Raccoon River Brewing Company
Raccoon River Brewing Company

Raccoon River Brewing Company

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.raccoonbrew.com/
  • Phone: (515) 362-5222
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm
    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Burgers, Brewery
  • Executive Chef: Bryan Manning
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Dancing, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Please visit www.raccoonbrew.com for more detail on private parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Nick Bopes 5153625223x
  • Entertainment: Join Raccoon River Brewing Company for FREE live music every Wednesday and Saturday night!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Mullbery
  • Parking: No
A word from Raccoon River Brewing Company
Looking for fun? You found it! Raccoon River Brewing Company invites you to check out their delectable lunch and dinner options, world-class housemade ales, free live music Wednesday and Saturday nights and the best pool hall in town! Come be a part of the fun - it promises to be an experience that will entice you to keep coming back for more. Located on the corner of 10th and Mulberry-downtown Des Moines, Iowa.
Continued
Foodspotting photos
See all photos
Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Raccoon River Brewing Company reviews from OpenTable diners
26 reviews since July 26, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
93% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (19)great for lunch (13)neighborhood gem (11)vibrant bar scene (9)fit for foodies (8)late-night find (6)special occasion (5)hot spot (5)kid-friendly (4)great for outdoor dining (2)romantic (2)scenic view (2)notable wine list (1)great for brunch (1)Show More
  • Great food
    ZisHusker
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food was outstanding and the beers were excellent. First time there and we will definitely be coming back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hide away fun
    buddysgirl
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    By reserving the upstairs back table area, you get pool table access, tables and even some chairs for the group to hang out and relax. The large ledge area adds extra seating for bigger groups and the service is great whether your group is large or small. The Wednesday night $2.00 beer special is also a hit with the drinkers in the bunch. The staff is attentive and very polite.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • food was terrible
    Delafield
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    I ordered the Pulled pork sandwich with a side of hand cut coleslaw. The coleslaw was warm and the sandwich was cold and the ends of the pork were dried up. The bun was buttered but not toasted. I told them about the warm coleslaw and the waiter came back and said the refrigerator is broke. They just discovered it. The waiter offered me another side so I choose mashed potatoes. The potatoes were hot and good and the portion was bigger than my sorry sandwich. I would not recommend any food here. Maybe the beer was good but I did not try it.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Beers!
    bbbogh
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Of what I had (Red, Octoberfest, IPA) they were all very good, my favorite being the IPA. Food was quick and tasty. Burgers are gigantic and the fries are perfect. Highly recommend.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, scenic view, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and experience
    BearSpace
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    The Raccoon River Brewing Company (RRBC) was exactly what I was looking for after day of travel and meetings--moderately priced pub food, and a quality beer selection. I enjoyed the Yankee burger (Iowa Beef and Iowa Pork!), although it took a while to arrive. Fortunately, I did have a glass of the Stonecutter Stout to tide me over. I shifted to the Octoberfest, but to be honest, the pairing would have been better if I had started with the Octoberfest with the burger, and the Stout (dry, strong flavor) with the chocolate mousse-based dessert. I very much appreciated the edamame as a standard-price side dish--with beer and burger and cake, my body doesn't need another pile of pure carbs and starch.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Racoon River Brewery, Des Moines
    MFOGeneva
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    This is a fun experience. The beer selection is very good. Try the flight - it is extensive with good pours and a value at $9. Personally I would skip the vanilla laced beer - way too sweet. The food is a cut above what you might expect from a brewery. Good selection and everything was well prepared. The server Daphne was energetic and pleasant. The prices are fair for what you get.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Raccoon River Brewery
    JockularItch
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Went there off of recommendation of colleagues and was not disappointed. Great beer, had the prohibition style pilsner, great body and good taste. Guy Fawkes burger was awesome and no one in our group complained about the food so that's usually a good sign. Great little micro brewery for Des Moines.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Just what we were looking for
    KBwisc
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were looking for a comfortable atmosphere serving a good burger and the Racoon River Brewing Company turned out to be the perfect choice. While traveling from Ames we logged on to the Open Table app. We came across The Racoon River Brewing Company and it looked like a good choice. We made the reservation through the Open Table site and all was well when we arrived. The restaurant is large and had live music which we didn't stay for this time, but we look forward to going back again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    BradsLang05
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was excellent the beers are amazing and our server was very friendly and helpful overall we had a fantastic experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    We had reservations and were seated right away, but it was busy when we were there and it took over an hour to get our food. Mine was over-salted and my friend's was too spicy. Our server did a good job with drinks etc, but the kitchen was clearly overwhelmed. There were tables near us that were seated later and got their food before us. We thought we'd allowed enough time to get to our show, but ended up being late.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner!
