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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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Carol Stream, Illinois
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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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180 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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66 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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208 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

United States
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

Georgetown, Texas
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139 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 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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193 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 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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203 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 199 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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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, Special occasions, Large groups, 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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