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Diners' Choice: Best Ambiance restaurants in Des Moines

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best ambiance in Des Moines? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Cooper's On 5th restaurant
4.8
4.8 (110)
$30 and under
American
West Des Moines
About the restaurant
Cooper’s on 5th is a great place for Lunch & Dinner. We have had the pleasure of being West Des Moines’ first Craft Cocktail Bar. Join us for our amazing food menu & award-winning cocktail program. Classic & Reimagined Americana comfort food paired with one of Des Moines’ original & highly awarded craft cocktail programs. Great beer, wine, and martinis.
Top review
PaulS
Dined on Jul 17, 2024
Very cool atmosphere. Kind of gave us a speakeasy vibe! Service was excellent and for the size of the kitchen, they do a great job with the food. I would definitely recommend for a casual, fun dinner night out kind of spot.
A photo of Proudfoot & Bird restaurant
4.7
4.7 (647)
$50 and over
Global, International
Des Moines
About the restaurant
Fine Dining in every aspect. Proudfoot & Bird, named after the original Hotel Fort Des Moines architects, pays homage to the glamorous days of years past with every detail. Adorned with stunning marble tables, intricate gold ceiling inlay, plush soft seating, and grand circular bar we have recreated a time that was filled with elegance, extravagance, and indulgence. Housed in the historic Hotel Fort Des Moines, we have taken every step possible to protect a valued piece of Des Moines’ cherished history. Two semi-private areas available, seating eight and ten guests respectfully.
Top review
Carl
Dined 2 days ago
We were disappointed in the ambiance when we first walked in. But the waiter was excellent and the food very good. We left feeling like we would come back.
A photo of Aura Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
5.0
5 (191)
$31 to $50
American
Urbandale
About the restaurant
Lively & flavorful tapas along with vibrant cocktails offer a unique shared experience that challenges the traditional. At Aura, it's good vibes only! Our invigorating environment is the perfect place to gather friends & family.
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BrooklynStyles
Dined on Jun 25, 2024
What a great restaurant. I scheduled a happy hour here and made a reservation. Our happy hour crew has been to several restaurants around the metro and we all thought Aura is now in our top 3. I was greeted and sat promptly. The staff were all very attentive and welcoming. The food was fantastic and their happy hour specials are definitely worth it,The appetizers were around $10 - $12 and they offer 30% off bottles of wine, $8 and $10 quality drinks. A few people had the Nojito or mockjito, not sure what it was called exactly, but they loved those drinks as well. Everyone said they planned to come back and told me to schedule another happy hour there!!
A photo of Fleming's Steakhouse - Des Moines restaurant
4.9
4.9 (873)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
West Des Moines
About the restaurant
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is an outstanding choice to enjoy an exceptional Prime steak, glass of wine, or handcrafted cocktail. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, hosting a business dinner, or simply wanting to enjoy an excellent culinary experience - we will create a safe and memorable evening for you. If you prefer to enjoy your fine dining experience at home, you can order and pay for lunch or dinner online and then pick up curbside or select from one of our delivery partners.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Everything was fantastic! We were celebrating my boyfriend’s birthday and all of the special touches were so thoughtful. Stephen was incredibly knowledgeable and helpful. His menu recommendations were spot on! Thank you so much to the entire staff for making the evening so special.
A photo of 801 Chophouse – Des Moines restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3107)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Downtown Des Moines
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of downtown Des Moines, enjoy beautiful views and excellent customer service at 801 Chophouse. We value our guests and want to give you the best dining experience possible. Our restaurant has only prime USDA steaks, paired with innovative side dishes and an award-winning wine selection from around the world to create an upscale dining experience you won't find anywhere else in Iowa. 801 Chophouse is the premier steakhouse in Des Moines and even offers private dining room options. Book a reservation online or via phone today.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Delicious food, as always. Steak was amazing. A little loud in bar area but our back booth was perfect. Wine was fabulous.
A photo of Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Clive restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1070)
