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Riccelli's Restaurant

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3803 Indianola Ave, Des Moines, IA 50320-1462
515-288-7755
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Chariton, Iowa
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16 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

This landmark has been on the south side since the south side was a distinct part of town. The food was great, and the service was great too. It was like a step back in time.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

You enter to the sight of what looks to be a 75+ year old portrait of who I assumed was Mr. Riccelli. Greeted by a 75+ year old hostess who I assumed was Mrs. Riccelli. Served by a 75+ year old waitress who I assumed was somehow related to a Riccelli. We were seated in the "TV Room"...we're talking "The... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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96 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2015

Traditional old family Italian restaurant. I have never had a bad meal there. Food is always prepared well, hot when you get it. Their onion rings are to die for.

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Thank mitchdsm
Des Moines, Iowa
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171 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

This is a hard restaurant to rate... The decor and overall feel of the place is very aged, and the service can be spotty, but the food--and value--remain strong. Each dinner gets soup, salad, bread, and a spaghetti appetizer--which means a lot of table visits by the wait staff. On a busy night all those table visits can translate into... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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138 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The restaurant has been on Indianola Ave for a number of years, but I remember when it was still on Fleur Drive. I finally had a meal here about a month ago and have been back twice since then for dinner. The meals are reasonably priced and most include a salad and a side of spaghetti. All the meals have... More 

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Thank Kathy L
Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

When you walk in the door you are in the 1960's so don't bring any preconceived notions of what a restaurant should be, you're on their terms. The food is good for the price but be prepared that its not what you are going to get at other places. Never come here if you are in a hurry. I would... More 

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Thank Dan W
Des Moines, Iowa
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96 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013

Riccelli's is one of Des Moines secrets. Has been in business for many years, doesn't advertise. Great Italian food at very reasonable prices. A long time favorite. Steaks and pasta - you can't go wrong here.

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Thank mitchdsm
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We had reservations for a large group, so the restaurant knew we were coming. It took a good 20 minutes to get water and pops. The pops were never refilled. We had to beg for water refills. Soup comes with the meal, but when asked why we did not get the soup, the waitress said that for groups over 10... More 

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Thank Judy J
Des Moines, Iowa
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54 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013 via mobile

Eat at Fazolies if you want better food and service. This by far is the worst place in Des Moines for food or service and the interior is a dump.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2012

The amount of food served here in insurmountable. The service was wonderful, the food was done quickly, everything tasted great, but the real winner hear is the value. You cannot beat the amount of food for the price.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Italian, American, Steakhouse
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Reservations, Seating
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3803 Indianola Ave, Des Moines, IA 50320-1462
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: 515-288-7755

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