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The Latin King, Des Moines, IA

The Latin King

4.4
4.4
157 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

7:00 PM


Booked 18 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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 157 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Neighborhood gem

  • Des Moines

    Good for groups

  • Des Moines

    Neighborhood gem

  • Des Moines

    Great for fine wines

157 Reviews
  1. JamesB

    San Diego

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service were excellent. We had another great visit to the Latin King.

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  2. SteveS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server Molly was AWESOME. Sincere, helpful and made us feel like special guests.
    The Latin KingResponded 4 days ago
    That's awesome to hear! Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent drinks, service, onion ring appetizer, and lasagna. De burgo sauce was overcooked.
    The Latin KingResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for the feedback.

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  4. Dannn

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Calamari was bland and chewy. Steak deburgo was very oily. Loaded with cooked basil and had a burnt taste. The chicken Spiedini had good flavor but underwhelming. It also barely had any pasta. Wouldnt go back.
    The Latin KingResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for the feedback.

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  5. RyanS

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Appears to be a great variety and would love to try other menu items next time
    The Latin KingResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    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
    Fantastic food and accommodating staff! Made Valentines Dinner very memorable!
    The Latin KingResponded 4 days ago
    That's great to hear! Thrilled you enjoyed your Valentine's day with us!

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  7. MeganH

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I had salmon and veggies husband had gnocchi my son had a New York strip steak. Everything was hot and good. I don’t feel like it was over the top delicious but it was still good. This place has lost its east side charm with Bobby Tursi gone but it’s still a nice, clean establishment for a good Italian dinner close to home!
    The Latin KingResponded 4 days ago
    That is great to hear! Thank you for the feedback and great review.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Was great other than the au ju taste like beef hot dogs
    The Latin KingResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for the feedback and 5 star review.

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  9. PhilB

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Seated immediately upon arrival, even though 10 minutes early. Waitress was experienced, knowledgeable, friendly and attentive.
    The Latin KingResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for the feedback and good review.

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  10. SharonM

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy coming here for great food and ambiance.
    The Latin KingResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  11. Brie

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    I requested rose petals to be on our reserved table last night and there was none it was disappointing since it was my husband and I’s Valentines Date night.

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  12. KarenS

    Columbus

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great! Best part about the evening was that we could hear each other talk! No trying to outshout the din.
    The Latin KingResponded 4 days ago
    Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  13. BradS

    Des Moines

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Service wasn't up to par. They were short handed, and told us that many times. Waitress was not happy to be there and looked exhausted. Only 7pm.

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  14. ScottE

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall it was a pretty good visit, didn't care for our waitress to tell us that they've been open for 2 weeks straight so they were very tired and ready for a day off. 4 of us ordered appetizers and only got 2 plates because of being open for two weeks straight through the holidays. We don't really care, we all have jobs to do. Appetizers were good. She was a nice waitress, just didn't need to hear the poor pity me excuses. We don't go out very often and when we do we always hope to have a good experience.

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  15. BriP

    Des Moines

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We came to celebrate my in-laws wedding anniversary. They had never been and both had the Deburgo with baked potato and were very impressed! The entire evening was lovely

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  16. DSmith

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, atmosphere was very nice. Service was a little off, but friendly. Missed something on our order (we were a party of 5), recovered well by getting what was missing, just felt ignored after that. Either server was doing side work or avoiding us from mistake. Then bills were wrong, and she just sort of dropped them and ran. Will not stop us from returning, however, part of serving is how you recover. Loved the fact they haven’t messed with the menu. Overall, I will say it was unfortunate they were out of 3 of the desserts on a Friday night, of course it’s the three the table wanted.

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  17. BeckyD

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The chicken spiedini was amazing. Our waitress was very experienced and attentive.
    The Latin KingResponded on January 4, 2024
    That's great to hear, thrilled you enjoyed NYE with us!

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  18. OpenTable Diner

    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
    I absolutely loved this place!!! Great food and good service.
    The Latin KingResponded on January 4, 2024
    That's great to hear! Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  19. BenA

    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 excellent. Staff was completely attentive to our very need.
    The Latin KingResponded on January 4, 2024
    Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  20. LarryC

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    The waitress didn't know which tables were hers till we finally asked for a waiter. She forgot our drinks. Brought dinner finally and it was room temp. To top it off she insulted us as we left.

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  21. LoriS

    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
    Our waiter was fantastic. The food was great as always.
    The Latin KingResponded on January 4, 2024
    That's great to hear! Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  22. MarlaneJ

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I tried the pollo sorrentina and filet marsala...the steak melted in your mouth. Cheesecake for dessert...generous piece with a great cherry compote.
    The Latin KingResponded on January 4, 2024
    Thank you for the good review, we are thrilled you enjoyed your meal!

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love coming here, always a great place for a special occasion.
    The Latin KingResponded on January 4, 2024
    We love to hear that! Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  24. JimL

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was outstanding. It was a perfect night out.
    The Latin KingResponded on January 4, 2024
    That's great to hear, thank you for the 5 star review!

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  25. Rick

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good was great, started with a cocktail and an appetizer. Lemon and garlic shrimp. My wife got the steak and I had the lasagna.
    The Latin KingResponded on January 4, 2024
    That's great to hear! We are thrilled you enjoyed your meals.

