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Drake Diner

1111 25th St, Des Moines, IA 50311-4207
515-277-1111
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Lewisville, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

We have been here several time over the last 5 or so years. It has an awesome breakfast menu. Good food for a pretty good price. The real treat is the night show! Being in close to bars and collage offers a unique look at Des Moines after dark. You can always count on having something to watch during your... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

it was within walking distance from the hotel which is why we chose to try it out...the food was OK. the fried chicken dinner was pricey for fried chicken...

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Madison, WI
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22 reviews 22 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

We stopped in at Drake Diner for an after-dinner beer. We're from Wisconsin and like to try local brews. The restaurant host was friendly and didn't seem to mind that we weren't there for a full meal. The friendly bartender chatted about various beer options (nothing local on tap) and we had a relaxed visit before our walk back to... More

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Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

Went with a large group of friends and had a really nice experience. We were seated within 20 minutes and got our drinks right away. We did have to wait a little before we could order and then a little longer than we'd anticipated for our food but overall not a terrible wait. The food was delicious and very filling... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

Cute diner - we were so pleased to find a parking lot (with available spots) and no wait for a table. The pumpkin pancakes were terrific! Would definitely go back with the whole family.

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Ocala, Florida
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159 reviews 159 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We tried the Drake Diner for breakfast after reading the reviews of others on Trip Advisor. We are glad we did. The Diner is very clean and modern, and they have an extensive breakfast menu. My wife got potato pancakes. They came 3 on the plate, and each was as big as the plate. They had the best flavor of... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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40 reviews 40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

Although a "diner", the DD gets an excellent rating for value and consistency. Very diverse menu, good food, a strong wait staff, and a very comfortable (and always clean) setting. It can be a busy place in peak times, so we tend to visit for late lunch/early dinner. Have had salads, burgers, blue-plates, etc. and have been satisfied with them... More

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Moorhead, Minnesota
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

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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