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  • AuntieB
    San Francisco Bay Area •21 reviews
    5.0
    Dined 2 days ago
    Wow! Living in Iowa unfortunately there are no decent restaurants compared to when we lived in San Francisco this restaurant was recommended by Capital Grille employees since I told them I was sad they didn’t have a restaurant in Iowa. Well this place is just as good as Capital Grille. It was a 2 hr drive each way to get there. Well worth the traffic and drive! We will definitely be going back. It’s expensive but worth every penny. Had the 12 oz filet. Split with my husband I wanted it medium and he wanted it medium rare. They cut the meat cooks his the way he wanted it and mine like I wanted it. We split a lobster tail. Had the Brussel sprouts and for an appetizer we had the crab cake! Wow. Dessert was amazing too. If you’re impressed with clear square ice cubes my husbands manhattan had one. Just a first class joint!!!
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    801 Chophouse – Des MoinesPrice: Very Expensive• Steakhouse• Downtown Des Moines
    4.8
  • LindaDvip
    Iowa •5 reviews
    5.0
    Dined 4 days ago
    As always, great food & service in a pleasant downtown environment.
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    FreskoPrice: Moderate• Farm-to-table• Des Moines
    4.7
  • OpenTable Diner
    Las Vegas •1 review
    5.0
    Dined 5 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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    The Stuffed Olive - Des MoinesPrice: Moderate• American• Des Moines
    4.7
  • dining42
    New York City •8 reviews
    5.0
    Dined on Jun 6, 2024
    Loved the restaurant and our server Andre was amazing! The food is wonderful the servings are delicious and the staff is very accommodating. Love the atmosphere and the vibe.
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    Mulberry Street TavernPrice: Expensive• American• Des Moines
    4.5
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    Montana •6 reviews
    5.0
    Dined on May 26, 2024
    This was a very pleasant surprise!! Great food, great service, chill atmosphere. We had the Breakfast Bowl- fantastic flavors!!! The fried green tomatoes were excellent and the breakfast platter was great for something so basic (chorizo sausage was really tasty and not too spicy) Overall was thrilled to find this little gem on our first visit to Des Moines 😊👍🏼🩶
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    Tupelo Honey - Des MoinesPrice: Moderate• Contemporary Southern• Des Moines
    3.9

Discover Downtown Des Moines

Des Moines, nestled deep in the heartland of Iowa, is a surprisingly great place to find new American cuisine. Native-born Iowans and recent immigrants have combined their cultures to create fusion flavors like Polynesian pizza and Asian tacos from the highest quality ingredients. Downtown Des Moines has steakhouses that have high-quality Midwestern beef sitting right next to some of the heartland's best produce. Whether you prefer modern takes on pizza, seafood or pub food, head down East Court Avenue or Locust Street to try some incredible restaurants. Along the river, you can find bars and brewpubs for spending a casual night out.

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