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Drago Centro

Italian Restaurant$$$$
Financial District, Los Angeles
  • Has a stamp of approval from Los Angeles Times and Eater
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  • Jackie O.
    "Ask Jaymee at the bar to make you an amazing drink!"(4 Tips)
    Brandi B.
    "They have a great happy hour all day long starting at 11:30 a.m."(14 Tips)
    Stephanie C.
    "Delicious flat breads, Kobe beef sliders and oysters mignonette."(3 Tips)
    Kelly B.
    "The truffle calzone on the bar menu is the best deal in the house!"(2 Tips)
93 Tips and reviews
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  • cocktails
  • wine
  • jaymee
  • pasta
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  • Charles T S.
    Handcrafted Pasta, Great Service, Great Meats are just the beginning of a wonderful dining experience!
  • Benjamin G.
    Benjamin GarciaSeptember 23, 2016
    Appetizers & wine selection
  • Mike M.
    Mike McDonoughSeptember 9, 2016
    Sensational Italian cuisine in a modern, attractive space. Good for personal and business occasions.
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillJuly 15, 2016
    A good Happy Hour & they have some great bar food. Good pizza too.
  • Abdulmajeed
    AbdulmajeedMay 1, 2016
    Over rated 😕
  • Reserve
    ReserveFebruary 10, 2016
    i Garganelli is prepared with Pork sausage, Parmesan and fennel seeds. YUM! Read more
  • May ♍.
    May ♍August 14, 2015
    Loved DC for many reasons. Such a gorgeous venue with a fancy design & elegant seating. Service is some of the best in city & the bar is a great place to have a cocktail & enjoy an upscale LA audience
  • Kartik S.
    Kartik SMay 19, 2015
    Obscenely expensive but the Il Tiramisu was an unusually different tasting one and very well-made.
  • Eliot P.
    Eliot PardoFebruary 5, 2015
    The duck breast was fantastic! Parpadelle pasta was great, as was the donut dessert.
  • Nayoung K.
    Nayoung KimJanuary 19, 2015
    Only tried appetizers and pasta. Had too high of an expectation going in so was somewhat disappointed. Good but not wow.
  • Eve P.
    Eve ParadoxDecember 16, 2014
    The menu description was spot on. I recommend Le Casarecce if its available. Creamy #crab goodness.
  • Cary L.
    Cary LawsonDecember 13, 2014
    Excellent pastas, salads, wine
  • L.D F.
    L.D FergusonNovember 1, 2014
    Great food very LA
  • Stepan R.
    Stepan RogerOctober 28, 2014
    Very nice ambience. Portions are small but well presented and very tasty.
  • Leslie M.
    Leslie McClureSeptember 15, 2014
    Everything here is great! The fettuccini pasta w/ cheese & black truffles, to die for!
  • Christopher J.
    Christopher JonesSeptember 7, 2014
    The happy hour salmon is the best
  • Chris H.
    Chris HSeptember 4, 2014
    Everything is pretty salty. The house made pasta is decent
  • Trish
    TrishAugust 28, 2014
    Great private space behind the restaurant for large group parties and special events. The tray-passed food was delicious.
  • Don Michael Antonio
    Don Michael AntonioAugust 23, 2014
    Easily one of the best and most memorable Italian places in LA. Pasta and meats just excellent!Not an affordable place but definitely a place to go to if u r in the mood to splurge a little
  • Doug d.
    Doug de WetAugust 17, 2014
    Happy Hour pricing on food, cocktails, wine, and beer is available all night, every night in the bar. The bar food selections ($4 to $6) are comparable in quality to the dishes served in dining room.
  • Allie C.
    Allie CarieriAugust 16, 2014
    The garganelli with pork sausage and fennel was delicious and perfectly cooked
  • Andrew G.
    Andrew GaldiAugust 6, 2014
    The bolognese is delicious. They have fun frequently changing cocktails. Everything is delicious!
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesAugust 3, 2014
    It is thrilling to walk into the triple-height dining room with its industrialist's view of downtown, to settle on a bottle of Barbaresco and to have a meal of Ian Gresik's burrata with favas. Read more
  • Eater
    EaterApril 3, 2014
    The crab and fettucine, loaded with fresh tomatoes and a little kick from red pepper chiles, gets rounded out with a squeeze of lemon at this stately Downtown restaurant. Read more
  • Elle C.
    Elle CameronNovember 12, 2013
    The soups here are amazing. Also really like the oxtail pappardelle.
  • Stephanie C.
    Stephanie ChuNovember 12, 2013
    Don't overlook the bar menu! Delicious flat breads, Kobe beef sliders and oysters mignonette. If ordering from the full dinner menu, their fresh pasta dishes are better than the entrees IMO.
  • Elle C.
    Elle CameronOctober 19, 2013
    The celery root creme soup is amazing! Also the queenie cocktail is topnotch if you like lighter refreshing drinks.
  • Stacy O.
    Stacy OngAugust 6, 2013
    Get a private room for special occasions. Service was excellent!
