Exile Brewing

4.6
215 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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 215 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.7
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4.6
service
4.6
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4.5
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLeahB
Chicago
40 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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.

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LaurieH
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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FoodLover
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Make sure to get the truffle fries! And check out what is on tap seasonally.

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Mysterykat
Des Moines
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Met a friend for lunch. Excellent service and food.

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GarAll
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was a great visit to exile! My brother and I both had the Philly cheese Special, and it was magnificent! Great service!

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vipMarkL
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tucked away in Western Gateway.
Awesome food, awesome service !
Will be back and back......

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DanielB
1 review
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good variety on the menu, some very tasty brews to choose from. What more could you possibly want!

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Kathy
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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.

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JayO
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Tiffany
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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DwightM
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was supper easy to use. Had a challenge to my table count and it was easy to change and update.

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CarrieH
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Highly recommend the fried Brussel sprouts and blackened chicken nachos!

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ErikL
Des Moines
21 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First time in the upstairs dining room. Food was great as usual.

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Abpan
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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 :)

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Matthew
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience2

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.

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DavidA
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was My first time there and would highly recommend for anyone

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jennyd
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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DavidM
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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.

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Maddy
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and the service was super friendly!

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KateW
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

As always, good experience at Exile. Waiter was good, helpful and able to provide good input.

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vipChrisN
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great beer and great service as usual!

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AdamV
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Way better than expected. Service and food was 100%

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience1

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.

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AeSt
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

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.

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AshleeU
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Service and food was wonderful and we will definitely return!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere and great food. The only complaint is it was really cold in there.

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MadisonM
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Always amazing food and great quality! We have never been disappointed.

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DavidJ
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We love Exile; the beer the food has always been top notch!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience4

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!

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MejrimaI
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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Mom3mms
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was very tasty but our server was kind of slow and didn't really seem to want to be at work...

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BradR
Dallas
2 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first time and we loved it. We will be back.

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PaulC
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic evening. Food was amazing along with a great beer selection.
Server was great with recommendations and everyone had a great experience.

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AaronW
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They have great food and the best beers in town. The truffle fries are delicious.

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vipKaren
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Personal, efficient service with delicious food. Lots of menu choices. Great vibe. A local gem!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Indiana
14 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and amazing beer!!!!

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Akraf
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere was so awesome! We will definitely be going back

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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!!

FAQs

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

Exile Brewing is rated 4.6 stars by 215 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.