Spring break vacation, out with the kids but went early. Drinks were amazing, food was so good. Fish tacos the boom!! Salmon was cooked perfectly!! Will go again!!
It was our first experience at RoCA......and we were not disappointed. Only disappointment is that we waited so long to go there. We will be back. The atmosphere, the service and the food were fantastic. Thank you.
Outstanding all around! RoCA never disappoints. Love the atmosphere, always have great service, Chef never disappoints and from cocktails to dessert we were 100%+ satisfied!
This was for my birthday dinner. My husband and I go out every Friday night and we had never been to RoCA. This was a very nice place to celebrate quietly. We just wanted something good to eat and drink, and we got it. We shared the small plates, flat bread steak and bleu cheese and the lettuce wraps. Both were delicious. My drink was wonderful too. Can’t remember the name, but it was like a margarita and I left the jalapeño out. It was terrific!!
RoCA’s location is very convenient to the Civic Center so we often land there after performances or events. Our awesome server, Sierra, remembered us which was nice. The grilled salmon is my go-to entree but as far as the small plates go the Deconstructed Nachos were a stand out and the Asian Lettuce Wraps were also very good. The cheese board was great quality and I loved the fig-fennel jam but the cheese selection was not very distinctive or adventurous compared to other local restaurants.
Personal service - bartender is attentive and created a cocktail for us that is no longer on the menu. Food is very good - tempura green beans are go to starter as you decide what to order. Scallops are perfectly prepared as starter or entree. We shared dessert, which was very good, and after a filling dinner, a good way to try their desserts. Quiet, relaxed atmosphere - great for dinner with friends, after the theatre or for a date night.
This is a fun spot to eat before going to the theater.
Overall experience was very good. Service was excellent. We've always had good experiences at RoCA.
RoCA is always a great place to eat when downtown. We like to go there before the Broadway series at the Civic Center because you can just walk to the show once you're done with dinner and drinks. Their cocktails are fabulous and I love that they're different than you can get everywhere else. Menu always has some old favorites, but you can always find something new, too.
Great service, interesting cocktails and excellent food!
I love RoCA, they have amazing food and drinks. My toasts were a little burnt but other than that everything was perfect.
It’s one of my favorite spots in Des Moines. The food is always good and their cocktails are different and delicious. Services is always good and the servers are always nice and informative. Reservation is always recommended especially on the weekends.
I have eaten here several times and have had a lot on the menu. I've loved everything I've eaten and my craft cocktails and well.
Great food and atmosphere, wonderful shared plates, the key lime martini is amazing!
Great experience. Terrific food and service. It was very enjoyable!!!
The food was unique but expensive. Disappointed when it was delivered to the table. My entree was not warm. Disappointment for the price.
Recommend RoCA to everyone! Love the menu both drinks & food.
We had an excellent birthday celebration!!
The service was excellent, the atmosphere
Was warm, friendly and energetic. Our food was
Excellent and the drinks were great!
Awesome ambience, great food.
Amazing food and service. We had small plates and entrees and loved every bit of it. Their craft cocktails are amazing! I recommend trying the El Chappo!
RoCA is always a good stop. Food is amazing. Thank you for another enjoyable evening!
It was my first time at this restaurant, and I was blown away! I had heard only good things so my expectations were quite high, but they were exceeded! The drinks were some of the best drinks I've had around the Des Moines area. We ordered the cheese board and my boyfriend, who is from Wisconsin, said it was some of the best cheese he's ever had. The shared plates were great, and all in all I thought the price was decently reasonable! Would definitely recommend!
Amazing food and service! We’ll definitely be back!
Interesting food choices. Crab bisque very good. Shrimp gumbo seemed reheated. Tots were good but I didn't really get what was going on there.
Always love the good at Roca! We had deconstructed nachos, Asian lettuce wraps, pork sliders and it all was delicious!
My husband and I had a date night and this was our first visit here.
Reservations - We had 6:30 reservations on a Saturday night. We were glad we planned ahead because others had to be turned away. Do not arrive early if prime time, not a lot of waiting space.
Food - We had the Iowa medallions and Beef & Blue flatbread - The Iowa medallions were scrumptious and the poblano corn sauce had a bold mexican flavor. AWESOME! The flat bread had a great grilled flavor. We would recommend both.
Cocktails - The El Chapo is tasty! We had seconds!
Wine - We were pleased with the Pinot Grigio!
Service - Fun and good at making recommendations!
The food was great! We had the small ribeye skewers, Asian lettuce wraps, small mac n cheese & pork sliders for the two of us to share and felt that was a good amount-would have been fine with three items though. We really liked the skewers and lettuce wraps. Our waitress was excellent as well. Would definitely go back.
Outstanding service and very nice bartender as we sat at the bar. Very attentive and offered great recommendations. The flatbread pizza was perfect and we supplemented it with brussels sprouts and crab cake sliders. We even hung out for a good 20 minutes after our meal just to chill. Thanks RoCA!
Nice place to stop for dinner. Great small plates to share and fun list of cocktails to try!
Entrees are tasty and portions are filling but not huge. Tried the pork chop which was very good and the scallop risotto which was nicely seared scallops on the creamy risotto.
During the week it was easy to get in but think you might want a reservation on the weekend.
Our server was friendly both times we were there - helpful and prompt.
A nice evening!
Four of us went for a birthday celebration. We had the fillet, pork belly tacos (spicy), pita chip, stuffed pork chop, and Italian flatbread. All were very good except the Porkchop was a little overdone. The Smoking Gun cocktail was a nice touch.
The atmosphere, food, drinks, and dessert were outstanding. We will definitely be a repeat customer and can’t wait to try more of the delicious dishes!
Food was excellent as always and service was exceptional! Thanks for a great meal.
The food and drinks were amazing. But don't expect the "big plates" to be big.
Ambience, service and drinks are always good at ROCA. Biggest disappointment is always the food and our latest experience reinforced previous experiences. Soup was salty and not even heated to a proper temperature. Chicken Saltimbocca was a thinly disguised frozen Chicken Cordon Bleu entree that had been heated and served with linguini. ROCA needs to improve their food offering to get us to come back on a regular basis.
The food, the drinks and the service were all fantastic. I moved here from a large city and am a foodie this was by far my favorite restaurant experience in Des Moines! Thank you RoCA!!!
Great experience! Always love RoCA!
What a great time we had. We made reservations for 7:30 pm and arrive around 6:50 to just have a drink at the bar while we waited. We were told by 7pm our table was ready, but we were waiting for our friends to arrive. We were seated early. The staff was very attentive and let us go at our own pace. Ordered the meat and cheese tray and was able to get more bread to go with it. Then we ordered our shared plates. It was a nice at our place meal and we didn't feel like we were being rushed out. The chef stopped by a few times to see how the food was and our drinks (both water and alcoholic) were never empty. We can't wait to go back!
Great dining experience. Server (Melinda) was engaging and delightful. Food was excellent!
Food and wine was wonderful. My girl friends and I enjoy the atmosphere.