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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Des Moines

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants 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 Fleming's Steakhouse - Des Moines restaurant
4.8
4.8 (861)
$50 and over
Unspecified
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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 1, 2024
Food was perfect as usual and we had our favorite waiter Emmett. We celebrated my son’s 8th birthday and they made him feel so special. Fleming’s is our favorite!
A photo of Proudfoot & Bird restaurant
4.8
4.8 (639)
$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
Becci
Dined 5 days ago
Absolutely delicious! Sat in the bar area…beautiful. Service was fantastic!
A photo of Alba Restaurant restaurant
4.8
4.8 (377)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Des Moines
About the restaurant
Alba offers a creative culinary twist on traditional American cuisine. Dishes are prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients, the finest cuts of meat, and the freshest fruits, vegetables and herbs. Our menu changes often, we invited you to join us to discover a new favorite.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
We had dinner at Alba to celebrate our wedding anniversary. We split an appetizer of Maryland lump crab on brioche toast with pea pistou that was delicious. My husband ordered gnocchi with prawns and savored every bite, with a side of potato pave that we shared. The pave was fantastic: creamy inside and delightfully crisp outside, served in a small cast iron skillet. I ordered duck ragu, which was served over house-made papardelle with Pico Limon olives and cherry tomatoes. Absolutely outstanding! We splurged on dessert; my husband raved over his pot de creme and I savored every bite of my snickerdoodle creme brulee. Our server was delightful: well-informed about every item on the menu, attentive without hovering, friendly with a wonderful sense of humor.
A photo of Cooper's On 5th restaurant
4.8
4.8 (99)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 6, 2024
We were happy to get away from noise and bustle of Farmer’s market. It was early and we had a great visit with some old friends. Love the Farmer’s market but Cooper’s gave us a nice oasis from heat and crowds.
A photo of 801 Chophouse – Des Moines restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3084)
$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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Server was outstanding. Food was delicious. Ambience was relaxing.
A photo of Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Clive restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1025)
$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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great food and atmosphere! It was our first time and will definitely go back!
A photo of Bar Nico restaurant
4.8
4.8 (63)
$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.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 17, 2024
Bar Nico is the best service and food. We always love visiting.
A photo of Aura Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (189)
$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.
Top review
SteveM
Dined 6 days ago
Both the service and the food were excellent. Nice ambiance. You can eat inside or outside.
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4.7
4.7 (1119)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Everything was lovely but best of all was the elderflower spritz.
A photo of The Stuffed Olive - Des Moines restaurant
4.7
4.7 (712)
$30 and under
American
Des Moines
About the restaurant
The Stuffed Olive is about the entire “Martini & Tapas Experience.” From your favorite classics to new and exciting blends you’ve never seen before, you’re sure to find a cocktail to love on our vast martini menu. Add a warm, comfortable atmosphere, great wines, beers and top-shelf spirits, and The Stuffed Olive will become your favorite place to start, end or spend your entire evening. Our tapas menu offers appetizer-sized portions of globally influenced entrees, for a sampling and sharing dining experience. Pair tasty tapas with your favorite martini for happy hour, dinner or a late-night snack. We welcome you to sit back, relax, enjoy great food, good conversation and your favorite martini. Welcome to the Stuffed Olive!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
One of our favorite date night spots ! They always have excellent service food and martinis ! The new environment is super chic and comfortable.
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