Louie's Wine Dive - Des Moines
Louie's Wine Dive - Des Moines

Louie's Wine Dive - Des Moines

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.louieswinedive.com/
  • Phone: 5157773416x
  • Hours of Operation:


    Monday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Tuesday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 11:00pm, Thursday - Friday: 11:00am - 2:00am, Saturday: 9:00am - 2:00am, Sunday: 9:00am - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes

Getting there

  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Louie's Wine Dive - Des Moines
Louie’s Wine Dive is obsessed with really good grapes, creative gourmet comfort food, and a funky fun atmosphere to share it in. We search all over the world to find you great wine, many of which come from our relationships with small, lesser known vineyards, at a great value to our guests. Wine is supposed to be Fun, not pretentious, so let us know when you taste that new varietal and how it changed what you thought wine was supposed to be.
Our gourmet comfort food is made fresh using eco friendly and local ingredients whenever possible. As for the fun, we instigate it but count on you and yours to see it to fruition (literally through the fruit!). It’s meant to be your place, so please enjoy...and if you enjoy it as much as we do, grab one of our unique bottles to share at home.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNotable Wine List
Louie's Wine Dive - Des Moines reviews from OpenTable diners
76 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.3
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelEnergetic
90% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (55)notable wine list (54)fit for foodies (44)great for outdoor dining (24)hot spot (21)special occasion (18)good for groups (17)great for brunch (13)vibrant bar scene (12)romantic (12)great for lunch (10)late-night find (9)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • Excellent
    mommyx6
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    First time there to watch a game on Saturday. Food was excellent as were the drinks and service. Will not hesitate to go again
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Night out
    DMBill
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Met our daughter for dinner. Her first time. Meal was great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • dinnerdiner
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Enjoyed the food. Noise level was quite high, making conversation a challenge.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is good, but not the service
    Daffy
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Wish the food portion was a little bigger. The Fish & Chips didn't fill me up at all and the fish was very salty. The lobster poutine we got as appetizer was amazing though! It's probably one of the best poutine I've had. Our server was not friendly at all. He doesn't smile and seems very irritated whenever he comes by. Very disappointing service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was good but...
    80sfan
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I read some other reviews regarding issues with the service and now i know what they meant. The waiter we had didn't seem like he wanted to be there, and wasn't well trained in the wine list. It didn't help we were right the bathroom either - there were people in and out of them (since it was busy) and if they had to wait for one to open, they had to stand right by our table. We also sat by a huge window when it was still sunny out and had to wear our sunglasses - they need to invest in some blinds. It is too bad we couldn't really enjoy the food and wine (which were both very good).
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good standard fair
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    French fries are the best in town. The wine is hit or miss.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    They went above and beyond. I made a reservation and requested the table to be preset with wine and food, and with balloons I brought in the afternoon. I had never been there before, but they treated me like a regular, not even batting an eye at my requests for a birthday surprise. Im impressed and cant wait ro spend more money toward their wine list and more butter cake!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Girls Night, Date Night
    kediner
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    A couple of friends and I tried Louie's for a much-needed girls night and it didn't disappoint! The wines were wonderful and we shared a few flatbreads and they were all delicious! We stayed a while talking and never felt we were being pushed out. We tipped well to show our appreciation!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • always great
    Lisa
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    This is probably my 8th visit, and I have yet to be disappointed. Chelsea was a great server, always at the ready with great information. The food and wine were great, my only complaint is that sometimes it can be loud, buy with so many people having a great experience, that is to be expected.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly Surprised by Brunch
    Catherine
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I joined my family here for Brunch on Sunday. It was delicious! It was a little noisy inside but not to the point of not being able to talk. I will definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Love the wine dive
    luvlouies
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Louis's Wine Dive is a great neighborhood restaurant. Every time I've gone there it has been a great experience, service is over the top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The restaurant was not half full and reservation for 9:30 and certain beverages and food items were not ready to go. Server was not the caliber of others who have served us. This visit was not up to par with my prior experiences.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just right for a Friday night
    CarWashVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Discovered this on Open Table and I was happy I did. Very busy in a happy way on a Friday night. Really casual. A couple of TVs but didn't feel like a sports bar. Nice wine list and nice quality glasses. Vegetable ratatouille with quinoa was one of the best veggies dishes I've had in a long time. I could become a regular.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good wine selection
    Moltebene
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The noise level is very high and not a restaurant for intimate conversations.. The wine list is quite good. The staff is friendly and enjoyed our conversation with our waiter. We had expected a bit more ambience for dinner but more a wine bar or informal gathering hole. Had generous crab cakes and my husband had steak rounds cooked medium but rather tough Will probably return and give another try
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place is okay
    bubba2
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    LWD does have an impressive wine list. The interior ambiance is pleasant, but the noise level was too high while we were there. It is in a strip mall and has an open kitchen. The food was of good quality, however some items were heavily over salted and the portions on some dishes left something to be desired. A fish and chips dinner that goes for fourteen dollars should come with more than four pieces of cod, none of which were greater in size than my thumb. My three year old has larger portions when he has Van De Kamp Fish Sticks. The fries, sides, soups, and pasta that our party ordered were all great, aside from the soup and pasta being heavy on the salt. We'd return for special occasions, but not regularly due to value.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a great experience.
    DSMdinerVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We've dined at Louie's many times and always enjoy the experience. Great service and amazing food...try the 4-pork gnocchi, you won't be disappointed!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An Excellent Find!!!!
    jeffbeckinc
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Took a chance on this restaurant based off reviews on OpenTable and was not at all disappointed. Made reservations for an after engagement celebration and it worked out great. Amazing food, great wine and just a wonderful atmosphere. It was a little nosier and crowded than I would have liked, but it was a Friday night and you would want that in a great place to eat. Highly recommend and will definitely be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Marcus
