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Zombie Burger + Drink Lab

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American, Hamburgers, Eclectic, Ice Cream
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300 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-1816
515-244-9292
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11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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  • 198
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  • 124
    Very good
  • 66
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
I must have bad luck?

So I visited a few years ago & thought I must've just gotten a really bad batch of food. I didn't write a review at the time thinking everyone else was loving the food so I must've had a rare bad experience. Everything we ordered was so salty that we couldn't even eat it. Even the milkshake was... read more

1 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2015
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Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015 NEW

So I visited a few years ago & thought I must've just gotten a really bad batch of food. I didn't write a review at the time thinking everyone else was loving the food so I must've had a rare bad experience. Everything we ordered was so salty that we couldn't even eat it. Even the milkshake was super salty!... More 

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Adel, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

You can't go wrong with Zombie Burger in the East Village in downtown Des Moines. 20+ burgers to choose from and excellent shakes. Never had a bad burger there. Love 'em!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

Front desk at embassy suites recommends this spot. It was pretty fun. Not expensive. Worth a look when staying or visiting Does Moines.

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Waterloo, Iowa, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

We have been to Zombie Burger several times. Every time we go we are amazed at the unusual types of burgers and shakes they have! My son and I split a Walking Ched this time and we all had a different kind of shake. It is a very unique dining experience. We will visit Zombie Burger every time we are... More 

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Alburnett, Iowa
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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

This restaurant was so much fun! They do not take reservations or call ahead to be put in line. They need more waiting area so they customers are not in the way of the employees. The food was so unique. I had a Walking Ched, which was a burger with a fried grilled cheese bun with hamburger, onion, mac and... More 

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Des Moines, IA
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31 reviews 31 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

Zombie Burger seems to get a lot of attention and that surprises me a little. The burgers are pretty good, but not the greatest I've had. Their shakes come in a variety of flavors and it feels a little naughty to get them with booze! Indoors, the atmosphere is noisy and grating. I'd rather eat outside. The menu is a... More 

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

Just seems like "Zombie" is another name for "Excuse for being unsanitary." People flock to it tho, and the food is good! Atmosphere is just fast foodish to the extreme though.

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The food was good. A bit on the high side. The attraction is for those who are into the zombie genre. That part was the let down.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

My wife and I were excited to eat here with some friends as there seemed to be a lot of hype surrounding the place. However, we experienced limited seating, high prices and so-so food. One thing I was confused on was that they expected a tip but the level of service wasn't much greater than what you'd get at a... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Their vast and creative burger selections are amazing! Their shakes are also delicious! Make sure to get their early because there's always a crowd of people waiting to get in, which validates how awesome this place is!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 300 E Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-1816
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-244-9292

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Hamburgers, Eclectic, Ice Cream
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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