$30 and under
American
Clive
About the restaurant
Experience the perfect fusion of award-winning wines, Napa-style tasting rooms, and modern casual dining at Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants. Enjoy contemporary American cuisine influenced by international flavors from our scratch kitchen. Each dish is expertly paired with our selection of wines for the best food and wine match. Whether you explore the tasting room for a pre- or post-dinner adventure or join the world's largest wine club, we believe in the power of food and wine to create lasting connections. Dining reservations are highly recommended, but walk-in guests are always welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis. Gluten-free and vegetarian dishes are available.
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TrishaNvip
Dined 2 days ago
We were moving from the area and wanted one more time going to Coopers Hawk for dinner with dear friends. The server was prompt , our food was delicious for all four of us and we had a relaxing and memorable evening. Thank you.
A photo of Blue Sushi Sake Grill - Des Moines restaurant
4.5
4.5 (183)
$30 and under
Sushi
Des Moines
About the restaurant
Blue Sushi Sake Grill unites creative ingredients with energetic vibes, premium cold sake with happy moments to give you a fresh and fun new way to experience sushi. Our sushi and grill menus allow you to explore your sushi favorites in new and unexpected ways. We like to say that sushi is for sharing, and our menu encourages it. Order a spread of all your maki, nigiri and sashimi favs from the sushi bar, and throw in a few orders of starters from the grill. We'll stagger your plates so you can savor it all bite-by-bite, and maximize the sushi experience you've been craving all week. If you're not sure where to start, tour the menu during Happy Hour, where all our guest favorites — from our sushi, grill and drink menus — are available at an amazing value. We offer Happy Hour every day of the week at Blue Sushi Sake Grill!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We were in town for 5 days for our son's volleyball tournament and we came here to eat every day! The staff was amazing each time and the food was soooo delicious! Their tiki bar was also a super fun spot to hangout in with great bartenders! On our first day, it was going to take 45 minutes for our hotel shuttle to come get us. So, the GM Tyler ended up giving us all a ride back to our hotel! 5 out 5 across the board and would highly recommend for anyone looking for a fun spot to eat and have drinks!
A photo of HoQ restaurant
4.7
4.7 (340)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Downtown Des Moines
About the restaurant
Welcome to Hoq Restaurant! Experience delicious, sustainable farm-to-table dining in the historic East Village of Des Moines.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Excellent food and service. We had six appetizers and dessert. Chocolate dessert was only disappointment. That needs work. Restaurant charges 3% on credit cards which wasn’t clearly noted before payment. I’d like that called out. Saw it on the payment receipt.
A photo of Bar Nico restaurant
4.8
4.8 (66)
$30 and under
Mexican
Des Moines
About the restaurant
Our restaurant's mantra is "Sin Maiz, No Hay Pais" meaning "without corn there is no country" as such, our tortillas are hand ground in house from heirloom organic Mexican corn varietals - made daily & cooked to order. As a result of our corn obsession, we have no flour in house & are a completely gluten-free kitchen.
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stever
Dined on Jun 29, 2024
Excellent in all respects. Also rare in Des Moines: cocktails that are delicious and well-concocted, yet not toe-curlingly sweet. Bar Nico fits the bill. We had house margaritas and also the seasonal margarita. Big-city caliber excellence. Highly recommend to all.
A photo of Fresko restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1135)
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
Des Moines
About the restaurant
“Fresko” meaning “fresh” inspires our creation of seasonal menus made from locally sourced ingredients. Fresko makes natural food from the bounty of Iowa farms whenever possible. The culinary team prepares product from start to finish applying natural time honored techniques with care at every step. This enriches the flavorful and nutritious product we serve and benefits our community. Fresko believes we are what we eat and eating well means living well.

Fresko features a splendid assortment of original cocktails with a deep spirits menu and a beer program with sixteen beers on tap in addition to bottles and cans. Fresko's wine menu focuses on quality selections at a great value to our guests.

Top review
LynnC
Dined 5 days ago
We just loved eating Brunch at Fresco. It was new to our friends and the variety of food with GF options is what they loved. Our server was great AND food came out ALL together.
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