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Des Moines, Iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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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41 reviews 41 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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108 reviews 108 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 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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4 reviews 4 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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wisconsin
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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We came in and were directed to a table and my husband went to use the bathroom. It took them awhile to get menus to us. There were 2 men serving one was on his phone quite a bit of the time while we were there. We ordered a falafel pita with small salad for $10 and the grape leaf... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I have a problem with restaurants being so dark you can't see your food. It's unappetizing to me; I like to appreciate my food with my eyes too. Not a lot of menu choices, but the food was good.

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Vermillion, South Dakota, United States
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

As visitors to Des Moines, our plan was to eat at a nearby fun spot but the 1.5-2 hour wait was off-putting, especially with kids in the group. A consult of TA made us realize we were right around the corner from this highly recommend spot. All lovers of Middle Eastern cuisine, we headed over and were not disappointed. The... More 

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Additional Information about Open Sesame

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

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