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

Tupelo Honey - Des Moines

4.3
4.3
603 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

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

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–9:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–8:00 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

Experiences

  • $10.99 Hoot & Holler Value Menu

    Oct 16 - Dec 31, 2023
    Some of our best-selling scratch-made dishes for less! Join us for select $10.99 Southern Mains and $1.99 Kids Meals, every Monday through Friday from 3-5:30pm. Choose from Southern favorites like Tupelo Shrimp & Grits, Fried Chicken & Waffles, Cast Iron Pork, and more.
    $10.99 Hoot & Holler Value Menu Photo

What 603 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Great for brunch

  • Iowa

    Lively

  • Iowa

    Most Booked

  • Des Moines

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Des Moines

    Lively

  • Des Moines

    Most Booked

603 Reviews
  1. NAwlinsFoodie

    New Orleans

    29 reviews

    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    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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  2. JaredB

    Kansas City

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 16, 2023

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    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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  3. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was amazing I rather go at dinner than brunch

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    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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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 15, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The biscuits are everything! Super cute and delicious!

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  6. GregL

    Chicago

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The shrimp and grits were wonderful . The large biscuits with blueberry compote were fit for desert.

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  7. Susan

    Omaha

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, good prices, nice atmosphere. Overall a great date night pick.

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  8. DaveK

    Phoenix

    11 reviews

    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Friendly staff. We had a very nice waitress. Good food. Expensive drinks

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  9. Nico

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    2.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 5, 2023

    overall2food4service3ambience3
    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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  10. DougJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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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  11. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  12. MalloryS

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    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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  13. Eduard

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and good prices. The chicken waffles are amazing

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Anything on the breakfast menu is good! I do miss the Shakshouka though!

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  15. SusanB

    Tulsa

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    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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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  17. CatC

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    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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  18. Bobm

    Des Moines

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    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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  19. Steph

    Las Vegas

    62 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    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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  20. TerriM

    Minneapolis

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    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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  21. OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and ambiance are excellent. Service is friendly and efficient. Sometimes a little loud when restaurant is full

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  22. StephhyJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    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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  23. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2023

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    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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  24. Randy

    Minneapolis

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been to other Tupelo Honey's in Ashville, NC. When we saw one in Des Moines during RAGBRAI we booked a table for our team. Everyone enjoyed the food.

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  25. Chris

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Ambience is cool. Wait staff was very friendly and attentive. Food was awesome. The Chicken is the bomb.

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  26. JayneP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    Second time trying this restaurant more because of its location. Disappointed again with the service. We made a reservation for 3 and were seated upon arrival. Order was taken in a very timely manner. However we sat there for 50 minutes waiting for our food to arrive and had to get it to go as we all had to get to our jobs. Will not try again, will not recommend due to the 2 experiences with the food delivery timing.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 6, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    We were sat outside by request and they have a cute patio. The waitress was great. It was very quiet on the patio. Happy hour deals are bomb!

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  28. RossR

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2023

    overall2food3service1ambience3
    We were looking forward to coming to this restaurant again as we have had good experiences. Unfortunately it seems something has happened with staffing and service. We were here for a special occasion that wasn’t even acknowledged. We brought the birthday up three times but no acknowledgement. Service was very slow. Plates were not cleared, drinks were not refilled, no one checked on us during the entire meal. They were out of several items, drinks and food. Overall, the food was good but not good enough to overlook all that was bad. We will not be back.

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  29. DaveC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2023

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    We like to enjoy a dinner in downtown Des Moines before a Broadway show at the Civic Center. This was our first-time dining at Tupelo Honey. Service was good. Was surprised this place was not as crowded as many other restaurants are when Broadway show's in town. The overall meal was average. Wasn't wowed in any way. Fried green tomatoes were very good. So was the fresh green salad. The brine on the chicken was very, very salty. Was also surprised that the tonic used for gin & tonic was flat. When our waitress brought a replacement, it was also flat. That's not her fault. As a former bartender though, was really surprised those tending bar would allow this to happen after a customer lets them know there's a problem.

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  30. Unicorn

    Las Vegas

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great find on our stay in Des Moines! Easy walk from our hotel & the waitress recommended fabulous dishes! Don't forget to try the cauliflower bites, grits are a MUST, & top it off with the double mini dessert (pecan pie & bread pudding) as good as moms!😋 I hope the restaurant chain comes to Las Vegas NV.

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  31. KristiW

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2023

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    We had a party of 6. The service could of been better. Food was good, just not my go to cuisine! Very heavy entrees! Atmosphere was outstanding! Wish there were more options on the menu for lighter dishes!

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  32. JoeB

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Food is quite tasty and arrived in a reasonable time frame. The coating on the chicken is like a dry rub, pretty tasty, the chicken was moist also. I had the salad as a side, it was fine, I’d like more dressing choices. For the money spent I’m thinking two sides and a biscuit is in order. Service was fine, place was clean. Overall it’s a good place to visit.

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  33. PeteG

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    It was good. Would come again. Keep it up. Now just typing to get in min

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2023

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    Slow service, look to be under staffed, food was just okay, very loud environment, won’t be back unless other reviews should things have improved.

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  35. CJPB

    Atlanta Metro

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Innovative drinks and Southern comfort food. What could go wrong?! Service was attentive and the food was flavorful. The spicy version of the fried chicken might have a heat level perceived as high for most people, but fine for my taste.

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  36. CarrieH

    Des Moines

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Our server was very lackluster. The fried green tomatoes were really good. Hubby had the honey dusted fried chicken and Mac n cheese. Small portion of Mac n cheese and very dry. I had the Chicken BLT. Bacon was tough and chewy. Chicken was good and my fried brussel sprouts were really good. I'd def go back. Maybe try tge potato cracklins next time.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2023

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Service was incredibly slow and they weren't that busy. A table that came in after us got their checks before our order was taken. Food was good, but not worth the wait. We overheard another complaining to the server about their experience as well.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    They were fantastic, we had a guest in a wheel chair and they handled it wonderfully!!

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  39. bbenscho

    Des Moines

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great meal with a big thank you to Tupelo Honey for the great birthday gift with dollars off. We were able to order more items and stay within our celebration budget. Love those brussel sprouts.

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  40. LisaK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, relaxing atmosphere, and the service was wonderful.

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    • 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 603 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 38 times today
Experiences are available.

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–9:00 pm Sun 9:00 am–8:00 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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