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Drake Diner

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

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  • 28
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  • 35
    Very good
  • 22
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Always great breakfast food

Great location for Drake University and always good if you like to eat breakfast food. If you go on a Sunday, expect a long wait for brunch because of its popularity. Service can be average at times.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
807Sharon
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Overland Park, Kansas
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Overland Park, Kansas
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

Great location for Drake University and always good if you like to eat breakfast food. If you go on a Sunday, expect a long wait for brunch because of its popularity. Service can be average at times.

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Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

Great breakfast menu. Cute decor. A full bar too! Our party had eggs Benedict, homemade corned beef hash, and Santa Fe grits and eggs. Every crumb was consumed!

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Des Moines, Iowa
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25 reviews 25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2015 via mobile

i love 50s era decor and style and the Drake Diner has it. It's bright in the morning and lighted by neon at night. The place looks large but it's just really narrow and usually a pretty loud atmosphere. The counter/bar seating looks cool. The food is okay, I expected more though. I ate a burger for dinner and it... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

They have an awesome potatoe, egg sausage breakfast and made to order omlets and waffles. They are known for their milk shakes too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2015

We go to the drake diner about twice a month on Tuesdays because we need to eat an early lunch before our meeting at noon. Mary and Trish are the main servers that we get each time. We like to sit in the back in chairs instead of a booth and they accommodate every time. Mary and Trish are very... More 

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iowa
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

The Drake diner has been a staple on Des Moines west side for decades . Sadly, breakfast there last week will be my last and I am forced to take "the diner" off my list . Poor service , attitude and general unpleasant atmosphere. I had pancakes , they were lousy. long wait for food. My friend had to ask... More 

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

We are very sorry for your poor experience at the diner last week! We have been an icon in Des Moines for going on 29 years largely due to our great food and customer service, so to hear that we failed you on both fronts is concerning. Every restaurant and server have their off days and it sounds like this... More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

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 

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Urbandale, Iowa
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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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 

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Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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.

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Iowa
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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 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Family Fare

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