Cosi Cucina Italian Grill

Cosi Cucina Italian Grill

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cosicucina.com/index.html
  • Phone: 5152788148
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Tuesday - Friday: 11:00am - 4:00pm, Saturday: 12:00pm - 4:00pm

    Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday, 4:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: William Bliss
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Beer, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We will do our best to accommodate all orders with the notice that is convenient for you, however 48 hours is preferred.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 2 blocks south of Hickman Rd
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Cosi Cucina Italian Grill
Cosi Cucina is the well known Clive Restaurant with an innovative Italian cuisine featuring homemade dishes and daily specials prepared with only the finest ingredients and served in a casual atmosphere.



A local favorite, voted best Des Moines Italian restaurant and most romantic. Cosi Cucina features an extensive wine list, with over 36 wines available by the glass. Conveniently located just minutes from most area hotels.
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Cosi Cucina Italian Grill reviews from OpenTable diners
7 reviews since June 3, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
66% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (5)special occasion (5)romantic (4)neighborhood gem (3)notable wine list (3)great for lunch (3)good for groups (2)great for brunch (2)late-night find (1)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • Couldn't be better
    WDMdiner
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    The service was excellent, the food was delicious, and the dessert presentation was beautiful - almost didn't want to eat it, it was so spectacular. But we did, and it was fabulous too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    EZ2PLS
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We went there encouraged by the reviews. The owner was friendly and we were promptly seated. The waiter was efficient but never smiled nor seemed to care. I had the special a rigatoni pasta with chicken. The chicken was dry, the pasta a little overcooked, the vegetables mushy and the the dish was bland. The bread was 2 flat soft rolls, cold and tasteless. The olive oil to dip it in was low quality and unspiced. The waiter offered grated parmesan and then stopped and disappeared after the most meager of servings. The salad was ala carte and not much to be said for it either. All in all a bland poorly cooked meal with surly service. Considering the quality, it was way overpriced. We shall not return.
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  • Great experience
    HeavenlyFood
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Food was excellent!! Had the lobster pasta - thought I died and went on. (That's a compliment!) Companion had the ribeye - excellent cut of meat but a little rare. Will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Just a delightful place to eat. Great food and excellent service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 3, 2014
    • Overall Rating4
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 30 reviews are from the Cosi Cucina Italian Grill reviews archive.
  • fed & happy & will be back
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    Great place, great smells ,great menu,great friendly service,great food,great desert,great coffee
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Foodie
    Dined on 6/1/2014
    We have been going to Cosi Cucina for 20 years. The food and service is always amazing. It is probably our favorite local restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice and enjoyable
    Fitz1
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Wife and I enjoyed the food very much, waiter was knowledgeable and friendly. Large serving, definitely get your value for the price! Regulars were known by the staff and everyone was warmly welcomed!!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Celebration
    MKBuds
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Dined with friends to celebrate a graduation. Outstanding drinks, great menu selection and attentive wait staff. Meals delivered timely, hot and best of all - delicious!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than average?
    SteveO
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Took my wife, mother and grandmother to dinner on a Saturday night (dinner the night before Mother's Day so as to not mess with the brunch rush the next morning). Restaurant was extremely busy but the service was timely and responsive. The caprese salad was excellent. We all ordered pasta dishes and the others enjoyed their Mushroom Pasta's (one with and one without shrimp) and Sausage Rigatoni. I got the Lobster Pasta that had several large pieces of lobster however the meat was salty (not sweet) and somewhat dried out. I was disappointed but the others enjoyed their meals so overall, better than average.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Italian
    Luv2eat
    Dined on 4/18/2014
    Love, love, love the food! The toasted ravioli was amazing and so was dinner. Would be better if they served the yummy bread warm, and maybe some Italian spices mixed with the olive oil for dipping. Our waitress was a bit slow, but would go back!
    Special Features:
    Romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant
    Foodie
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We love to eat at local places and this place is a favorite. The food is amazing, the prices are reasonable and the service is second to none. Cosi Cucina is just a great place for a dinner out. The scallops appetizer ( wood grilled) is excellent-ziti is one of their signature dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cosi Cucina is Back!!!!
    Joyce
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Our evening was just lovely. Met, greeted & seated promptly. Our waitress was excellent, made recommendations when asked and gave seamless & timely service. The meal was excellent. All 4 dishes were prepared as ordered and exceeded expectations. 3/4 took home large portions as leftovers as well. It's wonderful to see a classic come back better than ever!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Love this place
    JoeW85
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    Always great food. Unique menu, good specials, and the best calamari I've ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Business as usual
    D1andOnlyOmen
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Our experience under the "new ownership" was much the same as in the past......Nice place and decent food (yet nothing to really rave about).
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My experience at Cosi Cucina was
    Foodlover
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    A good experience. No wait to be seated, Emily, our waitress took out drink orders and food orders very quickly. She smiled each time she asked how everything was. Food was excellent. I'll be going back again soon.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding restaurant
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    We have been going regularly to Cosi Cucina for 16 years and every time the evening is phenomenal. It is one of our all time favorite restaurants (and We are foodies!) Our favorites are the Wood grilled scallops appetizer and mozarella salad with champagne dressing. And of course, the Ziti. For dessert you must get the tiramasu or cheesecake ---both wonderful. We travel a lot and enjoy the local restaurants. Cosi Cucina is a stand out and equalsand surpasses any place we have ever eaten.We just love this place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME!
