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Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge

2400 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-5234
515-288-2246
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Ranked #42 of 496 restaurants in Des Moines
Price range: $8 - $28
Cuisines: American, Bakery, Steakhouse, Pizza & Pasta
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Noah's Ark serves great home-style Italian food and delicious Neapolitan style pizza in Des Moines, IA.
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Des Moines, Iowa
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46 reviews 46 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014 NEW

The food, meals and dessert, are very delicious. The tables are very close together. The décor is very nice.

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James L, James - Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Happy to see you enjoy everything from the dessert to the decor! Thanks so much for taking a moment to share this with others. It means a lot to us, and we hope you'll stop by the next time you're in town. Until then, take care. Best regards, James - Owner More

USA
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This is regarded as one of the best restaurants in Des Moines but I was disappointed. My family and I went there on a Saturday afternoon around 1:00PM to celebrate my birthday of the previous day as well as my first day of retirement. There were few patrons in the restaurant yet the overall service was extremely slow. In addition,... More

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James L, James, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

I'm sorry to hear you and your family were disappointed with your visit, especially since it was such a special occasion for you. The stuffed peppers are one of our most popular options, yet I'll let the kitchen know you thought they tasted grainy and bland. Any suggestions for how they could have been more flavorful? Also, do you recall... More

Whittemore, Iowa
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

I ate lunch at Noah's with my Mom recently. She loves this place, but so do I! I have been eating at Noah's for many years, and I have never been disappointed. Every day there are many specials on the menu, which give many choices and varieties. The dinner rolls that come with the meals are very delicious- sometimes I... More

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James L, James - Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Happy to hear you're a fan of both our food and service, Ron! You're right, you can never go wrong with our pizza but we're wondering, what else have you tried on the menu? Thanks so much for taking the time to review us and stop in the next time you're in town! Best wishes, James, Owner More

Kigali
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2013

My parents have been eating at Noah's their entire adult lives and since I was a little girl every trip to Des Moines has included a meal at Noah's. I have lived all over the U.S. (Philadelphia, Washington DC, Chicago, and New York City) but always dream of returning to Iowa to have a meal at Noah's. Their dinner rolls... More

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James L, James, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Thanks for taking a moment to recommend us to others on TripAdvisor! We're pleased to know that we've been a family favorite so many years now and look forward to passing along your compliments to the team. It's always a treat to have you in, so we hope to see you soon! Take care, James, Owner More

Bondurant, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

It wasn't great ... it wasn't bad. Just average. The food was okay. They must have run out of the shrimp for the shrimp cocktail, because they were the smallest I have ever seen. The service was good, the booth not the cleanest and the drinks so-so. We will give it another try and hopefully next time will be better.

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James L, James, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing, Johnny! We work hard to ensure everything on our menu is better than average, so I'm sorry to see you weren't more impressed with the food. What all did you try, other than the shrimp cocktail, and how do you think it could have been more satisfying? I look forward to hearing more from you! Next time... More

Kansas City, Missouri
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

Real Pizza, real home made dough, real cheese, The Best! Old Man Noah has the tightest Pizza Game in town......he has ruined me, I can't gag down chain pizza after his, When God invented pizza he sent Noah to earth to make it right. Great old school place, But the Pizza!!!! Mamma Mia

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Omaha, Nebraska
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118 reviews 118 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2013

Old fashioned Italian restaurant. Everything made from scratch. Extensive menu is very reasonably priced. Prices are no higher, and in many instances less expensive, than the Italian chains. And the food is sooo much better. I highly recommend the ravioli casserole. Homemade and delicious! The atmosphere is charming. There is plenty of parking. Easy to access in an older, but... More

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Sioux City, Iowa
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70 reviews 70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2013

We've been here a few times now and it does seem like "Chicago Italian". The service has been OK but we've really enjoyed the food. The pasta, salads, the wine. Nothing to complain about here. The prices are OK too.

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Fresno, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

If I were blindfolded and sat in this restaurant, I would swear we were in Chicago or New York. This place is Old School Italian family restaurant. The food is amazing. The decor is great. I will be back.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Noah's is an institution just west of downtown Des Moines. This is a place that's been run by the same family since the beginning of time. The proprietor, Noah, is often seen eating dinner just inside the front door. The food is consistently good. With all the new pizza places that have opened recently, the best pizza in Des Moines... More

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