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5800 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA 50322-6132
(515) 255-3725
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Always a Great Meal and Fantastic Service

We are frequent diners at Simon's and have never had a bad meal. We love the small, warm romantic atmosphere. All of the staff are super friendly and accommodating. The seafood bisque is some of the best we have ever had. We've almost made our way through the menu and have enjoyed every bite!

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 14, 2015
Mikki B
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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86 reviews 86 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

We are frequent diners at Simon's and have never had a bad meal. We love the small, warm romantic atmosphere. All of the staff are super friendly and accommodating. The seafood bisque is some of the best we have ever had. We've almost made our way through the menu and have enjoyed every bite!

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Des Moines,Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

It had been close to a year since we had visited - and went for our Anniversary and were NOT disappointed. Excellent service, excellent food, and Simon ALWAYS smoozes with the patrons amd makes you feel special! A++++ rating!

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Des Moines, Iowa
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

Hub and I went here for dinner Tuesday evening. We got right in as they had only been open for about 15 minutes. The staff seemed unorganized and we were greeted by 3 different people when we sat down, we weren't sure who our waitress was for the first 15 minutes. We she did take our order she was very... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 via mobile

Had a great time at Simons. Servers are personable and the food is delicious. The place is small but it is worth the wait.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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58 reviews 58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We were looking forward to trying this place (again) lots of locals enjoy it. Best kept secret in the neighborhood. We went on a Tuesday evening, about 6 and it wasn't busy at all, that seems good right? Slow service, inattentive service, and awkward seating. The booths are horrible, too tall backs, fake looking king throws, just very uncomfortable. We... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Love this place. It is the best secret on Franklin. We have been going there for a long time.The food is good and Simon cooks.

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Sugar Grove, Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

This is a cute, cozy locally owned itakian restaurant. Its exactly what youd expect and reminds me of claras in lisle.

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Windsor Heights, Iowa, United States
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Romantic, low light atmosphere. Minimal seating space but food and service are great. Italian and American cuisine - all good.

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iowa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014 via mobile

Simon has owned this place for some time, and it's still a little bit of a hidden gem. Live jazz is played several nights a week, and they have nightly specials in addition to terrific steaks, pasta and pizza. Don't miss the seafood bisque or thin crispy onion rings. I choose the great Philly chicken cheesesteak often--loaded with cream cheese... More 

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South Georgia
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124 reviews 124 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This is in an old little strip mall but don't let that stop you! Very cozy and great booths! Excellent service and a great bar! I hope to go back again next time I am in town! I loved it!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5800 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA 50322-6132
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: (515) 255-3725

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Pizza
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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