Django Restaurant

4.6
2373 reviews
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French
Poutine lovers rejoice! Django will reopen in August at its new location: 1420 Locust Street in downtown Des Moines. We're excited to get back to serving Des Moines all the Django cuisine you love... along with some new surprises, including the addition of Derek Eidson (formerly of Centro) as Executive Chef / Partner.
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AL
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

We had a great waiter - professional! Two of us ordered hamburgers. I didn’t think about it til later. He didn’t ask how we wanted the burger cooked. It was good. I wouldn’t say outstanding. Also, French fries were O.K.
We had Brussels Sprouts as a Starter. I thought they were a bit too crunchy. Also, thought there should have been more Parmesan cheese.
It was an O.K. meal, but I didn’t go away thinking “I can’t wait to go back”.
Thank you.

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AE
Minneapolis
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

My wife's fish was excellent. I ordered the Django moulles. The mussels were on the small side and tasteless, although the broth was tasty.

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JG
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Much better experience than you get trying to get a table at Centro!

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KS
Mobile
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant with amazing staff and delicious food. A must for anyone visiting Des Moines.

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OT
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 4

Salmon Salad - salmon was dried out and over cooked.

Waiter appeared to be either over booked or just didn’t pay attention to his tables as he should.

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j
Des Moines
45 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for happy hour. Were seated at a high top table as requested. Had half dozen oysters and six shrimp which were so good. Then topped it off with a cheese tray. Every thing was delicious. Place is so vibrant.

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NP
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great. Made a special night feel magical.

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JF
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. Great food. Will be back soon.

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Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I've been to Django multiple times; both locations. I never tire if the wait staffs attention to detail, theirs and the kitchens willingness to go the extra mile to give the customer what they want. I had escargot for app, striped bass to my meal both were excellent. My dinner companion had soup and Crab Louie salad. Simply the best seafood in Des Moines

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NW
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, wine, and service. A wonderful Des Moines restaurant!

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J
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Our server wasn’t as attentive as we are accustom to at your restaurant. We ordered a bottle of Prosecco and I had to ask for a chiller and then he forgot and I had to ask a second time meanwhile it was getting warm, especially because it was kind of warm in there because of the hot outdoor temperature.

The Brussels sprouts were undercooked which was disappointing since they are one of my favorites.

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Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our meal was delicious! Service was fantastic. Had looked at the menu on line and was expecting to be able to order a sandwich but it was not on the “mid-day” menu. However the server asked and I was able to order a sandwich. It was great! One of us (4 of us) couldn’t get past the musty smell from it being an old building....? Could that be better neutralized?

We’ll be back! 😊

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OT
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

Service was a bit slow, food was great.

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OT
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Django never fails to amaze. Quality food and service

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j
Des Moines
46 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of our DSM go to restaurants. It was a very busy night as the DSM Art show was going on. We were seated at a table by the window. The place was very crowed and a little noisy. We split the hanger steak and it was wonderful and was just perfect for two. The tables for two are tight together and luckily we met a wonderful couple and had a delightful visit. Oh, and the bread is the best!

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EM
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The service was great. I appreciate being able to bring in your own bottle of wine. The food was very good but I was very disappointed with the creme brûlée.

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RV
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We've wanted to eat at the new iteration of Django for some time and finally made it. We started at the bar with a few raw oysters and some white wine. The service and feel were just right. Then we were shown to our table where Collin provided excellent service: attentive and friendly but not intrusive or overwhelming. We both enjoyed our meals immensely. We much prefer a reasonable amount of food well done rather than a large amount of mediocre food. Django is one of the many bright spots on a now vibrant Des Moines culinary map. Keep up the good work!

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JC
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a bit loud and I like intimate ambiance of your previous location better.

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SG
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

The Coq au vin was outstanding. I will order it again next time.

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OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great!!! Server was excellent!

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RR
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a really good experience. Definitely returning

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M
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Very nice place. Wonderful service. The location is nice to. Lovely ambiance.

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MW
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

We came for Valentine's day and decided we had to go back for another date night. First visit we were on the first level and the ambiance was very intimate. Second visit we were seated in the lofted area and the ambiance was lacking. It was loud and hard to hear across our table. Bread was served quickly and warm. Drinks came fast. Husband had three specialty oysters to start with and liked them all. I had the Coq Au Vin and my husband had the Bouillabaisse (same order both visits). Food was delicious and will keep us coming back for more.

