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Open Sesame

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313 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1806
515-288-3151
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11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Sat 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Bonita Springs, Florida
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228 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 124 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food is good. We had a sampling of the menu, and everything was tasty I give it a 4 star because the waitress kept interrupting us during our meal to chitchat. We did not go there to visit with her.

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Montrose, Colorado
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61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had a large group and they handled us perfectly. We ordered family style - a bunch of dishes we all shared - everything was delicious and prepared really well. Prices were reasonable. The babaganoush and dolmades were outstanding

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time here was an excellent experience. Wonderful waitress, tasty food (I have the gyro platter) and very relaxing place to eat dinner.

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Denver, Colorado
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33 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Was staying on the east side of town and walked over to Open Sesame based on the reviews I read. It was an excellent restaurant, fairly priced, delicious food, friendly staff. It was quiet and only two other tables on a Tuesday night, but the food was quick and fresh. I had the gyro rice plate based on the server's... More 

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Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

My trip to Des Moines wouldn't have been complete without a visit to Open Sesame. Being from the middle east, I was shocked to find out how tasty the food was - even better than Lebanon! And the gyros were just delicious. The service is all-family. The staff treat you as if they know you, making you feel at home.... More 

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2016

Went to Open Sesame today. It was so great that I ended up ordering another meal to take with me and eat later. Gyros were great but the Mediterranean Chicken was the best!!! Also loved the lemonade and rose water. Never had anything like it. Can't wait to go back and try some other things.

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2 Thank KOKICHI33
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

Loved this restaurant. The food was delicious! I had a mediterranean chicken in pita with a side of hummus, and my spouse (with gluten and dairy-free needs) was also helped to a delicious salad with lamb. Very welcoming, helpful, friendly service. We were lucky to be there at lunch on a quiet day!

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2 Thank Maryspkr
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2016

I just love this restaurant! Small, cozy interior. Very tasty Lebanese food-great hummus, baba ganoush, and chicken schwarma. Vegetarian friendly. Located in East Village.

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Casey
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Enjoyed our first visit with another couple at lunch time. All four of us liked what we ordered. Reasonable prices and nice variety on menu. Appealing decor and cozy atmosphere. Would like to go back in the evening.

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Des Moines
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

The food was good and the service was fine, but I thought it was very overpriced for what I received.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Greek, Vegetarian Friendly, Middle Eastern, Turkish
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Friday
11:00 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 2:00 am
8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 313 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1806
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-288-3151

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