  • Kells
    KellsJuly 26, 2013
    Great place for Dine LA!
  • Daniel M.
    Daniel MarinelliJuly 21, 2013
    One of my favorite restaurants in LA!
  • Superb
    SuperbJuly 9, 2013
    Drago Centro is a marquee destination for the well-heeled business dinner and one of the most extensive wine lists in LA.
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJune 7, 2013
    The cooking here includes both handcrafted pasta — the pappardelle with pheasant and the handmade spaghetti with Sicilian almond pesto are wonderful — and steak, fish and duck. Read more
  • Mishell P.
    Mishell PaulinoJune 5, 2013
    24/7 happy hour at the bar. Park underground (under the same building) and validate parking.
  • Bubsy
    BubsyMay 13, 2013
    Happy hour at the bar all day every day!
  • Tina H.
    Tina HahnMay 10, 2013
    Great happy hour!!!
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMay 6, 2013
    All day weekday happy hour has standards & wine from $5 to $8 and quality beers at $6 or less. You can enjoy a pair of Kobe sliders for $6 or the popular $4 pizza. Mon-Fri, 11am-10pm Sat-Sun, 5-10pm! Read more
  • Annette H.
    Annette HollandMarch 29, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Quail - I wish I could remember the name, but the quail medallions were a #mouthgasm
  • Veronika P.
    Veronika ParseghianMarch 29, 2013
    Even the buratta isn't good- how do you mess that up?!?
  • Amy
    AmyFebruary 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Brendan is the best bartender ever!!! and he is quite easy on the eyes especially when you look into his pretty blue ones. someone is a lucky gal
  • gina m.
    gina momJanuary 12, 2013
    All day happy hour & amazing mussels. Moscow Mule & free parking. Everyone in DTLA should thank me.
  • Jackie O.
    Jackie OsorioDecember 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask Jaymee at the bar to make you an amazing drink! My suggestion: KAPPA pisco, lime juice, concord grapes, mint and fever tree ginger beer. AMAZING!
  • Eduardo W.
    Eduardo WeizmannJuly 17, 2012
    The wine list is amazing. One of the best I've ever seeing. Food not that great and the noise is really annoying.
  • Anthony R.
    Anthony RossiMay 30, 2012
    ask for jason james.... the best waiter and he is very entertaining!
  • Karlsson's Vodka
    Karlsson's VodkaApril 25, 2012
    Try the Trädgård cocktail - made with Karlsson's Gold Vodka!
  • Carolina H.
    Carolina HaroApril 18, 2012
    Check out the bar menu!
  • Rebs Y.
    Rebs YApril 13, 2012
    Order the Watcher in the Woods: "a barbed-wire cage of spun sugar anchoring a complex, bitter roundelay of pine, lavender and mint, like gin bewitched by forest sprites."
  • ThirstyinLA
    ThirstyinLAApril 9, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The standout of Jaymee Mandeville's Spring Cocktail Menu is the Nebbia Rossa, a neo-Negroni made with Del Maguey Vida Mezcal, Campari, Bittermens Citron Sauvage, Dolin Blanc. Read more
  • Ron D.
    Ron DiggityJanuary 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Great new addition to the winter dinner menu: oxtail with polenta.
  • Taste Terminal
    Taste TerminalJanuary 6, 2012
    For two nights in January 2012, Executive Chef Ian Gresik will be teaching a class to those with a culinary curiosity on pasta. Guests will be served in The Vault w/ personalized pasta tasting. Read more
  • Phil
    PhilDecember 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Bone in rib eye for sure
  • Lindsay V.
    Lindsay VujicDecember 31, 2011
    Don't walk out of here without dessert! You can't go wrong with the Panna Cotta!
  • FabFitFun
    FabFitFunDecember 1, 2011
    Though the prices inside may be a bit, ahem, high, the bar and patio has a separate menu that has delish pizzas and appetizers for a very affordable price. The drinks are innovative and flavorful.
  • Caroline D.
    Caroline DruckerNovember 29, 2011
    Great place to hold an intimate party. Love the fresh tuna on hash brown!!!!!
  • Vxronica
    VxronicaNovember 23, 2011
    The truffle calzone is only $10 on the bar menu and it's HUGE.
  • Kelly B.
    Kelly BoneNovember 22, 2011
    The truffle calzone on the bar menu is the best deal in the house!
  • Aaron T.
    Aaron TellNovember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Be sure to get a cocktail at the bar from Jaymee. Also the salmon on the bar bites menu is delicious and a bargain.
  • Brandi B.
    Brandi BarnesSeptember 15, 2011
    They have a great happy hour all day long starting at 11:30 a.m. Check it out!
  • Hemang
    HemangAugust 17, 2011
    Great late night drink specials an happy hours. Always a nice place to chill.
  • Caroline N.
    Caroline NamJuly 30, 2011
    Yummy panna cotta!
