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AJ's Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows Casino, Altoona, IA

AJ's Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows Casino

4.5
4.5
1030 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

Book your next big event at the AJ’s Steakhouse Party Room. A comfortable room, elegant table setting, customized menu with world-class wines, and dedicated staff providing gracious service.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, American, Steak
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (515) 957-3535
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Carl Eskridge
  • Private party facilities
    We allow private events. Please call us at 515.957.3535 for reservations or details.
  • Private party contact
    Zach Hitchcock: (515) 957-3535
  • Neighborhood
    Des Moines
  • Cross street
    Adventureland Dr. - Inside Prairie Meadows Casino
  • Parking details
    Abundant and convenient free parking is always available.
  • Entertainment
    Prairie Meadows, located just minutes from downtown Des Moines in Altoona, Iowa, features more than 1,100 slot machines, your favorite table games, poker room, live racing, outstanding dining options, and free live entertainment. Prairie Meadows is fun you can bet on!
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,030 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Steakhouse

  • Des Moines

    Good for special occasions

1,030 Reviews
  1. AmyP

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Easter menu spot on! Very reasonably priced and delicious

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  2. PamC

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Service was fabulous we went for a romantic dinner and were placed in a meeting room and very frigid atmosphere. I had to send my steak back cuz rare then was overdone so I didn’t eat it and took home to my 4 legged family members. Would not go back.

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  3. TheresaB

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We've eaten at AJ's 3 times over the last 2 months and each and every time it has been outstanding! My husband loves prime rib and he said it is the best in the area. I personally love their DeBurgo. All of the staff is excellent and always make sure everything is prepared to our liking. Atmosphere is quiet and relaxing

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  4. Diane

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 9, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Steak and lobster was great. But the fish special had too heavy of a coating and seemed overcooked.

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  5. StevenS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was outstanding a request or table in a quiet place, was also worked out and very much appreciated

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  6. PauletteM

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We didn't have to wait at all. The staff was very courteous and friendly especially our server McKenna. Food was delicious! Would definitely recommend and we will go again! Thanks for a great birthday dinner! 😁

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  7. BrandonPerry

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    AJ's was not what I expected. Waiter was horrible, uninformed and needed to polish his skills. Had no clue what the specials were and was very lost. My filet was like a piece of shoe leather, burnt and so dry. Mashed potatoes were like they came out of a box and the mushrooms were even worse. Best part was ceasar salad in parm bowl. Maybe I hit a bad night but as a very well traveled and seasoned eater, this place gets 2 thumbs down. I'll stick to gambling at the Meadows only.

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  8. JaneW

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent. Our server, Olivia, was outstanding! She deserves special recognition!

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  9. LisaF

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    I had not been there in a while and the food is not the quality is used to be. I had the shrimp and the breading was not all they way cooked and it there was more breading than shrimp. The French onion soup used to be the best around, not any more it does not have the flavor at all like it used to. I do not think we will return there are other places that the food is better and priced better.

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  10. JeremyC

    Little Rock

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food, amazing service. Who doesn't want great food and then go gamble?!?

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  11. AntoinetteV

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great server not so much food was forgotten and she didn’t even check on us.also took 45 mins for a box n our check

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  12. CheniceP

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Waited a little over 2 hours for the food to come... had reservations but still had to wait.

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  13. Scottie

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Steaks not prepared as ordered. Incorrect food was delivered to table (salad vs soup). Slow service. When we complained about our steaks, the chef came out and said he agreed one was overdone, but said the second was prepared correctly. I can tell the difference between a medium steak and a dry, overdone steak.

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  14. LarryW

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Very shock and very disappointed in the service my wife and I experienced

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  15. MarkG

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was way to slow. Food was good but we got our dinner salads before we got our appetizer. Waited a long time between courses.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food as usual. Wonderful service very friendly.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and drinks. Service was excellent and the overall feel of the place was great! We will return for sure

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Had a party of 7 for my wifes birthday, forgot an appetizer, forgot multiple add ons, most of us had the $30 steak special all medium rare or rare and all very over done (medium well at best). All of us had the same thoughts, very bland and no flavor, tough meat. For supposedly prime beef, this is very underwhelming. Not a good birthday dinner. Also, they changed up their menu and got rid of the best dishes, beef stroganoff, meatloaf, and coconut shrimp. The three course meal deal for $25 was the only reason most people had dinner here on the weekdays. The place was empty for a Thursday night, and now we know why. We will not be back any time soon. Great job Prairie Meadows, trying to save a few bucks and screw over your customers!

