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Aposto

4.8
4.8
913 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
For parties of 7 or more guests, please call the Aposto Team to explore options for custom group dinning.

A P O S T O is a Des Moines restaurant located in a Century Old Victorian Mansion a few blocks west of Downtown in the Historic Sherman Hill Neighborhood District. We are chef-driven, source from as many local partners as possible and have a stellar wine cellar, limited cocktails, brews and one of the most genuine staff you will have upon your visit.

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, European, Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Phone number
    (515) 244-1353
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Shawn Bennigsdorf
  • Private party facilities
    Aposto specializes in private events. Email us at events@apostodm.com to learn more.
  • Neighborhood
    Des Moines
  • Cross street
    Woodland Ave
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 913 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

913 Reviews
  1. NancyA

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed my birthday on the porch during restaurant week. The menu offering was delicious. One of my favorite restaurants!

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  2. VisitingConference

    Des Moines

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We visited Aposto during Restaurant Week and had a lovely 3 course dinner. We both had the the short rib for the first course- absolutely tender and delicious! For the second course, one ordered the salmon and the other ordered the pasta dish. We shared both and found both to be absolutely delicious! Of special note was the tomato and bread salad that came with the salmon. I have always hesitated to order a “bread salad” but I will order it anytime I have the chance going forward- delicious! We both had the chocolate peanut butter torte for dessert and were not disappointed! A great chocolate fix to end a great meal. Aposto is a wonderful place for a quiet dinner for two. The atmosphere is warm and friendly, the background music is just right, and the wine and food never disappoints.

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  3. LeslieR

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The staff and drinks were amazing! However, the chicken, not so much. My friend and I each ordered the chicken breast, and it was so dry. It was almost hard to swallow. Others at the table had the lamb and loved it. I still will be back!!! Amazing service!!!

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  4. Livvy

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to have a great meal. The service was the best.

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  5. Kara

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was amazing. My only small complaint is that my dish had a pretty small serving so as it was absolutely delicious it wasn’t the most filling. The chocolate torte is out of this world and our server was very knowledgeable and helpful!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a fabulous meal! Our server (Shannon) was amazing, the atmosphere was superb, the old house it is in just gives it so much character. We had so much good food. The lamb took first place for the best. If you are in Des Moines you NEED to eat here.

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  7. Arch

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A beautiful evening in a beautiful setting out on the porch. Service prompt and attentive. And the food is perfectly prepared. It will linger in memory for years.

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  8. jenrip30

    Des Moines

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed our visit so much. It was my boyfriend’s first time at Aposto. The food, the service - everything was wonderful and delicious. Great evening.

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  9. John

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Perfect spot for a special occasion. We asked for a romantic table and they delivered.

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  10. MolE

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was a fantastic date night dinner. Romantic space, good food, good drinks, pleasant service

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Cute and fabulous place to celebrate a special occasion. I was celebrating my green card holder and I had the bone marrow. I will add pictures. The food was amazing. The weather and the service was perfect.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aposto was lovely as usual. You can taste the difference in the freshly made and sourced ingredients. Never disappoints.

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  13. DDV2011

    Des Moines

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing weather & delicious meal = memorable evening.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, top notch service. Wait staff is very attentive. They have the process figured out of getting food to the table quickly after it’s plated.

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  15. JohnL

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, wine and service for our anniversary dinner. Dining on the porch was great as it was calm winds and mild temperatures.

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  16. Frunings

    Des Moines

    66 reviews

    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always amazing food and excellent service!

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  17. RachelE

    Des Moines

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a 5star experience. Our waiter was exceptional as were the drinks and entrees!

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  18. JennieB

    Des Moines

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a relaxing atmosphere, paired with outstanding food. Our server Joseph was very helpful with descriptions and suggestions, even though the menu has just been updated. The asparagus salad was Spring on a plate and the cucumber gazpacho was refreshing. We both had pasta - gnocchi and triangoli. We always say “we should come here more often” when we dine at Aposto.

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  19. KeeganM

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    New summer menu is a hit! Must try the Lavender Cake!

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  20. MeganA

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A must in Des Moines. Food and service was superb!

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  21. Maryanne

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I cannot say enough good things about Aposto. I’m still thinking about the food 24 hours later. Our server Joseph was kind and knowledgeable. The ambiance is cozy, music was great…it was truly phenomenal.

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  22. Sagechick

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was lovely, as usual! LOVE the new menu!

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  23. AmandaF

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fabulous - from the food, service, and location. The staff is amazing! I happened to mention to the bartender that it was our anniversary, and everyone went above and beyond to make our dinner special. We will be back :) Thanks again!

