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Waveland Cafe

4708 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-3302
+1 515-279-4341
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good40%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“hash browns” (23 reviews)
“ham” (2 reviews)
Closes in 25 min
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM Hours
American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
4708 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-3302
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Hands down best pancakes in the US. I have not been in all 50 states, but 45 plus. These are my fav. Great breakfast greasy spoon food.

Thank pickymomof3
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed breakfast here! Our server was great! The portions were ample and the food good. My omelet was excellent. Their famous hash browns lived up to their reputation! This is a great place to meet friends for breakfast! We will return!

Thank stevenrealife
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Went to Waveland Café for lunch today. We both ordered the roast beef, because there have been so many good reviews. The beef and mashed potatoes were good, but the gravy taste like it came out of a can. I was really disappointed. We ordered...More

Thank Cyndeetrek
Reviewed September 5, 2018

The Waveland Cafe is an institution in Des Moines. It has been around forever, and may be old fashioned, but you will get exactly what you order. The servers can be surly, they are fun and want their customers to be happy. You may feel...More

Thank alzwinick
Reviewed July 27, 2018

This is not a place to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee and have an intimate conversation. This IS the place though to enjoy a GREAT cup of coffee and have a fantastic breakfast. Very, very busy with a bit of a wait for breakfast...More

Thank NotAFoodSnobFromNY
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

A nice spot , nice staff, tasty omelette and hash browns , hot coffee.. a hidden gem .. small but cute #azfoodsnob grade B+

Thank Darin A
Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

This place is your classic ‘greasy spoon’ diner - great for breakfast or brunch! I’ve only been here on a Sunday and the place was packed, first come first serve, with a line out the door. The food was delicious and service was excellent and...More

Thank PetrousApex
Reviewed March 2, 2018

Breakfast was great...2 Eggs Over Easy with Toast and Hash browns and black coffee....and Bacon on the side...A lot to eat, good service and a reasonable price...A great local spot that has been there for ever...You won't be sorry.

Thank Rex Z
Reviewed September 7, 2017

This is a great little, yes little, cafe. Breakfast is a highlight. If you love hashbrowns, you will get plenty with your breakfast. They make wonderful cook to order eggs, different breakfast meats and hashbrowns.

Thank Donna M
Reviewed August 30, 2017 via mobile

I wanted a hearty, well made omelet and I got one here. It is your basic diner, and makes no pretenses to be anything else. The omelet had lots of real ham, and cheese that came from a cow, not Dow chemicals. The hash browns...More

Thank Mark672
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4708 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-3302
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-279-4341
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