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AJ's Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows Casino

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Steakhouse
AJ’s Steakhouse proudly serves renowned Iowa steaks and chops, seafood and poultry in a classy, yet comfortably casual, atmosphere. Located inside Iowa's premier gaming and entertainment venue, AJ's Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows invites you to enjoy some of the best American cuisine you'll find anywhere in central Iowa. We promise that our outstanding menu and attentive service will leave you truly satisfied.

We’re proud to feature USDA Prime steaks on our menu. With exquisite marbling and remarkable flavor, it’s the highest quality beef money can buy. Join us soon for an unforgettable dining experience you won’t find anywhere else. Check out our full menu online. Then stop in and indulge yourself with all that our award-winning chefs can prepare for you.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Clean menu provided to every guest
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 354 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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SandyE
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always the food and the service was outstanding! Love this place.

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sueh
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love it at AJ steaks are the best! The service was wonderful.

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MichelleB
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience5

I ordered my food and my husband ordered his. He ordered 2 skewers of shrimp and I was given one of his on top of my steak. I am allergic to seafood. Steak was not cooked done enough. Had to get my dessert to go. Couldn't eat it in the restaurant caise they were closing.

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DAVIDB
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience4

The worse prime rib I have ever had. Told wait staff, offered a free desert, which we did, but a $6 desert for $24 steak, not a good exchange. One staff member offered to have a rib eye cooked after my husband had finished his meal.
Was very disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

A very fun experience for us after being at home with COVID for months. The food and service were excellent. What really stood out for us was Seth, the bartender. He went above and beyond to accommodate our requests. The lady taking reservations was able to delay our time in order for our daughter to join us. After we ate, we went outside to watch the horses race. We had a fabulous evening!

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HeatherM
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Not worth the $. Steak wasn't done the way I ordered it, waiter was very apologetic, my husband was done eating before I started. Anytime your paying $30 plus for a steak, waiter should probably have you cut into it when serving it.

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MichelleB
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience4

I had to send my food back twice once cause my fiance ordered shrimp and they put it on my steak. I allergic to seafood them they didn't get the right temperature of my steak. Service was good.

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Grandparents
1 review
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, AJ's was perfect! Never disappointed with service or food.

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Ittyboo
Des Moines
16 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Josh was a fun bartender & Brandon, our waiter is the best! Fun evening & good food!

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vipNicole
Kansas City
8 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great and our waitress was super friendly

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BrentL
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

The rib-eye was fatty but everything else was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Very quiet. Not busy but we went early.

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KailieM
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have great beef tenderloin medallions De Burgo. We always eat there after playing a few games upstairs. Always good!

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DanH
Denver
3 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent...the servers were inexperienced and unaware of who ordered what. What a shame...the food was really good...as well it should be for the price!

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Bdtairgard
San Diego
4 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, and great atmosphere! Highly recommend this place, some of the best steaks in Des Moines.

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kris
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It is a lovely place to have a quiet, quality dinner. Not cheap, but worth it.

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firsttimer34
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Kayla is the best server! Dinner and food was beyond amazing. Everything about this place was superb. A must!

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AngieA
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience at AJ's. Food was great as always and they had some new things on their menu. The hand-breaded mozzarella was a great start. You can tell these did not come pre-frozen, but rather were made on site and the marinara dipping sauce was also clearly homemade. Prices have gone up, but they have everywhere! Great service and staff were masked and sanitizing, paper menus, tables socially distanced, etc.

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PatN
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

$38 filet was truck stop quality, very disappointing. Overall please with the experience.

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Customer72
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love AJ’s. I have never had a bad meal or service. Repeat customer numerous times! Highly recommend!!

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SherylS
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great quick service Food was great and our waiter was quick with refills

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DebraK
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had shrimp cocktail and filet medallions. Shrimp cocktail and the salad that came with the meal had just about filled me up even before my medallions and mashed potatoes arrived. Staff was attentive, polite, and professional. Cost comparable to other steak houses.

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notliketheothers
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

AJ’s is always a good option at Prairie Meadows. Service has been slow the last couple of times we have went. Kitchen staff was yelling at each other.

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katk
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience2

It was and hour before our food came out. Salmon had no flavor, the 3 pick deburgo was just so so. The rigatoni was good. Wedge salad gets smalller everytime I visit.
Seth the bartender/waiter did a great job!
Before the COVID closing and then Friday the food has not been up to expectations. Use to be my favorite restaurant. The steaks before they changed them were great. Now not impressed.

