Django Restaurant

4.8
2717 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 2717 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
food
4.7
service
4.7
ambience
4.5
value
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99% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipSchirms
Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, wonderful service as always! We felt very comfortable with the safety measures in place.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant! There no bad item on the menu, highly recommended trying the oysters!

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HeatherH
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great all-day Tuesday happy hour specials! Always something special on the menu..

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StevanM
1 review
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and memorable experience. Colin was a fantastic host and knowledgeable about our choices.

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Nick
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Baked Ratatouille was amazing! Quite rich but lots of great flavors with a creamy texture. Wife loved her spinach salad and the Le Royale with cheese burger was made perfectly. Everything was very clean and the wait staff were friendly.

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vipkentatta
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome service and food! First time here, but not the last!

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vipDenny
Chicago
19 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Wish this was still the old Django in the Hotel Ft. Des Moines. The present venue lacks the ambience of the old--the old location had much more of a French bistro feel to it. Also wish they would add the duck cassoulet back onto their menu. The new duck entre' lacks the pizzazz that characterized the old well prepared cassoulet.

Still the food is pretty good here and the service is great. Make sure you request (or wait for) a table on the main floor. Mezzanine seating is claustrophobic at best. With the low ceiling and limited air movement, it can sometimes be too warm to be comfortable. Old Django was 5+ stars. New Django in my opinion is 4 stars on its best day.

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vipMidwesterngal
New Orleans
49 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My wife and I had a very nice meal at the bar, happened to be Tuesday happy hour all night so added oysters and cocktails to an otherwise great meal! The bartender was serving a number of tables in addition to her work at the bar, was very nice and timely throughout the evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience overall. Nicely paced service, giving plenty of time between courses but not too long. Food was beautifully presented and everyone loved their meals. Had the large cheese plate and while we selected most of the cheeses, took our server’s recommendation on one and it was a favorite. Hope to be back soon!

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Barbg
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our experience was terrific, as usual. Best in town.

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vipjetman
Des Moines
60 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sweet. It was Easter and we had 5 pm reservation. We were seated immediately. They have a Happy Hour every day from 4-6 pm, so we were lucky to take advantage of that. The food and service was excellent as usual.

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LauraM
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous and the waitstaff excellent. If they make a recommendation, take it

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vipOpenTable Diner
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience as usual with great food!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

The server wore a face shield but no mask. This was our first dining experience in a year and we were nervous. We cringed everything she came over. Please just wear a mask! Wished I had asked for another server I saw wearing double mask. C’mon Iowa get with the science!!!!

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BarbaraW
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our dinners were outstanding! Lovely service. We will return often.

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ZacharyK
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was great or excellent. Love the pace of thr evening nothing felt rushed everything was relaxed definitely recommend and will be back.

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vipMattC
Des Moines
35 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and atmosphere!!

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JenniferR
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant! Attentive waitress. Phenomenal food. Excellent atmosphere and happy hour!

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vipCory
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fun brunch - I hope they keep doing this, it was a great experience with delicious food!

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CAITLIND
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, excellent service! Will go back soon.

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LauraC
Des Moines
12 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always wonderful food, had the salmon on my Spinach salad, vegie Poutaine and creme Brule, service exceptional with social distancing and masks.

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Chad
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food, the atmosphere was better at the previous location, but still one of our favorite places in the Des Moines area.

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Foodie74
Portland
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service were amazing

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vipjetman
Des Moines
61 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated immediately and enjoyed the Happy Hour. We ordered a small order of onion rings to start off. They were yummy. After a few of those we backed off a big dinner. My wife ordered their soup of the day and I ordered 4 shrimp and their onion soup. Everything hit the spot and it was a delightful date.

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KellyB
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience4

Our server seemed put out by our bringing in our own bottle of wine. She even brought us bread before opening it and we finally had to ask her to open it and bring us wine glasses. Not charging the cork fee is one of the things I really like about Django and I always tip accordingly to the server so they are tipped appropriately for having a bottle of wine at my table. This server didn't seem to get that concept. The place was busy and I don't think she liked that either.

As for value, I think $50 for their steak is a little pricey. Overall it is a very good value restaurant for what you get. Just not the steak in comparison to a steak restaurant.

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Michele
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I think this was an off night, as Django is usually wonderful.

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TreyG
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing experience all around. My fiance and I went for our anniversary. I highly recommend the Ratatouille appetizer! Incredible!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food as always.

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AndrewN
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to go for good food in a relaxed environment.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience at Django never disappoints. It is my favorite happy hour spot in the city. I love meeting with friends on the patio and it always leads me to reminisce of my time in France. The duck frite poutine is fantastic and I always get my oyster fix when I am there. The staff is well trained and service is excellent.

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vipChristinaT
Kansas City
18 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous drinks and food and impeccable service
Have been going for years and they never fail to live up to their best! Oysters are fantastic. And have I mentioned the drinks?!!?

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GeorgeM
Des Moines
12 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time for patio dining and it was excellent. We were there past dark a beautiful.

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vipFlashattack
Washington DC
249 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Django was a real surprise in Des Moines. Very high quality food and excellent preparation. No corkage fee if you want to bring in a bottle. We will definitely be back to check out the alternatives on the menu.

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KimB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can not express how much I love this place! The service is spot on and the our meal was hands down the best my husband and I had ever had. This is our special place and it never is anything less than outstanding service and the excellent food. Thank you for making our date nights amazing!

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MichelleB
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience4

SERVICE STATED STAFF WAS SHORT THAT NIGHT. IT TOOK WAY TOO LONG TO GET A DRINK FROM THE BAR (MAYBE 20 MINUES?) I UNDERSTAND STAFFING CAN BE AN ISSUE, BUT WAS DISAPPONTED AS THIS WAS A BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION. STILL TIPPED THE SERVICE AT 20%

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Judy
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Love the no corkage fee for up to 4 bottles of wine!! Food was wonderful and appreciated the table by the window. Service was good also. So glad to be back dining out!!

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HannahK
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our server was great, food was great, drinks were great. It was a little loud but I'll definitely be back

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous dinner meeting!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always have excellent food and service here. Highly recommend!

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David
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ome of the best restaurants I have been to. It's not cheap but the food was amazing, you get what you pay for.

FAQs

Django Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (515) 288-0268.

Django Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 2717 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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