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

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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 45
    Very good
  • 24
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
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
Overall a good place to eat

I always go for the rare bit burger and a chocolate shake, but there are many good items on the menu. The ambiance is cool, especially the outside patio that is screened in. If the kiddos solve the puzzles on their mat they can pick out a small toy. A good place to eat every couple months.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Casey Y
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Des Moines
via mobile
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Des Moines
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84 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I always go for the rare bit burger and a chocolate shake, but there are many good items on the menu. The ambiance is cool, especially the outside patio that is screened in. If the kiddos solve the puzzles on their mat they can pick out a small toy. A good place to eat every couple months.

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Thank Casey Y
Urbandale, Iowa
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52 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

After all the cooking, we went for breakfast to keep the kitchen clean. Just love their skillets ( I ask for veggie) and one pumpkin pancake. They have pumpkin pancakes year round and such a treat!

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Thank Diana R
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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71 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

The atmosphere is cool and I wanted to like this place as a cool vibe local diner, but the food just isn't very good. We had a burger and a reuben. The burger was overcooked and bland and the reuben was mostly bun and underwhelming. Even the fries were blah.

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Thank Josh R
Ballwin, Missouri
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38 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015 via mobile

I went in the evening because I love breakfast food and I was not disappointed. I had their special omelette with sausage, mushrooms and cheese and it was good. I wish there had been more cheese though. The middle of the omelette was just not quite right without a nice cheesy center. Coffee was tasty and refilled often and the... More 

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Thank knightrider2003
Jefferson City, Missouri
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163 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

Get here early if you are too inpatient to wait on a table. Or sit at the counter. Great food at reasonable prices, friendly staff, fun college vibe.

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Thank IrishLady8
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97 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015 via mobile

We visited Drake Diner for late breakfast for some ( served all day), and lunch for others. Food was very good and our waitress was great. We were not in a hurry but our food still came quite fast. I had an "old school" cheese frenchie and a large bowl of soup. Wish they had a senior menu with smaller... More 

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Thank Marlys V
Dunedin, Florida
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161 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015 via mobile

Came for breakfast. Had to wait on a table for 20 minutes because there was no one to bus open tables. When the food came it was a little above average but my pumpkin pancakes were slightly burned and the grilled cheese a little dry. Overall average in every way.

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Thank gatorcindy
Minneapolis
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015 via mobile

My boyfriend and I discovered this diner last Spring 2015, while working in & visiting DesMoines. We thought the brunch was out of this world. A little overpriced but worth it. He had the Eggs Benedict & I had a fabulous sausage & mushroom omelette. Hash browns were amazing. So we were going thru Des Moines again last weekend. Btw:... More 

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Mannheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany
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91 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

Just around the corner from my inn, the place is relaxed with great food. Wide selection and very friendly staff! I had the salmon salad and yummy apple pie

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Thank EM71
Henderson, Minnesota
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

This is such a cute place to eat! It's old-school diner themed. Depending upon who you get as a waiter/waitress, your service could be a lot faster or a lot slower than you would like. Food is very good, would not recommend the onion strings.

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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: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?