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6112 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315-5013
515-285-3552
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11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch

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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good service

The food was classic cajun good but not amazing the people were very nice and the atmosphere was ok nut I'm sure it would be better on the weekend

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The food was classic cajun good but not amazing the people were very nice and the atmosphere was ok nut I'm sure it would be better on the weekend

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Des Moines, Iowa
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I discovered this small locally owned restaurant driving home from work and had to stop in and see and taste. My paternal grandparents were Cajun and I wanted to see how they compare to my Grammy's home cooking, and I wasn't disappointed. I had their sampler along with some fried alligator and sweet potato pie. Every bit was absolutely delightful!

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Gator bites, frog legs, etoufee, boudain, bacon catfish po' boy, all extremely delicious! This place doesn't look like much from the outside, but the food is outstanding!!

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Urbandale, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I have been going to Fat Tuesday for several years. The staff is always very friendly and the food is excellent. I have been to New Orleans many times. Steven, the owner does his hometown proud. It is like going to eat at a friends house in New Orleans. Steven captures the complex layers of flavors that true Cajun food... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2014

I'll have to confess that I have been to Fat Tuesdays several times over. I find the blacken cat fish to be my favorite. I will keep going back because of the service and excellent meals. In fact I think I will go have lunch there today, so I've got to run. Go try it you will like it!

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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We have been here 4 or 5 times and always have great Cajun food. Fat Tuesday is a nice change from all of the chain restaurants in the Des Moines area.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

If in Des Moines and you want to try good Cajun food. Try this little place on the south side of the city. It's small, but the food will surprise you. Great food! And on the weekends,a little blues entertainment.

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Des Moines
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

Let me start out by saying I am not a big Cajun fan. I do not care for the spices, and it gives me heartburn. This place made me a convert! Their greens are spectacular; I can eat a whole dinner of just greens and corn bread. The Po' boys are fluffy rolls filled with goodies. Oh, and the frogs'... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I am from Louisiana and one of the things I miss is the food. Fat Tuesday provides good southern food at great prices. I will definitely visit this restaurant again !!!! As for as celebrating special occasions I would if there were just a few guests. This establishment is quite small.

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Boone, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

And I've had it in every other Cajun restaurant in Des Moines and I've even had it in New Orleans, this was authentic Cajun. We started with the sampler appetizer that had 4 different specialties, scrumptious! Then we had a crayfish ball and a gator ball and yum again. I had the blackened fish, son had the blackened chicken, this... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 6112 SW 9th St, Des Moines, IA 50315-5013
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-285-3552

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cajun & Creole
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?