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Zombie Burger + Drink Lab

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American, Hamburgers, Ice Cream, Eclectic
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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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  • 228
    Excellent
  • 141
    Very good
  • 79
    Average
  • 19
    Poor
  • 10
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
You should go at least once. Burger was excellent.

I have family who lives here and saw them checking in on Facebook here so I had to try it while I was visiting. The line was sooooooooooooo long. It was packed inside. The atmosphere was different. The menu was humorous. I got the T-Virus burger (kinda weird I know eating a burger named after a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 17, 2015
Donna M
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Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

We came here on a Friday afternoon around 4:30 pm. There was a small wait, but no big deal. My husband and I ordered a burger and my child ordered a kid's hot dog and fries. There were a ton of beer choices, and my husband and I each had one with our meal. The food came out hot and... More 

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Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania
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42 reviews 42 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Got in to Des Moines on a late flight and was starving for some food. The hotel suggested Zombie burgers was still open. Glad I went - I had the first burger on top of the their extensive list as I just wanted some sustenance. What an awesome burger! Great local beer! Fast, attentive service - got my burger in... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

Great place to go for unique burgers. Be prepared to wait on the weekends and busy times downtown but it is worth the wait. It can be loud but fun to go with a group of people.

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Bushnell, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Very first time and it was packed lined up out the door. Food was great and so was the service. They need to move into a bigger building quick service for being packed

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Ankeny, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Don't get me wrong, the food was really good and the drink (chocolate shake w/alcohol or something) was good too. But the wait is HORRIBLE (more than an hour) and it's like that often, from what I hear. If it's that popular, get a bigger building! :)

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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

We definitely planned to check out this place, but it's hard for me to visit Des Moines and not crave Jethro's BBQ. Well, the verdict is in, and this place just became a go-to spot for me! Burgers were great, nachos monstrous, and the shake delicious!!

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Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Whenever I am in Des Moines I HAVE to stop at Zombie Burger. The food is amazing and the atmosphere is just as good. The servers are friendly and know what they are talking about. The only thing that sucks is the wait time, but that just tells you that its a great place and very popular. If you do... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

I have family who lives here and saw them checking in on Facebook here so I had to try it while I was visiting. The line was sooooooooooooo long. It was packed inside. The atmosphere was different. The menu was humorous. I got the T-Virus burger (kinda weird I know eating a burger named after a virus). It was a... More 

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Wisconsin
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53 reviews 53 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I recently moved (Part-time) to the East Village in Des Moines, and had to check out the "Zombie Joint" after reading dining reviews and seeing the place on Foodie-TV. I visited during peak business hours on a Tuesday night around 7:30pm. When I arrived, there was a line of people waiting for indoor or outdoor seating at this popular dining... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 via mobile

We expected so much more than a zombie statue and homemade 1000 island dressing to set this place apart. More bun than burger and just average hand cut fries. The $1 surcharge for lettuce , tomato and zombie sauce was ridiculous. These are staples that most cool burger joints throw in for the normal price. If you do go, better... More 

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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, Ice Cream, Eclectic
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?