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A&W Restaurant

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2522 E University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317
+1 515-262-4700
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good35%
  • Average14%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“chicken” (2 reviews)
“fries” (3 reviews)
“burger” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Fast Food, American
2522 E University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We came here just yesterday for some fish. Friendly staff served up hot, fresh, crispy fish. Clean place. Family friendly. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids, despite many kids there. Good prices.

Thank init4keeps
Reviewed June 6, 2017 via mobile

Fresh daily made root beer is the best out there. Beats bottled any day. Clean place, friendly staff. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids.

1  Thank init4keeps
Reviewed April 29, 2017

I want to review this A&W, have been going here for decades, but it just keeps getting better! It's old fashion Diner/drive in food. The atmosphere is wonderful, love the music playing (1950's and 1960's). Although it is "corporate" this one doesn't taste or feel...More

1  Thank PatIowa67
Reviewed April 3, 2017

I have eaten here many times. Like the surroundings inside and out. Drive up is available but I went inside. Special Beer batter cod fish with 4 large fantail breaded shrimp changed fries to my liking sweet potato also included coleslaw with 2 hush puppies....More

1  Thank Linda C
Reviewed April 1, 2017

I think this is the only remaining A+W in Des Moines. It is on East University back about 4 blocks West of the Iowa State Fairgrounds. I love the root beer floats. The hamburger and fries are OK. The malts are very good. There is...More

Thank david_hance_iowa
Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

I stopped in for this, as it had been advertised for a while. It was fabulous. Like a thick egg nog. With whipped cream and a cherry on top! MarcyDiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids.

Thank init4keeps
Reviewed November 13, 2016 via mobile

Freshly painted, clean, awesome staff, and I'm not one who likes green beans very much, but I love them here! Plus I've always loved the Root beer, fresh from the spigot. And having Long John Silver fish amd chicken available is great too. The clams...More

Thank init4keeps
Reviewed September 12, 2016

A& W food was good and hot you have to wait for them to cook food. But if you get long johns you get food almost immediately.

Thank Deb Phil T
Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

The great thing about this place is that they still have keg root beer and frosted glass mugs. The whole place, including the bathrooms were so dirty! We had root beer, reg fries and sweet potato fries.

Thank mhelmick2016
Reviewed February 28, 2016

My husband and I were on our way home from Des Moines and we wanted to grab something quick to eat. We stopped at the A&W/Long John Silver's combo restaurant because my husband LOVES root beer. The cashier was an incredibly friendly young man with...More

Thank Stanbro81
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  • Food
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Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Seating
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2522 E University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-262-4700
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