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Django Restaurant

Django Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.djangodesmoines.com
  • Phone: (515) 288-0268
  • Hours of Operation: Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm

    Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm

    Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm

    Sunday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, French American, American
  • Executive Chef: George Formaro
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Djust say Django for your next corporate or social gathering. Sit back, relax and let the experienced restaurant professionals take care of all the details! The restaurant offers a number of private and semi-private spaces perfect for every type of event. Private banquet rooms are available for groups with up to 60 seated guests. Contact a manager for more details.
  • Private Party Contact: parties@djangodesmoines.com (515) 288-0268

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between Walnut & Mulberry
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking is available throughout the area as well as public lot parking. The Davis-Brown Tower, located on 10th St. directly across the street from the restaurant, as well as the Allied-Nationwide parking facility, located directly behind the restaurant, offer parking to the public for free on evenings and weekends.
A word from Django Restaurant

Django is a comfortable, brasserie-style restaurant offering everything you love about French cuisine without the attitude. The restaurant features classic French dishes such as Steak Frites and Duck Cassoulet, as well as fresh salads and juicy hamburgers made with house-ground beef. At the heart of Django is the interactive chef station. Located in the center of the restaurant, this large bar offers patrons a place to order jet-fresh seafood such as oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, and seafood plateaus, alongside cheese plates, cured meats, artisan bread and house-made desserts.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Diner Reviews
  • "The service in the bar area was fine, but the service in the dining room was less than acceptable. We had to ask for clean silverware, it was slow, and the food was not impressive by any means. It was not worth what we paid and we left with most of the meal uneaten."
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "Service was great, Appetizer (poutin) was delicious. A couple of The entrees lacked flavor, though. But it should be noted that no one in our group of four has tried French cuisine before so it's difficult to give a fair assessment."
    Dined on 9/13/2014
  • "Will go back again and again! Great food and atmosphere! Service was great!"
    Dined on 9/12/2014
  • "Ate here for the first time Friday night. Absolutely everything was top notch amazing! Can't wait to go again!"
    Dined on 9/12/2014
  • "Wonderful restaurant. Waitress was excellent and helpful on selections. She didn't rush us which made for a very relaxing evening. This restaurant lets you bring in your own wine with no corkage fee which is a nice option but they also have a great wine list. Our meal was delicious with a nice sized portion and the salmon was cooked perfectly. Our seating was very close to a couple dining next to us and we could easily hear their conversation and I'm sure they could hear ours. A little more space would be nice! Overall, highly recommend!!"
    Dined on 9/5/2014
  • "Django does not have corkage fee... ever! Their menu prices are a bit on the high side, but with the no corkage fee, it makes dining out an affordable experience. Of course, if you take advantage of this, don't bring in a bottle of Yellow Tail, bring in something nice. The food is wonderful, the service is great, the bartenders are top notch, and their Happy Hour is a great deal."
    Dined on 9/4/2014
  • "The feel of the place is great, as is the food and the service. Had a great first experience"
    Dined on 8/31/2014
  • "I took my husband to Django for our 5 year wedding anniversary. We had a great experience. Our server was very nice and made sure we were constantly good on drinks. We spent a few hours there enjoying each other company, drinks, and great food. We will defiantly return to this great restaurant."
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "french ham and cheese was outsanding as was the service"
    Dined on 8/29/2014
  • "The French cuisine doesn't really stand out, but the extensive menu and nice atmosphere make it a fun dinner spot. The "energetic" vibe is nice at first but can become to noisy. The food is not particularly inventive but solid preparation of some expected french dishes."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "My food was excellent and I've never had a server more on his A-game. My boyfriend began to reach for the water bottle at the table to fill up his glass, but by the time he'd started to lift his hand the waiter was there filling his cup and giving us a new bottle for the table. Just one example of his serving prowess. If I remembered his name I'd put it down instantly, all I know is that he is a hero of the service industry."
    Dined on 8/28/2014
  • "Best oysters in the midwest. Great selection of sweet and salty. Happy hour is great. The staff are great to work with. They are attentive but not intrusive. Every time I'm am in Des Moines that is a must do dinner location"
