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Exile Brewing

4.7
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177 Reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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Great Beer
Casual
*Saturday, October 10 - due to a private party we will only be accepting indoor reservations. Our Patio and Beer Hall will not be available for reservations*

Beer fulfills our purpose. It cultivates our community of free-spirits, oddballs and outsiders. It ties us together and builds our festivities. The product of an unparalleled commitment to innovation and quality, it’s our labor of love for our uncommon family. Welcome to Exile, we’re far from ordinary.

We meticulously brew, package, and test all of our beer at our historic brewery in Des Moines. Exile is available for distribution throughout, and only in, Iowa.

Everything in our Beer Kitchen is locally sourced and made from scratch.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Social Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 177 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.7
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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AlexW2183
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Been to Exile several times and have not been disappointed yet. The food is great and the beer is always excellent. Its usually pretty busy most days so I would definitely be prepared to wait a little bit for food but its always worth it.

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PamelaT
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We truly enjoyed our lunch at the Exile Brewery. The food was excellent and the wait staff also. They followed the social distancing guidelines but still made our visit enjoyable. Well done!!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food! You can not leave this place hungry!

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AmandaV
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Plenty of space to eat on the patio, I loved the temperature check requirement as well ask the mask requirement when you are not at your table. It is clear Exile is taking the spread of covid very seriously. I feel very uncomfortable when I go to get food, even takeout, and employees at other establishments are not wearing masks or gloves. Not to mention, the food and beer were great at Exile. I will definitely be back.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

During Covid, this is a great place to sit outside, social distance from others, relax and enjoy good food and a cold beer. You could almost fool yourself into believing there is not a pandemic going on!

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MichelleH
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Food, beer, and with the great safety precautions you feel comfortable to have a nice time.

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SUSANS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good and so was the service. Had a lot of fun

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had was delicious, service was excellent. We ate on the patio and the atmosphere was great!

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neigs
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Took all necessary precautions with covid. Beautiful space, great food and beer. Would visit again!

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AdrienneA
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Moving our daughter to Des Moines from Toledo and 1st comment was ...Why can’t we relocate Exile to Toledo.? Great service, refreshing beer, and delicious food.

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Swaugdog
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience. Good food and good beer!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Always the best food and best service! Not to mention the best craft beer!

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AllisonP
1 review
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first dining out experience since COVID. They took temps at the door, the staff wore masks, and we sat outside on the patio at a picnic bench by ourselves, spaced more than 6 feet away from others. We ordered truffle fries for an appetizer (they were AMAZING) and I ordered a sour beer that delicious. The seared salmon salad was fresh and tasty. Great evening. I appreciated all the steps they took to keep guests safe, while still providing a fun and relaxing dining experience. Exile is a gem in our city.

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MelissaP
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was excellent! Food was good- slightly disappointed that the charcuterie board from appetizer menu was missing. We substituted Cuban instead, and we’re not overwhelmed by it. The Cuban was simply adequate. However, everything else we tried was delicious!

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Rangermutt
Kansas City
12 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Soft opening after the Guv allowed restaurants in Polk county to reopen. Patio and tap room open but dining room closed. Upon our arrival they took our temperature and promptly seated us at a high top. Our waitress was top notch and was there at our beck & call. The beer and food was excellent as usual - my cubano and my date’s chicken sandwich were prepared to perfection. All staff looked like they were making the best of the situation. We’ll be back!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular. I highly recommend the salmon salad. It didn’t even need the dressing.

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PaytenE
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had reservation for a table of 8. The room and table we had was really nice and perfect for our group of people. The service was great and the food and drinks were delicious. 100% recommend Exile!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious! Very good waiter. And LOVE the fresh hot Crab Dip!

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Izzy
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanks for the great meal! Our waiter, John, was also very helpful and upbeat.

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Amyc
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We were a party of 8 and our server took care of us—-our food and drinks and anything we needed were taken care of with a smile and without missing a beat. It was a busy Friday night but we never waited long for anything and the food was really good!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Baked pasta never disappoints at Exile! Creamy parm dressing is also a favorite.

