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3803 Indianola Ave, Des Moines, IA 50320-1462
515-288-7755
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
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This is a hard restaurant to rate... The decor and overall feel of the place is very aged, and the service can be spotty, but the food--and value--remain strong. Each dinner gets soup, salad, bread, and a spaghetti appetizer--which means a lot of table visits by the wait staff. On a busy night... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2014
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

This is a hard restaurant to rate... The decor and overall feel of the place is very aged, and the service can be spotty, but the food--and value--remain strong. Each dinner gets soup, salad, bread, and a spaghetti appetizer--which means a lot of table visits by the wait staff. On a busy night all those table visits can translate into... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The restaurant has been on Indianola Ave for a number of years, but I remember when it was still on Fleur Drive. I finally had a meal here about a month ago and have been back twice since then for dinner. The meals are reasonably priced and most include a salad and a side of spaghetti. All the meals have... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

When you walk in the door you are in the 1960's so don't bring any preconceived notions of what a restaurant should be, you're on their terms. The food is good for the price but be prepared that its not what you are going to get at other places. Never come here if you are in a hurry. I would... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Riccelli's is one of Des Moines secrets. Has been in business for many years, doesn't advertise. Great Italian food at very reasonable prices. A long time favorite. Steaks and pasta - you can't go wrong here.

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We had reservations for a large group, so the restaurant knew we were coming. It took a good 20 minutes to get water and pops. The pops were never refilled. We had to beg for water refills. Soup comes with the meal, but when asked why we did not get the soup, the waitress said that for groups over 10... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

Eat at Fazolies if you want better food and service. This by far is the worst place in Des Moines for food or service and the interior is a dump.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

The amount of food served here in insurmountable. The service was wonderful, the food was done quickly, everything tasted great, but the real winner hear is the value. You cannot beat the amount of food for the price.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2012

Let me start off by saying, I am a vegetarian. I have been for 8 years. Seeing as this is an Italian restaurant, and I enjoy the other Italian restaurants around Des Moines, I decided to go to Riccelli's with my mom and uncle to celebrate their birthday. When we walked it... I don't even know how to describe it...... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2011

The atmosphere is kinda funky, old Italian mixed with a nursing home feel. My husband and I got the ravioli with meatballs and green stuffed peppers, each approximately $10. It came with those entrees, Italian wedding soup, a salad and bread. If you leave hungry from there it really is your fault. Very good price for all the food. Was... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2011

Hostess/matron/whatever was yelling at the other workers. Waited approximately 10 minutes to see our waitress, another 40 to see our entrees which appeared to be normal... Nothing was delicious at all. Crusty old bread, old OLD over cooked fish, disgusting canned tomato sauce, and a joke if a side of spaghetti (not like I would have eaten more than a... More 

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Address: 3803 Indianola Ave, Des Moines, IA 50320-1462
Phone Number: 515-288-7755
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse

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  • Address: 3803 Indianola Ave, Des Moines, IA 50320-1462
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-288-7755

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Steakhouse

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