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Honey Dusted Fried Chicken - Tupelo Honey - Des Moines, Des Moines, IA

Tupelo Honey - Des Moines

4.3
4.3
620 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
Tupelo Honey is a revival of Southern food and traditions rooted in the Carolina Mountains we call home. We craft brunches, lunches and suppers that bring family and friends around the table and allow for conversations and cocktails to linger longer than usual. Please arrive on time with all members in your party present. We will cancel reservations 15 minutes after the scheduled time. The combining of separate reservations will not be honored. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Southern, Southern, American
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sat 9:00 am–5:30 pm Sun 9:00 am–5:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (515) 513-5922
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    AJ Briggs
  • Neighborhood
    Des Moines
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Offers

  • Hoot & Holler Happy Hour

    Feb 26 - Mar 15, 2024
    Tue - Thu - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM,Fri - 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    Enjoy some of our best-selling dishes for less! Featuring select $10.99 entrees, $6 appetizers and $2.99 kids' meals. PLUS, indulge in drink specials like $5 cocktails and $7 glasses of wine! Available every Tuesday through Friday between 3-5:30PM (drink specials until 6PM).

    Hoot & Holler Happy Hour Photo

What 620 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Iowa

    Lively

  • Iowa

    Most Booked

  • Des Moines

    Hot spot

  • Des Moines

    Lively

  • Des Moines

    Most Booked

620 Reviews
  1. RobinV

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Good was good, because of health restrictions I was unable to eat much of what was listed on the menu.

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  2. LoriG

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Half hour from order (1:15) to food arriving (1:45). Both dishes were warm, not hot…

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  3. JustJen

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Disappointed that some of the menu items were no longer available. I ordered the mahi mahi. It was good but a very small portion for the price. Brussels were good, crispy potatoes needed to be cooked a bit longer because they were hard inside.

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  4. coolmom

    Des Moines

    27 reviews

    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    This was my 2nd time eating at this restaurant. The first was when they first opened in 2022, so it took me a year and a half to get back there. 1st visit was better than the second. Food was okay, nothing spectacular, server was okay, not the most attentive, and it was a slow moving dinner. I might go back for one of the Happy Hours or brunch specials, but not sure. Definitely not for dinner before a show at the Civic Center unless I can go 3 hours prior to show start time.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    It was a very long time to get anything… 40 minutes before we ordered after the last of our table sat down. Then it was another 40 before our food came out and it was cool… not warm and honestly not worth the money. We won’t be back.

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  6. KimB

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    The first four items we asked four on the menu they told us they were out of them. The server never cleared our table, she seemed very put out when I asked her for a refill. Unfortunately, the experience was not what our group of four was hoping for.

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  7. MarkD

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. Early reservation ahead of Civic Center Preformance so went from wide open at 5:15 to packed at 6:30. Food was outstanding and served in very large portions. To go boxes all around after meal. Original white meat chicken with parmesan cheese potatoes was top notch. Glazed meat loaf was also great. No regrets but would ask to avoid being seated anywhere near front door as cold air sweeps in with the guests.

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  8. PaulaW

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I love this place! First time having chicken and waffles! They were delicious! The service was great! Love the decor of the restaurant. An amazing place!
    Tupelo Honey - Des MoinesResponded on January 11, 2024
    We are happy to hear you enjoyed the food, service, and ambiance when you dined with us. We cannot wait to have you back again!

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good when we got the correct food. Never did get one part of order. I know it was a busy night but our server left a lot to be desired. I could see she was giving other tables much more attention.

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  10. MeganA

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Service was not great. Wait staff seems annoyed that there are people dining and sighed every time we asked for anything. We’re out of ingredients for several beverages on New Year’s Eve and coffee was cold from earlier in the day. .Biscuits were old and hard first round so we asked for fresh batch and they were good. Food was lukewarm warm when served.
    Tupelo Honey - Des MoinesResponded on January 13, 2024
    Hey Megan. I am sorry that you had issues with both food and service. We do try hard to ensure that every guest leaves having both fantastic food as well as service. I would love to have you come back as my guest and allow us to make it right - JS

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  11. DanH

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Thank you for being open on Christmas Eve to allow my brother and I to take our mother out for a nice birthday lunch. Great food and service!
    Tupelo Honey - Des MoinesResponded on January 13, 2024
    Dan, Thank you for choosing to celebrate with us on Christmas Eve. We look forward to seeing you again soon!

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  12. MargaretfromHouston

    New York City

    16 reviews

    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Good food delivered by nice people I can’t say more merry Christmas
    Tupelo Honey - Des MoinesResponded on January 13, 2024
    We are happy to hear you enjoyed the food and service. Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback!

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  13. ErikL

    Des Moines

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    As usual the food was fantastic with the same menu. Our server accommodated our party of seven efficiently and courteously. Cocktails were a highlight.
    Tupelo Honey - Des MoinesResponded on January 13, 2024
    We are happy to hear you enjoyed the food, drinks, and service. We look forward to seeing you again!

