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Flying Mango

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4345 Hickman Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310-3352
515-277-1830
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 111
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  • 63
    Very good
  • 11
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  • 3
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Excellent food @ reasonable prices.

Had a very relaxing dinner on a Wednesday night. All the reviews that say to arrive early are correct. Flying Mango fills in a hurry 630 or 7 p.m. Had a pre-dinner drink appetizer entre desert dinner drink all for under $50 including tip. Food was very good excellent taste excellent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 20, 2015
walt l
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Peoria, Illinois
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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Peoria, Illinois
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Had a very relaxing dinner on a Wednesday night. All the reviews that say to arrive early are correct. Flying Mango fills in a hurry 630 or 7 p.m. Had a pre-dinner drink appetizer entre desert dinner drink all for under $50 including tip. Food was very good excellent taste excellent presentation. Seems to be a wide variety of entrees... More 

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Olathe, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

The mango has fantastic BQ , the ribs and brisket melt in your mouth. They do take limited number of reservation, but be prepared to wait. Service was very good and the staff was polite. Next time I am in town I will be back.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Given the local hype and aesthetic of this restaurant, you would expect it to make its competitors such as Malo, Centro, Americana, etc. Nope. Its speciality is serving catering-style food, e.g., BBQ, mashed potatoes, and other food easily made en masse as if it were fine dining. All at fine dining prices, and that's the unforgivable offense of this restaurant.... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 via mobile

I wanted to go to this place cause I seen it on Food Network, this food was way overrated on television the catfish balls looked amazing on tv when we got them they were small and way overpriced for what you get we got chicken there and was not sure if it was a dried out pork chop or a... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Great food! Never disappointed. Brisket must have imo. Ribs too. Tried alot on menu and everything top notch. Just go!!

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Midwest, USA
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Everything's relative, right? This place has some of the best BBQ in Iowa, hands down. If you're well traveled and have been to some of the famous BBQ capitols of America, like Memphis and Kansas City, then you would probably call this "very good BBQ", but not "mind blowing BBQ". The nondescript building and cramped interior add to the charm,... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

I ate here probably two years ago but I still remember the brisket I had. The atmosphere was interesting and the food was good, if not a little pricey. Why haven't I been back? I have no idea!

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Elk Grove, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Fabulous food, great variety, killer BBQ brisquet, and great dessert. The unimpressive exterior, and cramped dining area cannot stop me from highly recommending this place. Service very good, but the food is fantastic. Try the bread puding for dessert. 5 visits, all with a high rating. Call for a reservation!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Don't let the simple outside design of the building fool you. The food inside is complex and fantastic. I was blown away by the catfish and my wife-who hates fish-even thought it was great. Portions were large. Staff was friendly. Beer selection was also great. This place is a gem hidden in the burbs.

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Olathe, Kansas
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53 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I thought this highly recommended restaurant was good but not excellent. It was BBQ - but I'm from Kansas City where the BBQ will blow your mind. I had a half a chicken. It was good, moist, and flavorful. On the side I started out with some sort of jalapeño potato. It wasn't good. This is probably only the second... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 4345 Hickman Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310-3352
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-277-1830

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cajun & Creole, Latin, Barbecue, Spanish

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Doing business, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine

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