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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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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
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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Visitor rating
  • 31
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Just as we remembered from years ago

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 29, 2015
kasey305
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IOWA
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Families with children
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65 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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

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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IOWA
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 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 

Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 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 

Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 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
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 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
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 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
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 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 

Des Moines
Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
94 helpful votes 94 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
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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 

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Restaurant Details

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

Description

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

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