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  14. SteveE

    Des Moines

    9 reviews

    2.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    We had a small business dinner and unfortunately came away disappointed. I have eaten here a few times and usually find the service to be decent and the food to be very good. On this visit, sadly the service was not good at all. Our server was not attentive and very slow. I don't think waters were refilled at all and nobody came to take appetizer plates away. We had to flag down the server to order drinks a few times. Unfortunately, on top of it all the food was not as good as usual. They were out of several items and what was ordered was a mixed bag. Things were generally overdone or came out somewhat cold. All in all, this was not a good experience.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I brought a friend for her birthday. She had had never been and I thought it would be fun to introduce her to a new restaurant. I had a delicious salad and my friend had the blueberry waffles with a side of bacon. I was given a small taste and it was amazing
    Tupelo Honey - Des MoinesResponded on January 13, 2024
    Thank you for choosing to celebrate with us! We look forward to seeing you again

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Horribly overcooked chicken that had clearly been sitting a long while. Server was great and knew the kitchen gave us poor quality food so comped our appetizer. Appreciate her but we won’t be back due to how awful the food was.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on December 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Quick little celebration dinner as we came in to town from the Chicago area. The vibe was good, food excellent and the GM apologized for our food being late which I was not even aware of as we were all in good conversation at the table. To end the evening the GM provided a few free deserts. Happy to know this is a chain and we have one in Milwaukee Wisconsin. Will definitely come again.

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  18. NAwlinsFoodie

    New Orleans

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The potatoes were good. The waffles in the chicken and waffles tasted freezer burned. The biscuits were average at best. The food was poorly seasoned. The steak was cooked to the correct temperature, but no salt. Salads were good, but we weren't provided with a choice of dressings. Highpoint was the service.

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  19. JaredB

    Kansas City

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Although I feel this restaurant has lost its luster since opening in Des Moines, the biscuits were still delicious! I was visiting from out of state and dined with business colleagues for a casual dinner. Unique cocktails on the menu. Overall, positive experience.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was amazing I rather go at dinner than brunch

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    Omaha

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Had been there before and the drinks and food was amazing, not sure what was the problem. , but our drinks were awful and the food was overdone and tasted like it was made a while ago. Very disappointing

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The biscuits are everything! Super cute and delicious!

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  23. GregL

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The shrimp and grits were wonderful . The large biscuits with blueberry compote were fit for desert.

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  24. Susan

    Omaha

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, good prices, nice atmosphere. Overall a great date night pick.

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  25. DaveK

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Friendly staff. We had a very nice waitress. Good food. Expensive drinks

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  26. Nico

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I was expecting it to be more upscale vibe. Wait staff were dressed way too casual for this being a mid to high price range in Des Moines.

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  27. DougJ

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Dinner and service were excellent. The shrimp and grits were fabulous. The place was clean, bright and modern. My only complaint was it was loud. I get it a large open space creates those issues. However, it will not stop me from returning.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter was amazing told us some things to get and they were amazing. It is so pretty inside and the food was so good!

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  29. MalloryS

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent Southern cuisine in Downtown Des Moines. Tupelo Honey is approachable and a great place for a date night, family night, girls night, or anything in between. Delicious food, great service, fun atmosphere. I will be returning!

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  30. Eduard

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and good prices. The chicken waffles are amazing

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Anything on the breakfast menu is good! I do miss the Shakshouka though!

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  32. SusanB

    Tulsa

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is consistently great and the servers are excellent. However, I have found the hostesses to be less than welcoming both times I have dined here.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went to Tupelo Honey for restaurant week. They had a great menu at a great price. All staff we interacted with was friendly and fast.

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  34. CatC

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Very pretty restaurant with a varied menu. Everyone enjoyed the food: chicken blt and Brussels sprouts and roasted potatoes. Yea was served with no ice which was a little odd. Had to ask for a refill. Staff overall friendly and welcoming. Good spot for brunch.

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  35. Bobm

    Des Moines

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Our food was not hot when served. Apparently it sat out too long before it came to our table. Biscuits were great.

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  36. Steph

    Las Vegas

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    6 of us dined here for dinner. The happy hour menu is good all day M-F with great prices on apps! They were delicious. The siracha honey chicken & waffle was extremely hot. The classic one was good with spice. Loved the fried green tomatoes, the loaded cracklins were yummy too! Birthday treat of the banana pudding & chocolate pecan pie was amazing! Our server was so nice & did a great job.

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  37. TerriM

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was our first time and we loved it! Beautiful setting, great service, and excellent food!! We will definitely be going back!

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and ambiance are excellent. Service is friendly and efficient. Sometimes a little loud when restaurant is full

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  39. StephhyJ

    Washington DC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food, service, and ambiance were perfect. We didn't feel rushed to eat and the server was super friendly and patient. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars because of some pesky flies because of hot weather. Otherwise, it was great. Everyone should eat at this restaurant.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had reservations at 7:30 and didn’t get a table until 8:10. Not sure what happened but a couple of staff members seemed to be arguing about a variety of things. Our waitress was absolutely fantastic! Food was great. Front of house not so much.

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Tupelo Honey - Des Moines offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (515) 513-5922.

Tupelo Honey - Des Moines is rated 4.3 stars by 620 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

9:00 PM


Booked 33 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Tupelo Honey - Des Moines

665 Grand Ave, Suite 100, Des Moines, IA 50309

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Des Moines
  • Hours of operation
    Mon–Fri 11:00 am–9:00 pm Sat 9:00 am–5:30 pm Sun 9:00 am–5:00 pm Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–4:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary Southern, Southern, American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    AJ Briggs
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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