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University Library Cafe

3506 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2306
+1 515-255-0433
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“nachos” (14 reviews)
“corned beef” (2 reviews)
“bloody mary” (3 reviews)
Open Now
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM Hours
American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
3506 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2306
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Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

I've been coming here for a long long time on and off and even though I think they've gone maybe to their third different owner they still carry on the tradition of making their own roast beef and making their own corned beef. long time...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 653cliffk
Reviewed August 20, 2018 via mobile

Stopped by to catch up friends, small space to plan accordingly. Was very please with Reuben. Also a nice selection of craft beers available.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank JamersonRocks
Reviewed July 24, 2018

The food was good and inexpensive. The atmosphere was good and a bit lively. I wanted more BOOKS at an easy to reach level. The bar tender seemed very knowledgeable about the drinks he was serving a couple at the bar. I think they were...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Kathy C
Reviewed July 10, 2018

I had the Nachos with chicken, my friend had the chili cheeseburger with onion rings as the side. This was an up charge but worth it as they were so good. The nachos we the best ever. Made with flour tortillas instead of corn, such...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Mlg2
Reviewed January 21, 2018 via mobile

The Library is my favorite Drake / Beaverdale neighborhood haunt! The beer selection is always a win and the nachos are an absolute must. It’s an extremely small space, so seating is limited. The Library used to be a college hangout but is now all...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Nathan W
Reviewed July 29, 2017 via mobile

Never can go wrong with these nachos they are the best around, saucy, cheesy, meety and awesome chips then shared the French dip with peppers and onions side of chilli also all very tasty and fresh, great service too. Worth the drive to the Library...More

Date of visit: July 2017
1  Thank C4275TRandreas
Reviewed June 5, 2017

You know how some restaurants will post somewhere that they were voted #1 for nachos, fries, burger, whatever and they're NOT!! At the University Café there is a sign that reads voted best nachos in Des Moines. Go ahead University slap-yourself-on-the-back because YOUR NACHOS ARE...More

Date of visit: June 2017
1  Thank Ron A
Reviewed May 22, 2017

My wife and I enjoyed a beer and burger on a weeknight evening. The crowd was small, but given the small size of the place we ended up sitting at the bar. They have a great selection of micro, macro and local beers. While known...More

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank Dan M
Reviewed April 23, 2017

Went here with friends for breakfast on a hot day. My wife had huevos rancheros and i had pancakes. The food was pretty good but the mimosas were EXCELLENT. Fresh squeezed OJ and champagne that WASN'T Andre.

Date of visit: August 2016
Thank johnlwood
Reviewed February 13, 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I live right across the street. We try to make it a point to visit the Library as often as possible. Wednesdays are our favorite, as the buffalo nachos are on special. Although this is a bar located within walking distance of...More

Date of visit: February 2017
1  Thank LizzyMarie23
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3506 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2306
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-255-0433
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