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Spaghetti Works

310 Ct Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-2210
+1 515-243-2195
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Overview
  • Excellent33%
  • Very good30%
  • Average20%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible6%
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CUISINES
Italian, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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LOCATION
310 Ct Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-2210
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The association I am a member of has meetings here every February. The staff is friendly and accommodating to large groups. The restaurant is clean and smells very good.

Thank Adam W
Shelly S, Owner at Spaghetti Works, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

It's always a pleasure to have you join us, Adam! Thanks for getting the word out about how we do things around here, and we look forward to having you and your group back again soon. Sincerely, The team at Spaghetti Works

Reviewed October 29, 2017

Party of four adults for a Sunday lunch. No waiting, promptly greeted, and drinks all around. Food ordering was quickly done (without feeling hurried) a ND promptly served. Pasta for two, salad bar visit, and a bottle of beer was $27 and change. Try the...More

Thank T.W. H
Shelly S, Manager at Spaghetti Works, responded to this reviewResponded November 8, 2017

We appreciate the feedback and we are pleased that you enjoyed the amazing service and food at The Old Spaghetti Works! Come back to see us soon, thank you.

Reviewed September 30, 2017 via mobile

I wasn't very impressed. The pasta was very over cooked and starchy (It could have used a good rinse. Said bar was nice and waiter was very friendlyMore

Thank Corina D
Shelly S, Owner at Spaghetti Works, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for this feedback, Corina. While it's great to know you enjoyed the salad bar and the service, we're sorry that pasta didn't hit the spot. Rest assured that's pretty unusual for us, and we hope to have another shot at earning those last two...More

Reviewed September 12, 2017 via mobile

The food was very good! Salad bar was fresh and delicious. Service was ok, while the place was not busy at all. The alfredo mushroom bake was excellent. Would definitely go back.

Thank Bob H
Shelly S, Owner at Spaghetti Works, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It's great to know you're a fan of the Alfredo mushroom bake and salad bar, Bob! We can't wait to welcome you back again anytime and earn that last star. Hope to see you soon! Sincerely, The team at Spaghetti Works

Reviewed September 11, 2017

Great pasta and sauce selections and love that they have a salad bar. Unique place to eat and meals are generally $10-$15.

Thank Dani C
Shelly S, Owner at Spaghetti Works, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We appreciate you getting the word out about our variety, Dani! Hope to see you around again very soon -- you can always expect a warm welcome from the whole team. Sincerely, The team at Spaghetti Works

Reviewed September 4, 2017

Not always easy to find a parking spot now that the downtown is so popular, but if you're already there, no better place to fill up on a budget. Especially family or date friendly. You can usually get seated quickly. Order drinks and the type...More

Thank Randy K
Shelly S, SMM at Spaghetti Works, responded to this reviewResponded September 5, 2017

That's what we like to hear! Thanks for the review RandyKasal!

Reviewed August 16, 2017 via mobile

The food was delivered very quickly. They catered to my mothers food allergy extremely well. The salad bar was filling.

Thank mat211
SpagTMC, Front Office Manager at Spaghetti Works, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2017

Thank you for the review. As always, if you have special needs when it comes to allergens, please ask for one of our managers. We will guide you through our options and oversee the preparation of the meal. Thank you for your business! Spaghetti Works,

Reviewed July 19, 2017

I'm not a big Italian food fan usually, but we decided to eat here the last night of our trip. My wife had spaghetti while I had the egg plant. Even with the beverages the total bill was under $40. The couple we with had...More

1  Thank David M
Shelly S, Owner at Spaghetti Works, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks for joining us, David! It's great to know you and your wife enjoyed your visit, and we hope you'll be joining us again soon. You and your friends are welcome here anytime! Sincerely, The team at Spaghetti Works

Reviewed July 13, 2017

Husband and I finally decided to spend the night in Des Moines instead of driving through on our trips from Wisconsin south. Meandering downtown decided to park and get some lunch. Decided on Spaghetti Works. Great restaurant. Friendly staff and quick service, good selection of...More

Thank Liz K
Shelly S, Owner at Spaghetti Works, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

It was great to have you join us while you were in town, Liz! We're thrilled you enjoyed your visit, and we're all looking forward to the next time you're able to make it back our way. Hope to see you soon! Sincerely, The team...More

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Reviewed July 10, 2017 via mobile

We had a great time at this restaurant. Great selection of appetizers and drinks. The patio is great for people watching. Our server was incredibly attentive. We will definitely be back!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 10:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 310 Ct Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-2210
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-243-2195
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Description
Walk around in the historic Court Avenue District of downtown Des Moines, and you’ll find Spaghetti Works, a local destination for traditional Italian cuisine in a distinctive atmosphere you’ll love spending time in. Housed in a 19th-century building and a former hat factory, our restaurant offers plenty of charm and fun historic memorabilia you’ll enjoy exploring. Get a taste of our famous full salad bar with a mouth-watering selection of salads and fresh ingredients, our flavorful pasta, sandwiches, and other Italian specialties. And with our catering services and our party rooms available for your next gathering, you can enjoy our cuisine on any occasion.
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