  • Los Angeles
    Los AngelesJuly 14, 2011
    Go @metrolosangeles to 7th & imbibe @barandkitchen @RiveraDTLA @dragocentro #dtla -
  • Zinio
    ZinioJuly 11, 2011
    Los Angeles Magazine says, "Huge windows and a leaning tower of wine tell you that you're in LA, while pastas by Celestino Drago make you feel like you're in Italy." Read more
  • Robert W.
    Robert WicklundMay 22, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Mix and match the happy hour and regular dinner menus at the bar. The best pizzas and pastas in downtown.
  • ThirstyinLA
    ThirstyinLAMay 21, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Michael Shearin and Jaymee Mandeville have outdone themselves with the Spring Cockail Menu! The mezcal-based Green Flash is a standout; don't forget to nibble the Navan-infused raisins. Read more
  • oakley b.
    oakley borenMay 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    DTLA secret spot for surprising affordable lunch/small plates and $5 drinks specials! Read more
  • Bread N. B.
    Bread N. ButterApril 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Order two of whatever Sommelier Michael Shearin recommends.
  • Jeremy F.
    Jeremy FeenstraApril 26, 2011
    Great food, even better wine:)
  • Begrudgingly S.
    Begrudgingly SocialApril 24, 2011
    The pork is always amazing. Doesn't matter what the dish is
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyMarch 21, 2011
    Featured in LA Weekly's "L.A.'s Best Cocktails: Our 55 favorites and where to find them." (Click 'More Info') Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyJanuary 31, 2011
    Come to sample Drago Centro and others at this years Gold Standard on 3/6/11! Read more
  • ThirstyinLA
    ThirstyinLAJanuary 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    The Winter Cocktail Menu has launched, with standouts like the Cusco's Crown, Smoke on the Horizon, and the hot and delicious January Jones. Read more
  • Jacqueline L.
    Jacqueline L.January 27, 2011
    Their coffee beans are from LAMILL
  • Jacqueline L.
    Jacqueline L.January 27, 2011
    Bar menu for beer, cocktails & food!
  • Eater
    EaterJanuary 10, 2011
    Expect some of the freshest traditional Italian food in the area, masterfully prepared, served in a cool, chic dining room. The atmosphere alone make this a great downtown spot. [Eater 38 Member] Read more
  • LA Weekly
    LA WeeklyDecember 29, 2010
    Featured on LA Weekly's 99 Essential Restaurants!
  • Amy
    AmyDecember 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Brendan the hottie bartender is awesome!!!
  • Chris C.
    Chris CutjapanNovember 28, 2010
    Best happy hour in town
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 16, 2010
    Try the Fresh Burrata & Roasted Pureed Butternut Squash Amuse Bouche
  • Amy
    AmyNovember 4, 2010
    Langoustine carpaccio. Must try.
  • sara
    saraSeptember 26, 2010
    happy hour small bites menu are great! everything less than $10, kobe sliders + north coast blue star hef = BIG SMILE
  • Ginny B.
    Ginny BrideauAugust 26, 2010
    The porch works for the kids! Wait staff was awesome! Iolani was antsy for dessert, so the waiter served hers first. Who does that? The guys at Drago do!!!
  • Joella H.
    Joella HopkinsAugust 24, 2010
    Great downtown LA restaurant!
  • Lars
    LarsAugust 15, 2010
    Step to the I Bomboloni
  • Los Angeles Times
    Los Angeles TimesJuly 26, 2010
    The most interesting stuffed pasta dish is something called pane frattau sardo, paper-thin Sardinian bread baked with layers of tomato sauce, salame and egg yolk. Read more
  • Phuong
    PhuongJuly 5, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    For parking, follow the red sign on the corner of 5th and Flower, go underground and valet; it's free for 4 hours.
  • conbon
    conbonJune 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Great Aviation and sweet corn agnolotti
  • The Minty ..
    The Minty .May 12, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    Definitely check out the all-day bar menu (Happy Hour all day!) but if you come during lunch, ask for the panini bar menu. $9.50 paninis and $3 salads.
  • Anne A.
    Anne AMarch 25, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    BAR MENU. Sit at the bar on any given night at any given time and reap the benefits of their inexpensive bar menu. A few items made by the same chefs who make the beautiful food in the restaurant + Read more
  • Bruin C.
    Bruin ChyckFebruary 6, 2010
    Don't bother going to a lot. Valet is free plus tip
  • kathleen t.
    kathleen tyFebruary 2, 2010
    get together a party large enough to take over the private dining room. order the braised veal ossobuco and lemon curd & grape sorbet dessert for Dine LA
  • Cherie H.
    Cherie HFebruary 1, 2010
    They make the best osso bucco I've ever had.
  • Vicki J.
    Vicki JohnsonNovember 12, 2009
    Langoustine carpaccio. Need I say more? Try it with a gimlet, just no words.
  • Christina W.
    Christina WongOctober 17, 2009
    ask the bartender to make you the bell pepper cocktail, it's amazing! Gin, bell peppers, pomegranate, mint and lime. It's seasonal and not always on the menu
  • Alexandra
    Очень вкусно, но долго!
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