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Cosi Cucina Italian Grill

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1975 NW 86th St, Clive, IA 50325-5505 (2 blocks south of Hickman Rd)
(515) 278-8148
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Greenville, SC
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63 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

Cosi cucina has the best cheesecake in the United States. Better than NY... Better than the Factory that produces Cheesecake. This place is worth a trip across town. Whenever we visit Des Moines, we always get the cheesecake. It is soft, creamy, and melts in your mouth. It is served with chocolate, caramel, a fruit sauce and white sauce. Get... More 

Thank htbcpa
London, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Never had a bad meal here! Their fresh rolls are very good. I highly recommend their smoked chicken pasta for an entree. The mozzarella sticks as an appetizer are always a great bet as well!

Thank Londontraveler88
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016 via mobile

Not sure if Cosi even has a menu or not. The Potato ravioli is absolutely amazing. Smokey goodness in a pasta. I love their salads and deserts. Great service every time the food is consistently awesome.

Thank Mike O
Des Moines
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Just had dinner at Cost Cucina. The wait staff Ray provided in depth recommendations for wine pairings with our dinner. On Sunday evenings they have a Dinner for Two for $55 which includes a three course meal and glass of wine. The food was cooked to perfection. The desserts were incredible and the plate presentation was high end. This is... More 

Thank Jacklyn C
Fort Dodge, Iowa
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

Very unique menu items. intimate and quiet, just what we needed that night! The wood-fire pizza was great! Hope to return soon on a Sunday for their "date" night special.

Thank PamySu
Johnston, Rhode Island
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 23, 2016

Cosi Cucina has a wonderful menu. The Ziti Cucina is their signature dish. It's flavorful; but too rich for me. The Fresh Tomato Linguini is my favorite. The wine list and dessert options are delicious and oh, so tempting!

Thank IgorIowa
Grimes, Iowa
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2016

Ten or twelve years ago, we would eat at Cosi Cucina for special occasions, but stopped when it seemed like the food lacked that special touch that comes from attention to quality and detail. Hearing the original management had returned, I went for lunch with a friend to check it out and was impressed once again. My confidence is restored.... More 

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Huxley, Iowa
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 10, 2016

Food is always excellent. Made reservations for 8 a week in advance. Upon arrival, we had to wait 1/2 an hour before being seated. Table was close to bar and drafty (and in Iowa in January that can be quite chilly) assume when outside door was used. Waitress was good; not great. Ordered soft drink shortly after arrival and had... More 

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St. Paul, MN
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2016

We visited on a Friday night. The place looks a little nondescript from the outside, also the entrance and parking are in the back. Inside it was very nicely decorated; we were seated in a comfortable booth. I had a limoncello drop cocktail, which was delicious. Then a toasted pine nut salad with roma tomatoes and goat cheese, with a... More 

Thank bikerider57
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2016

Everything I have eaten at this restaurant has been excellent but I always come back for the Ziti. It is the perfect level of spicy for me and using the complimentary dinner rolls to sop up the sauce left in the dish is the perfect way to finish the meal. Except they always have top shelf deserts on which to... More 

Thank Richard G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1975 NW 86th St, Clive, IA 50325-5505
    (2 blocks south of Hickman Rd)
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Clive
  • Phone Number: (515) 278-8148
(515) 278-8148

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