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Vivian's Diner & Drinks

400 Walnut St, #101, Des Moines, IA 50309-2217
+1 515-282-8936
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good31%
  • Average25%
  • Poor20%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (9 reviews)
“hash” (2 reviews)
“fried chicken” (2 reviews)
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400 Walnut St, #101, Des Moines, IA 50309-2217
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The worst service EVER. We ordered an appetizer and dinner. Our waiter was the bartender complaining about having to wait on tables. Calamari came swimming in an salty horrible tasting sauce. Couldn’t get anyone to come to the table to return it. Drinks were left...More

Thank marshtown
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Food, atmosphere, service, price ALL delivered a fabulous experience. This will be my new go-to place for breakfast. I’m anxious to check out lunch and dinner.

Thank marysalocker
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful! We had a group of 12 for brunch on Saturday, August 25th, the service was outstanding. Got our drinks quickly. The cucumber cooler I had was one of the best drinks ever, try it. Everyone was very pleased with their orders. Large portions, arrived...More

Thank Angieandjosh
Tiffany R, Manager at Vivian's Diner & Drinks, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for your kind words about our restaurant and staff, it means so much to us and that is why we do what we do. Stop back soon. Jeff Duncan Owner

Reviewed July 29, 2018 via mobile

Went for a sit down breakfast and ordered an omelet. How can you mess up an omelet?? All greasy and watery with an off taste. Service was beyond slow. Will not be going back.More

Thank Kelly T
Tiffany R, Manager at Vivian's Diner & Drinks, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2018

I am sorry you had this experience, we make everything to order fresh and ticket times were very good on Sunday. Did you happen to bring your concerns up to your server so the owner or manager could of corrected it for you? They both...More

Reviewed July 15, 2018 via mobile

They seemed unprepared to deal with folks. It was busy but not crowded. We got there early and the food was delicious. In a situation like that I try to have empathy for the servers, but you would expect them to be busy due to...More

Thank Kate G
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

Well it finally happened. I found a restaurant where I had a terrible meal. So did my wife. Now the Potato soup was great, so the have the ability. With a few entree’s they claim are house specialties, I am all in to try. Beef...More

Thank Dick S
Reviewed June 28, 2018

Our host had provided us with gift card for here and we weren't sure what to expect. This was a real treat for brunch: huge portions of very eclectic foods.

Thank David W
Tiffany R, Manager at Vivian's Diner & Drinks, responded to this reviewResponded June 29, 2018

Thank you so much! Stop back soon.

Reviewed June 6, 2018

We ate dinner at Vivian's before a concert at the DM Civic Center. The room is large and attractive, with high ceilings, a white color scheme, and interesting flourishes. The menu is very broad, so there is something for everyone. I normally don't like big...More

Thank Brewbaker
Tiffany R, Manager at Vivian's Diner & Drinks, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2018

Thank you very much for your review and hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed May 31, 2018

We ate "brunch" after the farmers market on a Saturday- over memorial weekend- The eggs Benedict was Delicious, the ham and cheese sandwich with soup was tasty and large portions- the chicken salad sandwich was average- we ate outside and it was comfortable and relaxing-...More

Thank elizabeth r
Reviewed May 21, 2018

Didn't have reservation at 5:30, so got sat at a bar looking into the kitchen...don't do that, as you'll have a front row seat to watch what was likely the worst dinner service that I've ever seen. We ordered cheese curds appetizer, a burger, and...More

Thank Warren J
Tiffany R, Manager at Vivian's Diner & Drinks, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2018

Hi Warren Thanks for reaching out with your review. I am sorry I do not know why you didn't get your meal comped it should have been. I also don't expect you to understand my business and what happen that night. I am not one...More

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $35
Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Takeout, Private Dining, Television, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 400 Walnut St, #101, Des Moines, IA 50309-2217
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-282-8936
  • E-mail
We are an exciting new restaurant in the heart of downtown Des Moines, located in the Historic Kirkwood Hotel Building. Conveniently located across from Cowles Commons and the Civic Center. We offer classic diner favorites with a fresh modern twist. Brunch is served Tuesday-Friday from 10am-2pm, Saturday and Sunday 8am-3pm. Private parties available.
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