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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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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Ok food, ok place-but nothing spectacular

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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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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Hamilton, Michigan
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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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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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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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Germantown, Tennessee
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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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Ankeny, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

I don't like to order chicken at a restaurant. It is something I eat a lot of at home and can make for myself easily, but when it comes with shrimp, I will take it. Being served on a hot plate that kept my food warm so I could enjoy it nice and slowly was a bonus. 16 weight watcher... More 

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Ankeny
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

We like Applebees, but it seems the portions are getting smaller. Chicken fajita roll up which is a favorite of ours, had vey little chicken. The roll up was mainly tortilla and lettuce which is a shame this used to be full of chicken. Service is always good and fast and tastes good....just disappointed in serving size.

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Madison, WI
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Nice staff, good sirloin steak at a good price. Not too fancy, but lots of options and a huge Caesar salad.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We love Applebee's when we travel this is where we stop. Today it was awful chips over cooked the server was ok Ryne but it's the cook who sends food out should be a- shambled . Our spinach dip was burnt, chips really greasy and burnt as well. Sweet Tea good ...

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Ankeny, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

I count on the food being good at Applebee's. Their quality problem is they're always so busy and noisy!

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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

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