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1755 50TH St, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1064
(515) 223-6700
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Good pizza! Definitely not a chain!

I ordered a 10" pizza with sausage and pepperoni. It was really good. I didn't want to eat anything chain since I was visiting the area. I was impressed. There was a lot of toppings. The sausage wasn't spicy at all...it could have been a little bit more for me. But, the sauce was sweet...thin... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 19, 2015
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Mayview, Missouri
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Mayview, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

I ordered a 10" pizza with sausage and pepperoni. It was really good. I didn't want to eat anything chain since I was visiting the area. I was impressed. There was a lot of toppings. The sausage wasn't spicy at all...it could have been a little bit more for me. But, the sauce was sweet...thin crust was perfect. I wasn't... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

If you like thin pizza, the Tavern if the place for you. The original Tavern has been a Valley Junction staple for decades. It used to be just that...a tavern that sold pizza complete with a pool table. The pool table has long since gone, but the best pizza remains. They have a full menu now but go for the... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

We went on a day shopping trip to Des Moines and wanted to have pizza for dinner that was not a restaurant chain and was not in our hometown. We looked on Tripadvisor and ended up at the Tavern. We got right in and had pretty exceptional service. The pizza was a bit more pricey than expected but their selection... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

My family and I ate there for dinner and I was VERY DISAPPOINTED. The low point of this experience was realizing the grated parmesean cheese had a moldy clump in the shaker. By this point, I'd already used the cheese on cheese bread and pizza. I told the waiter about this and he said, "Whoa ... I hope you guys... More 

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Sioux Falls, SD
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

This might be a Des Moines legend, but the food here wasn't anything special. Solid and good, but nothing to drive out of the way for. We had a large group with the party room and our service was not very good. I think in the end not everyone got their meal. If you call ahead many days ahead they... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

I LOVE the Tavern in Valley Junction - is this a different manager/owner? Pizza sauce had no flavor much different from the Valley Junction pizza. Service was mediocre - onion rings not hot and pretty greasy. Will make the drive to Valley Junction next time.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

I first found out about the Tavern II Restaurant in March when I attended a reception here, so when I found myself back in Des Moines over night, I knew exactly where I wanted to eat (the Tavern II)! It is a large place and has seating for two, four, and large groups. The service was very good. I had... More 

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Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2013

Five us met at the Tavern for supper. The sandwiches were all plentiful, fresh and good tasting. The location was easy to find. We did have to get the OK from the Mgr to get a round table.

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Jackson, Mississippi
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013

A decent experience here. The decor is nothing special and the service is fine, but the food is pretty good. If you get a salad, you must try their house special creamy parmesan dressing: it is just amazing! So tasty! Their pepperoni rolls are great as an appetizer and the pasta is tasty and plentiful!

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Omaha, Nebraska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

We stayed in Des Moines for the weekend and decided to try the local pizza. Tavern has excellent pizza. The thin crust, toppings, and sauce are excellent. We ordered ours with extra cheese because we observed the pizzas at the tables near us and decided we like more cheese than the normal amount at Tavern. It actually had plenty of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1755 50TH St, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1064
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: (515) 223-6700

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pub
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 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
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?