About Drago Centro

525 S. Flower St., Suite 120
Los Angeles, CA 90071
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Chef Celestino Drago has created a menu representative of the cultural diversity of Italy. The concept of “Contemporary Italian Cuisine”, emphasizes local dishes, fresh, high quality ingredients and old flavors that have defined Italian cuisine for centuries and which are revisited to create a truly eclectic menu. The extensive menu is a la carte and offers daily specials featuring many unique items. DRAGO Centro offers a diverse and extensive selection of premium wines from Italy and around the world.



DRAGO Centro’s unique interior is designed by acclaimed Los Angeles based designer Stanley Felderman, who is internationally renowned for creating modern buildings, interiors and product with a playful twist.

Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Italian

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:30pm
Dinner: Sunday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
In City National Plaza between 5th & 6th street.

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(213) 228-8998

Website:
http://www.dragocentro.com/

Parking Details:
The entrance to the underground parking structure is located on the South-West corner of 5th and Flower Streets. Valet parking is located inside the parking structure on Level A. Elevator access to Drago Centro from Level A is provided.

Lunch Valet: 11am - 5pm: $5 for 3 hours maximum.

Dinner Valet: 5pm - 3am: Free for 4 hours maximum.

Guests who stay beyond the validated hours will be charged the posted rates.

Public Transit:
We are conveniently located near the 7th Street/Metro Center Station which provides access to the Red, Purple, Blue, and Expo Metro Rail Lines.

Executive Chef:
Celestino Drago

Private Party Facilities:
We have a variety of options to host your private event. Please contact us at (213) 228-8998 for additional information.

-Flower Room seats up to 16 guests
-Vault Room seats up to 42 guests
-Garden Room seats up to 60 guests for a sit down dinner
and accommodates 110 for cocktail reception.
-Glass room accommodates 50 for a cocktail reception.

Private Party Contact:
Betty Cardenas: 213 228 8998x

Additional:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

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Drago Centro Ratings and Reviews

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4.4

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4.2

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4.4

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Moderate

91% would recommend it to a friend

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notable wine list (97)
romantic (91)
great for lunch (67)
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great for outdoor dining (50)
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scenic view (13)
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food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Loved it!

Dined 3 days ago

I've been wanting to come to this restaurant for years and finally made it. We were extremely happy with our dinner, food was great and the vibe was nice. We will be coming back!

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food5
ambience5
service4

Everything was great. The only comment w ...

Dined 6 days ago

Everything was great. The only comment would be for our waiter next to wait for people to finish or pause a conversation before interrupting with order taking, questions , etc.

food3
ambience4
service5
value3

Not worth my crazy drive into downtown LA

vip
Dined on April 25, 2016

I might feel differently if I worked downtown. While the service was wonderful, the food was just so-so.

food3
ambience5
service4
value4

Good dinner date

Dined on April 24, 2016

Food is good/filling. I wouldn't give it 5 stars but certainly tasty.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, notable wine list
food5
ambience5
service5
value3

Great overall, but one hiccup

Dined on April 24, 2016

Everything was fantastic. You do pay for the atmosphere and brilliant food and it's deliciously worth it. What isn't worth it, is $14 of bottled water from Italy. Other than that sad $14, the night was great, staff to the food!

Tags: romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience4
service2
value4

Special Occasion

Dined on April 21, 2016

This was my second time at Drago Centro. First time everything was just outstanding, second time not so much.Service was not very good and it wasn't like they where overly busy.

Tags: romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service5
value3

excellent downtown Italian

Dined on April 19, 2016

Although the service at this lovely restaurant can be uneven, this time it was fabulous. The last time we dined at Drago Centro, which was only 2 weeks earlier, the first course arrived minutes after we ordered, but the wine did not arrive until after we finished our first course. And, despite the fact that we asked to have our second course delayed so we could savor our wine for a few minutes, the second course arrived instanteously, and with no apologies. However, the second time we went to Drago the time was perfect, and gracious. The food both times was excellent. The quail and the pea soup were especially delicious.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

On the way to theater

vip
Dined on April 17, 2016

The free shuttle to the music center and fairly reasonable parking validation draws us to this fine dining establishment. You can always count on an excellent meal. It can get very very noisy and that is unpleasant but comes with the benefits!~

Tags: great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

2nd time, just as good

vip
Dined on April 11, 2016

This was our second time at Drago Centro: last summer and now. Food was excellent, again. Handkerchief pasta with crab was delicious; needed a touch of salt and lemon to bring out full flavor. Octopus, kale ravioli and venison were all well-prepared. Service was attentive and gracious. All in all, a delightful meal.

food4
ambience3
service4
value3

Good food, a bit noisy

Dined on April 10, 2016

Brought my elderly father and his wife here for his birthday. A large venue with many rooms. A good selection on the menu and everyone could find something they liked. Service was quick and attentive. Overall, a good place but a bit noisy if you are looking for a quieter spot.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience3
service4
value3

sometimes it is NOT about the food

Dined on April 10, 2016

the good; food was pretty good (white asp. risotto, sea bass, pasta, salads), our roman waiter was cordial and helpful, and the busboys were on top of it. room was crowded and loud but ok the bad; the hostess, both of them...cold, uninviting, distant, seated us late, no thanks for coming to the restaurant nor welcome on arrival. stuck on their computers. the bar; cocktail waitress not really know her stuff, and the bar sent out one drink which was not what was ordered. there are a lot of restaurants in LA, they should up their game to get people to return

Tags: good for groups
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Very good and excellent service

Dined on April 9, 2016

Very good food and excellent service- just what you want in a restaurant. Free valet parking.