    Marcus
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Service and food were great. A fun place for dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Thursday 7.24.14
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    I love Louie's and frequently book reservations there in Open Table since they are always super busy. This time, even though I got the confirmation email of reservation, we didnt show up on the computer at Louie's. Luckily, our party of 4 got seated! Server was mediocre but food was fantastic as usual.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for casual date night
    Needabreak
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    My husband and I had a great Wednesday night date night. Relaxed, fun atmosphere. Food was very good. They need a grilled fish or two as an entree. We both had the salmon salad which was good. Hummus app was delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great neighborhood place
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Very good service and wine selection. The server offered a few samples of wine and was very pleasant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious!
    FoodieWino
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Sat outside with a friend on a Wednesday night. Got there at 530 and sat on the road side patio, not many people, we left at 8 and the place was packed. Happy hour items were delightful. 4 pork gnocchi was amazing! Couldn't have had a better flight attendant, I mean waiter.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An enjoyable experience
    LaPrincesa14
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    This was my 3rd visit. The Pinot Noir recommended at my first visit is now my favorite. I 've recommended it to friends and we got a bottle to take home. Each time I've visited Louie's Wine Dive, the food has been good. This visit I ordered the Duroc pork chop... It was exceptional! I've talked it up to several friends & posted a photo on IG. I'll definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    I placed the reservation for outside seating but the Des Moines location does not take outside seating reservations. They forgot to come and get us when a table opened up so we waited a very long time. Then I had to ask for menu's. By the time we got to place our order, they were out of the special which is what 3 out of 4 of us wanted to order. Won't be going back anytime soon.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Variety
    PLRHG
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We has 6 people with varied taste and everyone was happy with the food. Excellent wine choices!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • CatsVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    Excellent food, good service,but loud and noisy. No need for the TVs above the bar. Cheapens the experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • servers need better training
    Paladin
    Dined on 6/23/2014
    For a restaurant that bills itself as a "wine dive", I would have expected a more knowlegeable waitstaff. Actually, I can't speak about the entire staff on only one visit, but the unfortunate reality is that if the first visit to a well-established place doesn't deliver on a key ingrediant of the dining experience, chances are I won't give it a second try. Additionally, neither my dining companion nor I felt our server actually wanted to be there. He needs to at least pretend to appreciate our business.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Sunday brunch
    familyfoodie
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Delicious food, great service and relaxed atmosphere
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food and wine!
    IAfoodlover
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Variety of fun entrees and terrific wine list! Staff is knowledgeable and can make drink recommendations. Casual, fun and small to medium space - not too big or too noisy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fun Place
    Whineaboutwine
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    I've been to Louie's Wine Dive a couple of times and have enjoyed both experiences. The lobster poutine is VERY good. The pan roasted chicken was moist and tasty, but the skin wasn't crisped to the texture a great roast chicken boasts. The fish and chips were fine, but we would not order again. Service was a bit rushed - one doesn't expect to make decisions on a wine list, appetizer and dinner within just a couple of moments of being seated. I was a little disappointed in the wine list, but also completely recognize that it's pretty subjective and I have specific tastes that their buyer apparently does not share. Nothing WRONG with the wine list, but I didn't feel it was notable or of a higher quality that most Des Moines restaurants.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Julie
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    This was my second visit to Louies - the atmosphere was fun, the food was great and our waiter helped us pick a perfect wine for the night. It is nice to find a local spot - can't wait for Waukee to open
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Soul affirming food !!!!
    pepper
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    We have eaten here several times now and really enjoy the food. The noise level is very loud and sometimes we have trouble hearing the server and each other. We keep coming back for the excellent food and wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place All Around
    SG14
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    This is one of the few places in town where there are so many interesting things on the menu that it is hard to make your choice. The server was friendly, but not pushy. We were there early, 5:30-7 p.m. and I suspect the place might be noisy if packed. Three or four staff members came to the table to see if things were all right. Again, friendly, but not pushy. Food was excellent. I can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 43 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.8
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The following 22 reviews are from the Louie's Wine Dive - Des Moines reviews archive.
  • Great Experience
    er19
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    I ate here with my family on 5/17/14 to celebrate my graduation from college. The food was all wonderful, and considering how busy the restaurant was the service was fine as well. My only complaint was that we were at a table next to the server station which was a rather uncomfortable, tight, and busy location. Everything else was excellent, so it wasn't that big of a deal.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Enjoyed celebrating daughter's college graduation there with family. Awesome food, service and a very enjoyable time.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A relaxed night
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    I have gone to the one in omaha and I had just as good experience in the dsm location. Met with a girlfriend And had a great time
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food!
    MelLVDinnerVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Great place for a casual dinner out with friends ... Food is good and service was great!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ladies Night Out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Perfect spot for a ladies night out! Just had a wonderful time - great food, great service. Wine was good. Would definitely recommend.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved
    iowafoodblog
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    My wife and I loved dining at Louie's Wine Dive. We though the food was excellent. The service was only OK. To their credit, they were very busy. However, we found it to be slow. Just getting a glass of wine took almost 20 minutes. Food was exceptional. From the appetizer to our entrees to the dessert. Looking forward to the next one opening up near our home in Waukee this summer.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Anniversary Dinner
    srvnvly
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I had been once before, but my wife had not; I used OpenTable to reserve a spot at one of our now favorite restaurants. Prices are moderate; the food is uber-fantastic! We now have extensive plans to bring various out-of-town guests to Louie's Wine Dive, as well as move it up the list as a where-should-we-go? place with friends. Awesome experience, thank you!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate