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205 5TH St, West Des Moines, IA 50265-4719
(515) 255-9827
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch

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  • 6
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  • 4
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Pizza and MORE

The pizza here is excellent but expensive. A large Works Pizza will run you $20. They have good wings, salads, etc. The issue I have with both locations is the cleanliness. I have a habit of taking a peek into the kitchen at restaurants and these two need to be visited by the health inspector more... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 22, 2015
BeverlyBray
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

The pizza here is excellent but expensive. A large Works Pizza will run you $20. They have good wings, salads, etc. The issue I have with both locations is the cleanliness. I have a habit of taking a peek into the kitchen at restaurants and these two need to be visited by the health inspector more frequently.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

My daughter and I visited this location for a late (1:45) lunch Sunday, February 8th, 2015. We were greeted immediately by the host who seemed frazzled, at best. He dropped two menus on the table as he walked past shouting at the staff asking who was going to wait on us. The waitress did a fine job. Our order took... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
Top Contributor
108 reviews 108 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

It's been 20 years since I ate at the Tavern, but it was better than I remembered. First you need to order a Grinder. It is the best sandwhich on earth!!!! Then order a sausage pizza, its the best pizza on earth!!! Seriously great food!

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Having been on a "pizza quest" since moving here from the East Coast a couple months ago, I recently found one local option out in Jordan Creek that is extremely faithful to the style of pizza I grew up with; there is probably a reason why it's so hard just to get them on the phone. That said, the Tavern... More 

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Omaha, NE
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140 reviews 140 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

A little expensive for pizza in the Des Moines area, but the grinder pizza is a real winner~ add green pepper (Better than the mushroom, onion & green pepper option~ the mushrooms just don't seem right for the grinder). The onion rings are very good ~ Thin rings with a lighter coating and just the right amount of kick in... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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101 reviews 101 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
79 helpful votes 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

This is a solid place that hasn't changed much over the years. Thin crust pizza and thin onion rings are go-to choices, but the menu is pretty diverse--for example we had a pretty good chicken dish. We visited at an off-peak time but were promptly greeted and given a table upon entry (by the bartender) and received good service. The... More 

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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45 reviews 45 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

The Tavern is a West Des Moines classic--and it's a good choice, for what it is. I suggest ordering one of its thin crust specialty pizzas. The Tavern is good for families as well as friends. If you're wandering through Valley Junction (highly recommended), the Tavern is a great little stop.

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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

Cozy little Bar/restaurant located in Valley Junction, nice atmosphere, I usually carry out, but like to sit down and eat with the family on occasion. My husband loves the Itailian Sausage sandwhich, my son gets the thin crust pizza, my daughter enjoys the cavatalli, and I get the invidual pizza and salad. I love the Creamy parmasean dressing on normal... More 

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Centennial, Colorado
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143 reviews 143 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We had lunch at the Tavern and it was very good. It is known for the Parmesan Cheese Salad Dressing that they make themselves. We have eaten at both locations and service was excellent. Located in a cute village shopping center with lots of fun shops.

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Urbana, Illinois
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77 reviews 77 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Perhaps people love this place because it is here. The pizza has little flavor---nice NY style thin crust, but the cheese has no flavor----nor the sausage for that matter. The service however is friendly and efficient. Drink enough beer and maybe the pizza will taste better. Sorry, I'd love to like it but after several trys it just doesn't make... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 205 5TH St, West Des Moines, IA 50265-4719
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: (515) 255-9827

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pub
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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