Raccoon River Brewing Company
Raccoon River Brewing Company

Raccoon River Brewing Company

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.raccoonbrew.com/
  • Phone: 5153625222x
  • 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.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerNeigborhood Gem
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
Raccoon River Brewing Company reviews from OpenTable diners
28 reviews since May 18, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
94% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (20)great for lunch (14)vibrant bar scene (8)neighborhood gem (7)late-night find (6)kid-friendly (4)fit for foodies (4)hot spot (3)special occasion (3)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)romantic (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • 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
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    • 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
  • 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
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    • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 20 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 18, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.1
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 159 reviews are from the Raccoon River Brewing Company reviews archive.
  • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A very unique experience.
    soreback
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    A very unique experience. We loved the warehouse look and the associated decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My favorite place
    Hobbs
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    As usual, Raccoon River Brewing did not disappoint. Excellent beer and food (quality and variety), prompt and friendly service. This place always exceeds my expectations.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but loud
    Nick
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    The food is always good and the beers are amazing, but after 1900 it can get pretty loud in there.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, late-night find, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food, good service, good times
    Blondie81
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    My husband and I were pleasantly surprised when we went to the Raccoon River Brewing Company for dinner with friends on Saturday night. We've been there before for drinks and appetizers and it was ok. I think the menu has been revamped which was another nice surprise. They have a great selection and all of our meals were delicious. We'd go again to hang out with friends or family.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We dont live in the Des Moines
    SHELLYVIP
    Dined on 7/13/2013
    We dont live in the Des Moines area. Would not run back to this restaurant, appet. were fair, upper floor atmosphere should be reserved for parties not regular dining guests, not initmate enough. Was told this was a "NICE" restaurant, could have worn shorts and a tshirt. Mashed potatoes were over whipped, salmon was slightly well done, Honestly just expected MORE than what we got!!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Nice place, they let is sit
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/18/2013
    Nice place, they let is sit and talk, but they still took good care of us.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Recommended
    bellhanger
    Dined on 5/4/2013
    Great food, great service. Tried new pint flavors and though they were not for us, still very quality brews. Entryway was very noisy and crowded with staff members watching a game on TV but we were promptly seated and waited upon. Food was delicious and quite filling. We had the Sir Paul McCartney (my wife says this was amazing as far as veggie burgers) and the Churchill, which was quite good, though I did not have the horseradish sauce so no review there. Onion rings were perfect and so was our waitress who was prompt and very nice. Will definitely go back again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very good food...server was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    Very good food...server was great and very helpful with advice on wines and entrees...she was busy but always had a smile for us !!!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Poor perception
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/27/2013
    For the price paid, I was expecting a lot better. I ordered a steak that was $22. When I ate it, it was extremely dry and wasn't good. I also ordered a tomato bisque, but they forgot to bring it out until I said something. At that time a young man told me he would get it right away. He did not ever get it. When I told our waitress, she brought it out in about 30 seconds. It was awful texture and I only ate one bite.Overall iI was disappointed and will eat somewhere else when visiting Des Moines. Service was very slow and it wasn't even busy at the time.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet