Americana - Des Moines
Americana - Des Moines
  • Address:
    1312 Locust Street, Suite 102
    Des Moines, IA 50309
    Neighborhood:
    Downtown Des Moines
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

Americana - Des Moines

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://americanadsm.com/
  • Phone: 5152831312
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:00am - 3:00pm; Brunch: Saturday & Sunday: 10:00am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 3:00pm - 1:00am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Contemporary American, Tapas / Small Plates
  • Executive Chef: Dan Warren
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Our various dining areas provide a beautiful setting for any occasion and can be customized to accommodate up to 60 guests for a seated meal or 150 for a cocktail reception. We also offer a variety of off site catering options.
  • Private Party Contact: Alicia V. 5152831312
  • Entertainment: The restaurant, located downtown, provides a panoramic view of the Pappajohn Sculpture Garden. Americana is a short distance from The Temple for Performing Arts, as well as the Des Moines Civic Center.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 15th Street
  • Public Transit: Des Moines DART Downtown Shuttle Service makes frequent stops through downtown Des Moines throughout the day and into the evening.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Metered street parking is available on Grand, Locust, 15th, and 13th. There are also 10 hour meters on Walnut St. All meters are free after 6:00 pm. The lots directly east, west, and south of the restaurant are available FREE to guests after 5 pm. Additionally, there is the Allied Parking Ramp located at 12th and Mulberry, available all day, free after 8:00 pm. The Nationwide Skywalk is open until 2 am.
A word from Americana - Des Moines
Celebrate the swagger of the cocktail culture and era at AMERICANA. Our restaurant severs a modern American menu, specializing in tapas, steak house fare and signature dishes. We feature classic cocktails, an extensive wine list and have private rooms available for any occasion and party size. Enjoy two level dining with panoramic views of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park. Open for lunch, dinner seven days a week and brunch on Saturday and Sunday mornings.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Americana - Des Moines reviews from OpenTable diners
94 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (50)good for groups (49)fit for foodies (44)great for brunch (38)neighborhood gem (31)hot spot (27)great for lunch (23)vibrant bar scene (18)romantic (17)scenic view (9)kid-friendly (8)notable wine list (8)late-night find (6)Show More
  • Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    First time ever here. Loved the atmosphere, love the staff and the food was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, romantic, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time at Americana
    JFred
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    The service and food were excellent. We were seated right away, and our server was very prompt. She made sure we always had drinks, and asked if we were enjoying our meals, which we did. It was Monday, and my wife had a sirloin steak while I tried the "all you can eat" fried chicken. It was the best fried chicken I've had in a very long time. The batter was tasty, and each piece of chicken had plenty of meat on them. It's kind of expensive, but you're getting what you're paying for, which is great service and well-prepared delicious food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice Brunch for hungry eaters
    FamilyDiners
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    The restaurant is very nice for a higher energy brunch meal. The TV's are on and the noise level is high. The food variety is excellent. They do tag on an 18% tip automatically so they need to be better at clearing plates; bringing coffee and water, etc. Since there is so little to do to get 18% in a buffet setting.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Brunches of Luv!
    WeLuvBrunch
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Americana is hands down the best brunch option in town.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding
    Agonist
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    One of the great restaurants in Des Moines. Adds a tremendous flavor and fervor to the evening dining scene.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Vibe Fair Food
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    This was my first time to the restaurant after hearing a lot of good things. They have a great drink selection list and the food was good. I had the oscar which was really good but was just warm not hot when it came out. Our appetizer and dessert were good. May come back for drinks and apps but not on my regular rotation.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • amazing food and service
    ART14
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    My family and I ate at the Americana before the Eagles concert, and we were all very impressed with the food and service. They also had some really fun cocktails! I should also note that they got us out of there in a timely manner so we were not late for our concert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Sunday Brunch
    JASpitz
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Excellent quality ingredients and a wide range of dishes make this a fantastic Sunday buffet brunch. My favorite was the smoked brisket hash.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    BisonFBfan
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    I found the Americana restaurant in an online search and booked a table for 4 on a Friday evening at 6. The atmosphere was great and the service was outstanding. I can't remember our server's name but she was outstanding. Can't say enough positive about this great restaurant. The food was excellent and the wine and beer menu was expansive. Tried the Organic Stout with a touch of chocolate flavor and thought it was great - had two.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • excellent food every time
    Caboose
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    My girlfriend and i have gone uncountable time and are always amazed by the foods even when we try new weird things weve never even heard of. Great place to treat your taste buds
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Brunch
    PedestrianDiner
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    We went for the Sunday brunch. The Bloody Mary table was most impressive-- a meal in and of itself, practically. We expressed a concern to the server, regarding the cooked food not being hot enough. I could not even attach the word "warm" to describe the food, as it was below that. She graciously acted upon my feedback. The manager came to our table and apologized as well. The flavor of the food was great, it was solely the temperatures that could have been bettered. The restaurant staff increased the temperatures of the food and it was improved after that point. Even with this bump, Americana was a fantastic place to dine and hang with friends/family. Will for sure return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great co-worker lunch celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Fantastic service, ambience and FOOD! Our party of eight had a great lunch/birthday celebration. Highly Recommend!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fantastic Des Moines dining!