    Dined on 8/26/2014
  • "We love coming to Django for their outstanding food, unique cocktails and great service. It is our restaurant of choice when in Des Moines and we have been there at least 8 times now. However, the noise level makes it very difficult to have any conversation. It didn't help that we were next to a really loud table of 8 who had been drinking for awhile before we got there. Since we go to Django when dropping off or visiting our son at Drake, not being able to have a conversation is really beginning to be a drawback. It is in an old building and is a very pretty space, but I wish something could be done to address this. At one point my son said, I can see your lips moving but I can't hear you! But again, the food is awesome!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We dine at Django on a regular basis and I usually have absolutely no complaints, only compliments. Unfortunately this visit was made uncomfortable by a rude server. We felt like an inconvenience from the moment we sat down until we paid our bill. This experience won't keep us from dining with Django, however we were disappointed this visit. Hope to have an amazing server next time... Like we're used to. The hostesses & bartenders were amazing as always!"
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "Django is a great high end reaturant that never disappoints. I go there a few times a year with my wife sir special occasions and everything is delicious. I have had most of the menue and it is all great."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "We had a great night. Our friends joined us and we celebrated. Tyson was a fantastic server! Great food."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Menu was OK - nothing to exciting. Noise level was almost unbearable - the acoustics are not the best so when crowded the noise level can be more like a bar than and nice dining locations. There was also a table of six near by that was overly loud, with one person having an EXTREMELY annoying and EXTRA loud cackle - this person's self-awareness was non existent! Do not expect Django to be quiet but this night it was over the top."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "The primary reason we return to Django frequently is the no corkage fee policy. My husband and I will share an appetizer and dessert, and each get an entree and dinner is usually less than $70 before tip, plus we can enjoy a bottle of our own wine. Food is very good and I've never had bad service. My only real complaint is how close the seating is. More than once I've sat next to too-much perfume lady or a loud party that makes it hard to hold your own conversation. In general, though I really like this place."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "I decided to take my girlfriend here for our 1 year anniversary, and it was a great idea. Considering it's in downtown Des Moines, parking isn't as easy as I'd like, but it wasn't terrible either. Food was great, server was professional, and the atmosphere was perfect. Not too loud, not too quiet. I'd recommend it to anyone! The governor of Iowa was there eating while we dined, so it must be good, right? :)"
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "Not your usual midwest fare and we were definitely looking for something more unique. It's fun and interesting to try foods cooked differently than the norm. Great food and service. I had requested a quiet spot as several of us don't hear so well in loud restaurants, and we were seated in a quiet corner spot. Nice. Pork chops were cooked well, thick but juicy and very tasty! Another had the shellfish platter and pronounced it the "best I've ever had!" So we'll be back!!!"
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "I have only been to Django twice. Once during dinner time and the second time is during brunch. During my first visit, we ordered the half-order onion rings as our appetizer and for my entrée, I ordered the Burger Rosinni. Both portions were huge and even though the onion rings was the half-order. I really enjoy my Burger Rosinni. The foie gras was very flavorful, but my soup tasted bland. There are more options during dinnertime than lunchtime at Django. On my second visit, I was with a group of my girlfriends most of us found the ambience and atmosphere very relaxing and elegant. The lunch option was very limited. I was disappointed that most of the lunch menu consists of "American" food not necessarily French food at all."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "Django has been my favorite restaurant for quite awhile, but somehow every time I go I love it even more! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who loves food, good service, and a relaxing atmosphere."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Django is a very good restaurant with a large varied menu. The three people that I dined with truly enjoyed their food. I may have made a poor food selection. I consider myself a foodie and an adventurous eater, however I was very disappointed by my selection. It also was a turn off for those at my table. I fully take responsibility for my selection, but in my defense it was not as described. Nor was it anything like previous dishes by the same name. This was our second visit and it will not prevent me for going there again. I will know better than to order the same dish."