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Open Sesame

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313 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1806
+1 515-288-3151
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Overview
  • Excellent59%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“hummus” (13 reviews)
“shawarma” (4 reviews)
“wraps” (3 reviews)
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CUISINES
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
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Value
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LOCATION
313 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1806
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good hummus, and the remaining dishes were also quite good. Interesting decor, with the interior of the restaurant kept in low lighting and shadows. A little too much AC for my taste, but not enough to be unmanageable. Service was okay, but a little...More

Thank krondor100
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Open Sesame has been a fairly popular dinner destination for our family, but recently we discovered the lamb gyros on the lunch menu. All I can say is that they are delectable and we crave them all the time.

Thank Wanderlust87
Reviewed November 12, 2017 via mobile

My wife and I have eaten here three times now and it has become our new favorite place to dine when we are in Des Moines! Small, intimate atmosphere with a warm and cozy feel. Always great service. The food is delicious. This visit I...More

Thank Marcus J
Reviewed November 10, 2017

Not only will you experience delicious Middle Eastern cuisine at this cozy restaurant, you'll be transported to the sights of that culture as well. Asian rugs, colorful lamps, and a stunning light fixture will set the stage for a out-of-this world evening.

Thank dglass2016
Reviewed September 13, 2017

I came here for lunch with a friend. The atmosphere is cozy and I love what they have done with it. I like the ceiling. I ordered the falafel pita and lentil soup. We did a starter of baba ganoush with warm pitas. I also...More

Thank iowaloves2travel
Reviewed July 23, 2017

perfect spot for wonderful Lebanese dining! delicious food and drinks with superb decor and ambiance!

Thank slrpryor
Reviewed June 25, 2017 via mobile

Two of us had the chicken shawarma rice dish, two had the chicken shawarma plate (served on a pita instead of on rice) and the other person had a Gyro Salad. All of enjoyed our meals, although one of us would have switched from the...More

Thank Mike S
Reviewed May 16, 2017

I highly recommend Open Sesame. My daughter goes there often and took us there while we were visiting Des Moines. We all enjoyed our dinners. The hummus was also very good.

Thank summertraveler19
Reviewed March 9, 2017

Good wraps and salads. Casual. Great place for lunch. Generous portions and good price. We loved it.

Thank footlooseOmaha
Reviewed February 11, 2017 via mobile

I came specifically for shawarma, having heard that some of the best comes from Lebanon. I got the chicken shawarma plate ($12) [Lunch] It came with a basic house salad, good rice, and 2 small pita slices. I was hoping for what I consider authentic...More

Thank Keenan B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings
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: +1 515-288-3151
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