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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
Closed now
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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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  • 39
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 4
    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
A Top Ten Lunch Experience

I had the regular fresh pasta with the olive oil, pepper, and chicken. My girlfriend had the same, but with gluten-free pasta. Both of our meals were outstanding. My order came with a side of delicious fresh bread. Everything was simple and splendid. The lunch prices were also reasonable for... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 11, 2015
Badtzmaru2015
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Brooksville, Florida
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
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Des Moines
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157 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 NEW

Good bird food sized portions that are quite tasty leave you hungry when you leave. But you can always pick up a McDonald's on the way home.

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Brooksville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

I had the regular fresh pasta with the olive oil, pepper, and chicken. My girlfriend had the same, but with gluten-free pasta. Both of our meals were outstanding. My order came with a side of delicious fresh bread. Everything was simple and splendid. The lunch prices were also reasonable for what they deliver. Be prepared to order at the counter... More 

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Overland Park
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Love my culinary adventures during my annual trip to Des Moines. Have never been disappointed with this restaurant. One feature during this visit was an plate of gnocchi with olive oil and sage. It's a simple dish, but with faultlessly execution, it is outstanding.

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Salem, Massachusetts
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355 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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
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47 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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4 restaurant reviews
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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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Additional Information about Lucca

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

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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: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?