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Diners' Choice: Best Overall restaurants in Iowa

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for the best overall restaurants in Iowa? 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!


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4.7
4.7 (113)
$31 to $50
American
Le Claire
About the restaurant
Come, let us spoil you and treat yourself to an evening where you can relax and unwind. Steventon’s sits atop a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River at I-80 and the Iowa border. We offer an extensive menu of exquisitely prepared American Classics, served in a modern yet elegant atmosphere that’s hard to find in an era of cookie cutter dining. Come. Join us and experience casual sophistication where the view is only the beginning
Top review
tallmanvip
Dined on Jun 25, 2024
Great food and service Top place for a great meal
A photo of 801 Chophouse – Des Moines restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3101)
$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
chrism
Dined 2 days ago
Our favorite to splurge when we can. Best prime rib! And our filet was more than superb! Thanks 801
A photo of Fleming's Steakhouse - Des Moines restaurant
4.8
4.8 (871)
$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.
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TomF
Dined 2 days ago
The plates are way to darn HOT! There is no reason for it, I order my steak medium rare by the time it is cool enough to eat it is medium! Next time I will order it rare😂. We took our grandson and he loved it! We go to Flemings very often it is always GREAT.
A photo of Martini's Grille restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1089)
$31 to $50
Steak
Burlington
About the restaurant
Martini's Grille is the Great American Steakhouse featuring top quality Midwest beef and pork, fresh seafood daily, and world-famous Chicken Lips! The cocktail list includes over 50 classic and designer cocktails. The panoramic view of the Mississippi is perfect for casual dining or upscale private parties and wine dinners. In addition, Martini's features a patio during the summer months and an upscale venue for private events.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
It was our first time and it was an amazing experience. The food was great and our server, Jamie, was excellent! We will definitely be back!
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 Twin Springs Supper Club restaurant
4.8
4.8 (762)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Decorah
About the restaurant
Enjoy a tradional Supper Club experience in the scenic hills and valleys minutes from downtown Decorah. We have prepared the very best in Steaks, Chops and Seafood in the area utilizing locally sourced products. Our full service bar won't disappoint as our mixologist create some unique speciality drinks.
Top review
Janet
Dined 5 days ago
This is an awesome place for dinner. We come here every time we’re in Decorah. Great staff and food is always excellent.
A photo of Proudfoot & Bird restaurant
4.8
4.8 (643)
$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
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on Jul 6, 2024
We had been to the bar several times when staying at the HFDM but this was our first time dining. Great flavors across the menu, especially the Pork Belly Burnt ends and surprisingly, the grits. Impeccable service and a great team.
A photo of Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Clive restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1063)
$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
JanaB
Dined 3 days ago
Love Cooper's Hawk. Always quality food and great service.
A photo of Cooper's On 5th restaurant
4.7
4.7 (108)
$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 3 days ago
We enjoyed the food and the atmosphere! First time will go again.
A photo of Twisted Tail Steakhouse & Saloon restaurant
4.8
4.8 (246)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Logan
About the restaurant
The Twisted Tail Steakhouse & Saloon is OPEN 7 Days A Week! Open at 11 a.m. EVERY DAY EXCEPT Tuesdays we open at 4 p.m. Awesome Food Cold Drinks Great Atmosphere Lots of Entertainment
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 5, 2024
Reservation system is easy! Hostess, Bartender, Servers, and Ruth are always friendly. Great food & drinks!
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