Baratta's

4.7
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107 Reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Baratta’s has been a Des Moines staple for over 50 years and is always welcoming new guests to the table. With multiple locations now open, catering available, and take-out options, there are several ways to enjoy our menu. From celebrating anniversaries and birthdays to fueling kids up before football games and dances, Baratta’s is a tradition that keeps getting better.
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.7
service
4.3
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4.6
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KathrynR
Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a great choice for Italian. The owner is onsite which makes for consistent quality. Service is good and food is great.

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JDD22
Kansas City
2 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food! Little difference of opinion on what medium well looks like but accommodated. Great waitress

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Ribeye steak special was on of the best steaks I have had in a long time.

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MarkM
Indiana
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This quaint restaurant is excellent, exactly what we were looking for. Food was delicious! I'll return next time I'm in town.

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BruceB
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Came with my family for Valentine's Day. We made a reservation and were seated right away. The resturaunt was busy but our food was served promptly and tasted great. Waitstaff were attentive and quick with refills. Portions were generous and they were happy to send boxes with us. We will be back to try more of the menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience1

To start they couldn’t find my reservation which would have told them this was a date so not to sit us next to a 7 top. The food was subpar my blanc sauce on the chicken piccata looked as if it had broke and still served. The chicken itself was rubbery and overall could have went to Olive Garden for a better more personal pasta dish and that’s saying something.

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vipGlomgard
Des Moines
41 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Best pizza in town!

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WadeB
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to Baratta's before. But, today was something a little different. I had a client in from Omaha. I wanted her to experience some local dining with some old school charm. The setting was very nice. One of the owners (Joe) met us at the door and sat us right away at our table. The waitress was around to get our drink order very quickly and happily covered the specialties when I asked. The special of the day was a cheese ravioli in a lemon sauce. This sounded new and interesting to me so that's what I ordered. The atmosphere was great. We were able to discuss a few work items and then moved on to other conversation. There were 4 of us total. Before long our lunch had arrived. Not only was it very visually appealing but I'm being honest in saying that I don't believe I've every had a better pasta dish in my 50 years on the planet. I've had other favorites at Baratta's in the past but have never heard of or tried this dish before. I've got a new favorite and I would recommend anything on the menu but if you see a cheese ravioli in lemon sauce you must try it.

Overall, the food was outstanding, the service was excellent, the price was very affordable and we were able to dine at our own pace. With such a short drive from downtown Des Moines it will be a business lunch staple from here on out.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time as always. Food was excellent as always.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friends from out of town visiting

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PamC
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous as always! Our server was excellent & attentive even with it being new year's eve.

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vipGlomgard
Des Moines
41 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great pizza and excellent service from Debbie.

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BJIowa
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time. The food was excellent; the service outstanding.

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ZZJ2
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been to Baratta's before and always found it to be good, but was pleasantly surprised how much we received for the value at lunch yesterday. It was very good and I will be going back more often!

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BRad
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The restaurant is located at in and out of the way area. It was a pleasant find! The menu had everything we needed from Italian to fried chicken to pizzas and sandwiches and seafood. Something for everybody

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Scott
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

In town for a short vacation for our young family of 6. Found Baratta’s on a search and it didn’t disappoint.

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DavidG
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and attentive staff. A long time treasure for lots of ready.

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CarlM
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The wife and I looked forward to our visit and we’re not disappointed. I have the combo of Maggio she had the cheese manicotti both were great really like the cheese soup the bread and the server was great.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic as always

OT
OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was very good and the service excellent. The only thing we were not fond of were the onion rings. There was absolutely no taste to them. Other than that the rest of our meals were great.

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JefferyV
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere was quiet and relaxed. Plenty of light to see by. The food was absolutely delicious and our server was outstanding! We will be going back for sure.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always one of our favorite places to eat.

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bill7748
Louisville
4 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My portion was small for the price
Has about 15 noodles in there and sauce
Pasta is not that expensive you could add some more

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vipNick
Minneapolis
14 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Totally fine mid priced red sauce Italian spot with lots of history. I recommend the place but don’t agree with all the five star reviews. I think it’s pretty typical. I had veal parm which was tasty, but not special. Service was very friendly, but water glasses weren’t quickly refilled and we had to sort out who gets what when entrees arrived. Good place.

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CurtisG
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was outstanding.
Throw some table cloths on the tables and take the atmosphere up a notch.

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vipKnox
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience3

This place is a Des Moines landmark when it comes to delicious Italian food. You will be treated like family as you dine in this converted Southside home. I have never had a bad item from the menu but the pepper steak is my favorite.

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SueB
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food was delicious and the service was great! It was a little noisy when we first got there since nearly every table was full.

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PaulF
1 review
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

DeBurgo was wonderful as always!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ShelleyM
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

The food and service were EXCELLENT! This was our first meal at Barrata's, but definitely not our last. The service was as good as the food.

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SueL
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waitress was very efficient and friendly, we had a very enjoyable dinner

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Bubgrimm
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My server Rochelle ?was great. She was so attentive and personable. My chicken great. And so was my husband's steak! The taco pizza was good 3stars out of five. Would recommend!!

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BambiB
1 review
Dined on June 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love this place! A family favorite. I would recommend this establishment to any and all.

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DanielS
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal surpassed only by the service. Acoustics are not good

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Reserved a table for four for a birthday dinner. Promptly seated upon arrival. Service was great. The only drawback was a table of 16 seated next to us with some loud and festive patrons. Not the fault of Baratta’s at all, and they apologized for the noise level.

Will be back.

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ConnieF
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Baratta’s is our favorite restaurant. It absolutely never disappoints us. The food, service and all the personnel are outstanding. A bonus is we don’t have to travel far.

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wisdom
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Old favorites not quite as good as usual. Cavatelli and Amaggio

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JoannieW
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place favorite Italian restaurant in Des Moines. Hospitality family friendly. Would recommend .

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SusanTL
Houston
14 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic local Italian restaurant. We felt so comfortable here and the food was amazing. We will definitely be back!

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DianG
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Have eaten at Baratta’s on numerous occasions over the years and have never had a bad experience, ever! Fantastic food and great service!

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vipKathy
Des Moines
21 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Baratta's is always a treat. Our group ordered spaghetti, chicken amagio and salads. Everything was delicious! Our portion sizes were good sized. Service was outstanding as usual. Friendly atmosphere.
Always great.

FAQs

Baratta's offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (515) 243-4516 ext. 1.

Baratta's is rated 4.7 stars by 107 OpenTable diners.

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