HoQ

4.7
156 Reviews
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Welcome to Hoq Restaurant! Experience delicious, sustainable farm-to-table dining in the historic East Village of Des Moines.

Experiences

  • Valentine's Day

    $75.00 per person

    Feb 11 - Feb 12, 2022

    Come for a romantic, candle-lit dinner featuring the freshest Iowa ingredients. Chef Suman's special four-course menu will be offered Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12 along with our normal dinner menu. On Monday, February 14, we will only be offering the four-course special menu. $40 per person wine pairings and $44 per person cocktail pairings will also be offered. Menu details will be online at hoqtable.com.
  • Valentine's Day Menu

    $75.00 per person

    Feb 14, 2022 only

    Come for a romantic, candle-lit dinner featuring the freshest Iowa ingredients. Chef Suman's special four-course menu will be offered Friday, February 11 and Saturday, February 12 along with our normal dinner menu. On Monday, February 14, we will only be offering the four-course special menu. $40 per person wine pairings and $44 per person cocktail pairings will also be offered. Menu details will be online at hoqtable.com.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 156 people are saying
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AH2020
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the focus on local ingredients sourced from local farms and dairies. Food was amazing. Great selection of wines and drinks.

MB
MarcB
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

David was an excellent waiter, offering great service and knowledge. The food was devine. A gem in the Des Moines restaurant scene that the community definitely needs to support!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Denver
19 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The chicken burrito is amazing!!!
Incredible food!!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff took great care of us for our 26th Anniversary. Food was excellent, too!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Had the Italian NYE dinner for two. The food was delicious and portion sizes were perfect to give you enough of a taste but not leave you too full for the next course. Our only complaint was the cook of the steak as we prefer medium well - well done and got more medium rare. All in all, Hoq remains an excellent place to go out and one of the best in Des Moines.

HoQ
Responded on January 6, 2022

Thank you so much for celebrating with us on NYE! We are so happy you enjoyed your experience. Our extra lean, grass-fed beef is best cooked to medium rare, but on a normal night, we're always happy to accommodate your preferred temp. We hope to serve you again soon! - HoQ Team

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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved it, service and food were great…!!!

DM
DMBill
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy HoQ. The owner/chef is a fantastic person. Would recommend to anyone.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food.

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Anns
Seattle
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I had the salmon, and it with its veggies was done perfectly. My husband ordered the filet med/rare and it was served med/med well. He was happy with the flavor and veggies. My Moscow mule was a little flat and burnt, but the pino noir that I had with dinner was great. The chocolate cake and decaf coffee after dinner was good! And this is coming from Seattle coffee snobs. ;-) overall super cute date night place to have a quiet dinner.

JK
JamesK
Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our wedding anniversary. Usually, I will put the occasion on the reservation, but HoQ definitely remembered. The maître de greeted us with anniversary best wishes, and we were provided complimentary champagne at the end of the meal.

It was our server's 1st night, and she did struggle a bit with the wine opener, but was very pleasant. I cannot fault her service because it was very good, and I could tell she was trying really hard to make a good impression.

HoQ is probably the best fine dining restaurant in Des Moines. Well, there are several really good ones but HoQ stands out.

LE
Love2Eat
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great. Food was spot on. Walleye chowder was really great. Hit of spiciness and creaminess from what tasted like coconut milk. The beet salad with quark cheese was delicious. As was the chicken & duck. Actually there wasn’t anything that wasn’t great. Had the paired cocktails which went well with the meal. All told a great experience. Congrats on 9 years!

LA
LAA2021
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Overall good experience.
There was a hair in my salad. And the soup was cold. But we were there early in the service so maybe they were working out the kinks.

HoQ
Responded on November 24, 2021

Hello - Thank you for the review and for giving us a try during our 9th Anniversary celebration. We're so sorry to hear about your experience - we are always happy to replace a dish for you if something's wrong. Thank you for your support - HoQ Management

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vipOpenTable Diner
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In town from KC for a tennis tourney, we were looking for local, fresh and cool. We do have some dietary restrictions and everyone was beyond accommodating. We would highly recommend and will definitely be back!!

BM
BeckyM
Des Moines
21 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always …… every detail I attended to.

Wine recommendation per David, excellent.
Vegetarian dish, superb especially as so am not a vegetarian. QUITE FILLING!!

Dessert portion .. perfect.

Feel quite pampered when a waiter uses the cute little crumb brush! 😌

Thank you!!

AC
AnthonyC
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing. Food service was quick, host was knowledgeable.

JJ
JessieJo
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I wasn’t impressed by much. The staff was nice but it took a good 5-10 min for anyone to get a drink order for us. And then another 10 or so minutes for the drinks to come to the table. I saw my server maybe 3 times, perhaps she was busy but the dining room wasn’t even full. My food had no seasoning on it, so I had to add salt and pepper for it to have any flavor. Just a mediocre experience with a handful of friendly people. I wouldn’t go back.