Tags: fit for foodies
food4
ambience4
service3
value3

Staff Meeting During Dining Hours

Dined on April 7, 2016

My colleague and I had a reservation for 5:00 and when we arrived at that time andapproached the desk we were told that we couldn't be seated yet because the wait staff was in a staff meeting. Strange. They asked us to sit in the bar. Since we had brought our own wine with us, we didn't have a drink at the bar. After we sat there for fifteen minutes, we went back to the desk and asked if we could be seated as my colleague had to leave by 7:00. We were seated then without any further ado, although we could see the staff in the private dining room still attending their meeting. Service was good, food was good - risotto! MMM. Still a strange welcoming experience.

Tags: fit for foodies, notable wine list
food2
ambience4
service4
value3

Drago Schmago

Dined on April 3, 2016

Everything about the food seemed prepared far far in advance and then plated. The polpo contained more gnocchi than octopus, which seemed like the chef was pulling a fast one. The branzino didn't give any indication of having been cooked in a pan of any kind - no juice, no grease, no fishy anything. Our waiter was attentive.

food5
ambience5
service5

We shared the Burrata fabulous, linguini ...

vip
Dined on April 3, 2016

We shared the Burrata fabulous, linguini pescatore and orachiette pasta outstanding

food3
ambience4
service2
value3

Sadly disappointed

vip
Dined on April 3, 2016

This was my second time going to Drago Centro and what a difference from my first experience. The first time the service was excellent, the courses were timed beautifully, and the food was delicious and interesting. This time the service was haphazard and sloppy, the courses were poorly timed ( e.g., the wait between appetizer plates being taken away and the mains being served was over 30 minutes, a wine pairing never came out), and food was not up to our expectations. Not that the food was bad, but the caliber was not equivalent to where it was a year ago. The desserts were excellent and helped end the meal on a higher note.

Tags: good for groups, romantic, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Just Fantastic, I would recommend the place highly

Dined on April 3, 2016

Definitely going back when I got more time. Great Menu to choose from and everyone was very attentive from the Waiters to the busboys.

Tags: good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
food4
ambience4
service4
value4

Has a very pleasant business dinner last ...

Dined on April 1, 2016

Has a very pleasant business dinner last week. Service was prompt and courteous. Wine list is extensive but waiter was good helping navigate. Overall good experience.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food3
ambience2
service3

absolutely nothing stands out. the most ...

Dined on March 31, 2016

absolutely nothing stands out. the most mediocre restaurant in LA. Not bad not good just there.

food2
ambience3
service2
value2

Very disappointed

Dined on March 27, 2016

My husband and I dined on Saturday night. The tables for 2 are VERY close together. You can't even get into your chair without bumping your neighbor. If one of your neighbors has a loud voice or is very talkative it's hard to enjoy your dinner. Our server was rushed and was not friendly at all. Lastly, the food was very average. We will definitely not return.

food5
ambience5
service5

Lovely setting, service and food. Our se ...

vip
Dined on March 25, 2016

Lovely setting, service and food. Our server was gracious and accommodating!

food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Perfect

Dined on March 24, 2016

You can never go wrong at Drago. Exceptional and service in peccable

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
food5
ambience4
service5
value4

Broad menu, with pleasant surprises

Dined on March 23, 2016

A great high energy place, with outstanding service and food. Good variety of Italian choices, with many beyond ordinary. And excellent "by the glass" wine list, with some choices you are seldom likely to find by the glass.

Tags: good for groups, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service3
value3

Drago

vip
Dined on March 22, 2016

The location is fairly convenient to the music center. And the restaurant is lovely. Noise level was good

Tags: good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
food1
ambience5
service1
value3

The Bartenders were not very attentive. Patricia

Dined on March 20, 2016

I used to go to the Drago on Wilshire and it was superv. I do not know if you are the same company or not, but I was very disappointed in the food and service.

