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644 18th St, Des Moines, IA 50314-1043
515-244-1353
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Saturday
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Hours:
Mon - Tue 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations

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  • 20
    Excellent
  • 5
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
This makes me sad

Out on the town for a special evening to celebrate, so Cafe Di Scala is the restaurant everyone wants to go to. The bartender cannot describe any of the wines, the appetizer was burnt on one side, the special soup was mushrooms in luke warm water, the steak was tough, the chicken was dry and the... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed January 16, 2015
Matthew L
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Minneapolis
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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Minneapolis
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Out on the town for a special evening to celebrate, so Cafe Di Scala is the restaurant everyone wants to go to. The bartender cannot describe any of the wines, the appetizer was burnt on one side, the special soup was mushrooms in luke warm water, the steak was tough, the chicken was dry and the pasta Sardis was inedible.... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

Our second trip to this restaurant was for their special NYE menu. It was a 5 course meal including desert. The courses were delicious and timed perfectly, giving us time to sip our cocktails and chat. The meal took 2 hours to complete, as a five course meal should. The owners stopped by to check in but did not hover... More 

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Iowa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Recently dined at Di Scala with a group of friends. Have dined here multiple times over the years. The ambiance is very nice. Dark, relaxing, quiet music in the background. The food as usual was good, but not very good to outstanding. Having not been here for maybe 6 months, what struck me was the increase in prices of the... More 

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Des Moines
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The red sauce gave my wife the trots from her Valentine's dinner there. The meal was overpriced and very small. The girl assured my wife that there would be 6 large ravioli's in her serving and it came with 2 for an entree.

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Minneapolis
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

Meal was next to perfect. Venue is very dark, meals were expensive, but well worth the price. Italian wedding cake was a perfect finish. Thank you for the great meal!!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

Great restaurant. Helpful and fun service. And as stated, best appetizer in Des Moines. It is just a great combination of good earthy sauce, rich eggplant and the creamy melted cheese. Now I want to go get this again!!!

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Kansas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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85 reviews 85 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 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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74 reviews 74 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 644 18th St, Des Moines, IA 50314-1043
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-244-1353
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?