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  24. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall a good experience. Didn't appear to be any pandemic related glitches. Food was good, although had sat a tad too long before being served (hot food had cooled on the surface). Service was fine. I found it odd there was only one single malt scotch offering and a blend scotch the server tried to pass off as a single malt. (There wasn't a list offered. It was verbally presented.) Will return as it is a one-of-a-kind experience in Des Moines.

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  25. STEVENA

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was absolutely amazing. Our server was great and pay great attention to us and take good care of us well worth the wait to get in and eat.

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  26. JanelleW

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible service and dining experience! Absolutely perfect evening! Thank you for making it so wonderful!

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  27. ChrisD

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 18, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Aposto was the best dining experience we’ve had in a long time. The menu was original, the food was delicious, the ambiance charming and the service informative and engaging.

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  28. MikeCynRStL

    St. Louis

    57 reviews

    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We were there to celebrate our daughters graduation from Drake University. We got off to a somewhat inauspicious start when our server Joseph accidentally forgot about us for about 20 minutes. But being the excellent professional that he is he stepped up to the plate and admitted his mistake, apologized sincerely, and proceeded to take excellent care of us for the rest of the evening. Our starters were mussels in a lovely coconut milk broth that went very well w crostini provided and a pizza which had burrata mushrooms herbs and pepperoni. Mains were mushroom risotto, sweet potato gnocchi w prosciutto, sea scallops perfectly seared w linguine in a light tomato sauce, lastly a special pasta w house made fettuccine w sauce of puréed chives, oregano, romano I believe, pasta water and chive blossoms. Bright green and delicious! All were well thought out and executed. The chive sauce was a true elevation of simple high quality ingredients. Desserts included a very moist olive oil cake with house made olive oil ice cream, a delectable chocolate torte and blood orange crème brûlée. Outstanding! Joseph insisted on comping our desserts, even though he had done more than enough to be back in our good graces! Did I mention Aposto is in a lovely old mansion with a huge outdoor wraparound porch, which was where we dined. If you love innovative food, executed nearly flawlessly, excellent service (though we had a service miscue, the mark of a truly great server, is one who can overcome a mistake and leave you having had a wonderful experience despite the miscue)and a beautiful place in which to enjoy it all, then get to Aposto! You have a real gem here DesMoines!

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  29. Merchant

    Omaha

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious vegetable forward menu featuring the freshest ingredients. Genuine and informed service. Warm, authentic environment. Highly recommend!

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a great experience at Aposto. The staff is amazing and very knowledgeable regarding menu items. The atmosphere is one of the best in DM. Food is always great.

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  31. SharonM

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious meals and beautiful setting. The service was great Nice place to celebrate my husband's birthday...they made it special.

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service was excellent.

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  33. HBPJ

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, great service, highly recommend! We will definitely be back!

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  34. RuppJ

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated immediately and treated with Prosecco in honor of our anniversary. Austin, our waiter was both professional and engaging. The meal was better than we expected, and we were expecting it to be excellent.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Joseph was delightful. His knowledge of the menu was perfect and he orchestrated our dining experience perfectly! Highly recommend !

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  36. Cyndy

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and ambiance! A gem in Des Moines. Great for date night.

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  37. AmandaR

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    As always food is out of this world. Wonderful service. Great drinks. Our favorite place for dinner!!!

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  38. Leonard

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Poor service once seated. Waitress left water empty for a hour. Asked for a wine list, but she just brought a Manhattan. Asked for time to consider dessert, but she came back and said the chocolate tort was on its way. Not the same high-end dining experience we had come to expect from Aposto.

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  39. LeslieH

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely dinner! Our food was excellent, the service was wonderful, and we didn’t feel crowded or rushed. It was nice to get out and have a truly relaxing dinner there!

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  40. mike

    Des Moines

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible atmosphere and the food is always delicious. Tony and his crew know how to create a great dining experience!

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FAQs

Aposto offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (515) 244-1353.

Aposto is rated 4.8 stars by 913 OpenTable diners.

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Unfortunately, this restaurant is not on the OpenTable reservation network.

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Google Map for Aposto

644 18th St, Des Moines, IA 50314

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Woodland Ave
  • Neighborhood
    Des Moines
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Wed, Thu 5:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:30 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, European, Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Elegant Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Shawn Bennigsdorf
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (515) 244-1353
  • Private party facilities
    Aposto specializes in private events. Email us at events@apostodm.com to learn more.
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