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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
We ate outdoors which had many tables available when they first opened. The service was friendly and efficient. The food was delicious. We ordered the grilled Exile chicken sandwich, grilled salmon salad and sandwich and brisket. I was able to order the Nashville’s chicken sandwich with grilled chicken. They were very accommodating.
We arrived early enough to find parking, they do have three lots that we could identify, but they were full by 5:30 p.m. We were seated upstairs at a square table for eight, which was great for visiting. The server did an excellent job. As others were seated, the noise level raised higher and higher. That was the only negative of the evening.
Make sure to get the truffle fries! And check out what is on tap seasonally.
Met a friend for lunch. Excellent service and food.
Was a great visit to exile! My brother and I both had the Philly cheese Special, and it was magnificent! Great service!
Tucked away in Western Gateway.
Awesome food, awesome service !
Will be back and back......
Good variety on the menu, some very tasty brews to choose from. What more could you possibly want!
The food was amazing! The beer was okay too, but I’m not typically a huge fan of beer. The ambiance was great. Me and my boyfriend really enjoyed our drinks and meal here. We will definitely be back.
Exile adhered to CDC guidelines very well. Everyone was friendly. I love the environment at Exile. And the food.... excellent! We all had burgers. And we were all pleased.
I can't wait to go back.
This visit was for my birthday and it went perfectly! I always have a wonderful experience at Exile. But this being a big group some places might have a few bumps. Not our server! She was great!!! It was all just exceptional how service had no lags and no issues, again perfect. This dinner truly made my birthday!
This was supper easy to use. Had a challenge to my table count and it was easy to change and update.
Highly recommend the fried Brussel sprouts and blackened chicken nachos!
First time in the upstairs dining room. Food was great as usual.
I took my boyfriend here for his 21st birthday. He loved it, food was amazing and so was the beer. It was nice to be able to sit outside where things felt more socially distanced. The location is everything, after our meal we walked around papa John sculpture park. I was especially impressed with our waitress, I can’t remember her name now but she did everything in her power to make his night great. Highly recommend visiting exile, we will be back this summer and with friends :)
The host initially attempted to say they didn't have a table ready, but did find us one next to the server station and kitchen.
The server was hardly present and not very attentive. We waited several minutes for our check.
The place is too loud and the staff is way over worked. I will continue to buy the beer from a retail outlet, but I will not return to the brewery. It is not worth the time or money.
Was My first time there and would highly recommend for anyone
My second time here, I love it! I live out of town and only visit once a year, this is my first place to stop. I was sad they did get rid of the mushroom sandwich tho. But I’ll still be back once a year and with new people every time
Food was excellent as always. Service was meh, but they can't all be winners. Beer selection was more limited than I recall from previous visits. Maybe it's COVID related.
The food was excellent and the service was super friendly!
Overall, we were pleased. Had to wait 15 minutes past our reservation time, and food took over an hour to receive. BUT - the service was excellent, the food was hot and very good! All servers were masked, but tables were not socially distanced, if that concerns you.
As always, good experience at Exile. Waiter was good, helpful and able to provide good input.
Great food, great beer and great service as usual!
Way better than expected. Service and food was 100%
It was a cold evening but it was also very cold in the dining room.
Most everyone had to keep their coats on or just sat in the cold.
The food wasn’t super warm either.
The main course was small but the sides were large but not even. For my meal the side of carrots were much larger than the green beans and the carrots weren’t as cooked as I liked.
Food and drink were very good! The only con is that we were seated in an area that is next to the patio and is enclosed with glass windows. It was cold and we had to keep our coats on for most of the dinner. We did have reservations since it was Valentine's weekend, but not very fun to have a nice dinner date sitting in our coats and trying to keep warm.
Service and food was wonderful and we will definitely return!
Great atmosphere and great food. The only complaint is it was really cold in there.
Always amazing food and great quality! We have never been disappointed.
We love Exile; the beer the food has always been top notch!
I love Exile. But this was the first time I get rushed by our server and also the first time I didn’t love the food. Just not the level I’m accustomed to when I frequent the restaurant. Thanks for adapting to these crazy times though!
I’ve had a wonderful experience here every time I go. The food is phenomenal and the people are so nice. The chicken bites are the BEST.
The food was very tasty but our server was kind of slow and didn't really seem to want to be at work...
It was our first time and we loved it. We will be back.
Fantastic evening. Food was amazing along with a great beer selection.
Server was great with recommendations and everyone had a great experience.
They have great food and the best beers in town. The truffle fries are delicious.
Personal, efficient service with delicious food. Lots of menu choices. Great vibe. A local gem!
Great food and amazing beer!!!!
The food and atmosphere was so awesome! We will definitely be going back
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.
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!!
Exile Brewing offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (515) 883-2337.
Exile Brewing is rated 4.6 stars by 209 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.