St. Kilda

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208 Reviews
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$30 and under
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St. Kilda is a full-service café specializing in healthy modern dishes, fresh-baked pastries and breads, artisanal coffee beverages using Counter Culture Coffee, along with a full bar serving cocktails, beer, and wine.

Breakfast and lunch includes baked goods, egg dishes, toasts, sandwiches, housemade soup, and salads, gluten free bread also available.

Dinner at St. Kilda includes starters, mains, including vegetarian options, and housemade desserts. Full bar, craft cocktails, local beer on tap, and a selection of wines by the glass and/or bottle.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Café, Modern Australian, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Reservations are only available for dinner service though OpenTable, all other reservations for weekday breakfast/lunch, please call 515-369-7854.

Breakfast/Lunch
Monday - Friday - 7am-3pm
Saturday - Sunday - 8am-3pm

Happy Hour
Monday - Sunday - 3pm-5pm

Dinner
Monday - Sunday - 5pm-10pm
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Phone number
(515) 369-7854
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy
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Parking details
Street parking where available.

Public Parking Lots:

Corner of SW 5th St. and Tuttle St. (West Side of Street) - 0-1 hours $2.00, 1-2 hours $3.00, 2-3 hours $4.00, 3-6 hours $5.00. Credit and debit cards only, all cards accepted.

Corner of SW 5th St. and Tuttle St. (East Side of Street) - 30 minutes FREE, each additional hour $5.00, daily maximum charge $15.00. Credit and debit cards only, all cards accepted.
Additional
Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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4.8based on all time ratings
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food
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

It would be great if they could put a bit more space between tables on the center floor. The foursome next to our table was loud and obnoxious ruining our experience. We love this restaurant and made reservations well in advance. But this was over the top and even our server thought so.

JT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Parking can be challenging. Terrific menu. Friendly staff.

P
Des Moines
11 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Restaurants don’t get any better than St Kilda. Everyone helps everyone else and that makes the service exceptional. Plus we love Aaron very knowledgeable about the wine and the food. Love this place.

WW
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great evening with friends! Our Service was top notch and the Server was the best!!

MS
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 2

The food is fantastic. Cocktails take a while (we waited 20 mins) but are delicious. Service is almost always slow. Tables are tight in that you sit inches away from the tables next to you, which makes it difficult to have any private conversations.

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was an impromptu date night. The food was amazing. The service was great. We highly recommend everyone try this place!

JM
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always enjoy outstanding food and service here. Our waiter Aaron from New York was exceptional!

KG
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere. Wait staff are very good. Excellent presentation and flavor of food.

KB
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

My girlfriend and I both had the Cubano sandwich for an early dinner and it was wonderful. I finished my meal off with a cup of miel.

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and delicious meal. Love the ambience.

LB
1 review
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

Not many vegetarian options. Tables for 2 wat too close to the tables around them. Felt like we were eating with 2 others we didn’t know.

SS
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

St Kilda is always so good. Went for my birthday this weekend with a group of 5. They took super good care of us and made the evening special. The food was terrific and won over the two first timers. One of the best spots in town!

ES
Des Moines
10 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A fun evening for our group of eight. Wait staff was very attentive and informative. Food was was well prepared and delicious, and a substitution was readily made when requested. Drinks were okay, could be better. One more round table to use for our large group would have been appreciated; instead, we sat along the sides of a long rectangle. Overall, a nice enjoyable add to the Des Moines restaurant scene. Give it a try!

HK
1 review
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

St. Kilda was a very enjoyable experience! Our server was extremely friendly and helpful and the food and drink were lovely. It's definitely pricey, but you get what you pay for!

JD
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Th he drinks are very good and the burger with blue cheese was delicious.

LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Loved the staff, funny and made you feel like home. Food was outstanding, fresh and complex.

JA
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were equally amazing - true hidden gem

SO
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

We had been her for an exceptional breakfast so came for dinner. Minimal atmosphere and minimal comfort. Service and greeter exceptional. Food was ok to our tastes. We had pork tenderloin but it was served well done. We had Brussel sprouts but they were soggy due to the excessive sauce. We had the chicken ramen I did not care for the dish however my husband liked it. Very odd spices. Cocktails exceptional but very pricey for an ounce of liquor. Meal was slightly overpriced for my liking. However everyone is different so try them

TH
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food! Spectacular service. Tasted several wines, ordered dinner. Ramen noodles are fabulous and mushroom toast is a MUST!

p
Chicago
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was really good, everyone in our party enjoyed what they ordered. The service was personable and outstanding.

