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Open Sesame

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313 East Locust, Des Moines, IA 50309
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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Denver, Colorado
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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Thank gburgess99
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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2 Thank Oka221
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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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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Thank Tracy S
Des Moines
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 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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Thank crpwdm
Central City, Iowa
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119 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

The title pretty much says it all! The staff was very friendly and were able to describe the meals well! The atmosphere is super cool and they play interesting music as well. The food was great if you're an outgoing foody... if you're picky and/or not willing to try new things than it would not be a great place for... More 

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Thank Mikayla E
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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98 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

The restaurant is located in a very small building, but don't let that turn you off because it's cozy and allows for the family-run business to provide close attention and excellent service. After several visits here, I have loved everything on their menu, so you really can't go wrong here!

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Thank Josh R
Des Moines, Iowa
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

This is one of my Des Moines staples that most of my friends (locals) haven't even tried before. It's kind of a hidden gem and a really small place, but the ambience is fantastic and food is on another level. They also have a solid drink menu. I've been here many times and they've never failed to impress me. The... More 

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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, Middle Eastern
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 East Locust, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • 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?