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American, Bar, Pub
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1001 E 1st St, Ankeny, IA 50021-2043
+1 515-965-3444
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Sun 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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36 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I love Applebee's! They are always Top Notch with service and seating. The food is always good. It's hot and served with a smile and conversation. I love Applebee's on Merle Hay and in Ankeny.

Thank Connie J
Olathe, Kansas
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83 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We had spent the earlier part of the day at our family reunion. So we did not want a large meal. We decided to try Applebee's for a salad or something that was lite. We order the three appetizers menu. plus a side salad. Three adults were satisfied with the food. So if you are looking for a meal that... More 

Thank Bob746
Ankeny, Iowa
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

went there this evening for a bite to eat and it was an overall good experience. Orders a few appetizers and was good to go. food was hot fresh and the server was fast

Thank Kdubwilson74
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49 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016 via mobile

Stopped by after they gave me a good table spot. Served fast. Good servers. Except the fried shrimps were over cooked and very dry crisp.

Thank Pfslisz
Le Mars, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

We always enjoy eating at an Applebee's because it offers healthy options. The choices are good and portions are perfect.

Thank iowabarb
Ankeny, Iowa
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

This place is just super. The food has always been good for us. Good pick for our kids to eat there. Staff has been good for the most part. Sometimes you get stuck with a new person. Kinda slow then. Nice, quiet place to eat.

Thank Jonathan N
Ankeny, Iowa
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39 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2016

We ate here last night and every single one of us loved our meal. My son tried something new (steak stir fry) and really liked it. The food is always consistently good at Applebee's.

Thank Jane G
Ankeny, Iowa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 24, 2016

I've done dine-in and take out at this location and they just can't seem to get everything to us without us checking and asking for it.. I like Applebee's but one too many times at this location I have paid for something I have not gotten.. we decided not to go back because of the amount of restaurants around here... More 

Thank alamore1
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53 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 15, 2016

Even for a chain, this Applebees always does a good job with the food and service! It may be the local people, but this one is worth going to!

Thank Kevin N
Des Moines, Iowa
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180 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 17, 2015

My husband & I eat here at least 3 times a month. The menu is always changing and adding new great dishes & appetizers. My husbands fav, for now is the brunch burger - a juicy hamburger with an egg & hash browns on it.. Service is great. Plus if you are over 60 years old, ask for the senior... More 

Thank Miata P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1001 E 1st St, Ankeny, IA 50021-2043
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ankeny
  • Phone Number: +1 515-965-3444

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?