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Diners' Choice: Hot spot restaurants in Iowa

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are the best hot spots in Iowa? 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 (1038)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 1 day ago
Only issue with our meal was the whipped butter was frozen.
A photo of Eatery A restaurant
4.7
4.7 (515)
$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
EdwardH
Dined 5 days ago
Entire experience was top-notch! From the food to the service, all was great!
A photo of The Stuffed Olive - Des Moines restaurant
4.7
4.7 (717)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 5 days ago
Good food and good martinis! Love the ambience. Our waitress was courteous and prompt.
A photo of The Vault Restaurant & Cocktail Lounge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (30)
$30 and under
American
Dubuque
About the restaurant
Come enjoy a great experience in our locally owned establishment! The old German bank building with a beautiful ambience and welcoming atmosphere is sure to be the go to place for the downtown Main Street area. We strive to ensure every guest will receive great service, made from scratch food, and an appreciation for every guest who chooses to dine with us!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Great experience! We will add The Vault as one of our favorite places to dine.
A photo of Wasabi - Waukee restaurant
4.6
4.6 (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 Louie's Wine Dive - Des Moines restaurant
4.5
4.5 (836)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Great wine, great food and great service! Would definitely go again.
A photo of CRAVE - Sioux City restaurant
4.5
4.5 (732)
$31 to $50
American
Sioux City
About the restaurant
CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar was built out of a passion to create a dining experience unlike any other. We combine quality-sourced ingredients, chic ambiance, outstanding service, and diverse menu choices to create an unforgettable dining experience. The energy of the restaurant is all encompassing – the buzz of guests and staff, the warm and open design, the modern sushi bar, the fresh spin on American cuisine, and the sense of discovery around every corner. A CRAVE guest will leave knowing they experienced just the right mix of great food, entertainment, and service in what can only be defined as The CRAVE Experience.
Top review
MikeV
Dined 2 days ago
We make it a point to stop whenever we can (we’re from southeast Iowa and have family in Montana). Have always had excellent food prepared perfectly. Great cocktails too.
A photo of Table 32 restaurant
4.5
4.5 (505)
$30 and under
American
Sioux City
About the restaurant
We have worked diligently to develop a unique atmosphere here at Table 32. Not just with our décor and physical structure of the amazing vintage backdrop of the old Creamery building dating back to the early 1900’s. We have also put our minds together to develop our food and drink menus as well as focusing on the “craft” of the recipes themselves. We are focused on real ingredients and hand crafting them into something truly delicious. Then it comes down to providing you, our guest, a fun and relaxing dining experience without all the expectations of fine dining. We are working with our staff to develop a culture that promotes great people, great fun and amazing food and drink.
Top review
LauraMvip
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
We had the best time! Had a new waitress and she did a great job! We ordered everything- drinks (excellent wine and cocktails), the charcuterie board, egg rolls, salad, steak, chicken, cheesecake, chocolate cake…all super good. We ‘forgot’ when traveling thru that we would have our small dog. They sat us outside even tho we don’t think the patio was officially open. We will definitely be back. Inside has a great atmosphere.
A photo of Blue Sushi Sake Grill - Des Moines restaurant
4.5
4.5 (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!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 14, 2024
Overall, a great dinning experience!!! The food, drinks and ambiance was great.
A photo of In Confidence Speakeasy restaurant
4.3
4.3 (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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