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HoQ, Des Moines, IA

HoQ

5.0
5
235 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (515) 244-1213

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Suman Hoque

  • Private party facilities

    We have one private dining room. It seats up to 35 people and holds up to 60 people for a reception. Please visit hoqtable.com for more information on private events and booking at HoQ.

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Des Moines

  • Cross street

    E 5th and Walnut

  • Parking details

    Street Parking as well as a parking garage directly behind our building.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • New Years Eve at HoQ

    $79.00 per person

    Dec 30 - Dec 31, 2022
    Come celebrate and ring in the New Year at HoQ with a special $79 per person menu featuring four courses, one Amuse Bouche and one Intermezzo course. Special wine pairings will be available for $45 per person. This will be the only menu available Friday, December 30 and Saturday, December 31. No pre-payment necessary; final payment due that evening.

Popular dishes

What 235 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

5.0
5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 5Service
  • 4.9Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Best Overall

  • Iowa

    Best Service

  • Iowa

    Best Ambiance

  • Iowa

    Best Value

  • Iowa

    Innovative

  • Iowa

    Healthy

  • Des Moines

    Best Overall

  • Des Moines

    Best Food

  • Des Moines

    Best Service

  • Des Moines

    Best Ambiance

  • Des Moines

    Best Value

  • Des Moines

    Innovative

  • Des Moines

    Healthy

  • Des Moines

    Great for fine wines

  • Des Moines

    Romantic

  • Des Moines

    Good for special occasions

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  1. KA

    KARENB

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We attended the anniversary dinner. The restaurant looked beautiful and the service was great. The food was very good, apart from the third course, a dry and very bland sort of shredded chicken on a savory waffle. The lamb was outstanding, the chowder was perfect and delicious for a cold evening.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Wonderful food! My picky husband loved the vegetarian tasting menu as no mushrooms! The soups were out favorite part
  3. LE

    Love2Eat

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Visit for the 10th anniversary celebration. Dishes were great and the wine pairings were fantastic!
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    10year anniversary dinner - fantastic! The plates were beautiful and delicious! Our server (Taylor, was on point and a pleasure)
  5. MS

    MaryS

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a five course meal with perfect wine pairings. Loved all of it. And its farm to table promise was delivered.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really fantastic and somewhat unique dining experience that we were not expecting in Des Moines, would highly recommend this spot. Cheese plate and carrots both great apps to start, live the small menu, usually a great sign in a restaurant that size. Service was great with nice wine pairing recommendations, overall a great night!
  7. AM

    AnthonyM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is a great place. Great food. Cute setup and quality locally sourced foods!
  8. G

    Grant

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    HoQ is THE best restaurant in the DesMoines area.
  9. G

    Galsara

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing dinner for our wedding anniversary. The salmon was outstanding and the basil ice cream was a pleasant surprise.
  10. BH

    BarbH

    Columbus

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place is a gem! We’ve been here twice and both times the experience was fantastic!
  11. SL

    SLV04

    Columbus

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Business dinner for 7, great service and food! Not a huge menu, but a good assortment of food. The IA cheese board was good!
  12. S

    Sue53

    Des Moines

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out with friends, HOQ is ALWAYS a great choice!! Usually have the salmon in paper but tried the steak tonight … YUM!!! The potatoes and the kale & zucchini wete INCREDIBLE!!!!!
  13. S

    Sabera

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our 2nd time dinning there and the food is just amazing.
  14. SZ

    StevenZ

    Atlanta

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the best restaurant in Des Moines.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great vibe , experience, and food . Will be back again and again
  16. AS

    AndrewS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and overall experience. Highly recommend.
  17. RD

    RonD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went to HoQ for my wife's birthday celebration. It is great to have a really nice restaurant in Des Moines to splurge a little at. Sarah, the manager made sure everything was just perfect. The little appetizer freebee was a nice surprise. We had the brisket and a steak. Both excellent and well prepared. Dessert was wonderful. There is a nice selection of wines for dinner at HoQ. We will return!
  18. JC

    JustinC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, good time had by all. Would definitely recommend.
  19. MD

    MichaelD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great dinning experience! This is where we go to celebrate.
  20. BW

    BethW

    Des Moines

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing! One of the best restaurants in Des Moines. Fresh, beautifully crafted food and drinks. My new favorite!!
  21. JM

    JeffM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food was fabulous and the service very personable. I would go again in a heart beat.
  22. r

    rays58

    Denver

    63 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very good food and adventurous plates. We also got a few tasters while we awaited our appetizers. Burnt carrots? Yes! Salmon and steak were excellent. Service dipped a little after it got crowded but would certainly return.
  23. EM

    EduardoM

    Tucson

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome. Modern dining
  24. IF

    IowaFoodie50309

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first visit back to HoQ since 2020 (we used to live downtown and HoQ was a staple in our dining experiences) and we were immediately reminded why this is such an exceptional restaurant! Our waiter, David, was nothing short of outstanding. He was personable and conversational, anticipated our needs, and made wonderful cocktail and wine recs for our meal. We love that HoQ works with so many local food suppliers (Early Morning Harvest, etc.) A few highlights (included in the photos) were the fried green tomatoes (heirloom and the local Milton cheese were to die for!), chef’s soup and the tenderloin…OMG the TENDERLOIN! If you haven’t been back to HoQ or have never been, make this your next lunch or dinner stop in the East Village - you won’t regret it!
  25. BS

    BarkleyS

    Houston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, awesome drinks, superb service. Highly recommend. We were back the very next night after our first visit!
  26. BN

    BrianN

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food! We had the Lamb Shank and Mediterranean Bowl with Tandoori chicken. Both were perfect. We told our server about food allergies and he recommended substitutes. We definately recommend!
  27. J

    Janelle

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a wonderful experience. The details and thoughtfulness that went into each plate was top notch. We ordered perogies and fried green tomatoes to start. Beef Wellington was cooked to perfection, as was the scallop. My sister enjoyed the vegetarian bowl. The chef sent out delicious grape tomatoes with homemade naan that was incredible. Attention from our server, Noah, was just right. Still thinking about that quark cheese that highlighted most of the dishes. Can't wait to come back.
  28. j

    justhorsinaround

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place for date night. Awesome food and service, love that it is local. Quiet and enjoyable and great service.
  29. MH

    MichaelH

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible food, delicious cocktails, and great suggestions from our server!
  30. S

    Sue53

    Des Moines

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As ALWAYS … food, service and atmosphere PERFECT!! Thank you Suman, Cynthia & staff.
  31. DL

    DLJW

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a delicious dinner with great service! We will definitely go back!
  32. F

    Flashattack

    Washington DC

    310 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    310 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    My server was very nice and attentive. He mentioned the steak special was a 6 oz filet. It so, it was the smallest 6 ounces I've every seen. The bibb salad was sitting in too much dressing and it looked like it had been sitting in it for hours. The tater tots were mushy and not crisp. I might give it another chance.
  33. M

    Megan

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience4
    Loved the atmosphere and had amazing service! Was disappointed by the food...some things were super over-seasoned while others were lacking seasoning at all.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very memorable meal. From the wonderful cocktails to the incredible entrees (I had the roasted lamb shank - yum!) to the delightful deserts, this was a great dining out experience. GreAt service, too! If you want a nice, well prepared and creative dinner experience, I highly recommend HoQ.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Kinda empty but delicious food
  36. BW

    BrianW

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Food was good and tasty; our server was very friendly and helpful
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience3
    Food was fresh and made with quality ingredients, but each dish was underwhelming in the fact that it greatly lacked seasoning. The flavor profile of the dishes was unfortunately flat. This place has the potential to be amazing, I look forward to trying it again. The basil ice cream was excellent.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic meal as always. The farm table menu is awesome. And the service is top-notch.
  39. PS

    PegS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely. Table was situated so we could easily visit with our group and we appreciated that. Food presentation and taste was excellent.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    I got the Vegetarian main course. It you’re familiar with Indian food, then this entrée is what I would identify as an Americanized version of a Dosa, but it was underwhelming and overpriced for what it was. I could see how people who have no frame of reference to a Dosa may enjoy it. The service was good.

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

FAQs

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

HoQ is rated 5 stars by 235 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 8 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for HoQ

303 E 5th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Additional information

  • Cross street

    E 5th and Walnut

  • Neighborhood

    Downtown Des Moines

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Farm-to-table, Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking as well as a parking garage directly behind our building.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Suman Hoque

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (515) 244-1213

  • Private party facilities

    We have one private dining room. It seats up to 35 people and holds up to 60 people for a reception. Please visit hoqtable.com for more information on private events and booking at HoQ.

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