was small and authentic. I never heard about this restaurant until a month ago on a TMJ4 segment and thought I would try it…glad I did!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 7/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 11, 2022
Kate V.
I think there was one server for the whole restaurant and they did a fantastic job. The food and drinks were well paced and we didn't feel forgotten about. The food was delicious and hot (have not had that experience elsewhere recently). Our server didn't seem flustered at all.

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 08, 2022
Shari S.
Food was amazing!

Overall: 10/10
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Mar 07, 2022
Tony B.
Loved everything about the dining experience at Centro Cafe! The dining room is warm, welcoming and quaint. The service was very good and the food was fresh and delicious. There is a nice variety of options for dinner and at a reasonable price.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Mar 07, 2022
Gregory P.
Always a wonderful experience. There is not a thing they could or should change.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 8/10
Value: 10/10
Mar 01, 2022
Peter k.
It’s been awhile since we’ve been at Centro but the food was still as great as the last time we were there. Our server Alexa was awesome-too bad it was her last night serving there

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 25, 2022
David P.
Centro is one of our favorite restaurants in Milwaukee!

Overall: 10/10
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Feb 12, 2022
Jordan W.
This place has amazing food, ambiance and cocktails. Do yourself a favor and try this gem! Service is always the BEST!!!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jan 30, 2022
Debbie K.
Enjoyed the ease of reservation with confirmation via website. The usually over crowded dining room now has tables spread out for safety. Our waitress Alexa was excellent & so responsive. Overall I was happy to see a wonderful restaurant is as good as before the pandemic & has responded to health concerns.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Jan 29, 2022
Shirley L.
Excellent food and service!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Jan 14, 2022
George M.
They cancelled due to COVID

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 08, 2022
Jill Z.
love it

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 22, 2021
Janet C.
Very lovely small Riverwest restaurant. Great food, accommodating for the gluten intolerant person in our group.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 9/10
Ambience: 9/10
Value: 9/10
Dec 21, 2021
Nick C.
Outstanding food quality and variety. We really enjoyed watching the final prep chefs located in the front of the restaurant. Great variety of good wines too. They need some help with their dessert, tiramisu. Very ordinary.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 20, 2021
Matthew F.
Food was delicious as always - I have yet to eat something at Centro Cafe that was less than great. When our first table was in a cold spot, we were quickly switched to a warmer table. Great experience all around.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 19, 2021
Rebecca K.
Wonderful every time!!!

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 10, 2021
Elizabeth V.
A feast of flavors and textures-- a delightful meal! Blasts of cold air from front door a bit uncomfortable a few times, but this will not deter. Friendly service, great menu-- will be back soon!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
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Value: 10/10
Nov 26, 2021
Kim C.
I was at Centro twice in the past few days for a search committee I was part of. It seemed like the food quality was not up to the usual excellence. The lasagne was burned and a very small portion (per my guest) the giardiniera had no kick and was full of celery...not the usual yum. Gnudi was a bit overcooked as well. Seafood dishes seemed to be okay

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Nov 25, 2021
Al P.
Great food and service!!

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 21, 2021
karen b.
Excellent food and service!

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 12, 2021
SARAH S.
The restaurant took the time to ask online if our dinner was a special occasion. Not only was our table ready when we arrived but we were handed 2 glasses of champagne because we were celebrating our 31st wedding anniversary. Nice touch, great waitress, great food.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 05, 2021
Carol T.
Everthing was delicious.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 05, 2021
Rick C.
Outstanding food preparation

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 01, 2021
John S.
Consistently great food and service

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 28, 2021
Terry S.
Another wonderful dinner @ Centro Cafe. Every time my sister visits from Minneapolis, she always requests this restaurant.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 25, 2021
Molly R.
What a gem! Loved everything about the experience, and can't wait to go back.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Oct 22, 2021
Haily M.
Food was absolutely incredible. Our server was very kind, and polite. The atmosphere was intimate, and I cannot wait to come back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 21, 2021
Suzanne T.
We loved it! It’s very cozy. It was a special evening with our daughter and granddaughters.

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Oct 21, 2021
Susan B.
Excellent booking. Fabulous restaurant with delicious food!

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 12, 2021
Mary P.
The server was polite, knowledgeable and engaging, the food was delicious and we love sitting out on the back patio! Will definitely be back!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 12, 2021
Janet S.
The food was outstanding as was the service and the overall experience. Fabulous!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 27, 2021
barb o.
The sweetest patio the best serve and the food delightful

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 11, 2021
Cathe G.
Loved the outside dining area.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 10, 2021
Tim G.
Always great at Centro Cafe!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 06, 2021
Laura Z.
What a gem! Service was outstanding. Food was delicious, every bite was amazing. The Server was asked to pair the wine with the entrees we selected. She was spot on. Great all around experience. Thank you

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 05, 2021
Stacey E.
Can’t believe this was my first time. Our group enjoyed the prosciutto wrapped asparagus (definitely recommend), and an array of pasta dishes. We all enjoyed everything. Service and ambience were fabulous as well!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambience: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Aug 21, 2021
Jennifer M.
It was a joy to find this gem of a restaurant in the heart of Riverwest. Our server was warm, friendly, and very informative. The food was fresh, tasty, and rich and the suggested wine was perfect. We will definitely be back!

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 14, 2021
Abby Y.
Loved our girls night here. The food and ambiance are always on point.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 07, 2021
Richard m.
With the current Covid-19 crises, we have not been to Centro Cafe for almost 2 years. It was GREAT to get back. Food was as exceptional, as I remember it always was. We ate outside in back patio. Good separation of tables, beautiful night. Service was very good. As I told the Manager on the way out: "We'll be back!!!"