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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Des Moines

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots 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 Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Clive restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1014)
$30 and under
American
Clive
About the restaurant
Experience the perfect fusion of award-winning wines, Napa-style tasting rooms, and modern casual dining at Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurants. Enjoy contemporary American cuisine influenced by international flavors from our scratch kitchen. Each dish is expertly paired with our selection of wines for the best food and wine match. Whether you explore the tasting room for a pre- or post-dinner adventure or join the world's largest wine club, we believe in the power of food and wine to create lasting connections. Dining reservations are highly recommended, but walk-in guests are always welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis. Gluten-free and vegetarian dishes are available.
Top review
ChrisRvip
Dined 6 days ago
We had a great night. The food was incredible and the service was outstanding.
A photo of Eatery A restaurant
4.7
4.7 (511)
$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.
Top review
MikeK
Dined 7 days ago
Wonderful food, great atmosphere just a bit slow on the service/ food
A photo of The Stuffed Olive - Des Moines restaurant
4.7
4.7 (704)
$30 and under
American
Des Moines
About the restaurant
The Stuffed Olive is about the entire “Martini & Tapas Experience.” From your favorite classics to new and exciting blends you’ve never seen before, you’re sure to find a cocktail to love on our vast martini menu. Add a warm, comfortable atmosphere, great wines, beers and top-shelf spirits, and The Stuffed Olive will become your favorite place to start, end or spend your entire evening. Our tapas menu offers appetizer-sized portions of globally influenced entrees, for a sampling and sharing dining experience. Pair tasty tapas with your favorite martini for happy hour, dinner or a late-night snack. We welcome you to sit back, relax, enjoy great food, good conversation and your favorite martini. Welcome to the Stuffed Olive!
Top review
Yolanda
Dined 1 day ago
LOVE this place! I have been coming with groups and couples, and we’ve all had an excellent time. Ambience, food, service ALL incredible! Put this place on your list. You’ll be glad you did!
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.
Top review
Joseph
Dined on May 18, 2024
Great food, great service, great people, and great atmosphere!
A photo of Fresko restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1114)
$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.

Top review
KenW
Dined 3 days ago
Really enjoyed our dinner. We enjoyed sushi options along with the beets salad. Both were excellent
A photo of Blue Sushi Sake Grill - Des Moines restaurant
4.6
4.6 (175)
$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!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Went here for date night after the storms rolled through. We heard about this place from a friend. Great environment and awesome atmosphere! It was our first time here. Wait staff was very attentive and on it even when it seemed they were training new staff. Food was delicious and presentation looked great! Highly recommend stopping here if you're in the Des Moines area!
A photo of Louie's Wine Dive - Des Moines restaurant
4.5
4.5 (829)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Des Moines
About the restaurant
Louie’s Wine Dive serves lunch, happy hour and dinner daily and brunch on weekends. Award-winning food is created from local ingredients under the eye of formally trained chefs. Louie’s wine list and featured wineboard offer hard to find, quality focused selections. Louie’s offers a craft cocktail and local beer menu. Louie’s Wine Dive features a warm, casually elegant atmosphere. It's the place for food and wine lovers to be social!

Top review
TeriC
Dined on May 17, 2024
Loved it! We got there early because we were traveling- they accommodated us and we got happy hour prices! Service was great; food even better. Thank you- I love Des Moines. ..
A photo of Destination Grille restaurant
4.5
4.5 (333)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Grimes
About the restaurant
Welcome to Destination Grille. A contemporary, upscale yet casual restaurant that reminds us of travels and destinations around the globe. We are an experience like non-other!

Please join us Monday through Saturday from 11am-9pm and Sundays 11am-8pm.

Don't forget to join us for a night cap Fridays and Saturdays, our bars remain open until 11pm on both levels!

We have a lot of options with a fabulous ambience on each level, but it can be overwhelming your first time, please call if you have any questions!

Top review
JeffS
Dined 7 days ago
Cool place to meet friends for dinner! Food, service and ambience was excellent!
A photo of In Confidence Speakeasy restaurant
4.5
4.5 (12)
$30 and under
Speakeasy
Des Moines
About the restaurant
For Large reservations or other inquiries please call 515-528-7733 x 4627 f=

SPEAKEASY BAR IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN DES MOINES

Hotel Fort Des Moines brings the Prohibition-era feel to downtown Des Moines - In Confidence. Enjoy our hidden secret with a curated wine collection and crafted cocktails.
Enjoy your downtime in a unique casual setting deserving of the Great Gatsby himself!

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
Super super cute speakeasy. We had a reservation for dinner right after and service was super quick! Very pleased and will be back
A photo of Dave & Buster's - Des Moines restaurant
4.3
4.3 (95)
$30 and under
American
West Des Moines
About the restaurant
Each Dave & Buster's has more state-of-the-art games than ever, more mouth-watering menu items and the most innovative drinks anywhere. From wings to steaks, we've got whatever suits your appetite and our premium bar assures we're stocked to satisfy! Plus, you can watch your game on one of our massive HDTVs with epic stadium sound.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 10, 2024
Great experience! Will definitely be back soon. Our kids loved it.
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