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HoQ, Des Moines, IA

HoQ

4.5
4.5
327 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.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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

  • Mother's Day Brunch

    May 12, 2024 only
    Celebrate Mom at HoQ with a brunch featuring local ingredients, delicious cocktails and house-made pastries. We will have a special menu as well as a prix fixe menu for this day. Payment is due at the restaurant that day. Reservations strongly recommended. Can't wait to see you there!
    Mother's Day Brunch Photo

What 327 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Healthy

  • Iowa

    Romantic

  • Iowa

    Good for special occasions

  • Des Moines

    Best Ambiance

  • Des Moines

    Innovative

  • Des Moines

    Healthy

  • Des Moines

    Romantic

  • Des Moines

    Good for special occasions

327 Reviews
  1. FoodieWannaBe

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food and service! Everything we ordered was tasty.

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  2. Excellent

    Des Moines

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food. I had the beef tenderloin and she had the couscous. The butternut squash soup was great. And we had the lemon bread pudding dessert. Cooper was an excellent server.

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  3. Amelia

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The lamb shank was delicious! Also loved the cheese plate and the chile relleno. Over all, delicious!!!

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Enjoyed all courses, including the chef’s bites (cheese curds) and naan. Burnt carrots were delicious; the pig wing and shrimp weekly special was exceptional, as was the steak. Appreciated attentive service; we’re looking forward to a return visit.

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  5. DavidG

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great farm to table experience. The lamb shank was perfection.

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  6. JessicaA

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service! I would recommend for anyone looking for a great date night spot.

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  7. jasonh

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Wonderful and well executed concept. We enjoyed every moment from being greeted on the way in to being wished a nice evening on the way out. Waitstaff was knowledgeable and friendly. My steak was perfectly cooked, the beet risotto was also spot on. The cocktails were a bit off, one too sour the other too strong, but we drank them ;) prices were in line with expectations. Recommend for an evening date, supporting local farmers, and trying interesting new dishes.
    HoQResponded on February 22, 2024
    Thank you so much for visiting and for taking the time to leave your thoughtful review. We are so happy you enjoyed your experience. We are always happy to remake something for you so you can enjoy. Thank you again - We appreciate you! - HoQ Team

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  8. ALICUNNI

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to HOQ for my birthday and had a great experience! Delicious food from local sources and amazing personable service.

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  9. Fasma

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Celebrated Valentine's day here. Intimate environment with attentive service.
    HoQResponded on February 22, 2024
    Thank you for visiting us on one of our busiest nights. We appreciate your review, and we hope to serve you again soon! - HoQ Team

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  10. CherylK

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was made fresh and was fantastic. Would definitely go back.

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  11. CasieT

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love coming to HoQ! One of our favorite restaurants in Des Moines.

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  12. HaleyC

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Was a bit underwhelmed by the food and service that night was just okay.
    HoQResponded on February 22, 2024
    Hi there - Thank you so much for your review and for your support. We appreciate the feedback, and please reach out directly with any further comments or concerns. Thank you - HoQ Management, 515-244-1213

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  13. Celtic

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    It took more than 30 minutes to even take our initial drink order. The service was poor. The food was ok.
    HoQResponded on February 7, 2024
    Hi there - Thank you for the feedback. We apologize for your experience. We pride ourselves on our service, and it sounds like we missed the mark for you. Please let a manager know next time, and we would love to do something to fix it before you leave! Please don't hesitate to reach out with any other questions or concerns - HoQ Management 515-244-1213

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service was amazing, would go back just for that however as a bonus the food was absolutely incredible. Will absolutely be back

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  15. WilliamS

    Des Moines

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were celebrating two burthdays. One couple had been to HOQ before. It was new experience for other couple.

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  16. ArielA

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the staff was very attentive. It was a great place to celebrate our anniversary, and we will definitely be back!

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  17. ChrisC

    Denver

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great experience! Amazing food! Highly recommend!

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  18. JulieP

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Hoq was a wonderful choice for our family New Year’s celebration. The atmosphere is always perfect and the service was very nice. We always LOVE the bar drinks. Since this was a plated meal with wine or cocktail pairing we were excited to see the choices. I had the cocktail pairing and loved each of them. They were tasty and beautiful! Our favorite foods from the evening were the pastry puff appetizer, the scallops with split pea purée and, of course, the desserts. The flan was perfect! Our only complaint is that some of the courses and drinks came too close together. The serve staff apologized but it was rushed a bit in places. Also, we would have loved for the service staff to explain each course as it arrived. However to be fair it was a holiday so they were very busy. We will be back to Hoq in the future. My son moved back from NYC last year and Hoq is the closest to a trendy, creative NYC restaurant as can be. We thoroughly enjoy ourselves every time we visit. Thank you!
    HoQResponded on January 9, 2024
    Thank you so much for your honest review and your support on the busiest night of the year! We appreciate you and the feedback very much and can't wait to serve you again soon - HoQ Team

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  19. SharonM

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome food, service , and classy environment. Highly recommend!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was soooo good! We especially enjoyed the cheese plate, salmon, and grass fed burger.

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  21. SayraF

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and drinks were great. Towards the end it seemed like our waitress forgot about us. After one of us signaled for the check, it seems odd that she didn't ask if the bill was separate or together. She just brought the whole bill and took a pen out saying we could write out how much we wanted in each card. Never had that happen before, usually the waitress will ask at the beginning or advise the table that only one card is accepted before she takes our orders. It was only 3 of us.
    HoQResponded on January 9, 2024
    Thank you for your support and the feedback. Your experience is not up to our standards, and we apologize and appreciate your patience. Please reach out with any further questions or concerns, and we hope you'll give us another try soon. - HoQ Management, 515-244-1213

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the service was fantastic!

