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Drake Diner

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American, Diner
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1111 25th St, Des Moines, IA 50311-4207
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Sacramento, California
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70 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The Drake diner is an iconic gem. From burgers and fries with the over the top shakes to salads or pastas,!the menu is varied and always good. The service is good and the setting is just fun. The booths are really big which could seat 6 easily.

Thank cindy h
Clarkston, Michigan
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488 reviews
342 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I was staying at the Holiday Inn-Drake University in Des Moines. The Drake Diner is right next door. This restaurant could not be any closer. I read the reviews on Trip Advisor. I was here 4 nights so how could I not give it a try. It is a nice place with character. As I walked in I was quickly... More 

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Cedar City, Utah
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21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Airplane was broken down in Des Moines and was looking for something good to eat. Drake Diner was a great answer. Enjoyed the unique breakfast offerings, and the breakfast staples were very good as well... I will suggest Drakes to anyone.

Thank Troutmonger
Sac City, Iowa
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98 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The dinner has a cute décor! 2 gals were there for Sunday breakfast about 9:30am. The inside was full, noisy & cool. We choose to sit on the patio. Not fast service, not outstanding food & the price was high considering. We both choose a skillet=1 easy side over & 1 scrambled eggs. All equals average to me...

Thank CathyG S
Lincoln, NE
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

10:00 on a Sunday morning is NOT a quiet time to go to the Drake! It was packed, and justifiably so. The food was excellent, and the atmosphere is fun. The service was great - and the staff really gets a workout! There's often open seating at the counter, so take advantage of the "show" with your meal!

Thank Julie P
Hollister, Missouri
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46 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Typical Diner fair. Not exceptional food or service. But a cute, kitschy diner. Breakfast any time! And large portions.

Thank Robin J
Fort Dodge, Iowa
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109 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Noisy, Poor Service, High Prices and Average Food. This combination does not add up to a pleasant dining experience. We had picked up by wife's sister who lives near the diner and decided to have lunch here at about 1:15 pm. The first thing to hit us when we walked in was the noise level. Loud music over the speakers,... More 

Thank srehmann
Rosslyn, Australia
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

my granddaughter and I went to drakes diner for dinner on june 27 2016 and were really surprised by the great choices to select from . The menu had something for nearly everyone and as i am a very fussy eater i had no trouble in finding a lot of dishes that i liked. The prices were great and the... More 

Thank Geoffrey E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

The perfect diner eats...Eggs Benedict, Corned Beef Hash, GOOD Hashbrowns, Biscuits and Gravy...all the staples, plus some specialty menu items. Everything we downed was THE BOMB! Service was also stellar and The Diner Latte was just delightful. #sundaymorningrecovery

Thank Brandy C
Des Moines, Iowa
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84 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016

Great people, great food, close to Drake University. I love the heuvos rancheros at any time of the day. I also love the bread pudding for dessert. The shakes are crazy good.

Thank Thomas M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Television
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
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: 515-277-1111

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?