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Simon's J Benjamin's

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5800 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA 50322-6132
(515) 255-3725
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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West Des Moines, Iowa
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was my second time here. My boyfriends first. We were celebrating my birthday and were there Monday. We started with the baked artichoke dip which we both enjoyed! Would definitely order again. I had manicotti topped with half Alfredo and half Marinara. Both sauces were good. The scallops were perfectly cooked. As was his delicious Steak de Burgo. We... More 

Thank MelSeaBound
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went on Friday night with friends. Got there about 5:15 such was good because ivy 6 was filling up. Our service was great and the food was also outstanding. We had the New York New York a New York strip potatoes and asparagus (crisp grilled) our friends had pasta all suburb. The owner was talking to customers and seating... More 

Thank zztopfanman
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I have been going here 12 years. The food is wonderful, seafood bisque to die for and desserts sinful. Friday nights they have live music for a small location is not overbearing. I love that you can carry out which is great since it can get crowded. The service is great and Simon is such a gracious... More 

1 Thank Kathleen C
Des Moines, Iowa
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Great food, cozy, and very friendly. The owner is always there holding the door for every one. Free cake is offered. The pace is small but has great service and atmosphere. It is a great neighborhood place definitely gives the down town places a run for there money.

Thank TammyDesMoines_IA
Indianola, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

Love this place. Simon always comes out to talk to us. Always great food at more reasonable prices than most nice Des Moines restaurants.

Thank kimmyfriest
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61 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Located in a tiny corner building in a line of small neighborhood businesses, Simon's was a delightful surprise once we stepped inside. Reminiscent of a speakeasy, it's dark with only a few tables in the center of the room and booths along two walls. A basket of bread arrived when we were seated, and the wait staff was prompt, attentive... More 

Thank Mel M
Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2016

Consistently good food, friendly staff and great service. There isn't a "zonk" item on the menu. They have a nice variety of Italian dishes and let you choose marinara or white sauce (or half-and-half if you choose)' They have great pizza, salads and entrees. We especially love the mushroom crostini appetizer. The atmosphere is also very pleasing, the music is... More 

Thank jamonskyline
Windsor Heights, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2016

Smaller, intimate neighborhood restaurant with excellent food and service. More for couples and small groups of adult friends. Because it is smaller, you might wait 20-30 minutes on a busy night, but they are good at keeping folks "in the order they arrived". Best seafood bisque in town and outstanding pasta dishes. Excellent pizza! Good variety all across the menu.... More 

Thank dwk573
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2016 via mobile

Best food in all of Des Moines! We have been eating here for years and have never found anything better. Everything you eat there is amazing and delicious. The owner, Simon, always comes out to great us when we come for dinner.

Thank curtdog79
Des Moines, Iowa
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Best seafood bisque ever. Salads fresh, crispy, and well dressed. Fettuccine was perfect, as was the steak. Owner, Simon, makes the rounds and service was awesome. Love this place.

Thank Terri H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Pizza
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5800 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA 50322-6132
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: (515) 255-3725

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?