Exile Brewing

4.5
263 Reviews
$30 and under
American
*Patio seating is not guaranteed. We will try our best to accommodate any requests.*

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
What 263 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Nashville
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The pretzel as an appetizer was so good. Entrees were fine. Homemade ranch was a highlight as well.

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HopeS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love coming to Exile, we don't go often enough. Always a great experience, excellent food and service!

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vipBVsailski
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a party of 24, on a Saturday night, the service was great! Food can out timely and hot. Thanks Exile!!

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KelseyW
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Exile was great! Service was great, and the food came out quickly. Good price for the quality. We were impressed with it all! Thank you!!

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CowDog
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Military discount is much appreciated.
Service was awesome.

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JenV
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ben was phenomenal! If you’re going to exile ask to sit in Ben’s section! He was so accommodating and attentive. The food was hot and very delicious. 10/10

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kb515
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Busy place and a little short staffed but they were gracious and we had a great dinner!

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vipJenn0607
Minneapolis
11 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall3food5service5ambience5

Food was great and our server was wonderful

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server was phenomenal. The beers on point and the food perfect.

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Nicole
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! They have menu staples but they also add new items that are a must try!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My family loves Exile! Food is fantastic!

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KimberlyH
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat on the patio and it was a beautiful day! Our server was very attentive, refilled our waters, etc. The food was delicious and portion sizes were great!

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LukeS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience4

We were going out for my birthday and hoping for an enjoyable experience because every time we’ve been it’s been great. However, the female waitress with black hair pulled back in a big clip really set the tone for the evening and ruined the experience. We did have some people at the table who are not regular beer drinkers, which, in hindsight, we realized was not the best place to bring them. However she did not handle them well at all. They did ask for some samples and eventually she brought out about 6 samples, set them on the table, and gave no description of each leaving them with no real indication as to what they were tasting. You could tell she was quickly annoyed with the table and had little patience. After bringing food, one of us had ordered the crispy chicken salad with Buffalo sauce and another in wrap form. After realizing it we asked for Buffalo sauce on the side, not making a huge deal. She ended up bringing out 3 Buffalo sauces and 2 ranch’s. We asked for an additional sauce and she ends up bringing out 6 more Buffalo in a very passive aggressive manner. We have never had an experience like this at Exile before, so it really made us leave with a bad taste in our mouths and made a birthday end on a really terrible note. As always, the beer was great but we will definitely be reconsidering any further visits here in the future.

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EdinaK
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall1food4service1ambience4

Waited 45 minutes for 2 simple food orders- finally had our food boxed to take with since our lunch our was almost done.

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BonnieW
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and Beverages were excellent! Must stop when in Town.

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AshleyV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Started out not the best thinking out brewery tour was canceled due to staffing issues caused by a few festivals in town. They ended up making it work with the GM giving us and another couple a private tour. Got us a table earlier then our reservation, on the house appetizer, top off our beers, gave us complimentary exile glassware, and great service. Highly recommend this place!

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vipJoeJ
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The patio was really nice and the food was outstanding!

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DelanieJ
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a good time! Food was delicious and our server was great!

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NicoleM
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Almost completely dead and I put in reservation notes it was for my husband's 30th birthday and we got the absolute worst seating. By the kitchen last booth to the right. Food was meh.. Husband liked the beer though. Wait staff seemed to absolute hate her job. The experience was not enjoyable. Wish I would have picked a different spot to celebrate his 30th. Disappointed to say the least.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Seated promptly in dining room. Service started right away and was excellent! Had a delicious appetizer (Brussels sprouts) and refreshing Italian Pilsner. Food came out hot and tasted fresh and delicious. Excellent service continued to end. Loved our meal and experience—definitely will be back 😊

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BruceG
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Very warm in the dining room. The service was a little lethargic. Noise level was very high. We had to shout to have a conversation.

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JaclynS
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

I have always noticed that Exile Brewery is very clean, and I genuinely appreciate that especially after the last couple years of pandemic.

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Nicole
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service as always! Busy but with an open table reservation was able to get seated on time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Des Moines
14 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Great food, great drinks, decent service. Biggest issue is how crazy loud it gets because you can’t hear anyone at your table or the server.

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scthawki
Des Moines
19 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love lunch at Exile! Had a great server in the bar on our recent visit.

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MichelleN
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

Great food. Servers were very busy.
Noise was so loud we couldn’t hear each other. I was losing my voice by the time we got done with dinner. We did have a larger party, so we didn’t expect all of us to have a group conversation but the person on each of my sides at the end of the table (across from each other) couldn’t hear each other. It was way louder than I remember. Also they’re serving a condensed menu which doesn’t match online so I was bummed that the food I wanted wasn’t accurate or available.
They were willing to work with me in my order a bit since one 2?3? Burgers were options now.

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Brooks
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Meal portions were large! May share a meal next time.:)

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TheJacobsons
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

My wife and I really enjoy Exile and drive approximately 45 minutes to eat there. The food is always delicious, the beer is excellent, the service is typically very good and the environment is fun. This time, for some reason, the food took over an hour to get after we ordered it. It was busy, but an hour seems a bit long.

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Dinjngdiva
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great night. Very, very busy. Waited a long time for food and my husband was cold.

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Kate
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A quiet Father's Day brunch, Very friendly and the food was good. The service was excellent!

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NealS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really tasty food! Salmon salad was exceptional. kids chicken meal was best/most chicken I've seen and the kids gobbled it up. Sat in a large booth which was perfect for 4 adults and 2 littles. Food came in a reasonable time and waiter checked on us often.

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vipTerry
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was excellent. From the moment we arrived and was greeted everything was on point. The beers, the food, the bartender-was great.
Being from Chicago and having the experience of 3FFF’s 18th Street Brewery and Revolution-this place is right there. If ever in Des Moines you have to give this place a try. The burger with the bleu cheese, bacon-the Black and Bleu was outstanding!!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Consistent quality. Great beer and great food. Venus is fantastic.

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scthawki
Des Moines
19 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lots of options for dining inside or on the patio right now. We dined inside since it was warm outside and had great service. Food was delicous, as always.

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DenaA
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great spot to meet up with friends for a lively dinner. Iur server was knowledgeable about the beers on tap.

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vipwearytraveler
St. Louis
52 reviews
Dined on May 28, 2021
Overall3food5service4ambience5

fun atmosphere and great food and beer. we had a large party and our server was very attentive. would definitely recommend

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AlisonC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We usually have a great experience and food at Exile - it’s one of our favorites! We went later in the evening this time and the food tasted like it had been sitting in warmers for quite a while. We’ll stick to earlier dining times!

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Foodlover
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall4food5service1ambience5

The food was great. My husband loved the Citra IPA. Tons of seating and willing to accept parties of 8 by reservation. We had a party of 19. Service was super slow and our waitress seemed like she hates her job. We had to beg for our check, and when it came different peoples tabs were all randomly mixed together. It would’ve been best if they had given us each a separate check. But they never asked.

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BarbraD
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Server was not enthusiastic about her job at any time of our visit. Food was mediocre. My husband didn’t even finish his food. The Nashville hot sandwich was 2/10. Taste more like chicken parmesan. Probably won’t return and time in the near future.

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Steevo
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our meal was delicious. There was something for everyone in our group and we loved the cocktail and beer selection. The truffle fries were amazing and well worth the small upcharge.

FAQs

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

Exile Brewing is rated 4.5 stars by 263 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.