RoCA

4.8
970 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 970 people are saying
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Ronn
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined 7 hours ago
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 a day ago
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 2 days ago
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 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipJamieG
Des Moines
35 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
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 6 days ago
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!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went there for my husband’s birthday and it was a fantastic experience. The food was incredible and the service was so kind and knowledgeable. I would highly recommend!

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SeanL
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Root beer sliders had the best pulled pork I’ve ever ate.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Civic Center

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on September 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brit our server Was absolutely outstanding. Making perfect suggestions for our business dinner. The drinks are outstanding and the food is amazing. This is a wonderful restaurant in the Des Moines dining experience. Not to be missed if you are in Des Moines.

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vipsbn67
Omaha
20 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food. Loved the scallops, but wish there were more for the price. Deconstructed nachos and fondue were amazing. The Brussels sprouts served with the fondue were my personal favorite. There were 5 of us so we ordered all 5 desserts. All were delicious but the bread pudding won the number one vote.

Our waiter was working his tail off and checked in on us as possible.

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PamZ
Vancouver
1 review
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had an excellent experience. We ordered the grilled romaine salad, pork belly tacos, macaroni and cheese and creme brûlée. The later 3 were delicious. The lettuce was okay but not excellent like the others. The price was also not worthy, like the others. The house came around with a sample of bourbon which was a nice surprise. It was a lovely evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely wonderful. I’ll be back.

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vipdatenite2
Omaha
102 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Well although the website said upscale it truly was not that. The menu consisted of basically bar snacks with 4 main entrees. Not much of a selection. The clientele were obviously aware it was not upscale as folks came in with a bar demeanor. The food was ok, nothing amazing and our server never replenished my husbands soft drink. If I lived here I would go for lunch after a run.

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StevenM
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

With reservations got right in, but people were flowing in nicely. Our server was wonderful helpful with wine choices. We had to shared plates out of this world good. To top of beef tenderloin cook perfectly and for dessert creme brulee.. in emoji😁🥰🤤

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RickS
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time dinning here at a suggest of a friend. Wonderful atmosphere, great service the sharable plates were delicious. I will return next time in Des Moines

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Suesue
Des Moines
11 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Food was excellent. Service start off great and then went to the pits. We had to grab her to order, we had to grab her for drinks and refills, we had to grab her for our bill. That part sucks. Food, however, was great.

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vipLuv2winendine
Des Moines
18 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

RoCA is our favorite neighborhood date night place to go. The food and service are always consistent and outstanding. The cocktails and wine list are creative and fabulous. The nightly specials are always a hit. I highly recommend RoCA to all my family and friends who are looking for a great restaurant to go in downtown Des Moines!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Everything was good, service was slow starting but overall a great experience!

JM
vipJillM
Omaha
3 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

El chapo drink was awesome. Flatbread was awesome! Highly recommend!!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cocktails are amazing. High quality food. Love the shareable plate dynamic.

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ShaneS
1 review
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We were sat right away, but it took a while for our server to get to our table. The food was delicious. We shared plates and the items were brought out one at a time so that they would stay fresh.

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Brett
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the go-to places we take out of town guests and never disappoints.

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CharlesO
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Roca and it won’t be the last. Good food. Good staff. Good experience.

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TylerD
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best in Des Moines! Great atmosphere! The drinks, food and service were all outstanding!

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debrar
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place. Great food

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Diner1
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved their small plates, cocktails and dessert !!

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BethW
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful waitress named Jen.. She let us put our order in before her table of 20 which we were so thankful! The food was beyond delicious! We sat in the basement and unfortunately the table of 20 next to us was obnoxiously loud, but that was not the restaurants fault.. We will definitely be back!

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ReneeG
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service! Wonderful place for a date night!

EW
vipEatWell
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Compared to prior visits, we were disappointed with the food. Cheese and meat tray - $27 and it had 4 pieces of cheese on it? Granted, it’s not grocery store cheese, but really…

Also had the tuna - shocked at how little tuna was on the plate. Flavor was good, but not worth the price.

Service was great, but we probably won’t be back soon.

MB
MelissaB
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was extremely flavorful and portions were generous. We will be back!

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vipAdrian
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Good experience for a bit of luxury and craft cocktails. Good was decent. They definitely try hard, so I’d go back. Love a place that’s less pretense and friendly. This they were

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JoyV
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at ROCA is fabulous - unique and delicious offerings! I just want to keep coming back until I have tried everything on the menu!

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Jess
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall3food2service5ambience5

$25.00 dish came out burnt to the point it was black and hard. Crème Brule top was rock hard/ burnt and filling had no flavor. Salad was good and Chicken Marsala was whatever. Definitely not worth the $$$

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ALEXS
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at this restaurant and we really enjoyed it.

NM
NickM
1 review
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and even better service. My favorite place to eat in Des Moines by far.

LG
vipLucG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

John at the bar is a great bartender! Very good service and food.

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vipDinner
Sacramento
333 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great meal and wonderful service. Excellent restaurant! Thank you for a great evening.

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vipRandF
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Restaurant very cold last night glad we had coats with us. Food came out cold and by the time we finished salads food was ridiculously cold. Won't be back last couple times we have been to Roca it hasn't been a good experience. We like the atmosphere but food has not been good.

FAQs

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

RoCA is rated 4.8 stars by 970 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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