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2900 University Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50266
+1 515-225-3325
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Sun 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat 4:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Enjoy a unique, entertaining, dining experience at the hands of the...
Enjoy a unique, entertaining, dining experience at the hands of the talented chefs of Ohana Steakhouse: the greatest tasting show in town! As long as you're not afraid of flying shrimp and the chef with a big knife, the chefs at Ohana Steakhouse will serve up one of the most entertaining dinners in Des Moines. Your personal chef will perform teppanyaki-style cooking for your culinary delight.
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Japanese Steakhouse

Typical Japanese steakhouse where food is prepared on hot grill in front of you. Good quality food. Fun experience.

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 2, 2015
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Norwalk, Iowa
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

We have been going to Ohana's since they opened, and are never disappointed. The food is consistently well prepared, and delicious. You will NOT go away from this eatery hungry. The Scallops are wonderful, along with the shrimp, calamari, and steaks. The scallop sauce is to die for!

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Cy G, Owner at Ohana Steakhouse, responded to this review

Reading your comments on the scallops, shrimp, calamari, and steaks -- wow! Seriously, I can't thank you enough for visiting us all this time. I'm glad your meals here have been simply amazing. All the best, Fabi, Assistant Manager More 

San Juan
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41 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

After a 45 minute wait with an 8-year-old, we sat at a teppanyaki table that has seen better days. The menu hadn't changed since we went in 2013. I'm not even sure what makes it Japanese anymore. Maybe the cook's tattoos? Bored young guy. The food was tasty, but tired.

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Cy G, Owner at Ohana Steakhouse, responded to this review

It's disappointing to read that you left unsatisfied on your latest visit -- especially since you've been a fan of ours for quite some time. As we haven't changed the menu, we still keep up with our Japanese traditions we've had since we first opened. It's clear that you weren't impressed on your last visit, but I know we have... More 

Polk City, IA
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

They no longer do the volcano or really any of the entertaining part of the Japanese steakhouse experience. We had two little boys with us, one had never been to a Japanese steakhouse before, so they were really disappointed that there was no volcano, no pretending to squirt them with soy sauce, no tossing shrimp into their mouths, no interaction... More 

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Cy G, Owner at Ohana Steakhouse, responded to this review

We both know that there's much more to us than a good meal, so to hear your chef didn't interact with your party at all is surprising. Working with these guys is quite lively, and I know they want to provide that same type of liveliness to all our guests. It's clear that we dropped the ball on your son's... More 

Norwalk, Iowa
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

Great food prepared right before your eyes. I highly recommend the Scallops with lemon sauce. Melt in your mouth deliciousness! The staff are courteous, and accommodating. The steaks are cooked to perfection. The chefs are humorous, and talented. We've been fans for many years.

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Cy G, Owner at Ohana Steakhouse, responded to this review

Thanks for visiting us all this time! From the scallops to the steak, it sounds like you really enjoyed everything, and we couldn't be happier. Our ohana is looking forward to sharing more laughs and good times with you. All the best, Fabi, Assistant Manager More 

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157 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2015

Typical Japanese steakhouse where food is prepared on hot grill in front of you. Good quality food. Fun experience.

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Cy G, Owner at Ohana Steakhouse, responded to this review

Sounds like everything was spot on! We look forward to seeing you for another Spatula Smackdown. All the best, Fabi, Assistant Manager More 

West Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Looking for a good place to have a few average drinks with really good food and a fun cook then this is the spot for you. I personally like going there 2-3 times a year any more and it would become boring. Nothing really changes.

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Cy G, Owner at Ohana Steakhouse, responded to this review

It's always a pleasure to see you throughout the year, Jose, but it sounds like things never change. We try to experiment with new tricks in our show and offer different daily specials to freshen things up. All the best, Fabi, Assistant Manager More 

Sittard, The Netherlands
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115 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Went there with my colleague and friend Khaled from Egypt. The show from the chef was again splendid but more omportant the food was great (we had scallops ans shrimp). We had yo wait only 5 minutes. Perfect.

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Cy G, Owner at Ohana Steakhouse, responded to this review

Thanks for bringing Khaled over to our place while he was visiting! It's great to hear we kept up with the great food and show you've grown to love. We can't wait to see you again for another round of scallops and shrimp! All the best, Fabi, Assistant Manager More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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71 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

Been to plenty of Japanese steakhouses in larger cities, so we know what to expect as you're paying as much for the show/experience as the food. Thus, we thought it would be a fun option for one of the kids' birthdays on a recent Friday night. Biggest gripe was the incredibly rushed, borderline rude, service not from the chef but... More 

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Cy G, Owner at Ohana Steakhouse, responded to this review

I apologize if the server seemed pushy during your visit. We certainly wouldn't want to be rushed while eating either, so I can understand your frustration when you received the bill. While the server might have given you the bill before the desserts came out, she most likely just left it there for your convenience so you wouldn't have to... More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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216 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

If you want good food AND entertainment this is where to go. Kids LOVE it. You do need a reservation as this restaurant is very popular, and for good reason. There is a special sauce here that I want to buy by the quart. So. Good. The calamari steak is the best, but you may be too full of all... More 

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Cy G, Owner at Ohana Steakhouse, responded to this review

Sounds like you always have a fun time when dining with us! Great choice with the calamari steak -- it's definitely a fan favorite around here. Yes, you can actually buy the sauce! Feel free to take some home when you visit us next. All the best, Fabi, Assistant Manager More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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58 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

Three of us decided to head to Ohana. Tried to get a sunday reservation but they wouldn't accept it, saying they have to leave seats open for walk-ins. So we arrived at 5 pm opening and were easily seated for a 5:30 start time. By the time we left, the place was full of diners. I had steak and shrimp... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2900 University Avenue, West Des Moines, IA 50266
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-225-3325

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 12 - 45
  • Cuisine: Steakhouse, Japanese

Description

Enjoy a unique, entertaining, dining experience at the hands of the talented chefs of Ohana Steakhouse: the greatest tasting show in town! As long as you're not afraid of flying shrimp and the chef with a big knife, the chefs at Ohana Steakhouse will serve up one of the most entertaining dinners in Des Moines. Your personal chef will perform teppanyaki-style cooking for your culinary delight.
Open Hours
Sunday
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
4:30 pm - 10:00 pm

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