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The Latin King

4.6
4.6
62 Reviews
$30 and under
Italian
The Latin King restaurant was founded in 1947 by Rose and Jim Pigneri, who immigrated from Terravecchia, Italy to Des Moines. Rose and Jim wanted to bring authentic Italian fare to Des Moines and began this undertaking in earnest upon selling their home to finance the Latin King restaurant lease, which had previously operated as the Cinderella Sandwich Shop (circa 1930) and the Chanticleer Restaurant (circa 1937). Pigneri named the Latin King after New York City’s Latin Quarter and operated the Latin King for 35 years, notably taking only 10 days of vacation time during his tenure. Pigneri sold the Latin King to his third cousin Bob Tursi in 1983.

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (515) 266-4466

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

What 62 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Neighborhood gem

  • Des Moines

    Best Value

  • Des Moines

    Good for groups

  • Des Moines

    Neighborhood gem

  • Des Moines

    Great for fine wines

  • Des Moines

    Romantic

  • Des Moines

    Good for special occasions

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  1. D

    Darren

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Do not plan a holiday party here! I made reservations a month ahead of time for 7pm, 2 weeks into January....so not even during the busy holiday season. We didn't get seated till 8:15pm and our party had one big table and a small "kids" like table. The smaller table didn't get menus, bread, or drinks until we hunted down the waiter numerous times. The staff was completely overwhelmed and had no business even trying to serve a party of 20 people. The food was good (except 3 of the chicken dinners were undercooked and had raw centers), but everything is about about $10 per meal over priced. Might be nice for a couple or small group, but avoid at all costs for bigger parties. Spent $700 for a very average experience that resembled a cramped dinner in your grandparents basement.
  2. k

    kathyt

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Easy to make the online reservation. Arrived and had a short wait and well worth it. It was a busy Saturday night. Great service, great food.
  3. OS

    OliviaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service as always! One of our favorite places to eat at.
  4. CS

    CamiS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always packed, but still outstanding service. Food was amazing as always. The only thing was my favorite red sweet wine was no longer on the menu! The replacement wasn’t anything like the original. Overall good birthday dinner for my Husband.
  5. JM

    JamieM

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere, great service and wonderful service!
  6. SL

    SusanL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Only disappointment was to find my husbands favorite dish was no longer on the menu. Everything else was great.
  7. MB

    MeganBB

    Charleston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and food on a very busy New Year's Eve. They did a fantastic job overall. Kudos!
  8. MG

    MattG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was fantastic. The atmosphere is quiet, even though full of customers. I highly recommend Latin King anytime. It’s one of my family’s favorites.
  9. MS

    MichaelS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner with friends We enjoyed enjoyed our meal the attentive service while sharing special conversation with friends I believe the wait staff and management appreciated our business, too
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Met some friends for dinner. Food was good and service was exceptional. CreamyParm dressing was amazing
  11. DW

    DWCR

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything done well. Bruschetta is best we have ever had. Onion rings perfect. Lunch prices very reasonable for such high quality. Great service
  12. JA

    JACQUELINEM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Food was great! bread was a little dry. Bread served with the meal looked like hamburger buns--not italian bread. It was very busy and several large parties. I think the staff did a great job!!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Good food and great ambiance. I really enjoyed the dining experience. Server was excellent and knew the menu. The place has big portions so the prices is commensurate.
  14. LS

    LisaS

    Charleston

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    7 out of 8 of our meals were excellent. The other individuals got pasta with shrimp and the shrimp was cut up and overcooked. The bread rolls are different than what used to be served, but they were good. Chocolate cake was excellent.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food & great service!
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome good. Great time
  17. MN

    MN2CA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a fantastic company dinner. They accommodated our larger group very easily. The food was fresh and delicious.
  18. TB

    TimB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful family dinner. We will return. We will recommend to everyone.
  19. J

    Jeff

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall2food3service4ambience2
    Food was good, server was excellent. During the meal a passing server dropped a bowl of spaghetti sauce that splashed across our table permanently staining several pieces of clothing. This was brought to the attention of one of the owner group who’s response was “What do you want me to do about it”. Our total bill was almost $400, and not a mention of discount to offset our loss.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and AMAZING service, which says a lot for these times. We will go again when we are back in town.
  21. JD

    JimD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great business lunch, wonderful service and great food. One of my favorite places for sure!
  22. F

