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313 East Locust, Des Moines, IA 50309
515-288-3151
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Today
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Closed now
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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 19
    Excellent
  • 8
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 0
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  • 0
    Terrible
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
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Small, cozy, quaint place. Casual attire is fine, but it's not a dump. Quiet enough that you can converse and hear the other person. Really interesting and appealing menu; I couldn't decide what to order. Many of the options are very much like Greek food. I had dish that was kind of like an... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
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Ames, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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67 reviews 67 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

My husband and I arrived at opening time for dinner as we realize the restaurant is small. Unfortunately, all sites listed on the web indicated opening was at 5:00 PM which is not the case. The restaurant opens for dinner at 5:30 PM. Fortunately, a table with two chairs was thoughtfully placed outside the venue and we took advantage to... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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95 reviews 95 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
100 helpful votes 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Small, cozy, quaint place. Casual attire is fine, but it's not a dump. Quiet enough that you can converse and hear the other person. Really interesting and appealing menu; I couldn't decide what to order. Many of the options are very much like Greek food. I had dish that was kind of like an open gyro with grilled chicken. My... More 

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93 reviews 93 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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52 reviews 52 reviews
22 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
30 helpful votes 30 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. 👍👍👍👍👍

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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
16 helpful votes 16 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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) décor. Hummus was exceptional as well as... More 

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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159 reviews 159 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 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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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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