KW
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Really delightful place with excellent food of extraordinary flavors and quality wait staff. I like being so warmly welcomed at the door and waved goodbye on my way out. I do feel like a guest rather than simply a customer.

Unfortunately, they were out of the dish I ordered (the pork) but the salmon I had was excellent. The waitress was nice and attentive but referred twice to it being “date night” which was accurate but a week earlier I was there with a first meet with a new friend and it would have been awkward if she had kept referring to “date night” on that evening.

I really love the Firetrucker Brown Ale which you don’t find many places.

I did notice the difference in portion size from last week when I had the Cubabo sandwich (yum!) and the following week when my date had the same. His plate had twice the portion of Brussels sprouts that mine did a week earlier and his had thick bread while mine had very thin. I would have been disappointed if I’d ordered the sandwich a second time and had that thick bread. Small detail and perhaps unimportant but man, I would have loved twice as many of those exquisite Brussels sprouts!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Simple. Tasty. Drinks were tasty and we ordered an extra side of the French fries for dessert!!!

RO
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love the atmosphere and design of St. Kilda. The food is Absolutely Amazing! This is a new favorite.
The staff are Exceptional! They are observant to your needs, friendly, knowledgeable, and very sincere!
I WILL BE BACK AND WILL BRING FAMILY & FRIENDS!!

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Our server was amazing and we will defiantly be back in the future! Great place for a super romantic valentines dinner.

BM
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food and service was excellent!! Want to go back!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful! New favorite!!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was delicious but service was slow. Waitress only came around twice and that was before the meal was brought to the table.

KV
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

At first glance, I was cautious of the eclectic menu, but the food was delicious! Our waiter, David, was fantastic and made the experience very enjoyable!

AR
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always have had great service and the food is exceptional.

k
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went there for boyfriends birthday. He was very impressed. We had a wonderful time.

OT
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

We had a group of five celebrating a birthday with a Friday night dinner. Overall, the experience was great, but my dish was not well prepared. I ordered the mushroom toast, and it arrived cold with the egg overcooked.
Our server, whose name I don't recall, was also a little pushy in her suggestions for food and beverages. Nonetheless, I will go back as I have been very happy in the past.

SF
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience. Aaron, David, and Christian are always wonderful. Can’t wait till they get their new locations?

OT
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Stellar food and service. We visited from out of state, and ate both brunch and dinner here! Unique and delicious!

JT
Des Moines
12 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was delicious and there was a nice selection of salads and sandwiches with unique toppings. Our waiter was wonderful, he was from east coast, Long Island and was very attentive. We really enjoyed our girls night out having dinner and conversation that we could all hear each other talk! Most restaurants are so loud that you cannot hear everyone at the table during a conversation. We will definitely return for another dinner or lunch.

S
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Knowledgeable and friendly waiter who advised us on wine and menu items. The food was delicious. Two of us had the Mikonos salmon and one of us had a homemade Ramen noodle dish. We all left happy. A nice touch was a staff member who opened the door for us and thanked us for coming.

OT
Des Moines
11 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous chicken entree and terrific appetizers!

OT
Salt Lake City
4 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s always a great venue with amazing food. We went for a family birthday and took our kids with. Just prepare accordingly as there is no kids menu.

The service was outstanding as it usually is. First time bringing my kids, not sure I’d do it again. But excellent place for date nights/business meetings.

DS
Kansas City
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Loved this spot! Brussels Sprout app was a must try. Drinks were excellent with an interesting cocktail menu. The server was knowledgeable and very helpful. The manager's accommodating attitude was for me even more than the excellent food, the primary reason I would return.

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Nice vibe and reasonable food

H
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Prix Fixe menu for NYE did not disappoint. The food here is typically flavorful and always beautiful. Highlights were the main courses (particularly the vegan option) and beverages--bright cocktails and a perfect Americano. Service was friendly and efficient. As is often the case, the dessert course was not as inventive nor as precisely executed as the rest of the meal.
All in all, a favorite restaurant.

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