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“Des Moines' best!”
Review of Hoq

Ranked #66 of 577 Restaurants in Des Moines
Price range: $8 - $28
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Chagrin Falls, Ohio
Level 5 Contributor
85 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Des Moines' best!”
Reviewed March 17, 2014

It must be the best restaurant in Des Moines, cannot imagine better. Nice wine and cocktail list. Between us we had oysters Rockefeller, halibut, and a strip steak to die for, plus tasty house made desserts. Would return again... and again... and again. Pretty adult fare, but there was a large family gathering at another table, and the kids seemed happy. But I would not call this a family restaurant. Cost for drinks and dinner with dessert, $100.00, and well worth it.

Visited March 2014
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  • English first
  • French first
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English first
Adel, Iowa
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Excellent Organic Ingrediants”
Reviewed March 4, 2014

We have been to HoQ in Des Moines' East Village several times during the past year. We have always had a great meal each and every time. A great selections of Iowa beers to choose from to start the night and a wonderful array of locally grown organic choices on the menu. Unique combinations of ingrediants always have you coming back for something different on the next visit. The wait staff are first class.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Rollie2014
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Des Moines, Iowa, USA
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“High Quality, whole foods from local folks--what more can you ask for!”
Reviewed December 9, 2013

Really enjoyed the food quality. The fusion of flavors was amazing (I ordered the chicken dish for dinner). Portion size was not "supersized" but will fill most people's appetites (eat slow and savor it). I would go back again in a heartbeat, but next time I will try lunch as their dinner menu is great but a tad overpriced, even for very high quality local cuisine.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank Alex M
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Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Not So Fresh...”
Reviewed December 6, 2013

Three of us ate lunch at HOQ. One chose wisely. The other two chose poorly.
Our dining partner chose the quiche, which was a lovely high stacked concoction, and she said it was delicious.

Alas, we chose the grilled cheese sandwich with local cheddar and salmon along with salad made of local greens, cheese and pear. First, the grilled cheese sandwich was not what we expected. It looked like they had taken the bread basket pieces from a baguette and tried to fashion a sandwich out of it...bread was misshaped, there was not enough cheese in it to call it a grilled cheese sandwich, nor was there enough salmon in it to call it a grilled salmon sandwich... In fact, the little sandwich pieces were so dry and hard to eat, we left 1/2 of it untouched.

The side salad was composed of greens that were very brown on the ends. The gourmet cheese shavings on top tasted as if they had been cut some time ago--and had absorbed the taste of the saran wrap. so much for fresh farm to table fare.

we did get an order of ice cream and cookies. that was delicious..

i hate to diss a local restaurant that is trying to do farm to table--but this was really disappointing. I even called the restaurant to give them candid feedback and I felt the call was for naught...

  • Visited October 2013
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Thank humptydumpty1111
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Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent food, great local ingredients”
Reviewed October 23, 2013 via mobile

Terrific locally sourced ingredients make up the fabulous, imaginative entrees. The friendly staff was helpful and attentive. Would definitely go out of my way for a return visit next time I'm in Des Moines.

Visited October 2013
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