    ladyvespa
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    I love coming to the cities of the Midwest and seeing how they interpret local ingredients, recipes and products. Americana is exactly what I like in a restaurant: a cool, easygoing place that doesn't take itself too seriously (the birthday cake for dessert is funfetti with sprinkles!) but also doesn't mess around when it comes to putting out fresh, locally-inspired and sourced dishes. I really enjoyed sipping a Templeton rye on ice and lingering over the menu's many small plates. And the picture windows, which open onto the neighboring sculpture garden, provide a beautiful space in which to enjoy thoughtfully-prepared, unpretentious cuisine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Top of our list!
    Abby
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful brunch date. He feels like he found a new place to entertain clients. I feel like I need to gather up some girlfriends for another visit.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb experience, excellent Tapas
    FarmboyGoneWild
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The food was excellent! We had four of the Tapas items and were delighted with all of them. The blend of flavors was superb and creative in each dish and the presentation was very enticing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, gluten-free menu
    GFdiner
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Had a group of six for lunch, one eating gluten-free. Service was efficient, unobtrusive, pleasant. Food came relatively quickly, and all orders at the same time. Everyone enjoyed their food. The menu has nice selection so everyone could find something they wanted. The separate gluten-free menu is much appreciated - nothing specially prepared, just foods from the regular menu that are gluten-free or can be made so (i.e., a bunless hamburger), but there is plenty to choose from and the separate menu is easier to use.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The Americana brunch is a great time with plenty of excellent prepared food. We will surely be back to enjoy again. We enjoyed the decor but wish the noise level could be reduced.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Friday!
    happyhourgal
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We stopped by Americana for a late dinner Friday and it was fabulous! My mom and I tried a couple of the salads and they were a hit. Definitely recommend, but probably not for an intimate date night.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • sthomefoodie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Our server was wonderful. Don't remember her name, but she was great! Brought us champagne for our anniversary which as a very sweet thing to do. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • has the potential
    doncarlos
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Food was not hot enough. Selection was OK. if i drank, great brunch cocktail bar. No consideration for special requests made at time of request.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bombshell Brunch is Best!
    DelightfulDiner
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Food was pretty good, but not the best ever/can't wait to go back. The bottomless Bloody Marys and Mimosas were great. At times, we had to wait to have our plates cleared and glasses replaced, but not too long/often. We did have one member of our party who has trouble walking, so it would have been nice to have been asked when we made reservations and/or were seated if stairs would be a problem for anyone in our party. It was too much for that member of our party, so others had to get that person's food and drinks. Overall it was a great experience, and we are planning to return for another brunch sometime in the future!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great value for brunch
    Jeastlake
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Our first time at Americana. It was bustling on a Sunday morning with a great brunch. Buffet items were tasty and plentiful, and it was thoughtful that hot buffet items were located in/near the kitchen and replenished frequently. Great place for families with hungry teens. Accoustics are poor and dining is loud, which detracts from overall dining experience. Overall, our experience was very good, and we'd certainly go again.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Birthday celebration
    Mellie
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Great location for a family birthday celebration. We had three birthdays at our table of 6 and our server Hannah was awesome! Not to mention the food....YUMMO! Everyone loved what they ordered.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Decent food selection,lousy service
    Dana
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    I had been to Americana before, but never for brunch. We had a group of 6 and were seated within 5 minutes of showing up (with reservations). I thought there would be a little more selection for the brunch buffet considering what we were paying, but it was all good food, and I left full. My water sat empty for at least 10 minutes before being refilled, and another at our table had to ask for a refill of coffee. One girl who ordered a bloody mary was brought a glass for mimosas instead, but this was corrected. It look a long time to get our checks, even though with it being a buffet, there wouldn't be any changes to our order. The group behind us got there an hour after us and was getting their checks and leaving at the same time.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Food and Service
    Dine4FunVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Service was very good, staff eager to assist with selections. Ambiance was modern and perfect for downtown. Very energetic on our visit - perhaps this was an issue with regard to service as seemed very keen to turn table over despite plenty being available. Food was good, lamb very tasty although a little more undercooked then one would expect even for medium-rare, as some parts basically raw. Broccoli appetizer was very tasty. Overall good restaurant and well worth the visit if in Des Moines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Very nice!
