RoCA

4.8
1003 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Shared Plates, Wine Bar, Craft Cocktails, Vibrant,

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1003 people are saying
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4.7
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vipRichW
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always love RoCA

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vipKathleenJ
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All the food was delicious, but the dessert was outstanding! Friendly waitress!

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ChristianC
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always amazing food, service, atmosphere. Always a great place to bring family and friends for a great dining experience.

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Jamie
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, great food, waitress made out evening very enjoyable

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vipSarah
Milwaukee
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic service. Specialty drinks were great. Made to order food wonderful especially for allergies or restrictions. Pretty loud.

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BenW
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

A great place for a date: great drinks and shared plates.

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MichelleJ
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always have a great experience at RoCa! The food and drinks are fantastic, and the service is always great. It’s one of our favorite date spots!

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TravelingGizmo
Hawaii
3 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! A little noisy.

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CurtS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RoCA is a favorite of ours! We order small plates to share and always try different things. There is nothing we have tired that hasn’t been amazing!

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Melissa
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

We LOVE everything about RoCA and make it a priority when visiting Des Moines! However, we made a reservation over a month in advance, and you put us in the basement. What was the point of making a reservation when we get put in the basement? We were expecting to have a decent spot in the main area and near the bar when making a reservation early. We did not utilize the bar as much being in the basement. Are walk-ins higher priority?

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KrisVL
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We were seated immediately and had delicious food and drinks. Our waitress wasn’t overly attentive or friendly (thus the 4 stars vs 5). Some of the best food I’ve eaten out in awhile. We’ll be back!

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vipHana
Des Moines
14 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Our server was well informed. Seemed to want to make a great impression, until she ignored us. We said we were ready to order. She said ‘great.’ And left to check on another table.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food! The nachos and avacado toast salad was perfect. The waiter was really great!

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StaciG
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful dinner and drinks! Fun menu!

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vipMacoool
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and friendly, helpful service. Recommend ++

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lisad
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is hands down one of my new favorite place to eat! From their craft cocktails to the amazing food and great service, it was the perfect night. We have newly rediscovered RoCA and it is one of our go to restaurants.

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bretm
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience2

All good excepting table in basement despite reservations well in advance. Should have been some indication of less-than-optimal seating at time of reservation.

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OpenTable Diner
Omaha
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food/drink. While we’re not particular we do appreciate better efforts in design and service and Riki pulled through. I recommend the smoked bourbon drink and the fondue.

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JenniferS
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and drinks! We shared nachos and had the salmon.

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ShelleyB
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent selection of small plates to share. We plan to work our way through the rest of the delicious sounding menu.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hidden gem in DT Des Moines.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and atmosphere!

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TimW
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious as always! The scallops with corn is my favorite. Jan, our server, does. a fantastic job with recommendations. Our glasses never run dry. We have been here many times. It is a consistently great experience. I heartily recommend RoCA.

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Indy
Des Moines
13 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The macaroni and cheese was awesome! Hats off to the chef. Our server was also amazing and first class! We sat in the front area for the first time and it was a nice change from sitting in the main area. Can't wait to go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ricky was a fantastic waiter and provided great service! The food and drinks were both excellent as well.

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Smalltowngirl
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was wonderful. A nice dinner with my daughter before a concert. Couldn't have chosen a better place. We were both pleased with everything at RoCA.

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lisad
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was impeccable. Very attentive to our table. We will definitely be going back very soon. The restaurant has a really fun vibe and the menu and specials were out of this world! Don’t miss this gem on Court Avenue!

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JennyH
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service was great. Tracy was awesome food was good

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience and last night was no different. New menu items were a hit, the yellowfin tuna was absolutely amazing as was the fondue.

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LaurinC
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful atmosphere, service and food. We love this place.

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GeraldC
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We absolutely loved our experience. The food was fantastic. The wine and cocktails were amazing and the server was very attentive.

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AleahL
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

It was great! Better service would’ve made it 5 stars, but will for sure be back to try again!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The server was amazing. The Thai Turkey rolls didn’t have a Thai flavor and really tasted like mush. The rest of the food was great!

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Ronn
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So. Much. Fun. Six of us shared small plates and flatbreads before a play. Fondue was fun. Fish tacos were delicious. The wines are well selected and reasonably priced.

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CoAnneH
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I have been dining at RoCA for years and have always been very impressed with the food, the cocktails and the service .

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kb515
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great place to go before the show at the civic center. Server was very good. Asian lettuce wrap recipe must have changed. It tasted different. We left some behind. However, the Root beer sliders were awesome!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pre-theater meal with a friend. Just what we needed!

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vipJamieG
Des Moines
35 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience2

Everything was great except for sitting downstairs. It was loud and we did not like sitting down there. It was loud overhead and with the people at shorties next door. Next time I will know when I make a reservation to let them know I do not wanna be down there again. Otherwise the food was great and service and rinks.

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RobinT
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another amazing visit to enjoy the deconstructed nachos, Brussels sprouts, and Asian tacos. But as good as they were, the drinks were better (wine flight, English Channel and Smoking Gun)

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vipMarthaD
Indiana
7 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and great service with server Anna!

FAQs

RoCA offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (515) 282-3663.

RoCA is rated 4.8 stars by 1003 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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