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  26. FANTASTIC

    Des Moines

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    The table we were seated at was very tight for 4 people and so close to the people next to us. It was uncomfortable to sit in this tiny booth across from my husband who was 6'5". I had ordered a $40 steak to be prepared medium well and the steak was medium rare. I then started to eat part of it and there were tough tendons going through the meat so was difficult to cut. I asked for horseradish sauce which the waitress said was made up, but she brought me something and it tasted terrible. I then had my meal boxed up, and decided to have a tiramisu dessert which again, was not the way it should taste. I had taken my family there as that is where I had gone as a kid and wanted them to see how wonderful it was. I was not able to share that with them.
    The Latin KingResponded on January 4, 2024
    Thank you for the feedback. Please let us know next time and we'd be happy to move you to another table in the restaurant. We apologize that you did not enjoy your experience.

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  27. Nicole

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I haven’t been to Latin King in a long time. It was better than the previous times I had been there. I had the chicken spiedini salad which was so good and my daughter had the kid’s chicken fingers and fries which she also enjoyed. It was a week night so it wasn’t super busy. The service was good and everyone working was really helpful.
    The Latin KingResponded on January 4, 2024
    Thank you for the great feedback and 5 star review!

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  28. JamesB

    San Diego

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic food and friendly service made our Latin King experience very enjoyable.
    The Latin KingResponded on January 4, 2024
    Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  29. mattT

    Kansas City

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was average. The server doesn't understand how to present and open a bottle of wine. Service was rushed as no one was expediting orders in a proper manner.
    The Latin KingResponded on January 4, 2024
    Thank you for taking time to leave us detailed feedback.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food service was quick and friendly. Quiet comfortable atmosphere
    The Latin KingResponded on December 5, 2023
    Thank you for the great review!

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  31. JeffM

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Server was outstanding- very attentive- and the food was delicious.
    The Latin KingResponded on December 5, 2023
    Thank you for the 5 star review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your meal with us!

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  32. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    The server was okay, other than took my friends plate to box while she was still chewing (and eating) her salmon. The Marsala is not a wine sauce as red chunky sauce. The pollo sorrentina was more so a soggy chicken parm… we will not be back.
    The Latin KingResponded on December 5, 2023
    Thank you for the feedback. Did you speak with your server and ask for something different?

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  33. steveh

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was over salted and bring an Italian restaurant they do not have a working barista for expresso drinks and no Ceasar dressing. Not impressed with new ownership, seems like they are pinching pennies in the wrong way. Update. No fresh Parmesan either, out of a shaker.
    The Latin KingResponded on November 29, 2023
    Thank you, Steve for taking time to leave feedback. Unfortunately, post thanksgiving holiday is difficult to staff and our deliveries are also pushed and it looks like we ran out of 2 staples in the dressing and fresh parm. We'd like to hear more about what you ordered that was too salty and if you were able to send it back and get something different.

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  34. ScottH

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There were 5 of us and we all ordered different menu options. We all were very pleased with our food and dessert. The waitress was quick and friendly. We were celebrating my sister's retirement. We had so much fun and so much delicious food. Thank You so very much.
    The Latin KingResponded on November 21, 2023
    Thank you for the great review. We are thrilled you enjoyed your party with us. Hope to see you again, soon!

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    It’s been a long time favorite of ours! Was better  prior to the ownership change, but will continue to go there.
    The Latin KingResponded on November 9, 2023
    Thank you for the feedback.

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  36. DianaA

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, good service, good prices. We enjoyed that we could hear each other.
    The Latin KingResponded on November 9, 2023
    Thank you for the 5 stars!

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  37. ChristyS

    Chicago

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    So we were in town and this place was recommended. Not sure I'd come back but it was just ok. The place is really cute and the server was great. The meatballs were good, but huge! The steak de Burgo had great flavor and was good but seriously it is swimmmming in butter. Like almost too much but really tasty. The chicken spiedini was fantastic, really great dish! I will say the pasta that comes with each meal was absolutely terrible, not sure how or why considering the sauce the meatballs came in was good, but that pasta just no.

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  38. CarrieI

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, drinks and service! We will definitly be back
    The Latin KingResponded on October 23, 2023
    That's great to hear! Thank you for the 5 star review!

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  39. BeccaL

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was fine aside from everything came out really quickly, sometimes before we’d finished the previous course. Felt very much they wanted to move people through quickly. Also didn’t feel like things were cooked to order. The carbonara was good. The baked lasagna was meh as the pasta was very overcooked and the ricotta wasn’t even melted. Felted very assembly line made. The food wasn’t bad but it wasn’t actually good either.
    The Latin KingResponded on November 9, 2023
    Thank you for the feedback.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Latin King has lost its appeal unfortunately. We tried to start in the bar area but couldn’t get anyone to help us after 15 minutes of waiting. They have added too many tables in the middle dining room and are squeezing people in like sardines. The noise level was awful. It used to have an intimate feel and now it’s crowded and loud. They were out of several menu items and the food was just “ok”. We probably won’t be back.
    The Latin KingResponded on October 23, 2023
    Thank you for taking the time to leave us feedback.

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FAQs

The Latin King is rated 4.4 stars by 157 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 18 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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Italian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
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