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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 #69 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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West Des Moines, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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

Iowa City, Iowa
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I have been here a couple of times now and I am hooked. I didn't know if it had what it takes to compete in today's restaurant world, but I am sold. I LOVE the interior, fabulous old world feel. The menu is extensive, so we have many trips in our future to try out the options. A must have... More

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

We've never worried about being on trend, Emily! We know tasty food, a good environment, and friendly staff win out every time -- these are the lessons you learn when you've been around as long as we have. I'm so happy you think we're a knock-out and that you had such great things to say about our food. I definitely... More

Des Moines
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

I absolutely love Noah's Ark. The service is excellent, their wine list is perfectly matched to the dishes, the meals are wonderful, and they sell the best cannoli in town. My favorite dish is the cavatelli. The waiter even helped me get the dish Arusco with meatballs. The rolls are my favorite in the city. The red sauce has robust... More

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

Flattered you think we're a Des Moines classic, Sarah! Thanks so much for taking a moment to share this with other Yelpers. You've covered everything we aim for and more, and it's greatly appreciated. Hopefully we'll get the chance to serve you again soon! Take care, James, Owner More

Great Falls, Montana
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

We were not impressed. We had been to this restaurant before and the food and services was much better. We were accompanied by an elderly handicapped person who has trouble seeing and walking. They chose to place us downstairs in a very dark area rather then the main dining room, which we asked for. We were there before they got... More

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

I'm sorry to see you weren't more impressed with the food or service. As you pointed out, this isn't characteristic for us -- you know we're capable of better! Please trust that I'll be checking in with the team in light of your review, doing what I can to ensure it's not an issue again. Also, don't hesitate to let... More

Des Moines, Iowa
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97 reviews 97 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The ark is sweet in every way. I have ate there a lot, and their service is so wonderful. The food in always wonderful. That is from the chicken to the steaks, so yummy. Wait till you try one of there pizza's, they are so good too. The servers are some of the best in Des Moines. I have all... More

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

Flattered you think so highly of our roasted chicken! I look forward to sharing this with the kitchen. Thanks so much for the five-star recommendation and come back soon. Take care, James - Owner More

Des Moines, Iowa
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

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
20 helpful votes 20 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
11 helpful votes 11 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
9 helpful votes 9 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
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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

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