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Baru 66

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6587 University Ave, Windsor Heights, IA
+1 515-277-6627
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been to 7 3 stare Michelin restaurants in Europe and the US and the dinner we had last week would rank with any of those experiences. If you want an incredible experience in true French cuisine, the 6 course tasting menu is not to be missed.

Thank Tom H
Pella, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went with friends and had the six course tasting menu. It was wonderful, we have been several times and this was the best experience we have had. Although to be fair we have said that many times after dining at Baru. Each course was great, foie gras, 2 fish course and duck four ways. Each was special with the... More 

Thank Steve V
Grimes, Iowa
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232 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2017

We have been to most of the restaurants in the Des Moines area and feel this is the best. On this visit we had the four course tasting menu with wine pairing. The courses we had were artichoke veloute, sauteed escargots, truffle foam; pan seared scallops, celeriac mousseline, la quercia prosciutto, sherry vinaigrette; venison loin, braised red cabbage, chestnuts, chanterelles;... More 

Thank tm212
Indianola, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2017

Although Baru 66 is a bit pricey, it is a wonderful place to spend a special evening. It is fun to experience dishes that are unique, tasty and beautifully prepared. The quiet atmosphere lends itself to conversation without needed to shout above everyone else. The service there is always excellent.

1 Thank Debra H
Dallas Center, Iowa, United States
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2016

We were there with a group of 10 to celebrate a special friends birthday. The evening was a wonderful success. We found the food to be amazing and Stephanie our server was "The Best Ever". We ordered a variety of food and wine and we all agreed that the meal was fantastic. We never felt rushed and spent a long... More 

Thank Wayne H
Ames, IA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 18, 2016

Had the opportunity to try this restaurant for a birthday celebration, and it lived up to the reviews. The meal was up to the same standard as we've had in very good restaurants in France. The chef is from Alsace, and he does a wonderful job imparting a French flair to local and imported seasonal ingredients. They've done a great... More 

Thank williedillo
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2016 via mobile

The best meal I have ever had! Every bite was wonderful and unique. The service was perfect. The atmosphere charming. Was not expecting this in Iowa. Julia Child would swoon. This is what food should be!

Thank Jan F
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016 via mobile

I've eaten in tons of amazing restaurants in tons of cities all over the world and this is hands down on of the top restaurants for which I've had the pleasure of eating. I was entertaining colleagues and a client who all seemed unexcited at my choice. However when the first course came, people started changing tune and by dessert... More 

1 Thank TeenaGrace
Mill Valley California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 23, 2016

We found Baru 66 only through the recommendation of a local on our visit to Des Moines, we're not familiar with Des Moines but this seemed to be an out of the way location. It was a great find. Small and comfortable and our servers were amazingly sweet and efficient. The food ranged from very good to amazing (the thought... More 

1 Thank wineandtravellover
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 21, 2016

So, from the title you can guess that I'm the brother of the other recent reviewer. My wife and I have sought out restaurants with true tasting menus ever since we first visited France. It's gotta be a chef's choice menu--and each course should be a surprise. Fresh, seasonal and at least some local flavor are also expected. It should... More 

2 Thank BusterSci

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6587 University Ave, Windsor Heights, IA
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Windsor Heights
  • Phone Number: +1 515-277-6627
(515) 277-6627

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