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Diners' Choice: Romantic restaurants in Des Moines

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the most romantic 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 Fleming's Steakhouse - Des Moines restaurant
4.9
4.9 (871)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
West Des Moines
About the restaurant
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is an outstanding choice to enjoy an exceptional Prime steak, glass of wine, or handcrafted cocktail. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, hosting a business dinner, or simply wanting to enjoy an excellent culinary experience - we will create a safe and memorable evening for you. If you prefer to enjoy your fine dining experience at home, you can order and pay for lunch or dinner online and then pick up curbside or select from one of our delivery partners.
Top review
TomF
Dined 4 days ago
The plates are way to darn HOT! There is no reason for it, I order my steak medium rare by the time it is cool enough to eat it is medium! Next time I will order it rare😂. We took our grandson and he loved it! We go to Flemings very often it is always GREAT.
A photo of 801 Chophouse – Des Moines restaurant
4.9
4.9 (3103)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Downtown Des Moines
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of downtown Des Moines, enjoy beautiful views and excellent customer service at 801 Chophouse. We value our guests and want to give you the best dining experience possible. Our restaurant has only prime USDA steaks, paired with innovative side dishes and an award-winning wine selection from around the world to create an upscale dining experience you won't find anywhere else in Iowa. 801 Chophouse is the premier steakhouse in Des Moines and even offers private dining room options. Book a reservation online or via phone today.
Top review
Barolo
Dined 1 day ago
Celebrated a birthday and the whole staff was wonderful and made my mother’s birthday a night she will not forget. Shoutout to the Manager on duty Quinn he’s a pro and very genuine.
A photo of Aura Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.9
4.9 (190)
$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.
Top review
BrooklynStyles
Dined on Jun 25, 2024
What a great restaurant. I scheduled a happy hour here and made a reservation. Our happy hour crew has been to several restaurants around the metro and we all thought Aura is now in our top 3. I was greeted and sat promptly. The staff were all very attentive and welcoming. The food was fantastic and their happy hour specials are definitely worth it,The appetizers were around $10 - $12 and they offer 30% off bottles of wine, $8 and $10 quality drinks. A few people had the Nojito or mockjito, not sure what it was called exactly, but they loved those drinks as well. Everyone said they planned to come back and told me to schedule another happy hour there!!
A photo of Proudfoot & Bird restaurant
4.8
4.8 (643)
$50 and over
Global, International
Des Moines
About the restaurant
Fine Dining in every aspect. Proudfoot & Bird, named after the original Hotel Fort Des Moines architects, pays homage to the glamorous days of years past with every detail. Adorned with stunning marble tables, intricate gold ceiling inlay, plush soft seating, and grand circular bar we have recreated a time that was filled with elegance, extravagance, and indulgence. Housed in the historic Hotel Fort Des Moines, we have taken every step possible to protect a valued piece of Des Moines’ cherished history. Two semi-private areas available, seating eight and ten guests respectfully.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jul 4, 2024
Lovely setting and ambience. Food qas fantastic. Our server, Alissa, was both professional and personable; she's outstanding! - Mel and Molly
A photo of Cooper's Hawk Winery & Restaurant - Clive restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1063)
$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
JanaB
Dined 5 days ago
Love Cooper's Hawk. Always quality food and great service.
A photo of HoQ restaurant
4.7
4.7 (338)
$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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JeffDvip
Dined on Jun 23, 2024
If you haven’t already, you need to try this place. Great ambiance, great food, great value
A photo of Splash Seafood Bar and Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1940)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Downtown Des Moines
About the restaurant
DiRoNA award winning Splash Seafood Bar & Grill serves only the freshest seafood flown in daily and expertly prepared in both traditional and contemporary styles. Splash Seafood bar and Grill also serve the Midwest's finest cuts of steaks and chops with the same care as they give the seafood. Be pampered by the highly experienced wait staff in one of Des Moines most unique and elegant dining rooms surrounded by whimsical wall murals as well as 9 large salt water aquariums. Splash Seafood offers an extensive wine list, recognized with an Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator, as well as a full bar specializing in tropical drinks. Also enjoy a more laid back atmosphere in the raw bar, Splash Oyster Bar & Seafood Market, just across the hallway from Splash Seafood. Enjoy all the fresh oysters and shellfish that the raw bar has to offer as well as the full menu from Splash Seafood. Also be sure to take advantage of the raw bars Seafood Market to enjoy the freshest seafood at home.
Top review
Rick
Dined 4 days ago
Outstanding. Excellent food and service. Waitress was friendly, knowledgeable and accommodating and the timing was perfect, not rushed but not slow. Food was delicious and fresh, well prepared. I had raw oysters from PEI and New Brunswick, Norwegian salmon prepared meunier style in a white wine, seasoned butter sauce with broccolini and lobster Mac and cheese. The lobster Mac and cheese was to die for and a very large serving, enough for the two of us. My son had lobster bisque with garlic mashed and broccolini and some of my lobster Mac and cheese, and peach ice cream for desert. Service was perfect as was the chef. Splash is one of my favorite restaurants anywhere and I think the best restaurant in Des Moines. I loved our table in the corner by the fish tank.
A photo of Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar restaurant
4.6
4.6 (302)
$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!

Top review
HopePvip
Dined 4 days ago
What a gem of a restaurant in historic downtown Grinnell. Came here last year when we visited for the INDYCAR races at Iowa Speedway and made sure to get my reservation early for this year as well. Seated immediately upon arrival, we not only had a friendly server but two BBB of the owners stopped by our table to help clear away finished dishes. We had peach caprese appetizer as well as Cajun shrimp. For dinner a nice chicken avocado salad, lemon chicken orzo soup, the Ribeye steak and smoked chicken pasta. All were flavorful, nice portions, and fairly priced. Too full to have dessert but the options sounded marvelous. Very sad there was not enough staff to open the speakeasy downstairs because we had planned on having the chocolate martinis we enjoyed last year. See you in 2025!
A photo of Ruth's Chris Steak House - West Des Moines restaurant
4.6
4.6 (727)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
West Des Moines
About the restaurant
Ruth's Chris Steak House specializes in serving USDA Prime steaks, each seared to perfection, finished with butter and freshly chopped parsley, and served sizzling on a 500-degree plate. We invite you to join us in West Des Moines, IA!
Top review
TravisBvip
Dined 5 days ago
Everything was wonderful! Beau was fantastic! New go to place.
A photo of In Confidence Speakeasy restaurant
4.4
4.4 (14)
$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
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