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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 #68 of 503 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
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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 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
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
85 reviews 85 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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
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119 reviews 119 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 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
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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
5 helpful votes 5 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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154 reviews 154 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 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 

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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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