PG
PattyG
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service in a nice location.

JA
vipJohnA
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time. Great food, drink and service.

JH
JtawH
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Easy to reserve…very attentive staff..easy to park car….highly recommend!

LS
LarryS
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The night spent with my wife on her birthday! We come here for a reason. Great food and service. We will be back!! Many thanks.

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dfiven
Des Moines
13 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hoq is one of our favorites. We’ve always great service and wonderful food experiences here. This visit was our anniversary celebration.

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Nan36
Minneapolis
16 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our table of seven all enjoyed our evening at HoQ. The food was excellent, the service was outstanding and we would recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes a special night out.

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RickG
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome food and service. Great wine selection too!! A great overalll experience! Highly recommend!

HP
HarryP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Recognizing that a farm to table restaurant with a seasonal menu will by nature have its hits and misses, our meal last night, our first meal at HoQ, was extremely underwhelming. Nothing remotely original or spectacular. More concerning was the cost of this very ordinary meal: $250 for 4 with no bottle of wine or dessert, with two of our party ordering the least expensive vegetarian entree. At that price I was expecting something really special, and it was not. Our waiter was great. The place was also pretty dead for a Friday night. It felt like they’d kinda given up. Sorry.

HoQ
Responded on September 21, 2021

Hello - We apologize you did not enjoy your experience with us. We source almost our entire menu locally, supporting small farmers and producers. We also make nearly everything from scratch in our kitchen. Our prices reflect this. Thank you for your review and for giving us a try! - HoQ Management

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MissTastebud
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Item descriptions and ingredients lead you to assume the dish will be flavorful, but then each bite is less than average.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Small portions and even smaller drink pours.

OT
OpenTable Diner
Naples
1 review
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent experience, server Ann was super, food was great.

SB
SarahB
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food was fantastic. My chicken was so tender as was my husband’s lamb. They accommodated my dairy sensitivity for the dessert which was awesome

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happycustomer
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We went for restaurant week and had great food and phenomenal service!

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K2kate
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt wonderful to consume healthy foods grown near by!
Server David was quite knowledgeable and helpful!
Everything tasted amazing!!!
Lovely place! Will return!

DS
DanaS
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for DSM restaurant week. Excellent service. Thanks David. Food very tasty. Will go back again.

DB
DanielB
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great local restaurant in the East Village area. Nice quiet atmosphere with plenty of room between tables to make it feel quite private.

Food, drinks and service was all very good. The only real issue was the food portions for the price was tiny.

I understand locally sourced foods may cost a little more and have no problem with that of its a decent portion.

I opted for the blackened walleye which was again, very very good. But it was about the size of a deck of cards with a few scattered vegetables. Man I would have loved a second filet.

Everyone at the table made a comment about the smallish portions relative to price for each item.

With food and drinks, we were around $200 for 2 people.

MB
MichelleB
Austin
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal from start to finish. We had perrogis for our appetizer and they were very flavorful and cooked to perfection.
I had the lamb shank which i was able to eat with my fork because it fell off the bone. It was over a bed of Kale which I ate every bite of. Delicious and I can’t wait to go back!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

HOQ Has some of the best food in town. The menu is unique and always excellent. Great ambiance for special occasions and date nights too.

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Tony
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outstanding food and service as always we are very happy that someone like Suman and his staff are in Des Moines.

LV
LindaV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent as was the service. I always have a wonderful dinner at HoQ.

BM
BeckyM
Des Moines
22 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always all points STELLAR.
I am a creature of habit … CANNOT quit ordering and enjoying the salmon, kale, carrots and lentils in parchment!! DOES NOT DISAPPOINT!!!
Tried the rhubarb crisp with a dollop of ice cream for dessert … YUM! Tangy, crunchy and DELICIOUS!!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined at HoQ for my husband’s birthday tonight and the service and food were exceptional! We have dined here a couple of other times and every time it keeps getting better! We love the rotating menu because it gives us an opportunity to try something new every time. Tonight we had the walking taco as an appetizer, the market steak and veggies (flat iron with kale and steamed carrots) and finished off with the cake, ice cream, and chefs choice dessert. While all of these things may sound commonplace at any restaurant, the chef finds a way to make the ordinary turn out to be extraordinary and elegant every time! Every meal enjoyed here is an experience. We cannot thank the staff enough for making my husband’s birthday memorable. We cannot wait to be back soon!

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DavidT
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been to HoQ several times, mostly with my son. I brought my brother and niece here while they were visiting from Oregon. HoQ didn't disappoint. As always, great food and great people.

JW
vipJohnW
Houston
21 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In Des Moines for a relatively short visit. Will eat at HoQ again.

FAQs

HoQ offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (515) 244-1213.

HoQ is rated 4.7 stars by 156 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.