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About Louie's Wine Dive - Des Moines

Louie’s Wine Dive is obsessed with really good grapes, creative gourmet comfort food, and a funky fun atmosphere to share it in. We search all over the world to find you great wine, many of which come from our relationships with small, lesser known vineyards, at a great value to our guests. Wine is supposed to be Fun, not pretentious, so let us know when you taste that new varietal and how it changed what you thought wine was supposed to be.
Our gourmet comfort food is made fresh using eco friendly and local ingredients whenever possible. As for the fun, we instigate it but count on you and yours to see it to fruition (literally through the fruit!). It’s meant to be your place, so please enjoy...and if you enjoy it as much as we do, grab one of our unique bottles to share at home.

4040 University Ave.
Suite A
Des Moines, IA 50311
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Monday: 4pm-10pm (Dinner Only)
Tuesday-Thursday: 11am-10pm
Friday: 11am-11pm
Saturday: Brunch 9am-2pm, Dinner 2pm-11pm
Sunday: Brunch 9am-2pm, Dinner 2pm-8:30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(515) 777-3416

Website:
http://www.louieswinedive.com/

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Louie's Wine Dive - Des Moines Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.0

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Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Creative Cuisine (8)
Fun (8)
Neighborhood Gem (7)
Great for Brunch (6)
Gluten Free Options (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Good for Birthdays (5)
Cozy (5)
Good for Anniversaries (4)
Business Meals (4)
Fit for Foodies (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Bar Seating (3)
Comfort Food (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Live Music (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Paleo Friendly (3)
Seasonal (3)
Special Occasion (3)
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Late-night Find (2)
Local Ingredients (2)
Vibrant Bar Scene (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Disabled Access (1)
Healthy (1)
Live Sports (1)
Worth the Drive (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Quiet Conversation (1)
Romantic (1)
Spicy (1)
Tapas (1)
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 (Des Moines)·Dined 4 days ago

Great service. They were out of what I wanted but the salmon was delicious.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Seasonal, Bar Seating, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Casual
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·Dined 6 days ago

FANTASTIC staff that always knows a great deal about the menu. Menu rotates with the seasons and there is always something new on it. Grate selection of wines and beers as well.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Comfort Food, Casual, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Happy Hour, Pre/post Theatre, Live Sports, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The food was just right...good flavor, reasonable portions. Greens salad with lime vinagrette and the shrimp and grits...very good. Best of all...the service. We had outstanding wait person...she was helpful with menue, she was funny and upbeat...we want to come back just for her!!

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Happy Hour, Great for Outdoor Dining, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion, Live Music, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The food was very good. I loved the deviled eggs.

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·Dined on October 25, 2017

Great food! Fun atmosphere! Nice live music! Great wine and drink options! You should check it out!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Happy Hour, Casual, Fun, Live Music
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 20, 2017

The food was basically unseasoned and overpriced for its quality. The wine was good though so the restaurant is as advertised.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 16, 2017

This is a favorite for me and friends when we want to go out, be able to talk, to enjoy good food over several courses, and enjoy good wine with our conversation. The staff is knowledgable and friendly, and I've never had a bad recommendation.

Tags: Casual, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal, Fun, Special Occasion, Happy Hour, Notable Wine List, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 13, 2017

The wine list is pretty diverse and the cocktails were quite good. We found the service accommodating, but the food was lackluster at best. All our food was consistently overcooked and under seasoned, with the exception of the guacamole. Would not return to eat, but it would be a nice venue as a bar.

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Server was very attentive!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on October 4, 2017

We decided to sit at the bar and watch the cooks do their thing. We split a couple of their appetizers and a couple glasses of wine. Place was nice a busy. Seems like a local crowd.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Business Meals, Cozy, Vibrant Bar Scene, People Watching, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date
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 (New Mexico)·Dined on September 22, 2017

First time ever - loved it so much I’m going back tomorrow!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on September 17, 2017

Service: out of the ballpark!
Food: homerun!
Ambience: if empty of guests, I could write damned good poetry there!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Paleo Friendly
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on September 16, 2017

We love Kay! She was very attentive and gave great suggestions. Definitely recommending this place to my friends and family.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Spicy, Late-night Find, Disabled Access, Handcrafted Cocktails, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on September 8, 2017

Great place for gluten free options, ambiance is good, but can be a little noisy. Food is impecable!