    Fantastic

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Service was great. Chicken Spendini good, fried walleye mediocre. Breading needed more spiced. Appetizers were served hot like I prefer. Noise level was loud but you should expect that at dinner time with busy restaurant. Overall was good experience.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    They didn’t have our reservation through Open Table, but they worked us in right away for being fully booked. Seating was tight, but comfortable. Our server was excellent! The order was correct and timely. The appetizers were good, the desserts were delicious, but the main courses were average at best. We expected higher quality for the high prices.
  24. GS

    GeorgeS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Waitress was very pleasant. Tiramisu was incredible. Nothing like it in town.
  25. MP

    ManyaP

    Des Moines

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Latin King is our favorite place. Always a great experience
  26. KS

    KimberlyS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Not only was the food delicious, but the costumer service was exceptional. We were greeted with a smile and wished a happy anniversary just inside the door. All the way through dinner, the staff helped make the evening so special. We were both treated to our choice of dessert on the house to help us celebrate, and wished a happy anniversary often throughout the night. Love the ambiance and the music; it was a WONDERFUL experience all around.
  27. A

    Andrew

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    My entree wasn't what I had expected (simple pasta with a red meat sauce) as the sauce had a lot of melted cheese in it. I had asked our server for detail prior to the order (marinara, arrabbiata, bolognese, etc.) but didn't get anything beyond "red sauce with ground meat" for a description. Since I'm sensitive to dairy I didn't eat more than a couple bites and opted not to box it. I explained this and while I didn't expect or ask for any comps an alternative offer would've been appreciated. Other aspects of the service were a little off as well (meals delivered to wrong seats, forgotten salads, etc.). Other than that, the restaurant had a nice ambiance but little touches such as having balsamic and EVOO at the table, offering cracked pepper, or pouring wine beyond the first glass were all missing.
  28. TM

    ToddM

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great place to eat was a little loud in the large room asked to move which they accommodated
  29. MD

    MargaretD

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The great variety of choices on the menu was wonderful. It wasn't the same ole listings one would see on the average Italian menu. The food was great, our server was very accommodating and personal, and the price seemed not too pricey.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely amazing as always
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We arrived on time for the reservation for 2 we had made on Open Table. The restaurant was busy although there were tables open in the dining room. The hostess informed us that it would be “at least” a 90 minute wait. Excuse was that someone had forgotten to inform Open Table that they could no longer accept reservations. Hostess did not offer any kind of compensation (small voucher, drink at the bar while we waited, etc) and showed no remorse whatsoever. Needless to say, we left and although we were frequent Latin King customers we will not be returning.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Food was good! Only issue was it took a very long time for food to arrive.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    10 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience2
    We had a 6:30 reservation. Other than the fact that there were 100 homecoming kids and 3 other big parties that didn’t seem to be prepared for, we were sat a half our past our reservation time. Thankfully my husband went up for the 3rd time to ask and it appeared they had just “forgotten” or weren’t thinking about seating us and sat us immediately. Once we got to our table the service was a bit hectic at first with the drinks but when we ordered food it all went uphill from there. Food came out quickly, service was good and more importantly everything tasted AMAZING. It was nice to be able to bring my husband to one of my favorite spots when I lived in Des Moines 15 years ago. Hopefully we can get back next time we are up from Florida.
  34. P

    Pepe202

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience3
    This place was recommended by a friend who said it was fantastic so we made reservations. They were fast to seat us which was great, and the atmosphere was nice, but it took too long for our server to come to just get drinks. When she did finally stop by we already knew what we wanted so we just ordered everything. I had wine as did my husband. We received our salads right away and the house dressing was delicious but the main course took forever to come out! When it did finally make it to our table the food was room temperature and seemed as though it had been sitting for awhile. I ordered the chicken spiedini which was good flavor wise, but it just could have been great if it had been served hot. My husband ordered the friend ravioli which was a total bust. He ate one ravioli and a bit of his sausage. He didn’t even try the meatball because you could tell by looking at it that it had been sitting out. Fried ravioli is definitely something that needs to come out piping hot so it’s nice and crunchy and unfortunately they did not. Overall I’d say it was mediocre at best and we will not be visiting again.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Fun place good food
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went for a birthday dinner and everything was great! Wonderful service and amazing food.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    It was as a birthday celebration
  38. m

    mbug77

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food. Wonderful atmosphere. Always a wonderful time. Treated us great and checked on us often.
  39. CS

    CyndeS

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience3
    Great food. Amazing service—waitress was terrific!!
  40. SM

    SamanthaM

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Latin King is always a great go-to date night spot. We had the fried zucchini, chicken spedini, and ravioli. Everything was amazing including the service.

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The Latin King is rated 4.6 stars by 62 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for The Latin King

2200 Hubbell Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317-2522

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Des Moines

  • Hours of operation

    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

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    None

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