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Louie's Wine Dive - Des Moines

4.6
4.6
670 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Louie’s Wine Dive serves lunch, happy hour and dinner daily and brunch on weekends. Award-winning food is created from local ingredients under the eye of formally trained chefs. Louie’s wine list and featured wineboard offer hard to find, quality focused selections. Louie’s offers a craft cocktail and local beer menu. Louie’s Wine Dive features a warm, casually elegant atmosphere. It's the place for food and wine lovers to be social!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wine Bar, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (515) 777-3416

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Louie's Wine Dive celebrates great wine, locally sourced cuisine and the joy of savored moments shared with friends. Host your next private event @ Louie's Wine Dive and allow us to bring our personal touch to your party.

  • Private party contact

    Lyssa Hoffmann: (866) 214-2064

  • Neighborhood

    Des Moines

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 670 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Best Value

  • Iowa

    Great for Brunch

  • Iowa

    Healthy

  • Iowa

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Iowa

    Outdoor Dining

  • Iowa

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Des Moines

    Best Overall

  • Des Moines

    Best Service

  • Des Moines

    Best Value

  • Des Moines

    Good for Groups

  • Des Moines

    Hot Spot

  • Des Moines

    Great for Lunch

  • Des Moines

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Des Moines

    Notable Wine List

  • Des Moines

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Des Moines

    Most Booked

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  1. S

    Suzanne

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    I haven't been to the Wine Dive in several years, and now I'm wondering why. My only complaint (and it's not really a complaint, more of an observation) that it's a bit more spendy than I anticipated. Otherwise, my party & I had a great time.
  2. CB

    CathyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite restaurant! It's less than a mile from where I live and has the best gluten-free menu! Went there last night for my birthday with two friends. We shared the squeaky cheese starter, which I had never had before. It was so good we could have eaten two plates of it but then would not have had room for the rest of our great food. Always order the brussels sprouts starter, even friends who do not like brussels sprouts love that! One friend had the champagne fish and chips, and substituted green beans(a healthy, flavorful alternative for the chips). Perfectly cooked and crispy. I added blackened salmon to the Iowa sweet corn risotto—an excellent combo of flavors and textures. My other friend is so entranced with Emily's harvest salad, she orders it every time we go there! A great bi rthday meal ending with gluten-free apple crisp!!
  3. JD

    JustinD

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful spot in a neat neighborhood. Patio is perfectly sized and on the north side of the building (better shade!). Staff is responsive, quick, and very professional. Bar service is top notch too, in addition to lots of choices on wine the bar has a variety of local distilled spirits too. And the menu is clearly marked gluten-free, able-to-be-made-gluten free, and not. Will be back!
  4. LM

    LisaM

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Meadow was a great server. Food was very good. I did not give 5 stars because my salmon was over cooked on my salmon salad. But the flavors were really good. Drinks a little spendy. Overall I would go back!
  5. BT

    BeckyT

    Des Moines

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Happy hour was awesome and so was the live music!
  6. BM

    BillM

    Des Moines

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a great place for Sunday brunch. The staff are getting to know us.
  7. SJ

    SherylJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The ambiance is wonderful and the food is delicious. I had shrimp tacos and my dining companion had a chicken sandwich, which we both enjoyed. We shared a side of risotto, which was absolutely delicious. The bartender knew how to make a very good Negroni. The "icing on the cake" were the beignets. They melt in your mouth!
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We have been a few times for brunch and dinner. This time around, for brunch, it was not good. 2 of the 3 meals were lukewarm at best and our sides of breakfast potatoes were cold. Drinks were decent, service was good but initially I was ready to leave because it took so long for someone to acknowledge that we were seated. After that service was fine but It will be a long while before we go back.
  9. MD

    MikeD

    Des Moines

    11 reviews

    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    Out for dinner before a show at Hoyt
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and service . Overall great experience
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, atmosphere, service, location. Always a favorite.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, service was excellent.
  13. k

    kb515

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Grown kids back for the holiday weekend. Everyone ordered something different, and we all enjoyed our meals. We had hoped to sit outside, but it was full. As it turned out, we were in the back room and had a great time. Waitress was prompt, professional and fun. Manager also came around to ask how your meal was. Overall great experience. We will be back!
  14. C

    Coleen

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    The food & service were fabulous! We had patio seating(@ our request). The traffic, motorcycle, siren noise really hampered conversation. Will definitely return for inside seating next time.
  15. VG

