38 Iowa Restaurants to Love This Valentine's Day

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.

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Restaurants:Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - West Des Moines, Malo, Table 128 Bistro + Bar
Price Range:$$ - $$
Cuisines:American, Latin American, Contemporary American
Neighborhoods:West Des Moines, Downtown Des Moines
Party Size
For 2
Date
Time
7:00 PM

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - West Des Moines

$$$$·American·
West Des Moines
1,140 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
Nice food... and extremely great service. We'll be back
American in Iowa
17 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Malo

$$$$·Latin American·
Downtown Des Moines
1,142 reviews
  • Authentic
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
Can’t ever go wrong with Malo
Great for Brunch in Iowa
20 people mentioned the Sangria
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Table 128 Bistro + Bar

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Des Moines
1,010 reviews
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
We had to come in for one last experience at the Clive location before they move downtown. Food and service was superb as usual and it was great bringing our friends with us who alRead more
Best Overall in Iowa
9 people mentioned the Beef Tenderloin
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CRAVE - Sioux City

$$$$·American·
Sioux City
484 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Great for Outdoor Dining
  • Romantic
Birthday dinner for 6. Smoked old fashioned cocktail. My wife had sea bass and I did sushi rolls. Beautiful place. Our server was awesome. Great experience.
Great for Brunch in Iowa
3 people mentioned the Egg Roll

Django Restaurant

$$$$·French·
Downtown Des Moines
2,711 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
Our server asked if we had an event after dinner during the process of taking our drink order. She then followed through and made sure that we were on time while providing great seRead more
Fit for Foodies in Iowa
37 people mentioned the Poutine
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Aposto

$$$$·Italian·
Des Moines
780 reviews
  • Romantic
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
NEVER disappointed! Servers are excellent and food was perfect ... as usual!!
Best Overall in Iowa
4 people mentioned the Chocolate Torte
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Granite City Food & Brewery - Cedar Rapids

$$$$·American·
Cedar Rapids
171 reviews
  • Bar Seating
  • Great for Brunch
  • Fit for Foodies
Our only issue was that the hash browns and the roast beef weren't cooked enough. Other than that everything was wonderful.
4 people mentioned the Prime Rib

RoCA

$$$$·Contemporary American·
Downtown Des Moines
1,002 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
We always love RoCA
Best Food in Iowa
22 people mentioned the Root Beer
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801 Chophouse – Des Moines

$$$$·Steakhouse·
Downtown Des Moines
2,320 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Anniversaries
Birthday celebration! Perfect.
Best Overall in Iowa
72 people mentioned the Prime Rib

Bubba

$$$$·Southern·
Des Moines
1,377 reviews
  • Comfort Food
  • Special Occasion
  • Business Meals
I love Bubba so much and have always had such a wonderful experience. The food, staff, and atmosphere is always immaculate. Will always recommend it to others. :)
Great for Brunch in Iowa
68 people mentioned the Fried Chicken
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Bravo Italian Kitchen - Jordan Creek

$$$$·Italian·
West Des Moines
687 reviews
  • Good for Anniversaries
  • Good for a Date
  • Great for Lunch
Great experience and great service
5 people mentioned the Free Dessert
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Exile Brewing

$$$$·American·
Des Moines
280 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Good for Groups
  • Great for Lunch
Pop Up Sno Globe was amazing! The food and drinks for Great and the staff was wonderful as well😊
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
628 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Quiet Conversation
Great atmosphere and attentive staff. Portions were small but adequate but would like to see the option for 2nds. Especially for Thanksgiving. Food was hot but dressing dry. ClRead more
Romantic in Iowa
14 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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The J Bar - Davenport

$$$$·Gastro Pub·
Iowa
127 reviews
  • Good for a Date
  • Romantic
  • Creative Cuisine
Great food and drinks! Philly cheesesteak egg rolls were spectacular! Will definitely be back soon!
2 people mentioned the Bottomless Mimosas
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Granite City Food & Brewery - Davenport

$$$$·American·
Davenport
244 reviews
  • Great Beer
  • Great for Lunch
  • Great for Brunch
The food was excellent however we got 3 rolls for two of us. I feel maybe 4 would have made more sense. Also the appropriate silverware was not given with the meal. We had to ask fRead more
Great for Brunch in Iowa
2 people mentioned the Chicken Flatbread

350 First - Doubletree Hilton

$$$$·Unspecified·
Cedar Rapids
339 reviews
  • Scenic View
  • Business Meals
  • Romantic
We went there for my husband birthday. It was a very quiet place which was nice. Food was good (some was expensive some was average) $-$$$. My husband had a really good cocktail asRead more
4 people mentioned the Cupcakes

Woodfire Grille at Diamond Jo - Dubuque

$$$$·Steak·
Dubuque
862 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
We had the rib eye and shrimp pasta, the service was great and the atmosphere was perfect.
Notable Wine List in Iowa
37 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Dubuque

$$$$·Italian·
Dubuque
661 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Romantic
Always a good meal. Love the atmosphere. Our waiter, Tony, was the best!
Good for Groups in Iowa
44 people mentioned the Garlic Bread

Splash Seafood Bar and Grill

$$$$·Seafood·
Downtown Des Moines
1,770 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for Birthdays
Amazing birthday dinner! The seafood was amazing. The service was outstanding. Beautiful atmosphere. Can’t wait to come back.
Best Service in Iowa
35 people mentioned the Fresh Seafood

Martini's Grille

$$$$·Steak·
Burlington
719 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Scenic View
  • Romantic
Excellent dining experience. Butterscotch cream pie was fantastic!
Best Overall in Iowa
19 people mentioned the Martinis

Bass Street Chop House

$$$$·Steak·
Moline
1,319 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Took my wife here for our 3rd wedding anniversary. The lobster here is out of this world! Started going here before we married and can't give it a higher rating it's fantastic!
Outdoor Dining in Iowa
30 people mentioned the Prime Rib

The Stuffed Olive - Des Moines

$$$$·American·
Des Moines
405 reviews
  • Tapas
  • Handcrafted Cocktails
  • Special Occasion
Great wait staff and bartenders. I’ve never had a bad drink or piece of food here. They were also AMAZING at helping me with my special request in my RSVP :)
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.
4 people mentioned the Prime Rib
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Woodfire Grille at Diamond Jo - Northwood

$$$$·Steak·
Northwood
421 reviews
  • Special Occasion
  • Romantic
  • Good for a Date
Service and food were both fantastic. Highly recommend!
Steak in Iowa
12 people mentioned the Prime Rib