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Top restaurant recommendations from locals

Burger Joint
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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
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“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
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
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“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
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“Our favorite sushi spot. Mike is the owner and always behind the sushi bar. He's legit.”
  • 4 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Great rotating menu and excellent drinks. Food is neo americana style dishes with adequate portions”
  • 6 locals recommend
Cocktail Bar
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“Great Sunday brunch 11a-2p. The make your own mimosa bowl is extreme fun! enjoy paddles of various brunch options from quiche to breakfast Bialys. Nightime specialty cocktails, beers and wine along with evening snacks. Great views of Principal Park. Indoor & outdoor seating. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
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“All things Iowa from a historical point of view. Also has Barratta's restaurant on the roof for great views!”
  • 2 locals recommend
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“Asian inspired tacos. They have gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian options. We recommend the masa fries with bacon chorizo.”
  • 5 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
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“Welcome to Hoq Restaurant! Experience delicious, sustainable farm-to-table dining in the historic East Village of Des Moines.”
  • 2 locals recommend
Bar
“The Cuban menu is amazing - the signature dish, ceviche, is really good. Also they have the very best martinis and mules!”
  • 1 local recommends
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  • 2 locals recommend
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  • 1 local recommends
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“Fine, modern Italian food. Fairly reasonable pricing. A favorite of the see and be seen crowd. Try the gnocchi if you get a chance.”
  • 3 locals recommend