Tags: Happy Hour, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on September 6, 2017

Great but way too loud even after asked to have the music turned down. That will affect if /when we return.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on September 3, 2017

My husband and I love to go here, but this trip was disappointing. Our waitress did not write down our order. Firs,t she brought the wrong flavor of mimosas to us (and kind of acted like it was our fault.) Next, she brought fried potatoes with my order instead of the fresh greens. By this time I was too frustrated to even tell her. Our food was very greasy for some reason (usually it is very good.) It was just a little disappointing all the way around. We will give it another try though because we think it is a fun and different place.

Tags: Fun, Notable Wine List, Great for Brunch
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·Dined on August 25, 2017

Louie's is a decent option that is convenient to work for hosting guests. I only wish there were more low tables, rather than high tops. It's hard to feel businesslike when you are swinging your legs. The waitstaff is friendly and helpful with recommendations that don't sound like they are just trying to push whatever is moving slowly. Amber served us on Friday, and she is great.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on August 20, 2017

They were short staffed the Sunday I was there. Typically, the food is good, otherwise I wouldn't have returned. However, this visit will probably keep me from future visits.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

We love going to Louie's Wine Dive! It is fun place to eat or drink! We love the Sunday brunch and the cranberry mimosas!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fun
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on July 21, 2017

I met up with some ladies for a girls night and we had a great time! The food was great and we enjoyed the available options. The AC was broken the night we went but the staff was still friendly and attentive. Will be back!

Tags: Good for a Date, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on July 21, 2017

I love Louie's and chose to take my mom and her friends who were visiting from out of town there for dinner before a concert. Unfortunately, it was 100 degrees outside and the air-conditioning was broken!!! We had a reservation and the restaurant did not bother to call and tell us. The food was great but the temperature of the restaurant made it unbearable.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Bar Seating
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on July 20, 2017

We both had the flatbread and it was a bit dry and over cooked. Besides that the servi was great

Tags: Cozy, Notable Wine List
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on July 17, 2017

Happy this spot is in the neighborhood but service always seems to be a bit off. There either are not enough servers or they are not well trained. On a recent night, our favorite waiter rescued us when he saw that we had been sitting for over 15 minutes without water drinks or menus! This recent trip we had a pleasant young man who made a mistake with my companion's order, when we brought it to his attention he said he would bring the correct side, but never did, and then did not comp us. Not a big deal - but annoying.

Tags: Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Louie's is one of my favorite spots. Great wine and food. Service is usually great.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on July 2, 2017

We come here often and really enjoy the food and atmosphere for business or meeting with friends. Relaxed but vibrant feel. Great food. Try the cheese and charcutried plate. Salmon is always excellent. Plenty of very good gluten free options.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Gluten Free Options, Business Meals
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·Dined on July 2, 2017

Not very attentive waitstaff (especially for a half empty restaurant at Sunday brunch). Good appetizers, main course sandwiches were all under seasoned, dry and bland. Not worth the money, honestly.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Poor experience this time compared to the other times I have dined here. Went for my birthday, server knew it was my birthday and I even stated it in my reservation. Yet nothing about my dining experience was special. Food was subpar, I could have gotten the same tacos at a taco truck for less than half the price. I honestly wish I would have spent my birthday somewhere else. Warning: don't come here for a special occasion, go somewhere that's actually special.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Milwaukee)·Dined on June 24, 2017

I was disappointed in the mediocre everything about Louie's. The patio was too noisy due to the busy location near an intersection. The server seemed new and wasn't personable, but adequate. The food did not stand out as something special enough to match the prices. We had tacos, patatas, diablo pasta and beignets. All items were seasoned too much or not enough and in essence was average. The beignets were too doughy. The guacamole was good.

