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About Prime - West Des Moines

Prime - Land & Sea, by the team that brought you Baru 66 and Blue Tomato Kitchen.

1261 8th St
West Des Moines, IA 50265
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Steakhouse, Seafood, Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner:
Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm
Brunch: Sunday: 10:00am - 2:00pm

Cross Street:
Clegg Rd.

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(515) 221-1325

Website:
http://www.primedsm.com/

Additional:
Banquet, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Private Room, Wine

Prime - West Des Moines Ratings and Reviews

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4.0

Overall Rating

based on all time ratingsThis restaurant has not received enough recent ratings to display a current ratings snapshot
food

4.1

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

76% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasion (58)
Fit for Foodies (52)
Romantic (47)
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Neighborhood Gem (31)
Good for Groups (23)
Notable Wine List (17)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Hot Spot (13)
Great for Brunch (10)
Great for Lunch (8)
Late-night Find (7)
Kid-friendly (5)
Good for a Date (3)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Business Meals (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Quiet Conversation (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Casual (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Live Music (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Scenic View (1)
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 11, 2016

Since they just opened, I am willing to give it a second chance, but will wait until things have settled down. Our server was not able to keep up with what was going on. We waited at least 10 minutes, just to get water. She didn't know the menu at all. The food was mediocre at best. Salad dressing was supposed to be creamy parmesan, but tasted like plain mayonnaise. Salad greens were limp. Chicken sandwich was overcooked and dry. French fries were lukewarm. Requests for additional items went unanswered.

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food2
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service1
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Filet and aged ribeye cooked perfectly medium rare. Champion sauce on ribeye was a great addition. Enjoyed Oscar style filet!

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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food5
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 (Omaha)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Really enjoyable spot. I like decor, especially--very "bistro" like. The bar looks fun. I need to go there for happy hour. Great service, too.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 4, 2016

Short version: Some hiccups, but likely because they are relatively new and still getting their footing. Worth a second visit. Longer version: This is a newer steakhouse in West Des Moines. Menu is pretty standard steakhouse fare, solid but nothing particularly inventive. Appetizer of deviled egg selection was tasty and interesting, but salads were forgettable. Steaks were good and cooked properly, but the sides of green beans and fries were boring. There were other sides noted on the menu on an a la carte basis, but our server didn't ask if we wanted to substitute any of them. Service was a mixed bag. We had a reservation. When we arrived there was no host/hostess. A waiter told us to wait, then a couple minutes later took us to a table. We had to grab a drink menu from a neighboring table. It took nearly ten minutes for our waitress to greet us. After that, there were lengthy delays in getting our cocktails, apps, and entrees. Our waitress was very friendly and cheerful, just wish she had been more attentive and moved things along at a more typical pace. Dinner ended up taking over two hours, when we were expecting it to be an hour or so. Still, although it wasn't a top-notch experience, it was still a good dinner. We'll be back to give them a second look.

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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 19, 2016

Perfect evening from the moment we arrived. Service was attentive and not intrusive. The filet was one of the best we've had in Des Moines and the truffle butter was the perfect accompaniment. The attention to the quality of the food was apparent.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation, Bar Seating, Fit for Foodies
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value4

 
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Very average all around.

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vip
 (Kansas City)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Great cocktails. Tasty small plates, oysters. I've never had a bad meal here. I do sometimes feel it is a smidge pricey, but there are burgers, etc on the lower end of the price spectrum. A very solid choice.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Nice dinner. Food was good and the service attentive. I only wish they had a broader selection of dry aged steaks.

Good place and will visit again.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on September 24, 2016

Overall, I was disappointed with Prime. I would not recommend.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on September 2, 2016

Salmon was perfect, and the burger was cooked to specifications and juicy. Dessert, peach cobbler was so fresh tasting. A perfect Friday night!

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food5
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on September 1, 2016

Great service and atmosphere, but most of all outstanding food.

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Disabled Access, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List
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 (Hawaii)·Dined on August 31, 2016

Love Baru66 so expected more. Other better steak places. Probably won't return.

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food3
ambience2
service2
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vip
 (Indiana)·Dined on August 30, 2016

Had a business meeting on a Tuesday night. Parking lot was nearly empty. Only saw one other couple having dinner there at the same time. Ordered the shrimp cocktail. The shrimp were unremarkable -grocery store grade. The cocktail sauce had solidified a bit and needed to be stirred in order to dip the shrimp in it. I had hoped the sauce would have included some fresh horseradish but it tasted pretty basic with a hint of horseradish. My entree was the aged ribeye medium rare with truffle butter sauce. The steak was perfectly cooked but not as delicious as I had hoped for aged meat. Fries were ok but I'm a fan of fresh cut fries which these were not. Ordered the chocolate bread pudding w/ ice cream dessert. Was the smallest piece of bread pudding I've ever had at about 1.5" X 3". You could tell it was a few days old and had been barely microwaved to give it what little heat it had. Disappointing end to a very average meal.

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service5
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on August 26, 2016

Way too noisy and service was slow. The noise level was such that it was very hard to carry a conversation!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 25, 2016

This was restaurant week and the menus were created for that. I found the steak very grisly and hard to cut from the bone! But this restaurant was not alone in making a poor decision in the cut selected. I had this same cut elsewhere and it was poor too. A filet would have been a better choice. The sauce was outstanding.

