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The Cheese Shop

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833 42nd St Ste B, Des Moines, IA 50312-2604
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Tue - Thu 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you like cheeses from around the world and great wines, this is the place for you. It is small with rustic wooden tables.

Thank U4738TAcolins
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Such a tiny place but the experience was huge. The food and service were absolutely top notch. Of course the cheese was terrific and so varied. I lived in Europe for 4 years and this cheese shop is as good as any of my favorites there. Do your self a favor and go on Wednesday when the fondue is available.... More 

Thank Richard G
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What's better than enjoying a good meal with friends, catching up on each other's lives? The Cheese Shop sells bulk cheese and meat, but also serves up tasty meals. The atmosphere reminds me of an old meat market. A bonus, the chef serves Iowa ingredients - it's like home cooking on the farm! I definitely hope to return:)

Fort Dodge
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

We went to the Cheese Shop with friends who had small children. They had a blast with all the different things to look at and watch. We have lived in Dallas Fort Worth, and this "shop" feels like being in a big city!!! Fun fun!

Thank Lori B
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77 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 15, 2016 via mobile

Oh my gosh, are you kidding me?! This place is AMAZING!!! I'm a sucker for all things classic, hole in the wall, amazing, natural, "hometown", unique, and cheesy. This place has it all! I texted my husband while I was eating and said it was easy one of the top 10 meals I've ever had. My mother and I got... More 

Thank April D
Des Moines, Iowa
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125 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

Cute little shop in the Roosevelt area. Very expansive selection of cheeses. We had the meat and cheese tray to start with a glass of bubbly. The staff is very knowledgeable and everything was explained to us (where it came from, etc.). I ordered the Blue Cheese Salad which was very good. I would go again.

Thank Elizabeth D
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016

If you're anywhere close to Des Moines, The Cheese Shop is definitely worth the effort! Looking like it's straight out of Brooklyn, the food and wine are wonderfully good - many items sourced from local purveyors. A small, but amazing menu, with a number of daily specials. The mac & cheese is one of our favorites, as are a number... More 

Thank Susan B
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 31, 2016

If you love meat and cheese and interesting, different, food fare, this is the place for you! The staff is super knowledgeable about all of the meats and cheeses offered as well as some great wine pairings for your order. I never fail to take cheese home with me when we leave!

Thank Marla V
Charles B, Owner at The Cheese Shop, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, we will keep getting better! CJ More 

Chicago, Illinois
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016

The Mac and Cheese was amazing!! My partner and I split that and a sandwich. It turned out to be a good decision because it was so rich. Very friendly and quick service. Can get very crowded so try getting there before 11:30am or after the lunch rush. There is less seating than I would like. Can't wait to come... More 

Thank HallesColette
Charles B, Owner at The Cheese Shop, responded to this review

Thank you! We are working on expanding our setting and cafe. Thanks for the feed back! More 

Ames, Iowa
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81 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016

My wife and I get to Des Moines quite often. If we are remotely close, we will stop by The Cheese Shop on 42nd Street. I love this place! Great cheeses and meats but also a wonderful selection of wines from around the world. Great tasting wines from smaller wineries that you probably never heard of. The Cheese Shop also... More 


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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 833 42nd St Ste B, Des Moines, IA 50312-2604
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 5155288181

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?