    PILLINGKM
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    Cosi Cucina is awesome every time. Always great food in a simple and smooth atmosphere. Never a bad dish!
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food
    Bigguy311
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    As always the food was terrific, especially the ziti and the bread. The desserts we tried were also excellent.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great locally owned restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    Great locally owned restaurant that has awesome food and service. Prices are fair and value priced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • First visit
    Musicman
    Dined on 12/21/2013
    The reviews I read were mixed, so I went in with an open mind. The first small hurdle we came to was that the enterance was in the back of the building. Not a major thing, but with no vehicles in the front parking lot we thought they may be closed. Upon entering the restaurant you're met with the smell of a "wood-smoked" kitchen. Not a bad thing. The lighting was dim, giving that romantic feeling we were looking for. The staff was friendly. The carpet needed replaced. They weren't busy at the time. The overall feel was nice. One meal was good. The other was undercooked (and being it was pasta, not good). We would consider returning in the future, but wouldn't make it a staple in our outings.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Not as good as previous visits.
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 11/30/2013
    We have been to Cosi Cucina a few times and the food has been outstanding. During this trip we were very disappointed. Ordered Caesar salads, they came wilted and flavorless. The waitress was wonderful, she took them back and off the bill. Ordered the lobster bisque - again, lacked flavor. Ordered the calamari, which we haves ordered in the past, it came over cooked. It was not the dining experience that we have come to love from Cosi Cucina. Not sure why the food was not good that evening???? Not sure if we will be back....
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food is what makes this place
    amgqmp1
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Quality of food was superb all around. I love that every time I visit the restaurant there are so many top-line options on the menu. I had the Potato Ravioli and was instantly in love with the richness of flavors. It was the food equivalent of a fine cigar paired with just the right aged glass of scotch. Pros: Excellent & unique food, prompt and courteous wait staff Cons: Initial seating was undesirable (the place was nearly empty but we were squished between two other larger dining parties...and that's with a reservation); hostess and manager were under-dressed and heard grumbling when I asked to be re-seated
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Italian!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/15/2013
    We had reservations that we made on-line. First time I ever used Open Table and it was great. Our wait was about 2 minutes and we had a nice table out of the traffic line. Great food! Many options from steak & pasta to pizza and sandwiches.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful...as usual
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Cosi is like an old, cherished friend you can always count on to be fabulous! It was again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Cosi Cucina
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/21/2013
    We have lived in the area for one year but never noticed this restaurant from the busy street. Signage makes it hard to even notice it driving by. We entered through what was a back door and waited a bit to be seated. I've got to comment that the initial view into the seating area makes it not seem as classy as I was expecting. The salads and soup were brought out for our party of four promptly. Main courses came next and our Smoked chicken pastas were good but very light on the chicken. Although the plates came out hot, the dish cooled off very quickly. Desserts were great but could actually be sized down(the cheesecake)....I found them to be twice as much as I needed.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellant for a business lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/20/2013
    My visit to Cosi Cucina was for a business lunch. It was ideal. Quiet, so we could talk. The wait staff person was very attentive without being intrusive. The food was very good. I would go back for another business lunch there anytime. I will also visit it for dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Poor Service decent food
    Rogueagent00702VIP
    Dined on 6/15/2013
    Cosi Cucina is usually a solid place to get a good meal. The server we were placed with did not provide good service. He was there physically but mentally checked out. 3 out of 4 of our dishes were good. One of my dining companions got a dish they had before it wasn't as good. Overall good meal, bad server.
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  • still solid
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    This place has stood the test of time and remains a solid supper choice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food and service
    David
    Dined on 5/31/2013
    Our party of 6 was seated immediately by friendly staff. The menu selection is broad (basics like pizza all the way up to truly unique signature meals). The waiter (Skip, if I recall correctly) was friendly, had a great sense of humor, and knew the menu inside and out. Our food arrived promptly, and each dish was delicious. Portions are generous, which is a shame because it is hard to save room for dessert. Don't miss desserts, though. The cheesecake is outstanding, as is the brownie. The restaurant offers vegetarian and gluten-free options. (Sadly, all of the desserts contain eggs, so vegans may have to skip this course.) Prices are very reasonable. Highly recommended.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I've been to Cosi before and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    I've been to Cosi before and the food has been wonderful. On this trip, the fish I ordered (Grouper) was too salty for me to eat and the risotto that was with the dish had too much cream in it and I couldn't eat it. My husband ordered the pork marsala but they were out of pork so then he ordered the filet Medium Rare and it came out Rare. All in, just not a good experience
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  • Our wait staff was excellent,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 3/9/2013
    Our wait staff was excellent, martinit cocktails done as requested, and pasta dishes fantastic. We hadn't been there for several years and it was a treat to return.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The staff was polite and very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 3/2/2013
    The staff was polite and very attentive. Food was great, first time we had eaten there.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It was just okay. I've had
    TobyMac
    Dined on 2/16/2013
    It was just okay. I've had better experiences there. Our scallops were rubbery and the risotto was under cooked
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Server was very helpful.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 2/8/2013
    Server was very helpful. I was looking at the salmon and grouper choices and didn't think I would like the way the salmon was fixed. He suggested having the salmon (my preference) fixed "grouper style". Excellent suggestion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate