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

Centro Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Downtown Des Moines
2,480 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Our first time visiting Centro. We had lunch and it was really good. We definitely will go back and try the dinner menu.
97% recommended
23 people mentioned the Bloody Mary
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Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - West Des Moines

$$$$·American·
West Des Moines
830 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Veteran’s Day
91% recommended
Great for Lunch 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
1,083 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fun
  • Good for Groups
Taco Tuesday. Great value for great tacos.
96% recommended
Healthy 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
878 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Good for a Date
Our lunch was delicious and the service was great. Our experience also fit our lunch time frame perfectly.
100% recommended
Best Overall in Iowa
9 people mentioned the Beef Tenderloin

CRAVE - Sioux City

$$$$·American·
Sioux City
368 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
Love the food. Delicious cole slaw. Best waitress, Kdrri.
87% recommended
Healthy in Iowa
3 people mentioned the Egg Roll

Django Restaurant

$$$$·French·
Downtown Des Moines
2,640 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
The outdoor set up at Django is very nice. I recommend purchasing more outside heaters so it can be used even when it gets colder. If not, it would be nice to be able to be seateRead more
97% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Iowa
37 people mentioned the Poutine

Aposto

$$$$·European·
Des Moines
582 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
Great place for a special date. Phenomenal food. Great selection of wine.
99% 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
145 reviews
  • Great for Lunch
  • Casual
  • Kid-friendly
The meal was great and the outdoor dining experience and service were excellent.
95% recommended
4 people mentioned the Prime Rib

RoCA

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Des Moines
861 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Special Occasion
Great food, great drink and Great service (Thanks Robert). Have always had great experiences at RoCa.
99% recommended
Best Ambiance in Iowa
22 people mentioned the Root Beer

801 Chophouse – Des Moines

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown Des Moines
1,992 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
Outstanding food and service. You do get what you pay for.
97% recommended
Best Service in Iowa
72 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Bubba

$$$$·Southern·
Des Moines
1,165 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
Great lunch. Good space to feel comfortable with Covid. Staff was great
97% 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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Exile Brewing

$$$$·American·
Des Moines
180 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
Personal, efficient service with delicious food. Lots of menu choices. Great vibe. A local gem!
95% recommended
Best Overall in Iowa
1 people mentioned the Avocado Sandwich
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AJ's Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows Casino

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Des Moines
403 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Experience was great. Drinks were good and my wife’s meal was perfect. My steak I ordered was extremely fatty. I would say 40% fat. I would expect a better cut from them.
89% recommended
Special Occasion in Des Moines
14 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Harbinger

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Des Moines
165 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·
Iowa
127 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
Great food and drinks! Philly cheesesteak egg rolls were spectacular! Will definitely be back soon!
95% recommended
Most Booked in Exclusive
2 people mentioned the Bottomless Mimosas
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Baru 66

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

$$$$·American·
Davenport
184 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Special Occasion
  • Great for Brunch
Family dinner for nephews 21st birthday. Appreciated that all staff were properly masked and temperatures were taken prior to seating. Our waitress was great. Food quality as expecRead more
81% recommended
Great for Lunch 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
328 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
Superb wait staff - very attentive and friendly. Here for our wedding anniversary. Both had 12 oz ribeye - cooked and seasoned great. Green beans a little too el denta - also odd -Read more
4 people mentioned the Cupcakes
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Irina's Restaurant & Bar

$$$$·Contemporary European·
West Des Moines
295 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Fit for Foodies
Excellent service, drinks and food as always!
89% recommended
Fit for Foodies in Iowa
4 people mentioned the Beef Stroganoff

Woodfire Grille at Diamond Jo - Dubuque

$$$$·Steak·
Dubuque
764 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
We go here for special occasions every so often and always have a wonderful experience. We actually went to the casino afterward, and our winnings paid for most of the meal too!
93% recommended
Romantic in Iowa
37 people mentioned the Prime Rib

+39 Italian Restaurant

$$$$·Italian·
Ames
125 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Good for a Date
Worth every dollar. Stop in!!
93% recommended
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
611 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
Ambiance is comfortable. Food is great. Service was excellent. Enjoyable meal.
97% recommended
Notable Wine List in Iowa
44 people mentioned the Garlic Bread

Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Des Moines
1,743 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
Splash did it again!! They really delivered on friendliness and food. From the hostess to the manger stoping to see how everything was a couple of times to Amy. She is without a doRead more
99% recommended
Best Overall 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
538 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
A great restaurant for the city. We always enjoy the visit! The food is always consistent and wonderful.
99% recommended
Special Occasion in Iowa
19 people mentioned the Martinis

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
332 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Tapas
  • Casual
On vacation with my sisters made reservations online and it was over looked. The manager came over and apologized for the mistake said they’ve been busy. He just gave us the next tRead more
97% recommended
Best Value in Iowa
12 people mentioned the Stuffed Olive

Otis & Henry's - Isle Casino Waterloo

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Cedar Falls / Waterloo
84 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Casual
My only complaint being the Rib Eye steak was not of the quality normally served. Walleye meal was fantastic.
85% recommended
4 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Woodfire Grille at Diamond Jo - Northwood

$$$$·Steak·
Northwood
294 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
We brought our 80-year-old mother there for her birthday she had the prime rib my wife had the prime rib and I had the ribs and they were all wonderful especially the cream spinachRead more
95% recommended
Steak in Iowa
12 people mentioned the Prime Rib

BRAVO Cucina Italiana - Des Moines - Jordan Creek - Permanently Closed

$$$$·Italian·
West Des Moines
680 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Birthdays
Although earlier than we normally dine, we enjoyed Happy hour cocktails and appetizers! Ambiance was quiet and pleasant atmosphere! Schedules dictated the time to eat together & weRead more
82% recommended
5 people mentioned the Free Dessert
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Bass Street Chop House

$$$$·Steak·
Moline
1,283 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Anniversaries
INCREDIBLE steaks and fantastic drink/wine selection. Our service was outstanding as well. Highly recommended for a fine dining, romantic evening!
92% recommended
30 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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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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