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Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge

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2400 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-5234
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Order: Fettucine - Noah’s Ark with chicken, Cappuccino, Tiramisu Price: $37 Pros: GO EAT HERE NOW; seriously some of THE BEST Italian food I have ever eaten, it was absolutely amazing, really good tiramisu (didn’t taste pre-frozen), and the cappuccino was the best cup of coffee I had in Des Moines Cons: None (ya I know that seems crazy but... More 

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Garwin, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We were a group of 22 for a double birthday party. Reservations were made in advance. They seated us at the entrance with one of our tables off to the side away from the rest of our party. Altogether we were seated at 4 separate tables. It was rather awkward. The hostess always seemed annoyed with our group. For an... More 

Thank Phyllis B
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Phyllis, I'm quite surprised to read this review, to be honest. We're known for our high-quality food and friendly service -- it sounds like you caught us on an off day, though. Regardless, we should've done better, and I hope we get another chance in the future to give you the experience you were looking for. Thank you, James, Owner More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I could of cooked a better steak in the microwave, perfect scenario of been around a long time resturant gone south. Went for my brothers birthday, couldnt be more disapointed in the cook of of every item we were served. Please look else where when looking for food in des moines. Plenty of places elsewhere that are worth the trip.... More 

Thank Tyler S
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Tyler, I'm beyond disappointed that you didn't have a good time with us -- especially on such a special occasion. We hold ourself to the standard set when we first started, but it sounds like an off night. I hope you can give us another chance to give you the fantastic experience we're known for. Thanks, James, Owner More 

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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I am just going to bother posting this review because I remember how mad I was to see my husband's face of disappointment with the horrible service!! from the waitress, the terrible "fettuccine" and the so called "sea food platter " that I think I have had a healthy choice that tasted better than that (and it has been better... More 

Thank Leslie J
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Leslie, I'm frankly surprised to read this review -- it sounds nothing like our usually high-quality and tasty dishes. We hold ourselves to a high standard when it comes to service, and I'm sorry if that wasn't your experience. Please feel free to reach out if you'd like to discuss further. Thanks, James, Owner More 

Georgetown, Texas
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134 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

I have been eating at Noah's for almost fifty years when I come to Des Moines and average of every 2-3 years I never miss eating there. It is Italian and always good. Whether you want a full course meal or just a pizza or sandwich, it will be good. The wait staff has been around for many years and... More 

Thank tripandtravel
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

It's been such a pleasure having you with us all of these years! Thanks for the support here. Hope to see you again soon! Until then, James, Owner More 

Kansas City, Missouri
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189 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

This is an old place with excellent service. The menu includes a good portion of deep fried items as well as Italian specialities. They serve fried green pepper and onion rings which are tasty if not a bit greasy. The fried haddock is so so but the rigatoni and meat sauce is good. Chicken soup is extremely salty w/too much... More 

Thank John G
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

John, thanks for such a kind review -- loved reading it! Really looking forward to seeing you again soon. In the meantime, if there's anything we could be doing to make sure you have a five-star experience next time, please give me a call! Take care, James, Owner More 

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196 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 198 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

I'm a relative newbie to DSM and am working on exploring and checking out new restaurants every week. My friend suggested Noah's and called an order in for me to pickup for us on my way from work. It is definitely a busy and popular place, and I would say they handle the crowd with a smile and organization. I... More 

Thank Viking94708
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Thanks again for stopping by! Glad to have you in the area, and hope we'll see you again soon. Until then, James, Owner More 

Austin, Texas
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

This was refreshing in that it was old school Italian. Reminded me of places I would have gone with my parents when I was little and living on Long Island. When the owner overheard us say it was our first visit he was quick to tell us the restaurant has been in Des Moines for 70 years. And, as a... More 

Thank Kaylee K
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Kaylee, I'm thrilled our place brought you back to memories of sharing meals with your parents. It means a lot that you were happy with your pizza -- especially coming from a New Yorker like yourself! Hope to welcome you back again in the future. Take care, James, Owner More 

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30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2016 via mobile

Stopped for lunch. Had a specialty pizza with goat cheese because I love goat cheese. The pizza was fantastic and the crust unbelievable. This is a great little family owned place and the atmosphere and service was very comfortable. I will come back here in the future. It is a thinner crust pizza but still lots and lots of flavor!

Thank Jennifer N
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Jennifer, I'm beyond happy your lunch hit the mark! Thanks for all the love here. Can't wait until next time! Cheers, James, Owner More 

Des Moines, United States
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

This review is way overdue......fortunately there is no penalty. Noah's has been a staple in the DM area for decades...... the decor has remained true to the original vibe as is the old style jazz music playing in the background....part of its charm. Many of the staff have been employed for many years...they are family, and in turn, they have... More 

Thank CynthiaRBrady
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Cynthia, it's been incredible having you in the Noah's family all this time. Thanks for the support over the years -- here's to many more! Take care, James, Owner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $28
Italian, American, Steakhouse, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions
Open Hours
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 11:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2400 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-5234
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-288-2246
Noah's Ark serves great home-style Italian food and delicious Neapolitan style pizza in Des Moines, IA.

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