    VickiG

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love the new salmon and black bean dish. Thanks for a great evening.
  16. CM

    ClanMac

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service!!! Food and drink very good. The cheese curds ARE the best in Des Moines metro
  17. DH

    DanH

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great neighborhood location with awesome staff. Food and wine always spot-on.
  18. O

    Olivia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best spot in Des Moines Metro for brunch and drinks!
  19. MM

    MicheleM

    Des Moines

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience5
    Disappointing experience. The waitress didn't listen to get our order correct and wasn't timely in resolving. Appreciated the manager apology.
  20. VB

    VictoriaB

    San Antonio

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    We sat on the patio which is lovely this time of year. I had the 4 pork gnocchi which was so delicious. The downside was out waitress literally forgot about us. We sat for 20+ minutes and when she walked back out on the patio the look of oh no! on her face confirmed it. Sad part is her service didn't greatly improve afterwards.
  21. H

    Hailey

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    First visit to this place and we loved it! I have a gluten intolerance and they had so many options! Will be returning
  22. DO

    DebbieO

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant is an absolute favorite. We celebrated our Anniversary with friends. The food is always delicious and Gluten-free choices aplenty!
  23. AW

    AnnW

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    My chicken sandwich was awful! Like a flat piece of leather. The jazz was way too loud for small restaurant so make sure no live music before you go if you want any conversations! Previous visits have been much better.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    Great gluten-free options.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress was the best and always good food
  26. L

    Lulu

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the Gluten Free options. Staff is knowledgable and friendly.
  27. C

    Courtney

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place. The staff is super friendly, the outdoor patio is relaxing, they have live music inside, and the food is great!
  28. V

    Victoria

    Minneapolis

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food is very tasty and well presented. Service is professional and friendly. We try to come here whenever we are in Des Moines.
  29. MJ

    MelvinJames

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff and our sever Josh are the absolute best!
  30. RG

    RickG

    Palm Springs

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Awesome food and drinks...and great service! So glad to have a place like this in Des Moines!
  31. RS

    RebeccaS

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    My friend order the fish tacos from the dinner menu, but they were very skimpy. We think perhaps she got the happy hour portion instead. The waiter, Kevin, should’ve clarified which she wanted when she ordered.
  32. K

    Kris

    Des Moines

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    LWD is a good choice for casual dining. Good food, lots of wine/beer options and great service. It can be a little noisy.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and waiter service was awesome!
  34. KA

    KARENB

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Seth was a great server, what a sweet soul!
  35. A

    Artteacher

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Great music and food. Great atmosphere if you are dining inside. The patio is a little noisy with all the traffic going by, but that’s University for you.
  36. TS

    TheSutherlands

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Always a wonderful time at Louie's!! Just make sure you check that the double cheeseburger actually has two patties and they aren't just cutting one in half and putting one half on top of the other!! Sneaky sneaky!
  37. JG

    JohnG

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful spot for drinks and small plates. Perfect spot before an evening out.
  38. 5

    5forthepatio

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience4
    Patio is great, inside dining too loud, noisy, uncomfortable
  39. AW

    AngieW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food and atmosphere! Our server was great as well! ❤️
  40. SS

    StaceyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Loved the lunch menu and appetizer variety, and greatly appreciate all of the gluten free options. Great taste, lots of good flavor, and server offered a side salad option instead of fries. Not very impressed with the burger, the meat was dry and the patty was small. Expected better quality for the price. But the bacon jam and serrano cream sauce on the burger was amazing. Will definitely go again and highly recommend to friends.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Louie's Wine Dive - Des Moines does offer delivery in partnership with Chow Now. Louie's Wine Dive - Des Moines also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (515) 777-3416.

Louie's Wine Dive - Des Moines is rated 4.6 stars by 670 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 12 times today
Google Map for Louie's Wine Dive - Des Moines

4040 University Ave., Suite A, Des Moines, IA 50311

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Des Moines

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–2:00 pm Lunch Wed–Fri 11:00 am–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wine Bar, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (515) 777-3416

  • Private party facilities

    Louie's Wine Dive celebrates great wine, locally sourced cuisine and the joy of savored moments shared with friends. Host your next private event @ Louie's Wine Dive and allow us to bring our personal touch to your party.

  • Private party contact

    Lyssa Hoffmann: (866) 214-2064

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