    Lawoman
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    This was a great spot for our family to meet! Good beer choices and the food was very good! It was a fun atmosphere and not very crowded for a Saturday--although we had reservations. Definitely would go again. Service was great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No Attention To Detail
    Piddlequeen
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Once we entered the restaurant, we were barely acknowledged by the hostess. It was almost uncomfortable. We we're taken to a table in the corner next to a set of stairs that looked into the beer brewing room. The window that provided our view was filthy. Our waiter was shy, but seemed to make every effort to give us good service. He was attentive, and he brought our drinks and food in a timely manner. The beer was very good. Two of the four meals delivered to our table were good, and two of the meals were mediocre at best. It was not a memorable experience, and I would have to say that the food was overpriced for the experience.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Party of 16
    mealplanner
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    no problemo.......a second wait staff would have been good, but the people we attended this event with were RAVING About the menu and the food quality - and they are fussy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 26, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 163 reviews are from the Raccoon River Brewing Company reviews archive.
  • a staple for us to dine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    One of our favorites. great food and beer [Bandit IPA]. Rustic atmosphere with some historic culture. Timely pleasant service.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great service
    FoodieWino
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I got a burger, the spicy one, it had a lot of great flavor. However, it sat in a sea of grease from my flavorless onion rings. I did end up eating 85% of the burger and enjoyed a house beer that was delish. Drain the onion rings would be my only suggestion. Husband got the beer sampler and a sandwich, he enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • splendid
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Whenever I visit Des Moines on business, I bring clients to lunch at Raccoon River Brewing Co. It provides yummy sandwiches, exceptional and refreshing drinks, fun atmosphere, and friendly, dedicated service. I can count on Raccoon River Brewing Co. to provide us with a very good experience.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Just OK
    veggie
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Dined here with three others. One person liked their turkey burger very much. Two of us had fish and chips. It was fine, but the portions were much too large. I would have preferred half as much food for a lower price. Fish and chips doesn't have to cost $17.99. The fourth person dining has severe food allergies, and both the server and the kitchen were very good about trying to cook something he could eat safely. The restaurant is quite noisy, but we knew that going on, so can't really complain about it. Our waitress was excellent.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service!
    dsloan
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    Booked a table for a small business meeting and was very pleased with the service and food. We will definitely come back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it.
    Parker29
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Loved the on-line reservation ...and the food and service were excellent!
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it
    Kat6
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    Went there with my prom group Saturday and the food was awesome. Not to mention our server was very friendly and attentive. I'd recommend to anyone
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Had fun
    Russ
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    Great deal on sliders on Wednesday nights. The jalapeño caps were just right.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Prodigy Party
    CntlSystAnalayst
    Dined on 2/28/2014
    Great experience for this group of professionals! The table was ready and the service, food and beverages were all fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • They forgot about us
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    We had reservations for 7pm, were seated in an out of the way behind the stairs, good view of outside, nice area, but there were several large groups nearby. I had to go get the server after 15 min because no one even came to the table for a drink order. Our appetizer was set on the table and our dinner came less than 15 sec later. no time to enjoy the appetizer and we felt rushed. I will look else where next time I eat in the down town area.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pricy for what you are getting
    MDH2Os
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Great beer, great atmosphere and good service. The only downfall is the food and price of the food. It is ok, but for the price it should be much better.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food!
