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Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge

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2400 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-5234
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

From the start a warm hello from Dan. We were sat promptly without a reservation on a busy Saturday night..followed by warm garlic "love knots" and not rushed to make a wine selection. Antipasto platter amazing! We usually get the Orings..but this was top notch. Had a small Noahs Bayou, pasta combo, 6 oz filet (thank you Murphy! ) and... More 

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

Heather, I'm thrilled you felt welcomed here right away -- this review almost brought a tear to MY eye! Thanks for being so kind. Hope we'll see you again soon! Take care, James, Owner More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in a large group, for dinner, at 6. Service was great and the food was very good. I had asked for a drink made a special way and it was done without question. All in all, we had a good time and not only enjoyed each others company, but also the time we spent there without being rushed... More 

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

Connie, I'm beyond happy to hear you had a relaxing meal catching up with friends! Thanks for the kind words here. Looking forward to next time! Take care, James, Owner More 

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19 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Yes. I’m giving Noah’s a 2 star. It would have been a 1 but they made a great old fashion drink. Went there as a family. Kids meals are way over priced. $9 and they didn’t get much. I ordered a steak. It was too salty. Not sure what they used for seasoning but it wasn’t good. My wife ordered... More 

Thank ddecker92
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

I'm sorry you were disappointed with the kids meals. We use high-quality ingredients in every single dish, and that's reflected in our prices. As for your steak -- always feel free to talk to your server so we can fix things like this in the moment. Hope you can give us another chance. Thanks, James, Owner More 

Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went to high school in Des Moines and was attending the 50th reunion...was so thrilled to see Noah's Ark (our late '60's after ball games hangout) still in existence. It had the best pizza in town back then. Still does, if you ask me! But what I wasn't expecting was their amazing Italian menu!!! Fabulous lasagna and pasta! Great... More 

Thank TravelingGrands2015
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

It made my day hearing that you remember us back from your high school days -- so honored to be a part of this community! Thanks for your kind words. Hope you had a wonderful time at the reunion! Take care, James, Owner More 

Carol Stream, Illinois
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2016

I had a great late night steak sandwich on a Tuesday night. The service was great. My parents had a pizza and everyone said it was great too. This is one of my parents (70+) go to place when we come to visit. A varied menu.

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

Carolyn, I'm thrilled you and your parents had a great meal with us! It means a lot that you chose to have dinner with us, and we look forward to next time. Take care, James, Owner More 

Omaha, NE
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90 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

We visit Des Moines often. Noah's is always on our dining list. Their baked lasagne & pizzas are my favorite. They have a really yummy house creamy garlic Italian dressing... Great for dipping their outstanding thin slice onion rings! Outstanding dessert selection... terrific carrot cake... save room!!

Thank Bink51
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

I'm beyond honored that you come see us every time you're in town. Thanks for the kind words! Hope to see you for some carrot cake soon! Take care, James, Owner More 

London, United Kingdom
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9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016 via mobile

Some of the best Italian in the Des Moines area! I highly recommend the green pepper rings or mozzarella sticks as an appetizer. The dinner rolls are delicious and so is their house salad dressing. My favorite entree is their spaghetti with meat sauce! And don't leave without getting a tasty piece of cake for dessert!

Thank Londontraveler88
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Wow -- what a compliment! Glad you enjoyed everything so much, and hope you'll be back again soon. Take care, James, Owner More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2016

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 

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

Mylon, thanks for all the love -- we really appreciate you taking the time to drop us some lines here and on Yelp! It was a true pleasure having you and your buddy, and we hope we'll get to see you in the future. Until then, James, Owner More 

Garwin, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

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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6 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2016

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 

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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
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
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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