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I took my husband and daughter to eat at django for his birthday. We enjoyed our experience completely. Our waitress was very good and the food was amazing. I have already recommended django to a friend!!"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "We decided to celebrate our 32 anniversary at Django's. It was our first experience with the restaurant and we had a thoroughly enjoyable evening! The atmosphere was very pleasant, we had a nice table location and the dining room was amazingly quiet for a busy restaurant. We were able to talk in normal voices, which made for a pleasant evening. The service was good; helpful and attentive. The food was prepared and presented very well. It was a fine dining experience. We are looking forward to our next visit and would definitely give Django's high marks in all categories."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "The food and service was very good this time around. We come here often to eat and this time the service was fantastic. We could tell the waitress was seasoned so the service was excellent. The meals were excellent as well."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "For a long time I've heard about the amazing Django Restaurant and its solid 4 out of 5 stars reviews. The service was very good from front desk to bill: staff was attentive, nice, and willing to make recommendations. The food was nothing special: The leek soup was a little bland; The Burger Rossini was overcooked with bland tasting truffles and the foie gras was more greasy than it was rich (Django did give us a discount on the burger after we brought this up); The Steak au Poivre was a very good cut of meat with a good but ultimately underwhelming au porvre sauce. Plate presentation wasn't anything amazing. Very good bar and wine list. Mediocre ambiance, looks and feels very "hotel" restaurant. Not the best bang for your buck."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "The restaurant has a nice atmosphere and busy without having to chase down the wait staff. However, the food was completely underwhelming. I had a special with red snapper, succotash and polenta. The polenta was undercooked, the fish was over cooked and the succotash added nothing to the dish. I wanted to like this place but can't bring myself to say anything more than...meh"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "We used to go to one of their competitors for special occasions, but got tired of paying top dollar for a small pour of wine. Since Django has no corkage fee, we take one of our favorite wines, coupled with the fantastic menu at Django, and we have a very nice celebration meal."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Heard a lot of recommendation and all the good thing abut this place. So we went here to celebrate out anniverasy. Turn out had a bad service, good was dry and missing sauces. Table was wet i asked for a napkins so i can wipe it off. He was disappear and when the apertizer came, the waiter set a clean spoon right on the water spot. Then 1 mins later he came back n wiped the wet spot off... Really???? Also my steak was asked for medium well, end up was well done n so dry. Also missing the sauces for it. Didnt get the sauces will my steak was all gone... Its just bad services. Feeling ignored the whole time. Also, didnt get pur bread till 45 mins later after the apertizer came..."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "A favorite of mine- the food is wonderful and they have a very fun menu."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "This was my firs time to the restaurant but surely won't be my last. The decor was excellent and the food very good."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "One of the friendliest and most helpful waiters I've ever had. My wife and I had a great time. Food was amazing."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Good restaurant. The board with the daily features that was displayed in the entry way at brunch on Sunday, should not have been put up or should have stated that the the specials were not available until evening. Don't get our hopes up with special features when they are not available."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Django usually never disappoints. My order was misunderstood so by the time the right one came, my husband was finished eating. It was a big disappointment for our anniversary."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Loved the cheese tray/ charcuterie and poutine!!!"
    Dined on 7/11/2014
  • "We had dinner at Django in Des Moines on a Saturday night. It was a busy night - I was definitely glad we had reservations. The atmosphere was very nice, it's an old building that has been renovated, and shows lots of care and love in the remodel. The food was delicious; our waiter was personable, eager, and pleasant. His timing for the dinner was excellent - we did not feel rushed at all between the soup and the entree."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "We waited long periods of time for everything except the check. The mussels were great. My wife enjoyed the mushroom crepes."
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "great waitress and the food was wonderful. We always enjoy it!"
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "We came for our anniversary and was pleasantly pleased with the food, great place."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
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