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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
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • 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 375 people are saying
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Momadee
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a nice time at AJ’s Saturday night we were celebrating our 40th anniversary excellent service and great food! They gave us dessert for the anniversary!

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JamiT
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always good here. They are going through some changes and deciding what bread to serve which is a nice change. We were also given chocolate truffles to taste on the house and they were divine!

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GaryJay
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food3service5ambience4

The service was great and the ambience was great. The tables were socially distanced. With the limited menu my favorite steak was not available. The prices went up but the quality of my steak was mediocre. My wife's steak was very tender and tasty. I will try something other than the hand cut rib eye in the future. Overall the food was OK but fell short of my expectations from previous visits.

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JoyceH
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had thee best anniversary dinner at AJ's! From the moment we stepped into the restaurant till we left we were treated like royalty! The staff was amazing, the food out of this world, the atmosphere enjoyable. AJ's ranks up there and beyond some5 stars restaurants we have eaten in before. We will be back and we have not stopped telling everyone about this fantastic gem!

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Goodfood
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great, waitress was very nice and attentive. Food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service with attention to detail. The salmon what excellent and the wedge salad was my favorite.

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patm
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

You have change some of your food for lower quality food and with your prices the way they are the higher quality is expected. If you keep cutting corners with your food you will lose customers. I spend between 80 - 100 dollars everytime I go and now I don't know if I want to keep going back.

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Cookie
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall4food2service5ambience3

Normally my steak is very large enough to take so home. This time rib eye was very small. Different qualty of the rib eye. My Long Island Seems like it was a pre mixture Service was great and friendly but food Quality has change all the way down to the bread

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DAVIDG
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Davis was a great waiter, working though the minor changes since our last visit prior to the pandemic.

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ChristiM
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and excellent service. Pricey compared to what we would normally choose, but worth every single penny. Highly recommended!

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JenniferP
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was very friendly and personable. The lobster bisque was fantastic, and the tenderloin de burgo was perfect.

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DonnaS
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I ordered the Lobster Bisque instead of a salad. It was delicious! Perfect balance of seasoning and lumps of lobster. Highly recommend it! I ordered Steak De Burgo filet with a side of candied Brussels sprouts. I ordered my Steak Rare. It was cooked to perfection, the Brussel sprouts the best! I can’t wait to go back again!
Our waitress, Megan was perfect! She made sure everything was to our satisfaction. Just a very pleasant experience all around!!!

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okeydokey
Pittsburgh
14 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience3

Service was poor and she gave us our check in the middle of dinner...did not ask if we would want dessert. When asked about dessert, she replied “well what do you want?”. No explanation of what was available or showing of a dessert tray. Drinks were very slow in coming to table and mozzarella appetizer was way over done. Anniversary dinner and no recognition of it. A disappointing evening for me.

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Tmurph
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience4

Good food, service could be better. Took along time for salads to arrive. Also, We were celebrating a first anniversary of my daughter and son-in-law which I noted, when asked what I was celebrating when I made a reservation. Nothing was ever stated about a happy anniversary.

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StephanieW
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I made my reservation about 1/2 an hour prior to arrival. When we arrived, they didn't have our reservation, and told us we would have to wait 45 minutes. They were taking walk in's and we decided to not wait.

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DavidC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish everything we ordered was delicious . It was our 46th anniversary, our server was awesome,efficient and professional. We will be back again. I rate it very highly, Have told our family about the delicious lobster bisque, and the steaks were mouth watering.

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MelissaN
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food, very clean and the staff is welcoming and friendly!

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MichelleB
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall3food1service5ambience5

Did not have my dessert that I really wanted. Mozzarella was way to hard for the price I paid food should have been a little better had to send my steak back.

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BeckyP
1 review
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a lovely evening but I wish I had known the menu was limited...that should be noted on the website.

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AngelaH
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My husband and I enjoyed the Salmon and prime rib. My daughters had rigatoni and chopped salad. They didn’t enjoy their meals as much as we did. The rigatoni was dry and the salad had too much going on and the flavors werent very good. Also the restaurant was kinda loud. There were people with their cell phones on speaker phone a few tables away and the whole restaurant got to hear their conversation. It was very busy and we had trouble getting our drinks refilled. But overall we were happy with the experience and would go again in the future if we stay at PM again. We wanted to go to the buffet but it was closed due to CoVid-19.

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SandyE
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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sueh
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good quality and outstanding service.

MB
MichelleB
Des Moines
3 reviews
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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MichelleB
Des Moines
3 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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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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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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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 4.4 stars by 375 OpenTable diners.

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