El Bait Shop

El Bait Shop, Des Moines: Hours, Address, El Bait Shop Reviews: 4.5/5

El Bait Shop
4.5
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Monday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Friday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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Zane131
Springfield, MO263 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
This is a fun place to hang, look at the decor, and drink as it has a lot of beers to choose from. The staff was friendly but forgetful. A quick summary, “Where’s the MEAT.” My wife ordered the fish tacos and each one came with a piece of fish the size of your thumb buried in all slaw and sauce. My son ordered the poutine with roast beef and cheese curds that had 2 curds and one piece of pot roast the size of your pinkie. My other son and I ordered the pork tenderloin sandwich and the pork was pounded so thin it was all breading and no meat, and barely larger than the bun. Not up to IA standards at all. We had to ask for condiments 3 times and at the end I told the waitress the iPad said the printer was out of paper and didn’t print the receipt. She said that’s ok, it always does that and I will get it for you. I had to wait 20 minutes to remind her to go get it, again.
Written March 6, 2021
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Shelly Clark
3 contributions
Mar 2021
We liked the staff, service and beer. The food was what I expect after midnight at a dinner. Cheap food. For example, my fish taco had less than 2 ounces of fish. Everything is fried other than lettuce and it is hard for me to find any protein that was not processed or fried.

Come for the beer and atmosphere. Eat elsewhere!
Written March 5, 2021
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Thunder22
Mount Pleasant, IA7 contributions
Jul 2020 • Couples
We were seated outside minutes after a downpour. We were fine with that as we are much more comfortable outside since covid. No one even offered to wipe the seats or table dry for us. So my husband got a stack of napkins and took care of that for ourselves. Sort of. Didn’t really absorb much. Waitress took our drink order with her mask on. Came back with the drinks without the mask and leaned over us to hear better. Seriously! She took our appetizer order and would come back for our order. It was about 30 minutes to get the app which was burnt! And not a little. Burnt! We waited a few minutes for her to return to say something about it which she never did. It was an hour and twenty minutes and we hadn’t even been able to eat order our food. So she finally came back and acted like non big deal. No apology! My husband tells her we are just gonna go and she says “awesome”! No, girl it wasn’t! Now we are two hours from home at 9:30 at night and still starving. Ridiculous
Written July 11, 2020
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allenmcgreevy
Dallas, TX77 contributions
Feb 2020
Huge selection of beers. Be sure to go all the way out to back bar for the many beer taps.
Don't be put off by the exterior
Written March 9, 2020
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Gotravelgirl
Bettendorf, IA88 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
This place located in the heart of downtown is one of 3 restaurants owned by the same group. The beer selection is amazing. My husband loves beer and enjoyed browsing the menu and finding a great beer to enjoy. I admittedly do not even like beer however I was convinced to try a Wyder cider aged in tequila barrels that I was told was not only delicious but did not taste like beer at all. I gave it a try and loved it. Very refreshing. The food was excellent. They offer a range of typical bar food-burgers, sandwiches etc. as well as broasted chicken and meatloaf. Something for everyone. I highly recommend the Graziano sausage sandwich. Graziano is a local sausage that is a real treat. Also this place is convenient to the bike path.
Written September 6, 2019
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thomasdcotter
Des Moines, IA34 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
Cannot find a better beer selection anywhere in the Des Moines area.

Staff is very knowledgeable. Ask questions and for recommendations.

Does fill up on nice evenings and weekends!
Written September 1, 2019
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Alicia H
Omaha, Nebraska, United States124 contributions
Aug 2019 • Family
Visited restaurant for the first time for dinner. Broasted chicken was very, very good. Cheese curds very tasty! My son’s Rueben was good even though a little over toasted. Service was awesome even though they were very busy.
Written August 8, 2019
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Steven R
4 contributions
Jun 2019 • Solo
I had this place on my checklist of must go places as a beer nerd. I showed up a moment after the local minor league game ended. One would imagine with an extra hundred people the service would take longer, it didn’t. The beers were amazing, the service better and overall I’d go back in an instant. Was happy to take recommendations as the ladies there know their beer.
Written June 6, 2019
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Hiker428
Brooks, GA42 contributions
May 2019 • Friends
Beer selection is great. Really liked how they broke the beer list down into different types and such. As far as the food goes though.... not so great. They need to let Wisconsin handle the cheese curds, because these were small and tasteless. The chicken pot pie was a doughy pastry filled with chicken, green beans???, and corn.
Somewhat dry. I guess that’s why they poured about a full cup of brown gravy over the top of it. Plate was literally swimming in gravy....
Would not recommend this place unless you are just drinking beer.
Written May 20, 2019
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Karen M
46 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
We weee told to go to this place by a friend that had been here a few months earlier. Do glad we took him up on it and found it. It was a great stop. The beatender was great to talk to and gave us some history to the place.
Is a must stop if your in the area.
Written April 7, 2019
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