We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
1111 25th St, Des Moines, IA 50311-4207
515-277-1111
Website
Menu
Improve this listing
Write a Review

86 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    26
    33
    21
    4
    2
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

This is one of my families favorite places to go. With a large variety, great kids menu, and atmosphere, my family always looks forward to stopping into the Drake Diner. Although it is usually busy (especially on the weekends, expect a wait), the service is great and we always feel welcome. The location is about a block off Drake University... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Urbandale, Iowa
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

I remember The Drake Diner from when I was in school there. It was never great, but good enough. We went after a Drake bball game yesterday, thinking the kids would like the atmosphere and we could get good burgers, etc. The atmosphere is dull. A few neon lights does not make a 50's diner. Most importantly, the food was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Illinois
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

really marginal food. overly salty soup, salad was room temperature rather than cold. even the fries tasted burnt- maybe old oil? if you are hungry and just need food, guess it is fine. but spend your money somewhere else if you have a choice.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Iowa
Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014

The Drake Diner has been great, but lately we would not go back. Last Thursday morning we ordered breakfast, there were two waitresses for the busy restaurant, specially with a whole basketball team dining also. We waited long periods of time in between visits from a waitress. I ordered eggs, bacon and biscuits/ gravy. My order of biscuits/gravy was terrible,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Had about a 1 min wait. After we were seated the service was fantastic! The food was great and the portions well deserved for the money. Would recommend to everyone!!!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Spring, Texas
Top Contributor
167 reviews 167 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Very good quality food. Nice atmosphere. Service was mostly good, but slow at times. All the food was expertly prepared.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Madison, Alabama
Top Contributor
117 reviews 117 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This is a must try if in the area of Drake University. I had Dinner and a breakfast at this resturant and was well pleased both times. The salad and sandwich I had was great and the breakfast omlette was very good as well. A solid choice if in the area!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Des Moines, Iowa
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Five of us went after a movie at The Varsity sunday night. Had burgers, fries, onion rings, tenderloins. Had the bacon cheeseburger. Usually when you order a burger, you get lettuce, onions, tomato on the side. But they skip that here, and after our food was delivered, we had to ask the server for it. So there was a delay... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Tennessee
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

I two meals here on a recent trip. It's right next door to the Holiday Inn Express at Drake University, and seems to be a very popular spot with the local folks. I had the Rarebit Burger the first day at lunch just to see what it was. It's an open face burger with a cheddar cheese sauce over it.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Spery, Iowa
Top Contributor
84 reviews 84 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Busy Sunday morning, expected to wait but were seated in the screened area right away. Service was ok- but our server had several large tables nearby with separate tickets that took him a while to take care of. Food was great, so it didn't matter that we weren't checked on right away, but could have been a problem if there... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1

Travelers who viewed Drake Diner also viewed

 

Been to Drake Diner? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Additional Information about Drake Diner

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

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Drake Diner staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?