    Foodbob
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    This was my first time here -- I came at the recommendation of my companion. Beautiful place. The staff people were cheerful, alert, efficient, and friendly. The food was great -- everything on the menu sounded appealing, and I look forward to returning to sample other things. Americana is a very nice addition to the downtown Des Moines scene, and I am glad to know about it. Also, this was my first time using opentable.com for a reservation. That went without a hitch, even when I had to make a change.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Go for the drinks
    ChadVIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Had high hopes after looking at the menu. There weren't a whole lot of people in the place for normal dinner times, which should have been the first clue. The drinks were good - Moscow Mule along with a Georgia Peach version. We ordered 4 small plates - deviled eggs, seared tuna, Brussels sprouts and Brie. I'm not exaggerating, 3 minutes later all but the sprouts were served. The eggs were rubbery little pieces, the tuna was over cooked yet oddly cold, gelatinous Brie was served already on the crostini with a small dallop of jam. I'd say these were prepared well before that days service had begun. I wanted to ask if these had come straight from the fridge, had the Saran Wrap pulled off on the way to the table.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Never disappointed
    MulderDSM
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We took an out of town friend there who'd never been there. He loved it! Even with the Arts Festival going on right outside the restaurant kept its usual great food and service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food slow service
    Cosmo
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I've visited Americana twice and both times the food was good but the service was slow even though they weren't very busy. We were seated and it took a long time before a server even came to the table. I'm not sure if both times I got new servers but they were both slow and didn't have any personality. Overall I enjoyed the food but I have had MUCH better service at lesser restaurants.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Good food with a cool decor. Would recommend to friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious + Special Occ. Friendly
    JOVOV
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    We reserved a space for a group of 12 for a social baby shower and had a wonderful experience! The staff were friendly, the amazing spread of food was delicious and unique and we were allowed an extended time frame without feeling pushed out!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 63 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.5
    • Ambiance4.2
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 486 reviews are from the Americana - Des Moines reviews archive.
  • Dam to Dam After Party
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Recently dined at Americana with a group of about 20 people that were friends and family including a number of folks that were from out of town. Was really impressed with the service we received. It started with the greeters who were very accommodating and realized it was important for us to all be close together in the restaurant. They were able to get us all upstairs. Our waitress (Hannah) was extremely attentive and was always checking back in with us to see what we needed. I don't get downtown that frequently but will definitely keep Americana on my short list of places to frequent.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice meal @ Americana
    Tonedover
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    Had a really nice meal last Friday before the Seinfeld concert at the Civic Center. We had the crab rangoon app, I had the lamb, she had the scallops. Fantastic! My only complaint would be i wish the entree portions were larger. The apps and sandwiches are huge so i had probably too high of hopes for the entrees. At least it was delicious and we ate every bite. The server was good and she provided plenty of attention without being annoying.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good enough
    Jfkdk
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Wide variety good selection but actual food was adequate but not out of this world by any means. Neat to order a custom grilled cheese but bread too thick and only a small amount of cheese
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Americana
    EatsOut247
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Whether its for small plates or Sunday brunch, Americana is sure to please. I always bring friends from out of town here to show it off. Located across from the sculpture park so you can eat all of the amazing food you want and then walk it off after.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SHELLYVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Appetizer selection was OK, but the salmon and prime rib were outstanding,
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our Waiter was Awesome!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Our waiter was very attentive and helped us to celebrate our new college grads on Fri night. Because of this, we know the Americana will be a must for all celebrations in our family!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Indifferent
    Fircuffel
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Americana was OK for brunch but did not have anything that resembled a desert bar. Major negative! The resturant was packed due to Mothers Day but they added to the holiday ambience. Bruch was a good start but could be kicked-up to a great bruch if it expanded into several different areas and less on the confort food!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Worst Customer Service Ever!
    MATK
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Made reservations for brunch at Americana for Mothers Day; my wife has really wanted to try it. When I made the reservations I received a confirmation email and we received a 2nd confirmation email the morning of the reservation. When we arrived they didn’t have our reservation. When we showed them the email they said it must have been a problem with the vendor (OpenTable) that handles the online reservations. Rather than try to accommodate us or offer any consideration Will gave my wife a short lesson on their reservation system and servers (computer not restaurant) said their was nothing he could or would do and sent us on our way. Management should walk across the street to the DM Library and check out a book on customer service.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent food/service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Food and service was excellent. Didn't have to wait to be seated. Price is reasonable as you get a lot food. We'll worth the money. Would recommend people to eat here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, late-night find
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall