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Address: Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA
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Lunch can be completed in an hour

If you are looking for a leisurely lunch with large booths, then this is the spot. However, if you must be in and out within an hour, then you will need to inform your server... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Michelle L
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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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29 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you are looking for a leisurely lunch with large booths, then this is the spot. However, if you must be in and out within an hour, then you will need to inform your server right away.

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Thank Michelle L
Des Moines, Iowa
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42 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Court Ave is a great area of Des Moines where you can find different types of shops, food and nightlife. The farmers market is held in this area and there are other events throughout the year that take place here as well. If your in town looking for something to do, swing through this area and guaranteed you will find... More 

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Thank Alanda L
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Went to the first farmers market of the year and it was fabulous,the people were so friendly and inviting. Lots of selections and freebies!!! Wine was really good.

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Thank barney-rabbit
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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217 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2016

It looks as if this area is in the midst of a revitalization project. There are many places to eat and drink and they are all very close to the civic center as well as a bit longer walk to the arena.

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Thank MrSmokeyMountainMan
West Des Moines, Iowa
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276 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Every Saturday from April - October is the Farmers Market. Any night especially when the I-Cubs are playing or other events, which are many are happening. Shoot, we had the NCCA basketball tournament this year downtown, it was great. Check this city out, it rocks!

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Waterloo, Iowa
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224 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

Nice area for visiting eclectic shops, antique and specialty stores. A nice change from the larger shopping areas and malls.

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1 Thank Brenda J
Des Moines, Iowa
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117 reviews
49 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Court Avenue is centrally located. Easy access to restaurants, bars, hotels and the skywalk. A lot of food and drink choices to chose from.

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Thank Elizabeth D
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

Court Ave. has many restaurants, bars and other eateries. By-and-large it appears safe but now and again there are late night scuffles between those to over drink alcohol. There are enough places to eat to cover all budgets.

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Thank Doug P
Buffalo, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Court Ave was fairly busy for a rainy Tuesday afternoon. Many restaurants and shops are located along Court Ave. I went to the brew pub (located in and old building which housed a saddlery & now renovated) I was completely satisfied with the service, the menu and the price. Lots of craft beers made by the brewery were available along... More 

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Thank Jacki J
Des Moines, Iowa
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84 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Maybe I'm a bit of a crumudgeon, but "nightlife" isn't just about bars, yet on court ave, it is! Sure there's a few restaurants mixed in there, but it's basically an alcohol fueled swath of mediocrity.

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