Surprisingly, the wine selection was unique and the wines we had were just okay. We also got inconsistent pours between my girlfriend and I (she got about a 4oz pour and mine was closer to 7oz and they were in the $12/glass range).

I didn't feel I received the service or food quality for the price. We tried it and won't return.

Tags: Happy Hour
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on June 13, 2017

We were warmly received. The setting is relaxed and comfortable. A wide variety of wine and mixed drinks are available. There is a broad menu though we all were up for the fish and chips this night. Very good.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Great Beer, Vegan, Gluten Free Options, Bar Seating, Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Local Ingredients, Notable Wine List, Handcrafted Cocktails, Casual, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Louie's is our go-to for friends to have great conversation, wonderful wine and good food. The staff always make excellent wine and food recommendations. We moved to accommodate a group -- we offered, the staff didn't ask -- and the manager brought us each a glass of sparkling wine in thanks. Very classy customer service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Late-night Find, Tapas, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Casual, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on June 9, 2017

NOT HAPPY WITH WAITRESS WHO SEEMED LIKE SHED RATHER BE ANY PLACE ELSE AND BROUGHT OUR ENTREE ABOUT 5 MINS AFTER APPETIZERS IN AN OBVIOUS ATTEMOT TO TURN THE TABLE. FOOD WAS EXCELLENT AND A NUMBER OF VERY GOOD OPTIONS ARE GLUTEN FREE AND DAIRY FREE WHICH MEET MY RETSRICTIONS DUE TO FOOD ALLERGIES.

Tags: Good for a Date, Casual
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on June 8, 2017

Terrible service. Drink orders were slow but the problem was when it took more than an hour to get our food, even though the server knew we had tickets to a show. Manager was not apologetic. Food arrived weirdly overdone yet cold at the same time. It was like something went wrong between the server and the kitchen. All could have been better if the manager would have handled it well. I had to ask for a discount off the bill. I really want to like Louie's for a lot if reasons. They have one of the best gluten free menus in the city. But I have a hard time getting anyone to want to go there with me because of all the problems we've had in the past.

Tags: Gluten Free Options
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 26, 2017

they closed one other store in the metro,. I suspect this place will close very soon !! terrible , walked out one hour after out reservation time , did not get our order.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Have been eating there for a long time... on this occasion i ordered the shrimp and grits...te portion was small, three shrimp and some sauce served in a tiny frying pan and the thing was... it was warm, not hot. The shrimp were cooked perfectly but the grits were warm almost cool. I figured it was an off day but i doubt I'll have the shrimp and grits again.

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Brunch, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 14, 2017

The restaurant seemed unprepared for the Mother's Day Brunch crowd. We waited almost an hour after ordering to get our meal (45 minutes for the appetizer). This was disappointing as in the past we have always had a good experience here. It is time to look for someplace new to go.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Our waiter was very attentive, they had very nice background music, and the wine and food was outstanding and a great value for the price. It appeared that they had remodeled it from the last time we had visited this location, as we had gone to the now closed Waukee location most recently. Would definitely consider going back here again and appreciate the convenience of using Open Table.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 6, 2017

We went for dinner with a group of 6 of us. Our service was perfect, just the right amount of attention. Our server also was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine selection. My husband has celiac and loves the GF fish and chips. I had pasta that I believe was made in house and was tossed with a pesto cream sauce. Delicious! I highly recommend Louie's.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Awesome experience as usual and our waitress AILEEN was FABULOUS and had a great time with us!
PLEASE bring back Stella Rosa pretty please!

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 6, 2017

I had lunch here around 1pm a couple weeks ago on a Saturday. The patio was nice and the waitstaff was friendly and attentive. The restaurant menu was small and primarily built around brunch. It would have been nice if there were more actual lunch options other than a chicken sandwich or a salad. With that being said, I'd definitely go back if I were wanting actual brunch instead of lunch.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 2, 2017

Good food and atmosphere, fantastic service for our 25th anniversary. The pizza and wine 2-for-$25 was fine, but they could expand the selection of good dry red wines. We will definitely be back, though.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Hot Spot, Quick Bite, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Seasonal, Cozy, Tapas, Romantic
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