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3900 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310-1308
(515) 254-9330
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Fills the bill nicely

Set in a shopping plaza, this Applebee's does what Applebees everywhere are supposed to do: Give you good food at a reasonable price fairly quickly. I found this by asking my GPS to find us a restaurant and, having recently had a pleasant experience at an Applebee's in Davenport, said "Why not... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2015
Trainman334
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Boston, Massachusetts
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Des Moines, Iowa
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91 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A friend, of mine, from High School, and l, had lost touch and through Facebook, found one another. We were able to get in contact with one another and made plans to meet at this Applebee's. She couldn't have picked a better place. After being seated, our server came to ask if we were ready to order and told her... More 

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Thank Butterfly0712
Boston, Massachusetts
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265 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Set in a shopping plaza, this Applebee's does what Applebees everywhere are supposed to do: Give you good food at a reasonable price fairly quickly. I found this by asking my GPS to find us a restaurant and, having recently had a pleasant experience at an Applebee's in Davenport, said "Why not?" We were a party of five and everybody... More 

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Thank Trainman334
Iowa
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172 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Marissa was our server. She was johnny on the spot & very friendly. My husband had a steak & I had the oriental chicken salad. Both were prepared perfectly. The person seating people had great customer skills & was doing an awesome job of engaging with each group of customers as they came into the restaurant. We were there on... More 

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Thank 1BimmerBabe
Des Moines, Iowa
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015 via mobile

Host was great, waiter awful. I wanted to use a coupon for a free drink & was told it's only for happy hour? Not. He did not check with his manager, just used his discretion. I let that go. Food came on time, but our waiter didn't serve it, we went w/o a condiment because our waiter never returned to... More 

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Thank Rdaley10
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 via mobile

I visited this Applebee's location on a Sunday evening with my mom, 13yo niece, 5yo daughter, and 4&6yo nephews. For early Sunday evening they were mildly busy. All of the staff we interacted with were fantastic. We were seated immediately. The waitress was prompt and friendly. The hostess and waitress were great with the three kids, taking time to answer... More 

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Thank waywaysmom
Urbandale
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48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

Ordered curbside to go, online. Got what I ordered, at the time I requested it be ready. Food was still piping hot by the time I got home. Had chicken fingers basket, which included fries and coleslaw. The honey mustard was really good. There were 7 strips of chicken, I was not expecting that many! The coleslaw was lacking in... More 

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Thank Sherry70_13
USA
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120 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

I have eaten here a few times but this was the nicest experience yet. There was a youngster throwing a typical "not getting my way" fit. This disturbance showed up immediately on the face of my son. The hostess picked up on his issue and seated us a far away as possible from the child. I did not have to... More 

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Thank TravelBoy8491
Johnston
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34 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Out of items on the menu. Server smelled like cigarettes and the food was tasteless and cold. Had to beg for a pop refill. Wont go back

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Thank pbtmm
San Antonio, Texas
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373 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2012

Wife and I go often enough to have eaten every meal on the two for $20 menu! Can't beat the deal or the atmosphere. Good food and service. You can count on at least an hour when eating here though.

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Thank RetiredArmyRANGER
Ankeny, Iowa
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434 reviews
269 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2011

Food is standard and staff is ok. I would rather go to a local place.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3900 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310-1308
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: (515) 254-9330

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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