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  19. BrendaP

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Over priced mediocre food. Drinks were good though. Service was great by Ashton.

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  20. Heather

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was rather basic for the prices. And the rare prime rib was the tough test piece of meat I’ve ever had.

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  21. PatriceP

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Always great food and service. Have gone there many years.

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  22. JimC

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was fantastic. The staff was incredibly attentive and friendly. My wife and I have been there a few times and have yet to have any sort of poor experience.

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  23. ChristineS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy our visits to AJ’s. Never disappointed. Whether for a family get together or nice quiet evening.

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent meal with great service. Smoked old fashioned is fantastic.

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  25. FranW

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Our steaks were delicious! Cooked to perfection and melt in your mouth good! Did not disappoint

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  26. RhondaF

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our New Year's Eve dinner was delicious. I would like to have had a little more heat in our meal, it came out somewhat lukewarm. We were seated next to a large party, and it was somewhat energetic at times during our meal. In all, we had a wonderful time and will definitely come back to AJ's steakhouse again.

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  27. MistyR

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    AJ’s is excellent from the food to the staff. The only issue we had was that our steaks were well done and we asked for medium well. It was still very tender and we were hungry. We didn’t want to waste by sending it back but we could have. I highly recommend going to AJ’s.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had q wonderful anniversary dinner, will definitely be back!

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  29. kens

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Outstanding food coupled with excellent service. Truly a winning combination.

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  30. TedR

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We arrived on time for our reservation. It started out bad when they set us in the corner next to the waitstaff's station. We asked if we could set in another booth that was open and was told that no they have a reservation. We were not aware of it being a prix fixe menu and was not fond of the choices. My Old Fashioned cocktail was good but my wife's martini looked like dish soap water. It was really weird and unbelievable. Either the bartender or the waiter had to have noticed. We wanted to leave right then but we didn't. The rest of the dinner was just so so after that. We have eaten there before and never had any problems. That was the only time we have not been satisfied with our dinner experience.

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  31. LauraH

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were there for Christmas dinner, it was fabulous, our waitress was wonderful, great sense of humor, food was terrific, price was a little high but it was Christmas and I was expecting that. Would do this again in a heartbeat. Thanks for making this available to people. Never had better Sea Bass.

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  32. AllysonM

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was wonderful. Our waiter was very attentive and nice.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I LOVED it! This is our second time going for their Christmas dinner & it was amazing!

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  34. DirkP

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was very disappointing. The turkey and ham were extremely salty and appears to be a pressed variety and not whole sliced meat. The potatoes, gravy, and dressing were luke warm at best. We were here on Thanksgiving and were quite pleased with the food. We do like the quiet atmosphere and the server was very good. I’m afraid AJ’s won’t be seeing us again.

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  35. SharonW

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious, especially the apple pie. Our waiter was also very good. Thank you for being open Christmas Day.

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  36. JohnTriantafyllos

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    That was the best prime rib I have had in 15 years. Love this place. Would highly recommend it to people who love prime rib and steak.

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  37. MaryC

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Christmas dinner menu had nice variety. Food good. Quiet.

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  38. ValerieS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. Service was good but did have to wait awhile for the bill. Overall great experience

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  39. SteveD

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food good service Very nice will recommend and will attend again

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  40. Happy

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal and staff was excellent super experience

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FAQs

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 1030 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for AJ's Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows Casino

One Prairie Meadows Drive, Altoona, IA 50009

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Adventureland Dr. - Inside Prairie Meadows Casino
  • Neighborhood
    Des Moines
  • Hours of operation
    Wed, Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, American, Steak
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Abundant and convenient free parking is always available.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Carl Eskridge
  • Entertainment
    Prairie Meadows, located just minutes from downtown Des Moines in Altoona, Iowa, features more than 1,100 slot machines, your favorite table games, poker room, live racing, outstanding dining options, and free live entertainment. Prairie Meadows is fun you can bet on!
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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