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Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge

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Italian, American, Steakhouse, Bakeries, Pizza & Pasta
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2400 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-5234
515-288-2246
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Description: Noah's Ark serves great home-style Italian food and delicious Neapolitan...
Noah's Ark serves great home-style Italian food and delicious Neapolitan style pizza in Des Moines, IA.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food, but over priced

Raised in the Des Moines area, but had not eaten at Noah's in many years. The food is still excellent. Prices are about 10% higher than comparable restaurants in metro Phoenix, where we live.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Arizona_Heat03
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Chandler, Arizona
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Romantic
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Oceanside, CA
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

First and foremost, for an Italian restaurant, you would expect the lasagna to be good - not the case. First time I've ever eaten lasagna with manicotti noodles. For the funeral's reception after the service, the choices picked were lasagna, pasta alfredo, and chicken. Onion rings were provided as a starter snack. They were great.

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

I'm sorry we didn't impress you more -- we want every meal to be perfect, and it's disappointing that wasn't the case for you. I hope you'll give us another shot to show you what we're all about. Thanks, James - Owner More 

Chandler, Arizona
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39 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Raised in the Des Moines area, but had not eaten at Noah's in many years. The food is still excellent. Prices are about 10% higher than comparable restaurants in metro Phoenix, where we live.

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

I'm glad we've been reunited after all these years! It's awesome to hear that we've maintained that Noah's standard. Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review -- we're looking forward to your next visit. Cheers, James - Owner More 

Indianola, Iowa
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

we recently were invited to Noah's for a graduation on a saturday afternoon. What a horrible experience. There were reservations made in advance so there was no reason they should have been short staffed. Waitress was overwhelmed and never apologized for anything she did or did not do for us. I would never recommend this restaurant to anyone. Also, Food... More 

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

I can't tell you just how disappointed I am to be reading this. We work hard to serve up great food and match that with exceptional service, and I'm disappointed that you didn't experience exactly that. With that said, I would like to apologize for sending you away dissatisfied. And though I can assure you that we always take great... More 

IOWA
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119 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Our group of friends reconnected after more than ten years and chose our favorite old place. We had 6 PM reservations and even though they were very busy with Prom diners we were seated promptly at 6 PM. Our server was quick to bring water and get our drink orders. Upon delivering them, she brought delicious garlic knots and took... More 

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

You don't know how nice it is to hear from a long-time customer -- really warms our heart! Sorry that we ran out of prime rib so early that night, but I'm glad that your steak hit the mark. We can't wait to welcome you back again soon. Cheers, James - Owner More 

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126 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

This is one of old classic Des Moines Italian restaurants. The pasta and pizza are excellent. The restaurant is usually pretty busy. There is a parking lot and street parking.

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

I'm glad you enjoy our pasta and pizza -- thanks for spreading the good word about us! Hope to see you soon, James - Owner More 

Des Moines area
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Last visit to Noah's was for our anniversary in January. Noah's food and décor is classic Italian supper club. The music is classic as well. The service is great, and multi-generations of our family enjoy our family gathering there. Easy access to downtown Des Moines, and great service. The kids get to watch hand tossed pizza dough being made, adults... More 

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

I'm glad you had a good time with us on your anniversary, and it means a lot that multiple generations of your family have come by in the past. It's a great compliment that you've found us calming -- we'll be waiting for your next visit with spumoni ice cream in hand! Cheers, James - Owner More 

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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Been eating at Noahs for years! Love the food and the spumoni with rum sauce is the best! Homemade fried ravioli…yum! Nice to see a family owned restaurant still in business!

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

Thank you! I love when we get regulars leaving reviews. It's fantastic to know we always impress. Hope to see you back in soon. Best, James - Owner More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 via mobile

Food quality high, choices of dishes three to four times better than other fine dining locations in the surrounding states plus Iowa.

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

This is fantastic to see! So thrilled you enjoy our food so much and score it so highly compared to others. See you soon, James - Owner More 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

We went for a nice late lunch/early dinner after shopping in the downtown area and we had heard good things about this place. I would not go again, everything I asked for were not available. We arrived 30 minutes to early for dinner and to late for a lunch special. I understand not being able to have a lunch special,... More 

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

Mandi, this is really surprising to read! We've been a Des Moines favorite since 1946 because of authentic Italian dishes, but also because of our friendly and prompt service. To hear you didn't enjoy either of these things during you early dinner is truly disappointing. Every restaurant has off days, and it seems like this was one of ours. There... More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

I've been here many times and while we are never disappointed with our food, we aren't exactly blown away either. The decor is outdated and the average age of most the customers is 1,000. Wait staff has never been overly friendly and I'm pretty sure that they charge you for salad dressing for your salad. If you're looking for a... More 

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

Shea, we love our regular customers. We've been around since 1946, so we're thrilled that many of our guests have been dining with us since childhood. While our decor isn't modern, I know it's part of what makes us, well, us! Despite all of that, we do want to be serving up delicious food, and we do want to be... More 

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Additional Information about Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge

Address: 2400 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-5234
Phone Number: 515-288-2246
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
Average Prices: USD 8 - 28
Cuisine: Italian, American, Steakhouse, Bakeries, Pizza & Pasta

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2400 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-5234
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-288-2246

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 28
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Steakhouse, Bakeries, Pizza & Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Families with children, Romantic

Description

Noah's Ark serves great home-style Italian food and delicious Neapolitan style pizza in Des Moines, IA.

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