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 23, 2016

Prime is consistently a great dining experience and this Restaurant Week visit was no exception!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on August 19, 2016

Shared dinner with my husband and my friend on a late Friday evening, during Restaurant Week. The risotto entree came over cooked and lumpy. The two S'mores desserts were very large and rich, but the marshmallows (which we were told were broiled in the oven) were extremely burnt. The blackened fish entree was cooked appropriately and was very good. The deviled egg appetizer came with three flavors of deviled eggs, and while not overly imaginative, was tasty. Sadly, we won't be in a hurry to rush back, however as some of the staff servers left something to be desired (care, attention). We did have a very helpful lady serving our table and I appreciated her help and guidance.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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food3
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 10, 2016

The folks at Prime were very attentive to our party of three. Perfect place for a birthday celebration dinner! Great service, flavorful entrees and delicious desserts. Fantastic evening all around at Prime!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 6, 2016

good value and good selection, oysters were very good. Steak price included fries and salad along with your choice of sauce

Tags: Hot Spot
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on July 23, 2016

Ordered salmon which was very good taste and portion size. The sides of green beans and potatoes were also tasty but skimpy. Potatoes are cheap and more would have been nice especially since no bread or rolls are served prior to main course. Service was good but Miller Lite was not on the menu so alas we will not be back.😞

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on July 21, 2016

Prime has a great atmosphere and amazing food to match!! The servers are professional, friendly, and very attentive! The steaks are AMAZING!! Everyone needs to try PRIME!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Special Occasion, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on July 16, 2016

By 9:15pm we were the last people there and felt like we needed to wrap it up quickly since the waiter had stopped coming around and no one was to be seen. Good food but not someplace I feel I want to rush back to given the prices, setting, and service issues.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on July 13, 2016

The trout was outstanding. Interesting menu with a nice variety of options. The chef visited our table and asked if we were satisfied with our meal, which we all appreciated. There were a number of steak choices and a nice selection of pork, poultry and fish items.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on July 8, 2016

The entrees (salmon & NY strip) were good. Brussel sprouts were over cooked, green beans were too garlicky and Caesar Salad didn't have enough dressing. If our total bill would've been $50, I'd have been satisfied. At $110, I was disappointed.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on July 1, 2016

The food was very good and our service was perfect. Had the pork chop and bolognese. The wine selections were also very good. Had the Mediterranean flatbread for a starter.

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vip
 (Des Moines)·Dined on June 23, 2016

We had a fantastic evening at prime. It seems as though some of their dishes don't coordinate well. For example, the pickled vegetable flatbread was phenomenal, but didn't really fit with the rest of the meal. The wine list was good, but not great. All in all, a wonderful meal great service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on June 19, 2016

This was our second visit and we had the same server. She remembered details of what our family had the first time we were there over a month ago. It was a pleasure to have a chance to chat with the chef. His food is always terrific.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (Des Moines)·Dined on June 10, 2016

Another Fantastic meal! Live jazz was wonderful, but the server was much slower than the one we had last time. No lemon on our seafood platter, but otherwise great!

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vip
 (Des Moines)·Dined on June 4, 2016

We went for burgers thinking that was a good way to check it out without committing to a full steak dinner. I mistakenly assumed a steakhouse would have a great burger. We were disappointed with the quality of the food in each course, especially for the pricing and I do not mind paying for quality food. Service was ok.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 27, 2016

Amazing steak! I had the dry aged prime rib and it was the best steak I have ever had. Highly recommend!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 26, 2016

Best ambiance in Des Moines easily, love the black and grey color of the walls and the jazz music. Somewhere I wouldn't have imagined I would find in Des Moines.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 23, 2016

My bad for going on a Monday night when clearly no employee was interested in working. Pulled unfinished dish out from under my fork, had to talk above din of chairs being put up in the bar, waited endlessly for check.

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vip
 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 21, 2016

Fantastic seafood platter, steak, dessert! Beautiful presentation!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 20, 2016

At a steakhouse called "Prime"....one could expect that prime cut steaks would be served....not so. $40 fillet not prime over cooked the first time, then they tried to butterfly it to cook a second steak quicker. Service was extremely slow. Did have a nice atmosphere.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 14, 2016

This is the third time we have been there. The food has been excellent each time but the service is poor. The waitress does not remember to bring drinks, bread, etc. and have to ask her numerous times. This has happened each time we have been there. I will have a hard to recommending the restaurant due to the service.

Tags: Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 8, 2016

First visit - Mother's Day brunch. Outstanding food & service - great experience. We will be back!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on May 8, 2016

The food was awesome and we had an incredible server. I believe her name was Julie. Julie made sure our Mothers Day Brunch was spectacular

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on May 7, 2016

Good food and horrid service, second time we tried it. Too bad as we love Baru!

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vip
 (Des Moines)·Dined on April 29, 2016

First time and the food was incredible. Nice atmosphere, great selections of food and drink. Thank you for a great experience.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on April 26, 2016

Steaks and veggies were amazing but it's pricey for the market

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