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Drake Diner

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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1111 25th St, Des Moines, IA 50311-4207
+1 515-277-1111
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sun 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A great place for breakfast food. I just love breakfast and this is my favorite place in des moines.

Thank raynedrop6
Edmond, Oklahoma
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260 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Drake Diner is a staple of the Drake University campus and Des Moines community. They deliver consistent and good diner food - breakfast, lunch and dinner. On my most recent visit we had a waffle and the southwest chicken salad. However, my go-to is usually the meatloaf sandwich. You can't go wrong if you want a true diner experience... More 

Thank rdubbs08
Price, Utah
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the French toast, my wife had an omelet. It was 10:00 am on Sunday morning. Place was packed. We sat at the bar. Surprisingly service was quick and food was great and a little different. Nice dinner feel and reasonably priced.

Thank first2third
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

I am weeks out from knee surgery and cannot do the "stoop and swoop" maneuver required to use a booth. We were told all tables were taken by a large party. So there, done and done.

Thank Kathryn R
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

Love this place , great food awesome service, good atmosphere , always busy. Clean. Been coming here for years

1 Thank redfoxhonda
Plano, Texas
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455 reviews
319 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 8, 2016

I lived in Des Moines for three years and have visited the city dozens of times since then. Why have I not been here before? I really like this place. First start with the curbside appeal. The dinner is an oversized silver Airstream-like building that is reminiscent of the 1950's look with the black and white checkered pattern running along... More 

Thank CraftBeers
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126 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2016 via mobile

For a Diner this is one of the best I have been to. Tired after a day of touring holiday homes and shopping. Had Hot apple toddies, Cup of soup, and apple butter bread pudding. Great end to a great day. Will go back before leaving Des Moines for breakfast and lunch. So refreshing to not be in a chain... More 

Thank Jan F
Raleigh, NC
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272 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016

Five of us arrived about 10 am on a Sunday and had a 25 minute wait but we had been told 30 so we were pleased. It was a very busy place. The noise level was moderate due to many people and clanging dishes in a small place.They were serving breakfast and lunch at 10:30 when we ordered. Most of... More 

Thank RaleighNCtravel
Des Moines, Iowa
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016 via mobile

Drake Diner has been my favorite restaurant in Des Moines for almost 10 years. I don't think the menu has had any significant changes over the last 10 years that we have been eating there, but that's ok, as they have a great variety of diner food. I love the club, but the burgers are great too. My kids love... More 

Thank RoLo50312
Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

What can I say???? proximity- close and convenient. service- attentive and personal in a good way. Food/quality- lots to choose from and mostly everything i have tried has been good or great. The price is mid range and the portions are plentiful. I will keep going back again and again and again

Thank bglick21

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Television
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1111 25th St, Des Moines, IA 50311-4207
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-277-1111

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?