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HuHot Mongolian Grill

4100 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA
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Ranked #33 of 205 restaurants in West Des Moines
Price range: $9 - $15
Cuisines: Mongolian
Dining options: Buffet
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Dining options: Buffet
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66% Recommend
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Boone, Iowa
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212 reviews 212 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

I ordered two appetizers, the Crab Rangoon was scrumptious, the egg rolls, nothing special. The Hot Sour Soup was virtually uneatable. Meat selection was unappetizing to me. Beef & chicken looked thin & dried out and really unrecognizable as either. They had the fake seafood stuff you can buy in the store if you like fish made to pretend to... More

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16 reviews 16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Once upon a time this was my favorite place to eat in the whole city. After my last 3 trips that is no longer the case. How are you out of certain vegetables when there is a Hy vee 3 blocks away. Your wait staff is standing around doing nothing they have time to run. Complete disappointment get with it... More

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Winterset, Iowa
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

I was dragged kicking and screaming the first time to HuHot, but never again. It is by far my favoite place to eat. One can choose the type of meal they want, heavy on the meat, or lots of veggies. Maybe spicy or light on the heat with lots of tang. Can be healthy or just pile it on and... More

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Ames, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

If you're wanting great food this is the place to go. My mom and I come here often and are regularly impressed. The food, service, and atmosphere are all outstanding. The flavors are exciting and you can create your own concoction that is unique to you.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I was introduced to Mongolian BBQ in the Air Force and couldn't find anything when I came home. I was thrilled when the Hu Hot opened. Love the variety of ingredients and sauces. If you don't like it you can go back and try again. It's a fun, friendly place and delicious. I recommend going for lunch. And when I... More

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Algona, Iowa
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

First time to a Mongolian buffet. Wife and I went with the daughter and grandson who has been there before. Daughter led us through the line and explained the process. Enjoyed making my own sauce. Went through the buffet a couple of times so experimented with the different sauces and ingredients. Probably could have eaten somewhere oriental cheaper but the... More

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Marietta, Georgia
17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

Unlimited trips to the build your own bowl of food. Meats separate from veggies and sauces are clearly marked for us vegans. Food is grilled on a clean grill separate from other foods in clear sight right in front of you. Server was friendly and refilled my drink between trips to the grill without prompting. Great value & quality for... More

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Shawnee, Kansas
14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013

We stopped in for lunch on a Friday about noon. It was very busy but we were seated right away. Our server was so-so on friendliness and we didn't see her very often. My guess was she was assigned a lot of tables. Our 9-year old girls liked the raw food bar, choosing what they wanted and watching the chefs... More

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Burlington, IA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

We went to HuHot and got sat after about a 10 min wait. The waitress was in a big hurry but explained the layout of the raw food bar. We got hot and sour soup and a salad with ranch since it was dinner time. The soup was very different than most hot and sour soups I've had but nice... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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27 reviews 27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2013

The atmosphere looks like a teenagers bedroom. Always something on the floor tables are a mess. The buffet looks like someone just dumps stuff somewhere close to wher it is supposed to be and leaves it. As far as taste...that is only somewhat up to you as if there are not random things in the items you want when selecting... More

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