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Open Sesame

313 East Locust, West Des Moines, IA 50309
515-288-3151
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Cuisines: Middle Eastern
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- Aug 4, 2014
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English first
wisconsin
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

We came in and were directed to a table and my husband went to use the bathroom. It took them awhile to get menus to us. There were 2 men serving one was on his phone quite a bit of the time while we were there. We ordered a falafel pita with small salad for $10 and the grape leaf... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

I have a problem with restaurants being so dark you can't see your food. It's unappetizing to me; I like to appreciate my food with my eyes too. Not a lot of menu choices, but the food was good.

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Vermillion, South Dakota, United States
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30 reviews 30 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

As visitors to Des Moines, our plan was to eat at a nearby fun spot but the 1.5-2 hour wait was off-putting, especially with kids in the group. A consult of TA made us realize we were right around the corner from this highly recommend spot. All lovers of Middle Eastern cuisine, we headed over and were not disappointed. The... More

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

I travel to Des Moines often and have eaten at most of the bigger name places in town. None of them come close the what is offered at Open Sesame. The food is original, fresh and tastes exceptional. The staff is efficient and friendly especially the manager, MJ who makes you feel not only welcome but like a special guest... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

I've eaten here perhaps a half dozen times, and have found it to be a pleasant experience. The menu is somewhat limited, focusing on middle eastern dishes, Everything I've had here uses fresh ingredients, are prepared to order, and are spiced to my liking. Because the space is small, seating perhaps 25 people, service is by one or two people,... More

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Ames, Iowa
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28 reviews 28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Great space, great food. We had the basics: hummus, chicken schwarma, felafel. The hummus was very good, as was the chicken schwarma. The felafel was fantastic, best I've ever had. I only ate half and took the rest home. It might have been better after a few hours. The sides were also great. The salad has something -- cardamom? --... More

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

I really enjoyed the ambience of Open Sesame the best. Very beautiful setting. Great place to bring date. I was there for girls night out. Started with some different martinis, which were delicious. We shared different hummus' and tzatziki(the best I've ever had). I had the eggplant dish, first item on menu. Really great. Others had lentil soup, gyro and... More

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

I have begun to make it a point to eat here whenever I return home to Des Moines. Not only is it excellent food at a decent price, but the style of the restaurant and menu create a true Eastern feel. I have only been for lunch, which has a small-ish menu but everything is so good, you won't be... More

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Potsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

We always try to find small ethnic restaurants when we travel. This provides us with a great escape from chain gang food establishments. Finding Open Sesame was a gem. It was very busy the night we stopped in but the staff was very courteous and helpful as me tried to find the meal that would be most pleasing. The entrees... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2013 via mobile

We went there on a whim and we quickly became regulars. Best food in Des Moines hands down. Awesome grape leaves and hummus.

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