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Cafe di Scala

644 18th St, Des Moines, IA 50314-1043
515-244-1353
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Ranked #17 of 500 Restaurants in Des Moines
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Mon - Tue 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Kansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

For my birthday this year my wife made reservations at the much talked about Cafe Di Scala after reading all the rave review on Tripadvisor. All I can say is that this day will always be remembered as the worst meal I have had in the 42 years I have been on this earth. The first thing you will notice... More

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West Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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70 reviews 70 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

We've been to Café di Scala twice for their Beatles Brunch, held the first Sunday of every month, and even though those visits were several years apart, it really says something about the consistent excellence of this restaurant that both those meals were memorable and incredible. Set inside a historic home in the Sherman Hills section of Des Moines, the... More

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Iowa
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66 reviews 66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Have been wanting try Cafe Di Scala for some time and finally got it done last night, the wait was worth it. My wife had the braised port in broth and I the house special - baked Cod, both were tender and tasty, melt in your mouth! Our server was friendly and attentive, even helped us pick our entrees as... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

My husband and I were lucky enough to check out Cafe di Scala during restaurant week. I had always wanted to try it out but never had. Restaurant week provided the perfect opportunity to give it a try. My meal featured a carrot pasta with a tarragon cream sauce with crab and veggies (leeks, tomatoes and radishes). It was simply... More

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Ames, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

Love this place...wonderful atmosphere and food! We've had dinner here as well and the food is fabulous!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Simply superb food. Truly romantic but a fantastic place for family and friends. A hidden gem in the Hoyt Sherman area. My meal was served in a relaxed manner never rushed. From the appetizer to the Dessert the food was excellent.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

My husband and I dined at Cafe di Scala last night and could not be more happy to have found this hidden gem. I will start by saying that if you are looking for Italian dishes that are more American than Italian (sorry but you'd have a hard time finding chicken parmesan or mozzerella sticks in Italy) this is not... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Des Moines is a hip and happenin' place. There are MANY great places to dine in this marvelous Midwestern capital. Cafe di Scala will not disappoint….great service, interesting delicious food, wonderful atmosphere in a wonderful funky neighborhood. It really doesn't get better for an evening with friends who love to linger over a good bottle while enjoying expertly prepared food.... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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124 reviews 124 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

My husband and I went to dinner at Cafe di Scala recently. We'd been thinking about going for a long time and are sorry now we didn't get ourselves organized to go sooner. Cafe di Scala has everything you could want in an evening...special or everyday, either way. The atmosphere is subdued. Even though the restaurant was full of people... More

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
131 helpful votes 131 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

atmosphere, A plus! Food was excellent, fine wine selection, great after dinner drinks, attentive waitress, what more could you want?! Wish open for lunch!

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