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Simon's J Benjamin's

5800 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA 50322-6132
(515) 255-3725
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Ranked #13 of 501 restaurants in Des Moines
Cuisines: American, Pizza
Most recent review
- Jul 11, 2014
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English first
Sugar Grove, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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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105 reviews 105 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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midwest
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55 reviews 55 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

This was about the 3rd time we have visited this restaurant. It is small, you may have to wait. There are very few seats at the bar and no other place to wait than outside. Be patient......it will be well worth the wait! I had one of the best pizzas ever. Thin crust, nice and crispy but not terribly thin.... More

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Indianola, Iowa
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109 reviews 109 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

J Benjamin's is now called Simon's - but the J Benjamin's name is still on the outside of the building. Our group of three couples ate there and enjoyed our evening. The restaurant is located on the east end of a small strip mall. It is not much to look at from the outside - but is very nice inside... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

I've known about J Benjamin's for a long time yet never went and now it's my new favorite place! Food was excellent and the busy cozy atmosphere was fun.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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54 reviews 54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2013

Was leary of trying JBens again after our last experience, but the craving for the Baked Artichoke Dip was just too strong to deny!!! We went early, the second table seated as a matter of fact! :) Hub & I ordered drinks and the orally orgasmic Dip! It was delicious and silenced the ravenous beast inside me. Hub ordered the... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Love the food.. We have tried about everything. The steak deburgo..wonderful..Mac and cheese amazing..Prices are acceptable

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Ankeny, Iowa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

Fine dining in small neighborhood restaurant where the regular locals can be found. Excellent salads and onion rings.

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