    Martin
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The ribs were great, the burgers were wonderful, but the sides left us wanting more!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service was poor
    Magnum
    Dined on 2/6/2014
    We had a party of 10 who ordered during the lunch hour. Our waitress was lacking personality and to be honest given the gratituty on our checks, I would have given her a lower tip. She didn't greet us, tells us about the daily food item for Thursday nor did she stop and ask how everything was. She did one thing right and that was to bring refills on water/coke other than that. Her customer service skills were poor and we won't be back.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good time
    Smarttalker
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Service was timely and nicely done. There were four in our party. One had a salad with a special dressing that had a kick to it. Another had a gluten-free dish that was delicious. She appreciated the 'gf' designation by several dishes so she had several dining choices. A third had a burger and I had the four cheese mac n cheese and both were very good. Two chose housemade beers that were great. Another chose wine and a fourth chose water. We had a pleasant dining experience.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant atmosphere
    4810kj
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    My only complaint was it was cold where we were sitting.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfevt Evening
    Music
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    The table we reserved was in the location we requested. They accomodated 2 more at our table with a phone call. The food was excellen! The show wonderful. (Loved the Veggie Burger!.)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorite!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    We had a group of 11 and our waitress was outstanding! Very helpful and just spot on with everything. Food was great, noise level was good and we all had a wonderful dinner! Will be back many more times in the future.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Warm fuzzies
    VOYEC
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Nine transitioned from an offsite retreat to RRBC for a late lunch and more conversation. The staff was pleasant and attentive without becoming overbearing. The drinks were brought out timely, as was our luncheon order. Everyone's dish were received as requested (no returns to the kitchen). The flavor of the Tallgrass Ale Cheese Soup was nicely balanced between the ale and cheese without the distraction of the rue and was smooth in texture. The Thai Cobb salad was tasty but I would suggest ordering this salad with dressing on the side as it was a bit on the heavy side. Our meeting conversation went past our hour of dining. Thankfully, the staff remained attentive to any beverage needs and did not interrupt or try to shue us out.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    RonL
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Unique menu items. Great flavor. Portion size good. Would have enjoyed a better selection of their beers but those available we're good
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something different
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/14/2013
    Great spot if your looking for something different. We had the calimari for an app, and burgers, and everything was great, and came in big portions - we took probably half of it home with us! It was a great night for my husband's birthday & we would definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great burger and a beer spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    I had 'THE HOOLIGAN', it's a burger topped with blackened beef tips and Maytag blue cheese with chipotle mayo. Super good and just the right about of messy. I washed it down with one of raccoons house beers. It really hit the spot. Great attentive service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Business Lunch
    jgc01
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Nice place upstairs to be able to separate from the rest of the crowd and have a good discussion.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great service and great food
    SKoss
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    Our server was fantastic and we had a great time. The food was delicious and we will definitely be back. Thank you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good first impression
    Lukenjenn
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    This was the first time either me or my fiance had been to the brewery. And everything went very well we got seated promptly got our beers right away. Food came quickly and was hot and delicious. All and all a very good first time.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy Surprise
    GreyGhost
    Dined on 10/4/2013
    We received a gift card for this restaurant and were Greatly surprised by the building and I am still thinking about the wonderful food. Love this place, but a little too noisy due to the type of building.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Improve your dessert menu
    scthawki
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    Dined at RR with my husband this week. Food was very good, service was good (waiter seemed new and had too many tables to cover), but dessert sucked. I haven't had dessert there in a while, so I asked about their Chocolate Stout Cake. Not on the menu any longer. Bummer! RR--improve the dessert menu. The caramel brownie we had was not your style. It tasted day-old and reheated in the microwave. The ice cream was something cheap from a carton. Bring back your fresh, homemade desserts or I won't waste my money or calories.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Atmosphere was good and our
    riblover
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    Atmosphere was good and our wait staff was very professional. Our onion ring appetizer was very greasy. My pulled pork sandwich portion was minimal not proportioned with the large bun. Fries were limp, if they were crispy they would have been great. BBQ ribs were the special that night and there was nothing special about them at all. KINDA TOUGH.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate