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1111 25th St, Des Moines, IA 50311-4207
515-277-1111
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Good food

We stopped at Drake Diner for breakfast. We sat outside which was nice because it was enclosed like a screened porch. It was a little chilly that morning (yes in August) but we had chosen a first available table to shorten our wait time. It looked like there was only one server for the outside but... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We stopped at Drake Diner for breakfast. We sat outside which was nice because it was enclosed like a screened porch. It was a little chilly that morning (yes in August) but we had chosen a first available table to shorten our wait time. It looked like there was only one server for the outside but she kept up with... More 

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Omaha, Nebraska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I was traveling with my daughter and sister in Des Moines, Iowa. My sister had heard of the Drake Diner and we decided to try it on a Sunday morning. We were surprised by the cuteness of this place and the nostalgic feel. We ate in the sun room and it was very pleasant. The food was typical diner/brunch food... More 

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Springfield, Missouri
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Great quality breakfast at a classic diner! Great quality breakfast and friendly service. Quiet college atmosphere with several apparent professorial types eating with friends or colleagues. Casual place.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I just left there…seemed like a nice place and the food appeared to be good. I was sitting in the back where the employees were folding napkins and silverware. Several of the employees were congrigating beside my table and started laughing around the time my food came to the table…I started to get worried as though my food had been... More 

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Shannon V, Owner at Drake Diner, responded to this review

I am shocked and horrified reading this review. This is absolutely NOT how our employees behave and I have reprimanded each employee involved. Charles, one of my servers, found the cicada outside after his shift and thought it would be funny to play a joke on another server. Clearly there is nothing funny about playing with a bug in a... More 

Worcester, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

Drake's Diner was an excellent find. My husband had a chocolate malt which took him back to his younger years, hanging out with his buddies. It has a full bar, great food, and very helpful, friendly staff!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

So I kinda love Drake Diner, but even I am willing to admit it's not quite perfect. This is a fun place to eat good (but probably not great) food in the classic diner setting. You have classics like burgers, sandwiches, meatloaf, breakfast all day, etc., under the friendly glow of pink neon. Diners like this are rare, and even... More 

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Davenport, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

The Drake Diner is quaint place to go and get great food. It has a 50's diner feel to it and they serve amazing milk shakes there. The chili is awesome if you like spicy chili. There menu is very well put together. They have outdoor seating and a bar with TV's in that section. If you are looking for... More 

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Des Moines Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This used to be a regular standby in the Drake University area. Our last visit proved that the menu is too big to specialize in consistent, quality food. My old standby for lunch, the Chinese chicken salad, was full of hard white lettuce and was accompanied by a dead breadstick. My companion's salad was worse... wrong dressing and a "manager"... More 

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RHODE ISLAND
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

a throw back to a 50 s diner. breakfast all day which was great for us. good meatloaf dinner and you did get a large portion. Near Drake U. and had my picture taken with the bulldog in front of the diner. wait staff was nice and knew all the specials. shakes were good and large. A large menu will... More 

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Milwaukee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We went here again for breakfast on our way out of Des Moines at the completion of another school year for our daughter. It was definitely nice to be here with fewer crowds, and we enjoyed a relaxed breakfast on the patio on a beautiful day. Service was good and not hurried, and they serve a good amount of food.... More 

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  • Address: 1111 25th St, Des Moines, IA 50311-4207
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-277-1111

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