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Flying Mango

4345 Hickman Rd, One mile East of Merle Hay Road on Hickman Rd., Des Moines, IA 50310-3352
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good31%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Barbecue, American, Cajun & Creole, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
4345 Hickman Rd, One mile East of Merle Hay Road on Hickman Rd., Des Moines, IA 50310-3352
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Reviewed January 30, 2015

We love out time at the Flying Mango. The atmosphere is relaxed,but comfortable. The wait staff are quick and easy to talk to. The food is good. Tip: Go for the earlier settings or some of your favorites may be sold out. So, book ahead,...More

Thank Kathie S
Reviewed January 9, 2015 via mobile

The Flying Mango doesn't look like much from the outside, but it's cozy and nicely done inside. Not fancy, but nice. Gluten free menu and everything looked so good I ordered 2 entrees and dessert. The fish tacos were fantastic - lightly spiced, complex mole...More

Thank runread
Reviewed January 7, 2015

From the outside, the Flying Mango is nothing special. Inside, though, it's a culinary treat — Cajun-style food and barbecue. Our daughter, who lives outside of Des Moines, had been recommending the Flying Mango for a long time and finally bought us a gift certificate...More

2  Thank ExNewsGuy
Reviewed December 9, 2014

I ordered grilled chicken over pasta, which was good but kind of wished afterward that I had ordered barbecue. As best as I could tell from the aromas on entering the restaurant, the barbecue is probably pretty good. Dining room was a bit crowded but...More

Thank bikerider57
Reviewed December 6, 2014 via mobile

We save The Flying Mango for special occasions but have deemed nearly every occasion special just to have an excuse to go here. Best smoked brisket I have ever eaten anywhere. The chef puts a flare in everything from smoked meats to the Mango Shrimp...More

1  Thank Cameron B F
Reviewed November 21, 2014 via mobile

I have visited this restaurant several times while visiting my family in the Des Moines. Living in Florida and traveling throughout the Southwest United States, I have been to several restaurants that feature a Cajun menu. Des Moines is fortunate to have one of the...More

Thank HawkeyeGrad67
Reviewed November 16, 2014

We arrived for dinner at 9:20 on a Saturday evening. There was no wait but the place was still busy. I ordered a vodka martini which was excellent. Also ordered the tuna steak with mango sauce. It was cooked perfectly with a pink center and...More

Thank Mary H
Reviewed November 11, 2014

I really love the smoked chicken here and the brisket. The sides are really good, try the sweet potato cake, or the collard greens. I have never been disappointed in anything I have had here. I think the decor is cozy, inspire of the fact...More

Thank caroldesmoines
Reviewed November 4, 2014

You can't get a bad meal at the Mango, not even a metiocre one for that matter. The briscut is some of the best I've ever had, and I make one of the best briscut's I've ever had. Reasonably priced and always delicious - you...More

Thank Schwoopin
Reviewed November 3, 2014

We called ahead and got on the wait list, which worked perfect for us. Food and beverages were excellent- took the servers suggestion and were not disappointed. Long wait if you weren't on the list on a Friday night. Love the special potatoes! Nice variety...More

Thank thbergs
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I am wondering what kind of seating it has, tables booths, table booth combo?
January 21, 2015|
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Response from JIM A | Reviewed this property |
I have been there several times and don't remember anything but tables. Sitting in the back room is preferred.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4345 Hickman Rd, One mile East of Merle Hay Road on Hickman Rd., Des Moines, IA 50310-3352
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 5152554111
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