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About
Sip. Relax. Repeat. Sit inside - or check out the 6th floor open-air lounge overlooking the downtown city lights. Pair a craft cocktail with artisanal chef favorites - featuring eclectic American cuisine.
PRICE RANGE
$5 - $27
Special Diets
Gluten Free Options
Meals
Late Night, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
CUISINES
American, Bar
FEATURES
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Table Service, Outdoor Seating, Television, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Loved it, they were short-staffed but the server did an amazing job by herself on a very busy weekend night.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Heart of America Group, Marketing at The Republic on Grand, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for taking the time to post your amazing review! We are short-handed and our amazing team is doing the best they can at the moment so we appreciate your understanding. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed August 27, 2020

My husband and I recently hosted a wedding rehearsal dinner at the Marriott AC Hotel in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. The Republic on Grand restaurant is located within the AC Hotel and was responsible for the outstanding and memorable event. From Day #1, I was...extremely pleased with the attention and assistance I received from both the AC’s event planners, Tyler and Krysia. Their responses to my myriad inquiries were answered promptly, courteously, and professionally. They ensured all my requests were carefully considered and granted. On the night of the dinner, all the months of careful planning became evident as the evening turned out to be perfect in every way imaginable, despite the pandemic. Our server, Stephanie, was PHENOMENAL! She received kitchen assistance from Alex who helped keep the food coming. Unbelievably yet quite impressively, Stephanie handled all 27 guests on her own, covering everything from running the open bar to personally delivering drinks to each guest, plus serving all 4 courses with timeliness, grace, and incredible accuracy. Stephanie was no doubt exhausted considering she was handling all these tasks on her own, but she was never anything less than kind, patient, and extremely accommodating. Stephanie’s impressive hospitality abilities and pleasant demeanor were positive factors that contributed to the evening’s success. I would be remiss if I did not mention the quality of the food. Oh, my goodness! Everything was absolutely delicious! Kudos to the chef! Our entrees ranged from tasty chicken and fish dishes to a specially prepared vegan dish, all of which were scrumptious. All other courses were equally delightful, including the visually appealing and delicious starters and decadent desserts. In addition, Tyler and Stephanie took great pains to make sure all guests were kept as safe as possible, working to maintain social distancing and other safety precautions to the extent possible. The venue itself was quite lovely, inviting, and comfortable. In summary, I highly recommend the AC Hotel and The Republic on Grand for events such as this. You will not be disappointed.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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MKSparkman, Marketing at The Republic on Grand, responded to this reviewResponded September 2, 2020

Cindy, thank you very much for all of the wonderful feedback! It means a lot to us that you provided such an amazing recommendation. Thank you for choosing us to be apart of such a special day!

Reviewed February 16, 2020 via mobile

Decided to try this place and was happy with the choice. The restaurant is located on the 6th floor of AC Des Moines Hotel. Large drink menu with many appetizers to pick from. Even during the winter times in Iowa, you can enjoy sitting in...the area of the bar with heated lamps that hang from the ceiling because you will feel like you are sitting outside because of the large panes of glass. There are large TVs mounted on the walls throughout the restaurant and the decor was nicely done throughout the restaurant. Large panes of glass surround the restaurant which makes great views of downtown Des Moines. It seems there is outside patio seating located on the west side of the restaurant. Anyone is welcome to visit the restaurant, not just people staying at the hotel.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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MKSparkman, Marketing at The Republic on Grand, responded to this reviewResponded February 17, 2020

Thank you for the 5-Star review! We're thrilled to see that you enjoyed everything about your experience at our sixth floor lounge and we look forward to seeing you for many more visits to come - cheers!

Reviewed November 28, 2019

I have been to The Republic on several occasions--often with visitors to the city as the location offers great views of Des Moines. The food has always been good and plentiful. The drink selections and cocktails are also interesting and first-rate. The only complaint I...have is the service has been quite slow each time I have dined here. I do not know if this is due to the location of the kitchen or just sparse staffing. This can pose a problem if you are in for lunch and need to get somewhere after. Other than that, I give The Republic high marks and would recommend it for a leisurely outing.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Republic on Grand, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2019

Ginnie, thank you for dining with us and reviewing our restaurant! We are very glad that you enjoy our Grand experience, and will report your comments to our team. We appreciate the feedback, and hope you continue stopping by for a reminder of how beautiful...More

Reviewed November 5, 2019

If you are looking for a quiet place to celebrate and are a baby-boomer this is not the place for you. We knew of this setback and yet decided to celebrate an anniversary at this hang-out for X, Y and Millennials. The wines were good...and so were the appetizers. Over all we had a memorable evening. We were not disturbed by the loud noise – laughter and voices. Even though most of the patrons were young, I did not hear any weird cellphone ring – maybe we sat in quiet cornerMore

Date of visit: October 2019
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MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Republic on Grand, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2019

Thank you for the review, Joe! We are glad that you and yours were able to have an amazing night at The Republic on Grand!

Reviewed September 1, 2019

This seems to be popular among locals which is always encouraging for a traveler. I had a quick drink which was great and a chicken flatbread which was just OK. The ambience is very pleasant, service was professional and it fit the bill.

Date of visit: August 2019
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MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Republic on Grand, responded to this reviewResponded September 3, 2019

Thank you for the great review! We're so happy that you enjoyed your experience at The Republic on Grand during your travels! We hope to see you again during your next visit to Des Moines!

Reviewed August 25, 2019

Very nice atmosphere. Good selection of appetizers, had hummus and a selection of cheeses. Not quite good enough for 5 stars.

Date of visit: August 2019
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MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Republic on Grand, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to submit your review. We would love to turn your 4-star rating into a 5-star review if you wouldn't mind sharing a few more details with us by emailing ocronin@hoari.com. Thanks again!

Reviewed August 19, 2019 via mobile

I wanted everything on the menu, they have lots of good offerings. The mini pretzel buns were delicious, as were the specialty drinks we ordered. The covered rooftop location was very nice and unique. Unfortunately you can only connect to the wireless if you're a...hotel guest.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Republic on Grand, responded to this reviewResponded August 21, 2019

Thank you so much for taking the time to review your most recent visit to The Republic on Grand! We're so happy that you enjoyed your brunch experience - Chef Pete has some really tasty creations!! I apologize if you were unable to access wifi...More

Reviewed July 6, 2019

Inventive drinks, interesting small bites, and a great view of the city! Comfortable on the exterior rooftop; lively and relaxing every time we've stopped! Great service every time!

Date of visit: June 2019
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MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Republic on Grand, responded to this reviewResponded July 8, 2019

Hello, thank you for your wonderful feedback and 5-star review! We are so pleased to hear you enjoyed your experience at the Republic. We look forward to you stopping by again soon!

Reviewed July 2, 2019

I always appreciate a restaurant where the wait staff let's you enjoy your lunch or dinner. They know exactly when to check on you and when to leave you alone. That is a plus for me. My girlfriend and I went their for lunch. The...pick 2 lunch was great because it gave you a chance to try more than one of their delicious items. I'm not a drinker, so I tried their Strawberry Basil Lemonade made me want to go home and see if I could make it myself. Great ambiance and food dining choices either outside on the balcony or inside in dining area. I will be returning with my husband. Great Place!!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Republic on Grand, responded to this reviewResponded July 3, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful review! We're so happy that you enjoyed our Pick Two lunch in addition to our strawberry basil lemonade - it's so refreshing, especially on a hot day :) We look forward to seeing you and your husband sometime soon!

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  • The Republic on Grand is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5