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Diners' Choice: Good for special occasions restaurants in Iowa

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for the best special occasion restaurants 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!


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4.9
4.9 (105)
$31 to $50
American
Le Claire
About the restaurant
Come, let us spoil you and treat yourself to an evening where you can relax and unwind. Steventon’s sits atop a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River at I-80 and the Iowa border. We offer an extensive menu of exquisitely prepared American Classics, served in a modern yet elegant atmosphere that’s hard to find in an era of cookie cutter dining. Come. Join us and experience casual sophistication where the view is only the beginning
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
We were impressed that they had placed an anniversary board on our table. Good and service was great
A photo of Martini's Grille restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1070)
$31 to $50
Steak
Burlington
About the restaurant
Martini's Grille is the Great American Steakhouse featuring top quality Midwest beef and pork, fresh seafood daily, and world-famous Chicken Lips! The cocktail list includes over 50 classic and designer cocktails. The panoramic view of the Mississippi is perfect for casual dining or upscale private parties and wine dinners. In addition, Martini's features a patio during the summer months and an upscale venue for private events.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Everything from food, drinks, to service was excellent
A photo of 801 Chophouse – Des Moines restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3071)
$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
801GrandFans
Dined 3 days ago
We always have a great experience at 801 Chophouse! Thank you!
A photo of Proudfoot & Bird restaurant
4.8
4.8 (636)
$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 3 days ago
Proudfoot & Bird was the perfect place to celebrate my recent medical school graduation & engagement. We had reserved a private space and it was perfect. Our server was attentive and we never felt rushed. Unfortunately, my dad, who is in a wheelchair, was unable to attend with us that evening but the space they had prepared for him & the accessibility of the restaurant (other than having to enter through the hotel to avoid the steps outside the restaurant) would have been just fine. There is plenty of room to navigate with a wheelchair if needed. The food was excellent. Our favorite starter was the pork belly or the wood butter oysters. People at our table had the pork ribeye, halibut and scallops all of which were great. The cocktails & mocktails were wonderful and if you had a request, (I requested a grapefruit spritz and my mom requested a gin bramble) they were able to easily accomodate that as well. Don't miss the New York style cheesecake at the end. Thank you Proudfoot and Bird for a great spot for a celebration!
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 7 days ago
We had a great night. The food was incredible and the service was outstanding.
A photo of Ruthie's Steak & Seafood at the Rhythm City Casino restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1489)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Davenport
About the restaurant
Ruthie’s is a high rise, fine dining experience. With a beautiful view (especially during the sunset hours), it’s the perfect place for your next birthday, anniversary, or special occasion meal. Our steak and seafood options are top notch. From lamb to lobster to filet mignon, we only serve the best at our establishment. We even serve gluten and nut free choices, so you won’t have to worry about indulging with us. All you need to bring is good company for a great evening.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Our waitress Becca was awesome made our anniversary xtra special!
A photo of Bravo Italian Kitchen - Jordan Creek restaurant
4.5
4.5 (829)
$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!
Top review
Sweetthing1
Dined on May 12, 2024
Great service, great food and great Mother’s Day. Love this restaurant.
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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 350 First - Doubletree Hilton restaurant
4.4
4.4 (412)
$30 and under
American
Cedar Rapids
About the restaurant
Enjoy spectacular views of Cedar Rapids and the Cedar River as you dine for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 19, 2024
We had a great graduation dinner here.the food was wonderful and the ambiance was perfect for our event. The staff was attentive and helpful!
A photo of Midtown Reserve restaurant
4.3
4.3 (92)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Cedar Rapids
About the restaurant
Midtown Reserve offers the best sourced USDA Prime grade steaks, decadent desserts, an extensive wine list, and fine dining dishes. We offer an intimate and classy dining experience, chef specials, and spirited cocktails.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Apr 26, 2024
Great service from the servers! Good food! Good taste. A bit pricey for the meal!
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