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Open Sesame

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313 East Locust, Des Moines, IA 50309
515-288-3151
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12:00 pm - 4:00 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
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 27
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 5
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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
Fabulous food! Delightful atmosphere and friendly, helpful service.

Loved this restaurant. The food was delicious! I had a mediterranean chicken in pita with a side of hummus, and my spouse (with gluten and dairy-free needs) was also helped to a delicious salad with lamb. Very welcoming, helpful, friendly service. We were lucky to be there at lunch on a quiet day!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Maryspkr
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Loved this restaurant. The food was delicious! I had a mediterranean chicken in pita with a side of hummus, and my spouse (with gluten and dairy-free needs) was also helped to a delicious salad with lamb. Very welcoming, helpful, friendly service. We were lucky to be there at lunch on a quiet day!

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Thank Maryspkr
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I just love this restaurant! Small, cozy interior. Very tasty Lebanese food-great hummus, baba ganoush, and chicken schwarma. Vegetarian friendly. Located in East Village.

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Thank 809libbyy
Casey
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Enjoyed our first visit with another couple at lunch time. All four of us liked what we ordered. Reasonable prices and nice variety on menu. Appealing decor and cozy atmosphere. Would like to go back in the evening.

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Thank Tracy S
Des Moines
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

The food was good and the service was fine, but I thought it was very overpriced for what I received.

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Thank crpwdm
Central City, Iowa
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89 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

The title pretty much says it all! The staff was very friendly and were able to describe the meals well! The atmosphere is super cool and they play interesting music as well. The food was great if you're an outgoing foody... if you're picky and/or not willing to try new things than it would not be a great place for... More 

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Thank Mikayla E
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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71 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

The restaurant is located in a very small building, but don't let that turn you off because it's cozy and allows for the family-run business to provide close attention and excellent service. After several visits here, I have loved everything on their menu, so you really can't go wrong here!

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Thank Josh R
Des Moines, Iowa
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This is one of my Des Moines staples that most of my friends (locals) haven't even tried before. It's kind of a hidden gem and a really small place, but the ambience is fantastic and food is on another level. They also have a solid drink menu. I've been here many times and they've never failed to impress me. The... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

I ordered a gyro and it was loaded with meat and cucumber sauce, delicious! I'm sure it would be a nice place for an evening date with someone special. For me it was a lunch experience.

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Thank mdhinder
Kansas City, Missouri
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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Visiting Des Moines for vacation. Hotel staff recommended this small hidden local place. It was within walking distance of hotel and in the area known as the East Village, which is the eclectic area east of the river. Wonderful smells as soon as we walked in. Clean and well kept. Prompt service, friendly staff but not overly so. A varied... More 

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Thank Bary P
Crawfordsville, Indiana
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2015

This is a nice little restaurant right in downtown Des Moines. The menu is not very large but the food is really good. I went with my wife and have a really enjoyable dinner in romantic environment with exotic food. If you are not very adventurous I recommend the Gyros dinner.

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