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Drake Diner

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$$ - $$$
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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Raleigh, NC
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263 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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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54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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
Indianapolis, Indiana
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725 reviews
661 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016 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 September 28, 2016

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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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 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 September 26, 2016

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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132 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2016

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 September 25, 2016

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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8 reviews
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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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, Television
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, 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: +1 515-277-1111

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