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Diners' Choice: Healthy restaurants in Des Moines

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall healthy cuisine in Des Moines? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!

A photo of Bar Nico restaurant
4.8
4.8 (63)
$30 and under
Mexican
Des Moines
About the restaurant
Our restaurant's mantra is "Sin Maiz, No Hay Pais" meaning "without corn there is no country" as such, our tortillas are hand ground in house from heirloom organic Mexican corn varietals - made daily & cooked to order. As a result of our corn obsession, we have no flour in house & are a completely gluten-free kitchen.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
Great food and atmosphere. Staff was stressed given every table and bar was full, but we did not feel rushed nor did the staff act anything but pleasant and welcoming. Dishes were distinct and flavors were memorable.
A photo of Eatery A restaurant
4.7
4.7 (513)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Des Moines
About the restaurant
Eatery A is Des Moines's destination for Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Perfecting simple dishes that focus on local, quality ingredients, we strive to offer our guests exotic flavor profiles that let the ingredients take center stage.
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JustJames
Dined 7 days ago
Always a good time...if in doubt go for the happy hour, daily 3-6...
A photo of Wasabi - Waukee restaurant
4.7
4.7 (50)
$30 and under
Sushi
West Des Moines
About the restaurant
Wasabi is located at 9500 University Avenue in West Des Moines. Chefs at Wasabi serve the highest quality New York style sushi, Japanese fusion dishes. Unique custom cocktails and more.
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Joseph
Dined on May 18, 2024
Great food, great service, great people, and great atmosphere!
A photo of HoQ restaurant
4.7
4.7 (336)
$31 to $50
Farm-to-table
Downtown Des Moines
About the restaurant
Welcome to Hoq Restaurant! Experience delicious, sustainable farm-to-table dining in the historic East Village of Des Moines.
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Paulette
Dined 2 days ago
Fabulous service plus the hostess went out of her way to accommodate us
A photo of Fresko restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1119)
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
Des Moines
About the restaurant
“Fresko” meaning “fresh” inspires our creation of seasonal menus made from locally sourced ingredients. Fresko makes natural food from the bounty of Iowa farms whenever possible. The culinary team prepares product from start to finish applying natural time honored techniques with care at every step. This enriches the flavorful and nutritious product we serve and benefits our community. Fresko believes we are what we eat and eating well means living well.

Fresko features a splendid assortment of original cocktails with a deep spirits menu and a beer program with sixteen beers on tap in addition to bottles and cans. Fresko's wine menu focuses on quality selections at a great value to our guests.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Everything was lovely but best of all was the elderflower spritz.
A photo of Aura Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (189)
$31 to $50
American
Urbandale
About the restaurant
Lively & flavorful tapas along with vibrant cocktails offer a unique shared experience that challenges the traditional. At Aura, it's good vibes only! Our invigorating environment is the perfect place to gather friends & family.
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SteveM
Dined on Jun 8, 2024
Both the service and the food were excellent. Nice ambiance. You can eat inside or outside.
A photo of Blue Sushi Sake Grill - Des Moines restaurant
4.6
4.6 (179)
$30 and under
Sushi
Des Moines
About the restaurant
Blue Sushi Sake Grill unites creative ingredients with energetic vibes, premium cold sake with happy moments to give you a fresh and fun new way to experience sushi. Our sushi and grill menus allow you to explore your sushi favorites in new and unexpected ways. We like to say that sushi is for sharing, and our menu encourages it. Order a spread of all your maki, nigiri and sashimi favs from the sushi bar, and throw in a few orders of starters from the grill. We'll stagger your plates so you can savor it all bite-by-bite, and maximize the sushi experience you've been craving all week. If you're not sure where to start, tour the menu during Happy Hour, where all our guest favorites — from our sushi, grill and drink menus — are available at an amazing value. We offer Happy Hour every day of the week at Blue Sushi Sake Grill!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Overall, a great dinning experience!!! The food, drinks and ambiance was great.
A photo of Parlor restaurant
4.6
4.6 (21)
$30 and under
Pizza Bar
Des Moines
About the restaurant
At Parlor we've created relaxed, social surroundings with family booths, shuffleboard, patio seating, full bar and sports on tv. Reconnect with the simple joy of a cold drink and a hot slice of pizza, or sausages and slaw. Everything is curated for you to enjoy yourself, so what are you waiting for?
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 12, 2024
The only complaint I have is that the server let us sit with our dirty dishes. Came to the table at the end of the meal to ask if we needed anything else - left the dishes. Brought the check to the table - left the dishes. Came and took the check - left the dishes. Finally the hostess came by and we handed them to her. I understand this a casual place, but this is basic service. Never let your customers sit with their dirty dishes. Even if it is someone else's job to clear them. If you are at the table and dinner is over, take the dirty dishes away when you leave. Other than that, the service was very good and the food and ambience were fantastic.
A photo of Bravo Italian Kitchen - Jordan Creek restaurant
4.5
4.5 (831)
$30 and under
Italian
West Des Moines
About the restaurant
Bravo Jordan Creek is an upscale-casual Italian restaurant right in Des Moines serving authentic pasta dishes, signature entrées, piping hot pizza, and delicious wine & cocktails amid Roman-ruin décor. Our family-friendly atmosphere is as inviting as our welcoming staff and we look forward to your visit at Bravo Jordan Creek located in Des Moines, IA - make your reservation or place an online order today!
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RobynWvip
Dined 1 day ago
Food was just average this time. Please was pretty busy. Not offered fresh parm for our dishes.
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A photo of Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.5
4.5 (301)
$30 and under
American
Des Moines
About the restaurant
Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar serves comfort food with local flair in a historic building on Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa. Prairie Canary was opened in September 2012 and is currently owned by Chef, Paul Durr. Located in the city of Grinnell, also known as “The Jewel of the Prairie” and home to Grinnell College, Prairie Canary provides a gathering place where guests can enjoy Midwestern flavors in an inviting, understated atmosphere that speaks to the colors and textures of the Iowa prairie.
Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar is all about being local. From the name of the restaurant to the dishes on which the food is served, effort was taken to showcase local talent and area producers. Enjoy your meal on hand-thrown plates and bowls. Sit at hand-made hickory tables. Savor farm-fresh produce grown just miles away. Sip on an Iowa wine or pint of beer. We look forward to seeing you!
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OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 21, 2024
Service helps to make the meal!! Ours was outstanding.
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