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L
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

The food was great! The noise level was high, making it tough to hear our soft-spoken server. We had to wait quite awhile for initial drinks and bread, but after that things came out in a very timely manner.

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GL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I found the noise level in the restaurant was very high. I could not hear the others at the table very well. I think the high ceilings contribute to it. The food was good. Loved the poutine but thought the mussels could use a bit more seasoning in the broth. The french bread was delicious. Service was excellent, friendly and knowledgeable.

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OT
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

This new location is extremely loud. There were 3 of us and we had to shout to carry on a conversation. I knew this going in as I was there previously with 5 others and you could not hear the person next to you. This seems to be a trend with many of the new restaurants and I am not sure why they design them this way. We ordered oysters from the special menu. Since there was no price we asked the waitress and she said they were $1.25 Each. When the bill came we were charged $3 each. Big difference. The waitress did adjust the bill when we said something. My husband ordered a pasta dish that had prosciutto in it. Since we don’t eat pork he asked to not include it. When the entree came all the other ingredients were not included. It was a bowl of pasta and nothing else for $25. We were quite surprised and said something. The manager came over, apologized and did his best to rectify the entree. I had a salad and our friend ordered the Tuna Sandwich which were both fine. They did offer a free dessert for all the mess ups. I miss the old location. Much better ambiance, and the wait staff was better trained.

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F
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Would recommend but would suggest calling first for less busy times. This is certainly no longer the Django of old, especially for a romantic dinner for two. You can’t even have a conversation anymore. And they changed my favorite roasted chicken dish. Disappointed diners.

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Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Fathers day

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H
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Not really a French restaurant but the food is pretty good.

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K
1 review
Dined on June 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The server was awesome. He made sure everything flowed perfectly. The food was AMAZING and filling. It made my wife and I’s 7th anniversary top notch.

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N
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Best "mac and chz" that I have ever had. And the onion soup was absolutely delicious. However, we waited an extremely long time for our first course. So long that the mgr comped it for us. He was great! The server charged me twice for my glass of prosecco and it wasnt served in the proper stemware. I will definitely go back again and again. I love Django!

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e
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Always good food but very noisy. Our waiter was perfectly attentive

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BL
Denver
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 2

We have been to Django many times at the previous location. This time was not as enjoyable for several reasons: 1. our waiter may have been new but certainly needs more training, 2. noise level was much too high at our table upstairs, we could hardly hear each other, 3. Hostess was on the phone when we arrived, and there were 3 groups lined up in a small space waiting to check in; someone should be watching the front to avoid this. We will go back but will request a table on the main level.

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TO
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Poor experience with hostess. Half the first floor was empty but she said we had to sit upstairs because everything was reserved down. We trailed upstairs only to be seated next to 8 loud men eating. We couldn’t hear ourselves think!! Finally after complaining to three different
Employees we were asked by a young lady if we wanted to move down. We were given a table for 4. It was perfect!
My two 80 year old friends moved downstairs. With us.
The rest of the tables near us never filled up!! So much for all the reservations and by the way I had a reservation also.

I come to Django very frequently but I won’t be back soon. Young hostess should be fired,
I would fire the young hostess - poor judgement and unfriendly.

As for the steak salad - too much lettuce and just. Doesn’t compare to Centro steak salad!

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k
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there with a friend. Great service! Great food! So glad you guys came back. Always loved it and love the new place!

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d
Des Moines
12 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Family birthday celebration. Food & service were quite good. Noise level was unpleasant - think it is the acoustics of the room. Otherwise, we had a great experience.

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OT
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and great food!!

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LR
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I don’t love to leave reviews other than “I love this place”, but most experiences since the move have been underwhelming, and we basically had to force our server to even take our order on this outing. I hope the team can make some improvements.

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TB
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience, Kristin made the evening even better!

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j
Des Moines
46 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our 26th wedding anniversary and we requested a high top in the bar area. We were seated immediately at a high top table. One of the bartenders waited on us immediately and kept an eye on our water and drinks. Brought fresh got bread and butter and it was sooooo good. Everything came as ordered and at a perfect pace. For sure one of our "go to" places.

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