Tags: scenic view
food3
ambience2
service3

They tried to seat us at a table directl ...

vip
Dined on March 16, 2016

They tried to seat us at a table directly in the sun which we declined and ended up partially in the sun. That part of the restaurant is an atrium and it was very warm. The food was fair but not rememberable and the service was slow.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

High end yumminess

Dined on March 16, 2016

Went for a weeknight dinner and had a gracious and delicious evening. We started with a drink at the bar -- great breadsticks! -- and were able to push back our reservation to finish enjoying our Aperol spritzers. We ordered the tasting menu and augmented it with a couple of other dishes. Standouts were the seared octopus, sea urchin tagliatelle and wild hare. The poached shrimp app and venison entree were both beautifully prepared, just not as dazzling as the other food. We asked to switch out the tasting menu dessert, since my companion is allergic to the almonds, and we were graciously offered the choice of two others. We tried the hazelnut terrine with chocolate gelato -- perfect! I look forward to my next visit to Drago Centro.

Tags: fit for foodies
food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Better than I remember

Dined on March 16, 2016

What a pleasant surprise. I had dinner with a colleague prior to an evening meeting, so we were in quite early--right at opening, when it is still pretty bare and quite quiet. The octopus appetizer was the best version of this dish I've ever had--just perfect in every way.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service4
value5

Good Solid italian cucina

Dined on March 14, 2016

Everything we ordered was well prepared, well cooked and nicely seasoned. Nothing tricky, foamy, or mysterious. We were three and we each ordered a different first course to share and each our own entree, with tastes of course. The perfect amount for us. And the dessert was also a little different and nicely done. Service was a little too aggressive, but everyone was courteous and helpful.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
food4
ambience5
service4
value4

Enjoyed a nice dinner here. The Miste ...

vip
Dined on March 14, 2016

Enjoyed a nice dinner here. The Miste salad was delicious and so was the parpadelle, which is my favorite. Serving portion was smaller that night so either cutting back or a smaller portion was sent out. My husband enjoyed his courses and was happy with his dinner Serves was a little bit off this time, usually the servers are more attentive Had to look for server a few times that evening but he was still a good server. We really enjoy this place and is on our list of places to dine out at.

food1
ambience2
service1
value3

Whatever was great is gone

Dined on March 13, 2016

I loved this place. In fact we came here to celebrate and I took my parents after raving to them about the food. The waiter was incredibly unhelpful and hard to find throughout the meal- uninformed about the menu items, brought out first and seconds at the same time- after I asked about the steak and sauce I was told it was just a decorative sauce, when it arrived not only was the steak sitting in it but it was so much like it was in a soup- The waiter then proceeded to tell me it was still decorative ?!! Overall whatever experience I've had in the past with the food and the service this past trip being what it was completely it has wiped out any memory of greatness and I will not be returning to what was once one of my favorite restaurants.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food4
ambience4
service5
value4

Great place for a special meal

Dined on March 13, 2016

We liked the decor and feel of the place - it was very appealing and bustling. We would definitely return to try more dishes. The seared polpo (octopus) was unbelievably tender and flavorful. The mixed greens with shaved Pink Lady apples and bacon was very good and our venison main dish was perfection. The service was well-timed and friendly, and our waiter made excellent suggestions, including wine pairings.

Tags: fit for foodies, special occasion
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

Delicious!

Dined on March 9, 2016

I've been to Drago Centro a few times and it never disappoints. The food was delicious as usual and the service was outstanding. It was early on a Tuesday, so the restaurant was quiet, but filled up as the evening went on. Can't go wrong with this restaurant.

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups
food5
ambience5
service5
value5

reliably delicious

vip
Dined on March 8, 2016

The food here is always delicious. To me, consistency is important. Every time I eat here, I know I am going to get delicious food served by great waitstaff. why go elsewhere?

Tags: fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
food3
ambience4
service2

Average at best. Location near our hotel ...

Dined on March 7, 2016

Average at best. Location near our hotel downtown. The lasagna was recommended but was nothing special. Just overrated in our opinion.

food5
ambience5
service5

Food was fantastic & the atmosphere was ...

vip
Dined on March 6, 2016

Food was fantastic & the atmosphere was great too. Love the setup of the restaurant! Will be back for many more experiences.

food4
ambience4
service3
value3

Good food

vip
Dined on March 5, 2016

The food was good and served hot. However the restaurant was extremely cold. I would also like to see some more vegetarian choices among the pastas. We talked to management who said that the building controls the temperature and they cannot control it----bring layers.

food5
ambience5
service5
value4

Lovely DTLA Restaurant and Bar on the Patio

vip
Dined on March 5, 2016

Loved it. We waited for friends on the patio and I had a yummy tequila drink. Food was excellent. Had venison and it was excellent. Very classy and beautiful interiors.

Tags: fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
food4
ambience4
service4
value3

Excellent seating in the patio area.

vip
Dined on March 2, 2016

Good food and service was great. No complaints here during our business lunch.

Tags: great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
food3
ambience4
service1
value3

Nice place, but watch the bill!

vip
Dined on March 1, 2016

The food and ambiance is good, the server was mediocre. She didn't know the food very well, and over-billed a $40 meal (I got a $150 bill). Eventually had it corrected, but I had to wait 10-15 minutes to get it fixed.

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