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  23. FabianaM

    Anchorage

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I was the first one there once it opened so service was fast and the staff extremely friendly. I ordered a glass of a Spanish wine called Xarmant Txakoli. Delicious; dry with a sweet after taste. Once I ordered they brought me a complementary beet with a side serving of homemade pita. The pita was to die for!!! So good!! I ordered their daily soup which was a butternut squash bisque with a splash of herb oil. Again, fresh and delicious. The bisque was followed by Naanza a type of pita bread with Milton Creamery quark cheese, local seasoned vegetables and herb oil. The seasoned vegetables turned out to be squash which paired heavenly with the cheese and herb oil. The ambiance was quiet and peaceful. Overall an absolutely great experience!

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  24. DavidT

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My son and I visit HoQ every time he’s home. I’ve also taken family visiting from out of town and they’ve enjoyed it as well. The service and food are both very good.

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  25. Onlywhenitcounts

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was done well. There was a set menu for their anniversary celebration. A rather strange combination of small servings plates but each nicely prepared. Overall I found it to be quite expensive for the experience.

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  26. CaptCrisis

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was decent but nothing special. They had a set menu for their anniversary, which they removed from the table before service started so we had to keep looking online to figure out what food was being served. The waitress didn't bother to tell us anything about the food being brought out. The whole experience was just kind of weird and awkward.

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  27. LoveIowaFreshFood

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very welcoming, friendly, and helpful staff, from the hostess to the table server; server was very attentive and made sure all our needs were met. Food was fantastic, from the home-made nan bread to the creamy butternut squash soup to the delicious shepherd's pie, and portions were all reasonable. The food was always hot too, not lukewarm like some places. The tiramisu dessert was the best we've ever had anywhere! What a special place, happy 11 years and more to come, we'll definitely be back!

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  28. LarryS

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and i always enjoy coming back to HoQ. Great food and super people. See you again soon.

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  29. DarcyJ

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was fantastic. Enjoyed the 11th Anniversary menu.

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  30. CarolynK

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I had their anniversary dinner and every course was delicious! Service was great. Highly recommend!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The food is pretty unimpressive- almost every dish had the same cheese in it.

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  32. Madi

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was amazing and we absolutely loved the bottle of wine we picked! Everyone wished us a happy anniversary as I included that in our booking. We were even gifted a free dessert that was delicious. We will definitely be back and recommend to others! One of the best restaurants in Des Moines! Thank you!

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  33. ShannonM

    San Antonio

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Went for dinner for husband’s birthday & it was a lovely evening. The food was delicious & our server was wonderful. Best pumpkin creme brûlée ever.

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  34. bes231

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I really appreciated the wide array of vegetarian options. Ther service was excellent--attentive but not invasive--and they managed to keep our food timing perfect despite also having two very large parties.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    It was quite decent. Food was good ambiance was pleasant.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Seriously incredible. Their chef does an amazing job of elevating locally sourced food. From tasting bites to end of the meal drinks we were very impressed. The staff create a gentle dinning experience, relaxing and engaging.

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  37. KayG

    Des Moines

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our group had salmon, lamb and steak. All were pleased with their meals and portions. The burnt carrot appetizer was nice. The wait staff was very good - prompt, fun and helpful.

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  38. KY2023

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good! Everything tasted excellent and the portions were plentiful.

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  39. LoriR

    Des Moines

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    So disappointing. We went for restaurant week 2023. I had the friend green tomato (first course), then Tempura battered gulf shrimp with Tomato Risotto.my husband had the Bangladeshi Chicken (first course) braised local sirloin and summer vegetables(main). My meal: friend green tomato was luke warm, the cheese ice cold, so the combo just did not work together, cheese not spreadable, not a lot of flavor. The shrimp were not tempura, they were blackened, and you had 3 medium size shrimp, the seasoning overwhelmed the shrimp. The risotto was under cooked, not el dente, just under cooked. Husband: meat was tough and not flavorful. He thought the vegetables were tasty. Meat portion was maybe 3-4 oz. Shared dessert- house made churros with cinnamon ice cream. The center of churros were still doughy, ice cream was vanilla. I have had better at a food truck. Service was good. We will not be back. You would think during restaurant week they would want to shine and hope for repeat clients. Nope. Underwhelmed.
    HoQResponded on August 23, 2023
    Lori - Thank you for taking the time to review. We apologize you did not enjoy your meal for Restaurant Week. Our menu does change often, and the menu you received Sat night reflected the changes with the shrimp. We hope our guests will bring any issues with food or service up with management directly, and we wish you would have! We would prefer to fix or make things right before you leave the restaurant. Please reach out to me directly with any further concerns - HoQ Management, 515-244-1213

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  40. Hollie

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are new to the DSM area and decided to visit HoQ for a quiet Tuesday night dinner for my wife's birthday. We had a really nice experience. Understandably for early on a weeknight, the restaurant was pretty empty. The staff greeted us, led us to a window seat, and we enjoyed prompt and friendly service the entire time. The food was delightful. We were excited to try out a farm-to-table place in support of local farmers and produce and products from central Iowa. We enjoyed the masa empanadas and burnt carrots for our starters, and for our main dishes ordered the lamb shank and braised short rib entrees. We finished off the dinner with the seasonal fruit crisp (rhubarb). Everything was cooked excellently and was very tasty. We plan to visit again in the future.

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FAQs

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

HoQ is rated 4.5 stars by 327 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 3 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for HoQ

303 E 5th Street, Des Moines, IA 50309

Dining areas

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
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • 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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