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Drake Diner

1111 25th St, Des Moines, IA 50311-4207
515-277-1111
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Ranked #66 of 501 restaurants in Des Moines
Cuisines: Family Fare
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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- Jul 22, 2014
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Moorhead, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Four of us ate at this diner. With tip, the bill was just over $60. The restaurant was full, which is a good sign. We had excellent service, and the sandwiches were very good. I recommend highly the meatloaf sandwich.

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Warsaw, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Found this diner because it was literally next door to our hotel- the chicken pesto sandwich was excellent, the tenderloin was very good, but the bread pudding was a work of art!! Staff was very friendly, not only to us, but to all other patrons. Highly recommend!

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Omaha, Nebraska
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Recently, my husband and I were in Des Moines. We ate at the Drake Diner. It was quite good. I had meatloaf and my husband had roast beef. We ate on the patio. I enjoyed the patio as it is screened in and I didn't get bug bit. The service was attentive. In fact, we decided to go back the... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We asked about a good diner in Des Moines. We found it in the Drake Diner. The whole experience was great. The food was excellent and the staff was very well trained. Everyone helped each other with food running, refills, and hot food delivery. If you are in Des Moines you have to stop by the Drake Diner for either... More

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Nashville, Tennessee
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87 reviews 87 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The building looks like one of the old diners even has a diner style bar with individual stools. We had cajun chicken salads. The size was BIG, the ingredients were plentiful.and fresh . One of us thought the chicken was too spicy and the other thought it was just right. The service was very good. It is worth the visit... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

In my thirties, I grew up eating here as a kid & frequented in high school. Have always enjoyed the food & the atmosphere. The service over the past year has dwindled. We recently had a rude waitress & today a new waitress who was forgetting to refill coffee, serving a wrong order, etc. The new waitress always kept her... More

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Kansas City
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

We always look for local restaurants not too far off the highway when traveling between Kansas and Michigan and we've hit the Drake Diner twice. It's less than 5 minutes off the hwy and does not disappoint. We've done both breakfast and lunch, both were good. Service is quick and it's a big place so we haven't had to wait... More

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Milwaukee
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162 reviews 162 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
128 helpful votes 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

We went to the Drake Diner for a breakfast gathering with family and friends before the Drake graduation ceremony. We had a small group, and some were there more for socializing, as they had already eaten at their hotel. However, we all wound up having some food, coffee, or other treats. We sat outside in the enclosed patio, as we... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Three of us grabbed lunch at the Drake Diner recently and thoroughly enjoyed the experienced. We had all been there before quite a few times over the years but it had been a year or more since any of us had eaten there. We made a pack to come back sooner. The menu is extensive , offering choices to every... More

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

I went there on a date and it was going well. I ordered Ice tea with no lemon. The waiter brought me the tea with lemon. I asked for another tea because I don't like lemon. He then shocked me and put his finger in my tea and threw the lemon on my table. I then asked for another glass... More

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