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38 Iowa Restaurants to Love This Valentine's Day

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Whether your idea of a good time is a fancy, festive dinner out or cold sesame noodles and binge-watching on the couch, we're here to help you find it—since the greatest love of all is the love of food. Dig in.

Restaurants:Centro Restaurant, Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - West Des Moines, Sam & Gabe's - Urbandale
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:Italian, American
Neighborhoods:Downtown Des Moines, West Des Moines, Urbandale
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7:00 PM

Centro Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown Des Moines
2,372 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
Great place to dine! Food was wonderful and our server was outstanding!
91% recommended
Best Ambiance in Iowa
23 people mentioned the Bloody Mary

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - West Des Moines

$$$$·American·
West Des Moines
586 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Great meal and great service!
90% recommended
American in Iowa
17 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Sam & Gabe's - Urbandale

$$$$·Italian·
Urbandale
387 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Neighborhood Gem
Always a good choice for good food and good service. Everything that I have tried here has been very tasty.
89% recommended
16 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Malo

$$$$·Latin American·
Downtown Des Moines
1,018 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
Usual good food, well priced drinks. Extraordinary, gracious service, after we showed up w/twice the number reserved
92% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Iowa
20 people mentioned the Sangria

Eatery A

$$$$·Mediterranean·
Des Moines
433 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for Groups
Second time there and still fabulous. THe vegetable starters are spectacular
96% recommended
5 people mentioned the Bacon Wrapped Dates
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Table 128 Bistro + Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Des Moines
708 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Creative Cuisine
The food was excellent. The Vegan mushroom dish was named one of the best vegan entrees in terms of flavor, texture and presentation by our guests.
96% recommended
Best Overall in Iowa
9 people mentioned the Beef Tenderloin

CRAVE - Sioux City

$$$$·American·
Sioux City
285 reviews
  • Waterfront
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for Birthdays
Very nice. Portions are large!
89% recommended
Great for Brunch in Iowa
3 people mentioned the Egg Roll

Django Restaurant

$$$$·French·
Downtown Des Moines
2,430 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Kristen our server was terrific. Our entrees were perfectly prepared and our overall experience exceeded our expectations. We will most definitely make Django a regular date nightRead more
95% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Iowa
37 people mentioned the Poutine

Aposto

$$$$·European·
Des Moines
393 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
Love the atmosphere of Aposto, and the food was as delicious as ever! I appreciate the seasonal options and use of local produce, such as the foraged mushrooms. We ate every bite.
97% recommended
Best Overall in Iowa
4 people mentioned the Chocolate Torte
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Sam & Gabe's at The Lyon

$$$$·American·
Des Moines
266 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
A beautiful & unique view of Des Moines plus fabulous food make for a remarkable evening!!
89% recommended
6 people mentioned the Manicotti
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Granite City Food & Brewery - Cedar Rapids

$$$$·American·
Cedar Rapids
121 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Comfort Food
We sat at the wrong table as there was a terrible cold draft that continued to blow on us. The waitress tried to correct but it made it very uncomfortable. Very good food, great seRead more
88% recommended
Great for Brunch in Iowa
4 people mentioned the Prime Rib

RoCA

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Des Moines
746 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Special Occasion
We were glad we had reservations and were at the back (quieter) of the restaurant. Our waitress was excellent, as she know we were going to the show at the Civic Center. We'll beRead more
94% recommended
Vibrant Bar Scene in Iowa
22 people mentioned the Root Beer

801 Chophouse – Des Moines

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown Des Moines
1,759 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Awesome meal as always. I really like the redesign of the space - removal of booths in main dining space.
90% recommended
Notable Wine List in Iowa
72 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Bubba

$$$$·Southern·
Des Moines
995 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Best brunch in the Midwest!!
98% recommended
Best Food in Iowa
68 people mentioned the Fried Chicken

St. Kilda

$$$$·Café·
Des Moines
208 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
Parking can be challenging. Terrific menu. Friendly staff.
98% recommended
6 people mentioned the Avocado Toast
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BRAVO Cucina Italiana - Des Moines - Jordan Creek

$$$$·Italian·
West Des Moines
624 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Special Occasion
had a wonderful meal, ceasar salad was lacking though needs fresh parm on it, waitress was nice,but was not very attentive to our table. over all we had a good time and a good mealRead more
90% recommended
Great for Lunch in Iowa
5 people mentioned the Free Dessert

Exile Brewing

$$$$·American·
Des Moines
137 reviews
  • Good for Groups
  • Great Beer
  • Fun
Great Burger. Great Service. The atmosphere was great. Overall, it was really good, and we will be back.
94% recommended
Good for Groups in Iowa
1 people mentioned the Avocado Sandwich
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AJ's Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows Casino

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Des Moines
283 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Good food good service. Nice place to enjoy a quite meal.
81% recommended
Romantic in Iowa
14 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Harbinger

