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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 #51 of 501 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
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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 The decor is outdated and the average age of most the customers is 1,000.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

Des Moines
Top Contributor
91 reviews 91 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The food was good but they charged me for my birthday dessert that the waitress promised me. Which kind of tweaked me. But we will come back again eventually again.

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

Thrilled to hear you enjoyed your food, but I'm sorry to hear about the miscommunication with the birthday dessert! I'll try to speak with my waitresses and see what happened here. Thanks, James - Owner More

Norfolk
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

First visit, very nice place for a relaxing lunch, good food, presented very well, nice atmosphere, attentive staff, Will visit again when in town.

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

Earl, I'm so happy you enjoyed our restaurant. I'd absolutely love for you to drop in again the next time you're in town. Take care, James - Owner More

Omaha, NE
Top Contributor
119 reviews 119 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I grew up in Des Moines & still have family here. Every time we visit, Noah's is on our must do list. Their baked lasagne & pizzas are my favorite. Their house made Italian garlic salad dresssing is outstanding and a great dip for their French fried onion rings! A huge & varied menu is sure to please any palette.... More

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

We're honored to be on your must-see list for when you come back to Des Moines! It's fantastic to hear you still love all of our menu favorites. Take care, James - Owner More

Davenport, Iowa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

It has been awhile since I last ate here and since I had my law school student daughter with me I wanted to go somewhere nice and since she lives nearby, thought what the heck. The food is till very good and the service top notch. My daughter enjoyed the menu and the atmosphere. I steak and noodles and it... More

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

Brian, we're thrilled you decided to come visit us again. Knowing you still find our food and service to be fantastic is amazing! How long had it been since you were in? Take care, James - Owner More

Eugene, Oregon
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 via mobile

I have been sampling hot beef sandwiches throughout the Midwest and Noah's was the best. Delicious home baked bread, real potatoes, good gravy and great beef with an Italian variation of well-cooked green peppers and irons. They brought out fresh baked dinner rolls with delicious garlic butter. Now, I wish we had been there for dinner to have house-cut chicken,... More

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

The best? Color us thrilled! Knowing that someone who has been on a quest to taste hot beef sandwiches was so impressed with ours truly makes my day. Of course we can't wait to have you back to try out some more of our menu. All the best, James - Owner More

Denver, Colorado
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Two amazing pizza places in Des Moines (in my opinion) and this is one of them. I swore off Noah's for a few years following two very bad service experiences - but gave them another try, this trip and was pleasantly surprised. Food and service were both very good.

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

We're so grateful that you gave us another chance, Gina. It's a thrill to know we've won you back! We're always trying to improve so it's great to know we were able to do that. Best, James - Owner More

Omaha, Nebraska
Top Contributor
139 reviews 139 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

Huge menu in old fashioned Italian restaurant. I LOVE the baked ravioli casserole. The tomato sauce is so rich and generously ladled over the pasta. The entire casserole is buried in melted cheese! So good. My husband enjoyed his fried chicken dinner, also. Nice atmosphere, but ok to come as you are. Not inexpensive, but not pre-packaged either!

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

Thanks so much for taking the time to write this! It's fantastic to know you loved our ravioli and casserole. Our tomato sauce is the same recipe we've had since the beginning in 1946 -- so happy you enjoyed! I do hope we'll see you and your husband back in again soon! All the best, James - Owner More

Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Took my wife out last week and it was excellent. The tomato sauce was just superb, it is a bit pricey if you are ordering just pasta but well worth it.

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

It's wonderful that you and your wife enjoyed dining with us, Travis! We've been making our tomato sauce since 1946, so we're happy to know it's still as good now as it was back then. I hope to see you two back in soon! Best, James - Owner More

West Des Moines, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

I have been here 3 times only because someone else wanted to go. It is dirty and the food is appalling. I had a cup of chicken soup...just hot water with barely any chicken and a few grains of rice. Unvebelievably bad.

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

Reading a review like this is a bit shocking. Our staff takes great care in cleaning and maintaining our restaurant, and while it is old, we don't consider it "dirty." Further, having our food described as "appalling" is the opposite of what we want to hear. If something you're served isn't fresh or tasty, I'd hope you would speak up... 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: American, Bakery, Steakhouse, Pizza & Pasta

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