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KellyB
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

We have been to Exile several times and in the past the food was good. When we went for Valentine’s dinner it was truly disappointing. Dry chicken and salmon.

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AlisonH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We made a reservation for 5pm. We arrived about 4:53pm and were seated immediately. The hostess who sat us, warned us about Valentine’s Day being a particularly busy day at the restaurant and to please be patient with slow service. However, we did not experience that at all. Our server was timely and friendly throughout our dining experience. The breaded pork tenderloin was huge and cooked to perfection. The pretzel bun was fresh and delicious. And those truffle fries. Everyone agreed, they are the best fries ever. My lemon drop martini was delicious and refreshing. Our waters were never less than half full. We will definitely be returning.

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KarlE
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have never had a bad meal or experience since Exile opened. The food is excellent and rotates seasonally, along with my favorite craft beers. So easy for me to get to and enjoy. Thank you!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

In my reservation request I stated that my elderly parents would be with us for for my dad’s birthday. When we arrived the only seating they had available was a booth for 6 people. We were so crowded there was hardly room for the food we ordered

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BirthdayGroup
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great dining experience and our waitress was exceptional. I would definitely suggest this to family and friends and will be going back myself. The food was done to perfection and our whole group was pleased with the experience.

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scthawki
Des Moines
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cozy dinner with friends on a snowy evening. Service and food were fantastic!

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LaurelP
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food and beer

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kathyt
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a fabulous dinner! Loved the energy of this place and the food was so tasty!

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Happygirl
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love their food and the service was great and fast!

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CarlaH
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Was quite disappointed. Went on New Years, was immediately told by the hostess that the next reservation for our table was in an hour and a half so...? Um, ok. Complained to the manager who seemed to understand our annoyance and comped us a round of drinks. While my husband and I understand the importance of turning tables on a busy evening, perhaps a better approach is recommended! Like I told the manager, tell us that we’re welcome to drink in the bar area once we’re done with our meal, don’t tell us we have an hour and a half to eat as you’re handing us the menu. Seriously put off and most likely will not return. Bean burger was good but nothing “to write home about.” Teach your staff how to appropriately convey a message instead of being rude.

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StephanieA
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I secured a reservation via open table for 9 people - 2 sets of in-laws, 3 kids and my husband and myself. The table waS ready, the service was excellent - right down to the tactful way of asking about the check!! We love exile and will for sure be back!!! Clearly something for everyone & quality alcohol for the uncomfortable situations!! 😳

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Good as always. Great service. Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and craft beer! Lively atmosphere and quality service. Good place for any occasion.

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vip12341234
Savannah
22 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good burgers, tasty starters, great beer, knowledgeable and friendly waitstaff, but service was very slow.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 8, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Had a great time working with Ben on our special girls outing. Tasty cocktails followed by fried Brussels sprouts. We had steak salads, fish and chips and the salmon dinner. All were delicious. The house dressing has a little more bite than expected but was a great compliment to the salad. The only thing disappointing were our desserts. The Creme brûlée French toast was overcooked and the carrot cake was dense and dry in comparison to what we expected. Still a wonderful dinner.

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Kate
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

I had the salad with salmon-Would it be possible to cut the lettuce up before sending it out? The salmon was delicious-the lettuce hard to eat.

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DDV2011
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's wonderful to be able to make a reservation for 8 for dinner, and sit at the perfect sized table upstairs. Great service, wonderful beer and food, excellent service.

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vipashintz
Milwaukee
19 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience4

Food was excellent once again, though the fried pickles were a little over battered. Other than that, steaks were great, sides were amazing, and my chicken sandwich was once again one of the best I’ve ever had.

The beer and ambiance are perfect for a casual business meeting. I highly recommend for downtown DSM dining.

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JustinS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great Burger. Great Service. The atmosphere was great. Overall, it was really good, and we will be back.

FAQs

Exile Brewing offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (515) 883-2337.

Exile Brewing is rated 4.7 stars by 177 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.