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313 East Locust, Des Moines, IA 50309
515-288-3151
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5:00 pm - 2:00 am
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

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  • 18
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  • 8
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 0
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Lebanese

Funky Lebanese restaurant in East Village of Des Moines. Street parking. Small cafe with cozy atmosphere. Good Mediterranean food.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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90 reviews 90 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Funky Lebanese restaurant in East Village of Des Moines. Street parking. Small cafe with cozy atmosphere. Good Mediterranean food.

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Paducah, Kentucky
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50 reviews 50 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

Recently stopped in while traveling through Des Moines and loved it. The restaurant was clean and quiet, service was great and the food was excellent!!

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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78 reviews 78 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Good good and service. Not the spicy middle eastern fare I'm used to but very good. Beer wasn't very cold though. πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘πŸ‘

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Des Moines, Iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Went to Open Sesame on Saturday. Very cool decor and friendly staff. Food was reasonably priced and arrived quickly. Excellent food. Comparable to some of the best large city's Lebanese restaurants. Small place, so get there early. Good location in the East Village.

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Ames, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

the food was great and ambiance too, its a little expensive but you get real fresh food so i guess its worth the money!

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Ankeny, Iowa
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58 reviews 58 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

This is a favorite of mine when going to the Civic Center; you can park on the bridge and walk to both. It's a small restaurant, but the food never fails to please. I believe it's Lebanese.

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vernon NY
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43 reviews 43 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We had seen this place a few times when driving through the east village. the curb appeal is nothing to brag about and almost looks like a take-out place. However, we were pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the server, the high quality of the food and the unique (if a little tired) dΓ©cor. Hummus was exceptional as well as... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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137 reviews 137 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

The food was great. My wife and I had gyros and salad; both were very good. The atmosphere is very nice. The menu says it is a Lebanese restaurant but it serves gyros and a variety of middle eastern food. The decor is a generic "aladdin style" mix of middle eastern cultures. The location is nice right in front of... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

If you are looking for food that is outside the usual boring burgers, soup and sandwiches, head to Open Sesame. There you'll find a good selection of salads, falafel sandwiches, gyros, and appetizers, to name just a few. I have been to Open Sesame many times and have always enjoyed it. Great coffee and tea as well. The wonderful aromas... More 

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marrsamuse
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

OK - I haven't tried the schwarma yet, but that's because there are so many other good things on the menu. You can go and enjoy authentic belly dancing, or just dine, OR just go for the bar. Nice, intimate restaurant in the East Village, with tasty and affordable middle eastern cuisine. They also have syllabub on the menu.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 313 East Locust, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-288-3151

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Middle Eastern
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
8:30 am - 2:30 pm

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