Exile Brewing

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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.
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JS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

s
Minneapolis
4 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Server did a great job with so many people. I'm not sure how she did it.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 5

Large party and the waitress was no where to be found. We couldnt order dinner for over 30 minutes. After plates were cleared we didnt see her for another 30 minutes. When she cane back she asked about drinks and dessert and then disappeared for another 10 minutes before actually being interested in taking our dessert order. Because the service was so bad we decided to leave and get dessert somewhere else. It wasnt busy and other large groups that arrived after us and had a different server ate and left well before us...

KM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

We used this service to reserve a table knowing how busy it is. When we got there it wasn’t busy. They put 6 large sized adults at a booth in the bar. Even before we sat down I knew it wouldn’t be good. 4 of the 6 have never been there so excited for them to eat there. There were currently several open tables in the other room so asked if there was someone else for us to sit. It was 8 o’clock at this point and the blonde hostess said no they were taken. So we crammed into booth with no room. I kept watching for the several tables to be taken cause of our comfort and they were never taken. Very disappointing.

EB
Minneapolis
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food and service was good. I’m glad they’ve added more beers-especially the sour beers. The one downside to this place is the parking. Parking is so hard to find and makes it less worth spending 15 minutes to find a spot to eat there.

OT
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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OT
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great patio and an interesting selection of house brewed beers along with wine and cocktails. Wide variety of dishes ranging from cheese curds to fresh fish. Great place to spend a summer evening.

CF
Omaha
7 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great brewpub! Good beer, good food, good service.

t
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Friends in town

SE
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Was disappointed they didn't have a beer on tap that their website said they did.

A
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, drinks and service! We will definitely return the next time we are in the area!

DF
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always good food, and great beer! Patio seating with downtown views.

BB
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great beer and great food! Will be going again soon!

s
Des Moines
13 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great dining experience at Exile! Our reserved table was ready when we arrived. Lucy was a fabulous server and made excellent recommendations for beers. She was just the right amount of attentive and we were never left waiting. The food was excellent, as always. So glad to have this local gem in Des Moines!

WD
Chicago
151 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Our first time eating here. The lamb sliders were great and the Asian salad was also very good. And the beers were perfect.

J
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 4

Food was great. Beer was good. Service was good until tables started feeling in. Our server was clearly overwhelmed by a large party and it was reflected in her service. I ordered another beer as our food was delivered and never received it and she never checked back to ask us if our food was okay.

U
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

Good service. Good food. The menu is not as eclectic as it used to be but still good. I enjoy it, but my wife views the food as typical bar food, just better than usual.

IP
Charlotte
2 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Lots of flies. It was hard to focus on the food because I had to spend so much time keep flies away.

DC
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great food options and always fresh solid beers. Would recommend for any group of people

JM
Chicago
26 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very impressed. I can see why it's tough to get an evening reservation on the weekend. Everything about Exile was great.

LH
1 review
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were at Exile Brewing for lunch. We arrived early for our reservation, and they were able to take us early which was great. Our server, Fernando, was very nice and always checking up on us. Food was excellent; we had cheese curds, Exile Burger, Sunrise Burger, Crispy Chicken Ranch Salad, and beer of course! Everything was so good!

SB
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy eating/drinking at Exile Brewery. Since it's mostly open areas, the noise level can get pretty loud which can make it difficult to hear the people with whom we are dining. But the food is always good & so are the drinks and the service.

OT
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Exile several times sampling an array of food and beers. The beauty of this brewery/restaurant is the food is an upscale version of what you would find in typical bar food. So much so it touches elegant on some dishes, but with a more laid back atmosphere. This will continue to be a mainstay for us. Keep up the great work!

MR
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Parking in the small lot was a pain. Otherwise, the beer, food and service were very good.

H
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Exile was amazing! I loved the atmosphere and the food was delicious. I felt as though it was slightly overpriced, however I would go back.

OT
New England
27 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Visiting from out of town. Great selection of house made brews. The beer was the highlight. Food was good.

JS
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our first time at Exile did not disappoint. Food and beer were both fantastic! Great service and loved the atmosphere. Will definitely go again.

MD
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our meal and service. Staff were especially helpful with our energetic 2 year old!

RG
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 5

We always love Exile. On a Friday night there was a notable difference in our experience this time- my sisters pretzel appetizer was practically inedible because the pretzels were rock solid, and our food took much longer than usual to come out (approx 40 minutes). However, we gave them the benefit of the doubt that they were just very busy and we have never had a less than perfect experience before, so we will be back again soon in hopes that it was a one time ordeal.

c
1 review
Dined on June 4, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

This is a bar with typical bar food. Our waitress was amazing considering she had no assistance from any other human. We sat on the patio on a warm night - and so did everyone else. They were a bit understaffed for the patio area. Needless to say, our waitress rose to the occasion and we truly enjoyed our evening.

C
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have visited before and loved the food and beer. It was great again! First time here with a baby and they were very accommodating and helpful. I couldn’t have imagined things going more smoothly.

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and even better beer.

JA
1 review
Dined on May 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great local brewery with great food options. Something for everyone! Our waitress was very knowledgable about their menus both drinks and food. Atmosphere is great too! Highly recommend especially if you are from out of town.

BP
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

Food was not the best and was a bit cold. The beers and service were great.

M
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I wish you still had the Azetc burger. That was my FAVORITE. Our waiter was AMAZING!!

WK
Chicago
1 review
Dined on May 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing food and craft brews -- something delicious for every palette! Good for both casual dining and special event meals. If you're in downtown Des Moines, Exile Brewing should be on your short list of restaurants to check out.

TB
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

We had 8 people in our party and everyone enjoyed the experience. We were seated at a square table upstairs so it was easy to talk to everyone with very little background noise. The service was outstanding; the waitress was personable, informative & prompt. The food was excellent.

OT
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 2ambience 4

Graduation party

SB
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Drinks and atmosphere were great. Food was not great (pork cutlet sandwich, in particular).

MC
St. Louis
48 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Excellent beer. Server was attentive and let us know about happy hour app specials just in time to get one. Food was tasty pub grub. Fish and chips, chicken tenders, and pork tenderloin sandwich were all very good and appreciated after a long travel day.

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