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Java Joe's Coffeehouse

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214 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2206
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
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All hours
Sun 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Wed 6:30 am - 11:00 pm
Thu - Sat 6:30 am - 12:00 am
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Fort Smith, Arkansas
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116 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in here after the Iowa state fair for coffee for a long drive home. The two guys working were extra friendly, and the coffee was fantastic! The store was cute and had a little nook for kids to play. Wish we had something like that back home!

Thank Katy C
Madison, Wisconsin
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121 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

Eclectic atmosphere but gloomy. The coffeehouse felt like a throwback to the 70s and not in a good way. How about adding some color, brightness and a more polished looking environment? Their worst sin however, was serving lukewarm coffee.

Thank Isthmuse
Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2016

The coffee is ok, but not "wow" like you would expect. You won't be disappointed but you won't walk out saying to yourself "man that was the best damn cup of coffee I ever had." The interior could use a make over. Its decorated along the lines of a TGIF. "Hey let's put some old license plates on the wall.... More 

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Urbandale, Iowa
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46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

This is so the place to be during caucus season. If you love politics then you have to go here. You will see everyone from every party due to MSNBC morning show broadcasting live from here. We also love this place at any other time because the coffee is wonderful

Thank Mlg2
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122 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

I can tell you the coffee smelled great but since neither my wife and I drink coffee we can only review the breakfast food we enjoyed. My wife had a bagel and cream cheese and the bagels are made fresh daily. I had a bagel breakfast sandwich and it was served hot and delicious. My sandwich had a fold of... More 

Thank travelbugIowa
Antwerp, Belgium
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

Always a great place to visit - i particularly enjoy breakfast there. It is always good and freshly prepared and hot

Thank john8871234
Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2016

A true Des Moines staple, I always feel at home here. Coffee, coffee, coffee......YUMMY! Best in town!

Thank Annie W
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

Java Joe's is unique and large. The coffee is good and the service average. In the past few years they have changed hands and with that change it is not as good as before. The small restroom is usually not cleaned well and there is some panhandling on the street. But it's worth a visit because of the scent!

Thank Doug P
Sioux City, Iowa
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302 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2016 via mobile

I stopped here while in the area visiting family recently. They have a nice assortment of coffee beans and interesting displays of items for sale. It is decorated quite eclectically, but fun. The barista was very friendly.

Thank Kathy N
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

I don't live in the Des Moines area and don't go downtown very much, but I love going to Java Joe's for a coffee and just to hang out for a date with a friend or studying or just reading a book by myself. I've heard they have concerts there sometimes too and could imagine that would be fun as... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 11:00 pm
6:30 am - 12:00 am
6:30 am - 12:00 am
6:30 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 214 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2206
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-288-5282

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