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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Burger Restaurant
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“This is a local staple. Out-of-towners, as well as locals, love to stop here for a bite.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“This place is another Des Moines staple. They just opened a second location in Ankeny. Unique pizzas at a great price. Famous for their Crab Rangoon pizza!”
  • 21 locals recommend
Cinema
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“Flix Brewhouse is America’s only first-run Cinema Brewery. Stop and think about that for a minute -- the best blockbuster movies, amazing on-site brewed beer and delectable hand-made food all crafted by serious movie-beer-food folks. For those who believe that movie going should be so much more than just staring at a screen, Flix Brewhouse is a game-changer.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Exile’s brewed beers are distributed throughout the Midwest. It's a solid place to visit if you’re downtown and in search of a good beer and burger!”
  • 13 locals recommend
Pizza Place
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“Want those "high-end dining” feels without going broke? This is the place to be. Delicious Mediterranean/Italian/Moroccan-inspired food -- small plates, appetizers, and entrees. They also known for their AMAZING unique wood-roasted pizzas (I recommend). Come during their happy hours during 3-6pm and get your pizza and beer half off – super good deal.”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“If you like beer, you will LOVE the Taproom. A beer hall-style setting in downtown Des Moines with 99 taps featuring all Iowa craft brews and a variety of American food favorites. 99 Taps from over 35 Iowa Breweries Browse the beers. Good food too! And a CupCake shop next door. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Italian Restaurant
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“Sunday brunch is great and reasonably priced. Dinner entrees are over-priced and mediocre. Hamburgers are very good and reasonably priced. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Café
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“Coffee and baked goods. Large amount of seating. Close to the State Capitol which is fun to see. Both the grounds and inside are open to the public (check hours first for inside). Metered parking. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“A favorite place if you're in the mood for fancy brunch and mimosas, but also an excellent choice for well-priced, elegant dinner or for parties/events.”
  • 10 locals recommend
German Restaurant
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“The biggest thing here is the beer! They've got some of the finest German beers this side of Munich.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Personally, my favorite cocktail bar in Des Moines if for no other reasons than the Caipirinha (not on the menu, be sure to ask), the hidden outdoor patio, and the occasional jazz on the weekends. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bar
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“ Has a TON of beers on tap from all over the world. Nice outdoor seating area in the summer.”
  • 7 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Our favorite sushi spot. Mike is the owner and always behind the sushi bar. He's legit.”
  • 4 locals recommend
BBQ Restaurant
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“Wow...Put some south in your mouth. Tender as a mother's love. Out of this world BBQ.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“Best local coffee spot. But be warned that they do not have wifi because that is not their thing. Great coffee is. I recommend their espresso.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Quirky hot spot with an open kitchen dishing up BBQ, Cajun & Caribbean fare plus a bar & live music.”
  • 5 locals recommend