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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 #66 of 500 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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Eugene, Oregon
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50 reviews 50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW 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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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
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137 reviews 137 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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

Iowa City, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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
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62 reviews 62 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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
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92 reviews 92 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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98 reviews 98 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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
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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 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

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