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Drake Diner

Certificate of Excellence
American, Diner
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1111 25th St, Des Moines, IA 50311-4207
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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Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I totally recommend the Drake Diner! We were at a nearby hotel and went there for dinner one night, based on TA's reviews! The food is so plentiful - my husband and I split the Reuben plate, and had it with THE BEST SWEET POTATO FRIES we've ever had! So much food...and the waitress was wonderful! They need one of... More 

Thank TravelingGrands2015
Maxwell, Iowa
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We enjoy the diverse menu. Breakfast is available all day. Food is always good with large portions. Family friendly, but also offer some wine for dinner. The Devil's Sundae is super yummy.

Thank ankenymom
Des Moines, Iowa
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Old-styled lovely place. Friendly atmosphere and great service. Friendly waiters and good portions. Very tasty breakfast and excellent shakes. I'm sure I'm gonna return soon!

Thank Billie T
Miami, Fl.
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74 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice old style diner. Good hot food. Very warm and comfortable inside. Wait staff was friendly and service was quick. All around good meal.

Thank maxfly
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Arrived after the dinner rush and was seated promptly and order taken quickly. Food arrived in a timely manner and was as expected, way above average except the pie. The pie tasted fresh baked right out of a farm house kitchen. Had one piece there and took another piece home for tomorrow.

Thank Rick B
Sacramento, California
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86 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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.

1 Thank cindy h
Clarkston, Michigan
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508 reviews
359 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 177 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

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 

1 Thank JeffreyTravel
Cedar City, Utah
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

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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99 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2016

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 July 13, 2016

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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 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
Families with children, 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: 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?