DG
DawnG
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really good food service was excellent!! Everything was wonderful for a night out with my husband

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BrandonD
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was over cooked. Took to long to get food out. Server hardly came around.

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vipDsmith
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

After allowing us to make a reservation and coming in from out of town, they were closed. Wish they would have updated their open table so we could have had dinner when we got to down. We always enjoy AJs and this was a disappointment

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ConnieH
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have celebrated our birthdays here the last 5 years and are consistently impressed with our food and service. It never falters no matter what changes may have occurred. This time however the dessert was over the top!! Ceam brulee outstanding, and the chocolate moose unbelievable and presentation amazing!!

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Busybee
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quiet family dinner with great atmosphere, excellent service and food done to perfection! Thank you for making it special. Highly recommend!!!

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Mouse
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the medallions de burgo and my husband had prime rib. Both were cooked as requested. I tried my husband’s prime rib. It was the first one I have ever wished I had ordered instead!!!! Delicious! Seasoned and cooked! Can’t wait to come back to have the prime rib! I have tasted just about all of them in town, not one would I consider ordering until now!

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Ittyboo
Des Moines
17 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s always been a perfect evening!

DG
DawnG
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food great service really enjoyed my night out

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The server was wonderful, in fact all staff were great. The restaurant itself was very nice, tastefully decorated and had a nice relax upscale feel. Our appetizer was good and salads and bread were delicious. I ordered the stuffed chicken and it was delicious! The garlic mash was amazing! However, my husband ordered the stuffed pork chop, the flavors were great, but the meat was over cooked and somewhat dry, leaving it a bit difficult to cut and chew. Overall we had a wonderful meal, and were impressed with the staff and the restaurant as a whole. However, we were just a bit disappointed with the dry pork, hence why we did not give all 5 stars

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

They were unprepared for our reservation so we waited an additional 20 minutes. There were several open tables but we were told they were also reserved. Food was pretty good but for the price there is better in the dsm area. The ambiance is very nice but doesn’t always match the clientele from the casino.

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BrandonH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Food was very subpar for the price. Steak was over cooked, the mash potatoes were like wallpaper paste. The appetizers were delicious.

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MaryannaH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Service was great!!! Food was ok... 1st off we had crab cakes they were good the very dry. I ordered the special for Valentine's Day which was really good, Asparagus was not cooked it was very hard and cold My husband had the prime rib the came out medium and it was cold. They tried to tell us as the way prime rib comes out I am a cook and I know better. The heat it up to a very Luke warm sort of. For the quality of food that we received at night I don't know if the price was right you guys do a very good job I'm never been disappointed there before. We said something to the manager and she didn't really do anything. We do have to say our service was really good our waitress she was the older lady that was their very good very attentive.

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Louie
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Some upcharges seemed unnecessary for the value received, ie. $10.00 for a share plate and additional fee for a ceasar salad which did not seem that much more inclusive than the side salad my wife ordered.

We would not mind paying a bit more, but not little charges here and there for items that could be easily
included. It seems that many restaurants these days nickle and dime their customers for little extras when the truly fine dining establishments simply include those at no additional cost.

DP
DungP
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience4

Went there for Valentine's date. Overcooked my steak twice. 1st time it was well done. 2nd time it came out medium. I ordered medium rare.

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LauraW
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My only complaint is we asked to switch from a table to a booth and we were told no because we didn't
ask for it in our reservation. Never had that before at any restaurant we been too! We were there for 2 hours and there were several booths still empty the whole time. Not sure if we will come back because of that. (we wanted booth because we had a small child with us and we wouldn't have needed a booster seat).
Food and our server was great. Not so much in accommondating our needs. This was our first time at AJ's.
Hostesses at desk seemed confused and they let us set for 20 minutes waiting for our table to be cleared.
I had to go to desk 2nd time apparently they forgot about us. I will recommend because our food was good and our server was awesome but will give our opinion on the rest.

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TabithaC
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience2

We normally love AJ’s, so we chose to go there for Valentines Dinner and got stuck at a table for two in the bar, it was loud and not the ambiance we were looking for, but the food is always amazing!

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AJ's Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows Casino offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (515) 957-3535.

AJ's Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows Casino is rated 4.5 stars by 354 OpenTable diners.

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