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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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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 28
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
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  • 1
    Terrible
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
We'll be back

We had a group of 12 women the waitress was awesome. no mix ups and great service. All the staff was very accommodating and friendly including the owner who stopped to talk to us and make sure everything was ok. The appetizers and food were outstanding. As a bonus we were treated to Red Velvet... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We had a group of 12 women the waitress was awesome. no mix ups and great service. All the staff was very accommodating and friendly including the owner who stopped to talk to us and make sure everything was ok. The appetizers and food were outstanding. As a bonus we were treated to Red Velvet cake, can't get much better... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

The food here is fabulous! Not only that, but after our meal, my husband and I were treated to a free slice of delicious red velvet cake. The salad dressings are all homemade and are fantastic. I had the New York, New York, which was cooked perfectly and well seasoned. I also had the seafood bisque which was phenomenal. The... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

Been a while since we visited J Benjamins...they are always packed and hard to get in for dinner. The limited hours of operation and very limited seating needs to be addressed. However, the food is fabulous and worth the wait!

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Sioux City, Iowa
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13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

This is a little place with giant service. Wait staff is attentive, the food very good. I'd recommend this for a couple or, if the owner agreed, a small private office gathering.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 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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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
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73 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 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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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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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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Additional Information about Simon's J Benjamin's

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

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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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