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Des Moines
164 reviews
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Local Ingredients
Amazing every time! The easily veganized menu and wonderful staff make this place a must have!
95% recommended
4 people mentioned the Sweet Potatoes
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The J Bar - Davenport

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Davenport
104 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Notable Wine List
  • Tasting Menu
Bartender (Austin) was great, very good drinks. We enjoyed the food very much.
86% recommended
Most Booked in Quad Cities
2 people mentioned the Bottomless Mimosas

Baru 66

$$$$·French·
Des Moines
405 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Fit for Foodies
Can’t wait for the new location!
95% recommended
Best Food in Iowa
3 people mentioned the Gateau
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Granite City Food & Brewery - Davenport

$$$$·American·
Davenport
146 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
  • Great Beer
Amazing food, incredible service. Always a pleasure to dine here.
81% recommended
Great for Brunch in Iowa
2 people mentioned the Chicken Flatbread

Joseph's Steakhouse of Iowa City

$$$$·Steak·
Iowa City
820 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Notable Wine List
Very good steak. Dinners include soup or salad. The French onion soup was excellent. Steaks were perfectly rare. Five star service. Great cocktails.
94% recommended
17 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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350 First - Doubletree Hilton

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Cedar Rapids
310 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Casual
  • Good for a Date
Excellent dinner with two friends before we attended play. The food and service were excellent, the atmosphere is very nice and even though they were busy with several large groupRead more
Great for Lunch in Iowa
4 people mentioned the Cupcakes

Irina's Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Russian·
West Des Moines
221 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
Our server Katie was fabulous. The food and drinks were wonderful. I can't wait to return!!
91% recommended
Neighborhood Gem in Iowa
4 people mentioned the Beef Stroganoff

Woodfire Grille at Diamond Jo - Dubuque

$$$$·Steak·
Dubuque
678 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
I would Definately recommend the Woodfire Grile, you pay up, but you get First Class Service and Amazing Food. Our Server Kiley was just Awesome.
92% recommended
Best Ambiance in Iowa
37 people mentioned the Prime Rib

+39 Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Ames
93 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Authentic
We like +39 because we can make a reservation (wish ALL Ames, Iowa restaurants allowed this!) AND because of waiter Corey. We're going back in a couple weeks when the butternut squRead more
Great for Brunch in Iowa
2 people mentioned the Spaghetti Carbonara
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The Class Act

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Cedar Rapids
961 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Romantic
Have made numerous efforts to eat here but the schedules never worked out until this trip.
94% recommended
8 people mentioned the Bread Pudding
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Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Dubuque

$$$$·Italian·
Dubuque
552 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Casual
We love authentic Italian food and the food and atmosphere were great. We will stop there again when in Dubuque.
82% recommended
Scenic View in Iowa
44 people mentioned the Garlic Bread

Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Des Moines
1,623 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Great meal. Always pleasant place to spend some time.
89% recommended
Most Booked in Iowa
35 people mentioned the Fresh Seafood

Cafe Dodici

$$$$·Italian·
Washington
79 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Worth the Drive
Great place for a quiet romantic meal. Great food, great service, and great ambiance. The best restaurant in town!
98% recommended
3 people mentioned the Chicken Roulade
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Martini's Grille

$$$$·Steak·
Burlington
458 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View
  • Special Occasion
Our dining experience was perfect! Great view of the river. Our waiter, Josh, was friendly, knowledgeable and ultra-professional. The food was terrific, with several unique optionsRead more
98% recommended
Best Overall in Iowa
19 people mentioned the Martinis
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Bass Street Chop House

$$$$·Steak·
Moline
1,216 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Larry was a great "through back" waiter who made the experience even better!
91% recommended
Notable Wine List in Iowa
30 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Olde Main Brewing Company

$$$$·Brewery·
Ames
116 reviews
  • Casual
  • Good for Groups
  • Great Beer
We took our family there for evening meal on Easter Sunday. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. One family member ordered a steak sandwich and requested that it be preparRead more
3 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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The Stuffed Olive - Des Moines

$$$$·American·
Des Moines
277 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
We love this place. It is our to go spot for every broadway show!!
95% recommended
Best Food in Iowa
12 people mentioned the Stuffed Olive

Strudl Haus

$$$$·European·
Des Moines
135 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
I would recommend this restaurant however they have closed and will be missed. I do understand they may do catering.
97% recommended
5 people mentioned the Strudel
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Otis & Henry's - Isle Casino Waterloo

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Cedar Falls / Waterloo
77 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Quiet Conversation
So so experience you might expect at the buffet. Not what I expected at the steakhouse. Very disappointing, manager actually brought down the level of service and ambiance.
87% recommended
4 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Woodfire Grille at Diamond Jo - Northwood

$$$$·Steak·
Northwood
236 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
This was the second time we have dined at your restaurant, and once again we were extremely pleased. Thank you for the great service, and excellent food!
100% recommended
Best Ambiance in Iowa
12 people mentioned the Prime Rib