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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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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Expensive because of the show you get, but it's worth it. Food is great. Be careful of you go as a couple because you'll end up sitting with a bunch of strangers. Better to go as a group of 6-8 people.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Casey Y
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Des Moines
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Des Moines
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84 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Expensive because of the show you get, but it's worth it. Food is great. Be careful of you go as a couple because you'll end up sitting with a bunch of strangers. Better to go as a group of 6-8 people.

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Thank Casey Y
Ankeny, Iowa
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83 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was here for a birthday dinner with my son and his fiancé. We had a 7:00 reservation but didn't get seated till 7:30 and then waited at the teppanyaki table for our chef who was at another table still working on their meal. We actually got drinks and water about 8:00 an hour after our reservation. When the soup... More 

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Thank Denise B
Cy G, Owner at Ohana Steakhouse, responded to this review

Sorry for the rough start, but glad we could turn things around! It sounds like a very special birthday indeed, so I'm sure Cory will be just as thrilled as I am to read this, Denise. We can't wait to celebrate with you again. All the best, Fabi, Assistant Manager More 

West Des Moines
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Always good. Always fun. Steak, shrimp, scallops love it all. Love the fried rice and watching them make it is fun.

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Thank Alyse C
Cy G, Owner at Ohana Steakhouse, responded to this review

It's always a pleasure, Zak. Thanks for the rave review -- can't wait to welcome you back for more scallops and fun! All the best, Fabi, Assistant Manager More 

Norwalk, Iowa
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

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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Thank bktom2
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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44 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 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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Thank Aidennosco
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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16 reviews
12 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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Thank rumbunny
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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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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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Thank bktom2
Cy G, Owner at Ohana Steakhouse, responded to this review

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187 reviews
124 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 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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Thank nlskinner
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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Thank Jose A
Cy G, Owner at Ohana Steakhouse, responded to this review

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Sittard, The Netherlands
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127 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 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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Thank Neierke
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 

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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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