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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 - 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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Indianapolis, Indiana
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657 reviews
596 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The look of the place and our service make for 4 stars. But my underwhelming Eggs Benedict (very thin slices of Canadian Bacon and bland Hollandaise) and bad $2.39/ cup coffee bring it to 3.

Thank BatGuano30
Bothell, Washington
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Situated in the heart of the Drake University neighborhood, the Drake Diner specialized in good old comfort food right out of the Fifties! For the most part, the food is excellent, but then again, there are few ways to really screw up a good hamburger. One drawback which I've experienced more than once is inconsistent service. Sometimes your food comes... More 

Thank TravellingGiulia
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A real dîner. I go in this restaurant for the oignons ring, Light and generous. .The best in town for me . Good atmosphère. Typique américain for a French Guy.

Thank jean-yves P
Omaha, Nebraska
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Waitress barely showed us our seats and dropped menus on the table before leaving. I saw another waiter not even wait until the party made it to the table before he was rushing the other direction. The wait staff is obviously understaffed. Food was pretty good although the hamburgers were bland. I think the needle that broke the camels back... More 

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Seaford, United Kingdom
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125 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I was staying next door at the Holiday Inn Express, so this was recommended as convenient... as a single diner I think the service was slack and somewhat haphazard. Food was ok (I had a burger) but that was about it. Had an OJ to drink which turned up after the burger and was from concentrate... Nothing seriously wrong, but... More 

Thank Ru198
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting our daughter at Drake University, we took her and some friends to breakfast at Drake Diner. Cool feel retro diner. Service was good. Food was well above average (I love diner breakfast food). Huge menu. Lots of locals, some students. Really had fun.

Thank Jonathan J
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

traditional diner food near Drake university. Breakfast all day! Burgers, sandwiches. Casual. Service is quick and basic. Fun to sit at the counter.

Thank Coolmom8
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

Tucked away this cute classic looking diner was a fun stop for breakfast. Good food, friendly service. Loved the sausage on a stick idea. Covered enclosed patio perfect spot to enjoy a morning coffee and breakfast. I'd like to go try dessert some evening on a future visit.

Thank kennethsH5155WM
Dixon, Illinois
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

We were staying at the Holiday Inn Express at Drake and this was he perfect place for a late night dessert. The chocolate cake, warmed up was wonderful.

Thank Jim T
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60 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

Doesn't seem to be a plethora of eating establishments near Drake University, so on the suggestion of a pal who used to travel a ton for work, we gave this 'diner' a shot. Not a typical east coast diner, but attempts to mimic that in structure and in some offerings. Some of the meals were too hip for an old... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 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, 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: 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?