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420 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1910
515-243-1115
Today
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 37
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Very Professional in Every Way

We called at 6:00 on Saturday and got squeezed into an early dining slot before the big rush, and the staff was especially capable (and speedy) throughout our entire meal. Had a very nice bottle of Sangiovese, as well as two prix fixe meals: soup, salad, salmon and scallops...plus chocolate cake... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 9, 2015
Abecedarius
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Salem, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Entertaining clients
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57 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Salem, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
341 reviews 341 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
115 helpful votes 115 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

We called at 6:00 on Saturday and got squeezed into an early dining slot before the big rush, and the staff was especially capable (and speedy) throughout our entire meal. Had a very nice bottle of Sangiovese, as well as two prix fixe meals: soup, salad, salmon and scallops...plus chocolate cake for desert. The staff was dealing with a bridal... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This restaurant is always in my top five in Des Moines. It ranks up there with Baru 66, Flying Mango, and Wasabi Chi as one of my favorite places to go back to over and over again. Whether lunch or dinner, the food is consistently awesome. I'm a big fan of the salmon with pasta and the gnocchi. I usually... More 

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Des Moines, IA
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

I really don't need to say more. Great food, service, drinks, menu, etc. it all works! I love their blends of flavors that you don't normally see or get to taste. I wouldn't say it's your "traditional" Italian in the red sauce realm but lighter with fresh veggies, meats, cheeses and bread. Yum!

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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015 via mobile

The menu changes frequently to give a good variety of the chef's talent. Best gnocchi in town. Never had a bad meal or bad service. Cozy atmosphere.

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Ankeny, Iowa, United States
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Out for a friends birthday. Great food, some of the best scallops and gnocci ever. A bit over priced, $150 for 2 of us. Enjoyed the night though.

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Grinnell, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

My partner and I each had a pasta dish, both yummy. The bread was a disappointment, but worked for sopping up extra sauce.

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Des Moines
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014 via mobile

I had the opportunity to dine here last night. The team, including Steve the owner, we're incredibly professional and friendly. After a hard day it was like being welcomed home by family. Like the service, the food was incredible. Presentation was excellent and portions were appropriate. The expansion to second floor is ver impressive. They have made it to our... More 

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Washington, DC
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

On the expensive side but so worth it. Fine dining in Des Moines. Had one of the best Italian meals since arriving home from Italy. A more or less fixed menu but choices within each course. Vegetarian options. Good wine. Would definitely visit again on my next trip to Des Moines.

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Upperville, Virginia
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Very hip East End restaurant serving prix fixe menu where you choose from five courses. Each course was good and they seemed to compliment each other. Excellent wine menu and very attentive service. I do not know why it is ranked so low as I would put it in the top 10 in DM

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Des Moines, Iowa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

The food at Lucca is so fresh and amazingly good. I love their soups and sandwhichs they are always so hearty. However, aside from the food their staff is so attentive and polite. My group and I had the pleasure of meeting Carlos, one of Lucas staff, he proudly gave us his recommendations and never failed to accomodate us. Great... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 420 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1910
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-243-1115

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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