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Applebee's

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1001 E 1st St, Ankeny, IA 50021-2043
515-965-3444
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Dining options: Dinner, Takeout

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  • 11
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  • 15
    Very good
  • 10
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  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Always pretty good!

Even for a chain, this Applebees always does a good job with the food and service! It may be the local people, but this one is worth going to!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Kevin N
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Even for a chain, this Applebees always does a good job with the food and service! It may be the local people, but this one is worth going to!

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Thank Kevin N
Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2015

My husband & I eat here at least 3 times a month. The menu is always changing and adding new great dishes & appetizers. My husbands fav, for now is the brunch burger - a juicy hamburger with an egg & hash browns on it.. Service is great. Plus if you are over 60 years old, ask for the senior... More 

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Thank 1BimmerBabe
Ankeny
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Will most often wait for a table. Kids welcomed. Friendly staff. Reasonable speed on service. Generally a little crowded but reasonably priced.

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Thank Mitchell A
Colorado Springs, Colorado
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

One can seldom go wrong with Applebee's! Perhaps "family owned," or "Mom and Pop,' diners are more interesting but often with varying results.

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Thank Ess Cee K
Des Moines
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126 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

We went for my birthday. They had sent me s coupon for a free dessert. I also had one out of the paper for BOGO for their nes inside out burgers. They let me use both coupons. The burgers were excellent and cooked to the perfect doneness. My only complaint is they charge an upcharge to get sides other than... More 

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Thank Cyndeetrek
Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Recently redecorated to get rid of all the junk on the walls to a more Ankeny sports team theme, which is nice. The food was just ok. The oriental chicken wrap was smaller than the last time I had it and I only got a very small serving of steamed veggies with it. Staff was ok and refilled our drinks... More 

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Thank Guitarjess
Hamilton, Michigan
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I went here while on a trip. The service was great. The food was amazing ,as always, and my husband said it was the best steak he has had in a long time! We plan on coming back next year!

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Thank Jane D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 via mobile

If you are looking for tasty food at a price that won't break the bank, then Applebee's is for you. The Ankeny location is usually always crowded, but if you choose to eat at the bar there is never a wait. Overall the service is above average and the food/beverage choices are plentiful.

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Thank 141nicoler
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

I don't have much to say that is good as every time I go there something is different. I went there with a girl and I ordered a burger. It was way overcooked. The staff is friendly and attentive but the food was terrible. I went back again with the same girl about a year later. They were running the... More 

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Thank Alexander J
Germantown, Tennessee
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369 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

My first time at this location, but generally Applebee's are pretty consistent. I stopped in at Lunch and ordered the Asian Chicken Salad, I agree with another writer when they stated that the portions seem to be getting smaller. Maybe they are different bowls which make is seem that way, but nonetheless it was good. I get the grilled versus... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1001 E 1st St, Ankeny, IA 50021-2043
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ankeny
  • Phone Number: 515-965-3444

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 21 - 30
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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