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Cafe di Scala

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644 18th St, Des Moines, IA 50314-1043
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Mon - Tue 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars

The chef is amazingly talented and always prepares a great lineup! I can't wait to see what they have in store with all the changes and new stuff coming up! I hear brunch is amazing, but have yet to try it!

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 18, 2015
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

The chef is amazingly talented and always prepares a great lineup! I can't wait to see what they have in store with all the changes and new stuff coming up! I hear brunch is amazing, but have yet to try it!

Thank JenJenJenJenJen13
West Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

Had a delicious dinner tonight! Private event with family and friends. The staff was attentive and accommodating. The food was worthy of New York City, with layers of flavor in all the dishes from appetizer to salad, steak and an amazing dessert of flourless chocolate cake and a almond brittle bottom. Will definitely need to come back to Des Moines... More 

Thank Risa S
West Des Moines, IA
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222 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Café di Scala had a reduced menu for restaurant week but the selection was fantastic. I had the popletta, pollo, and tiramisu. My wife had the zupa, cavatelli, and torte al cioccolato. Except for the pollo being a tad dry all our picks were delectable. As for drinks, not much of a beer selection and the cocktails seem overpriced. Even... More 

Thank Michael R
Des Moines, Iowa
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96 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This was our 4th-5th time here over several years. Friday night with friends. I had pasta with a salad and my wife had the same with different pasta. Salad was ordinary-nothing special. Pasta was poor. Service was very slow and poor. But the real issue-4 hours later I felt death was possible !!!! Food poisoning maybe did not do a... More 

Thank chance s
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83 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

Since we live in Des Moines, we get to enjoy Cafe di Scala a few times a year. It NEVER disappoints! Had dinner there this weekend with our adult son. We shared the crostini appetizer.....it was probably the best I've had and we were in Italy last fall. Hubby raved about the Italian beef stuffed banana peppers. They are very... More 

Thank msueb
West Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Since this was our 1st visit, I decided to check reviews and some were less than stellar but I did not share them with my wife! We brought our own wine and the bartender was very cordial with opening it and chilling it for us. We arrived at 6:30 for a 7:15 reservation-we prefer to relax prior to just immediately... More 

Thank pedalmetal
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

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 

4 Thank Matthew L
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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 

Thank Kathryn R
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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 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 

1 Thank JADDO4
Des Moines
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192 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 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.

2 Thank Proteeus3

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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian
Open Hours
10:00 pm - 5:00 pm
10:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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