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“Local favorite with fantastic food”

Tursi's Latin King Restaurant
Ranked #14 of 579 Restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed May 19, 2013

Growing up around DSM I had yet to try this local gem... but I finally did for my parents anniversary. BEST DECISION EVER! Wait wasn't long at all but this place does get packed. Even though this is an Italian restaurant -- they have amazing onion rings! For the entree I ordered a shrimp pasta dish and was very pleased! The sauce was nice and light just like the waiter said and they even toned down the spice per my request. Having gone to Italy last August I had yet to be to an Italian restaurant just because nothing would compare. But this is spot on even down to the cannoli's. The waiter was super friendly and helpful and you could tell they have been there for a long time and know their stuff!!

Everything on the menu looked delicious and will definitely be coming back!

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Thank ajchandra
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

The service was stellar - we really felt like we could sit and enjoy a great meal and conversation. The food was excellent - everyone's dish was perfect. No complaints and the bread was served warm.
Definitely a gem in Des Moines!

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Thank drsped
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Reviewed May 18, 2013

In case you have been living in a cave in Des Moines everyone knows that Tursi's could very well be the oldest restaurant in Des Moines. They have packed the house for almost, if not a generation. The food is well above average and the service is very well staffed. Over the years Tursi's has changed their decor to except the every growing amount of customers which has been a big plus in their success. Romantic atmosphere is the key word here also, but depending where you are seated you might want to bring a flash light to read the menu. A wide selection of entries to choose from and all our top notch.

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Thank Rob R
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Reviewed April 25, 2013

Seperately, everything would be excellent. But together...the dining experience at Latin King can't be beat. There is no comparison! when you combine the ambiance, the staff, the food, the wine and the caring owners together, it is just the best dining experience in Des Moines, if not Iowa!

Thank Deb E
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Reviewed March 19, 2013

I keep thinking of Latin King as mainly Italian, but we went there for dinner mid-week and while there's plenty of Italian food [lots of pasta!], there were plenty of other options as well. The food was excellent and the service also. Our server was a woman who clearly had worked there for years and enjoyed her work and did an excellent job.

Thank vlherring
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