Food & Drink in Des Moines


Up-Down: Draft Beer and Arcade Games at Up-Down (Up to 50% Off)

Draft Beer and Arcade Games at Up-Down (Up to 50% Off)

Up-Down

East Village

Players sip draft beers while battling on ’80s- and ’90s-era Nintendo and Sega games, pinball machines, and other arcade games

$24 $12

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Tamale's Industry: $15 for Three Groupons for Mexican Food at Tamale's Industry ($24 Value)

$15 for Three Groupons for Mexican Food at Tamale's Industry ($24 Value)

Tamale's Industry

Des Moines

Friendly eatery serves made-from-scratch tamales, as well as taquitos, enchiladas, and other Mexican staples

$8 $5

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Red Bistro: $18 for $30 Worth of Asian Food and Cocktails at Red Bistro

$18 for $30 Worth of Asian Food and Cocktails at Red Bistro

Red Bistro

Woodland Heights

Mongolian beef, Chef Zon special, pad thai salad and sushi rolls color the Asian fusion menu

$30 $18

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Old Country Buffet: Ovation Brands: 2, 5, 10, or 20 Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Food and Drinks at Old Country Buffet (Up to 40% Off)

2, 5, 10, or 20 Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Food and Drinks at Old Country Buffet (Up to 40% Off)

Old Country Buffet: Ovation Brands

Easter Lake Area

Buffet restaurant options include Old Country Buffet’s all-you-can-eat smorgasbord

$10 $7

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Cozy Cafe: Diner Food for Two or Four at Cozy Cafe (50% Off)

Diner Food for Two or Four at Cozy Cafe (50% Off)

Cozy Cafe

Multiple Locations

Vast menu highlights breakfast items, blue-plate specials with homemade mashed potatoes and gravy, and hand-breaded tenderloins

$20 $10

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Godfather's Pizza: Pizza and Drinks for Dine-In or Carry-Out at Godfather’s Pizza (43% Off)

Pizza and Drinks for Dine-In or Carry-Out at Godfather’s Pizza (43% Off)

Godfather's Pizza

Multiple Locations

More than 15 toppings cover variety of crusts, forming Taco, Hawaiian, and Bacon-Cheeseburger pizzas

$30 $17

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Sipma Farms: $6 for $10 Worth of Farmers' Market Goods — Sipma Farms

$6 for $10 Worth of Farmers' Market Goods — Sipma Farms

Sipma Farms

Multiple Locations

From the merchant: Organic produce at non-organic prices; locally grown organic produce available Thursday and Friday only.

$10 $6

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Ovation Brands: Food and Drinks at Country Buffet, Ryan's, HomeTown Buffet, Fire Mountain, or Old Country Buffet

Food and Drinks at Country Buffet, Ryan's, HomeTown Buffet, Fire Mountain, or Old Country Buffet

Ovation Brands

Multiple Locations

Buffet restaurant options include Old Country Buffet’s all-you-can-eat smorgasbord and Ryan’s grilled-to-order steaks

$10 $7

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HoQ Restaurant: $30 for $50 Worth of Farm-to-Table Cuisine at HoQ Restaurant. Reservation Through Groupon Required.

$30 for $50 Worth of Farm-to-Table Cuisine at HoQ Restaurant. Reservation Through Groupon Required.

HoQ Restaurant

Downtown

Looking within 200 miles whenever possible, chefs support Iowa farmers when sourcing grassfed beef, organic produce, and cage-free chickens

$50 $30

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Zimm's Food and Spirits: Pub Cuisine at Zimm's Food and Spirits (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Pub Cuisine at Zimm's Food and Spirits (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Zimm's Food and Spirits

Multiple Locations

Cuisine includes sandwiches such as the Greek Goddess and French Dip, the Des Moines and the Texan burger with bacon and barbecue sauce

$20 $11

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Mad Meatball: Large Pizzas and Beers for Two or Four at Mad Meatball (43% Off)

Large Pizzas and Beers for Two or Four at Mad Meatball (43% Off)

Mad Meatball

Des Moines

Chefs make gourmet meatballs onsite and can place them atop savory pizzas

$30 $18

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Bistro Montage: French Dinner at Bistro Montage (Up to 35% Off). Two Options Available.

French Dinner at Bistro Montage (Up to 35% Off). Two Options Available.

Bistro Montage

Des Moines

Internationally lauded chef Enosh Kelley creates entrees of French pork rack or poached halibut with local ingredients

$50 $35

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  • Embassy Suites Des Moines On The River
    Property Location Located in Des Moines (Historic East Village), Embassy Suites Hotel Des Moines Downtown is minutes from Simon Estes Riverfront Amphitheater and Walnut Street Bridge. This hotel is within close proximity of Civic Center of Greater Des Moines and Des Moines Civic Center. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 234 air-conditioned rooms featuring kitchenettes with refrigerators and microwaves. 37-inch LCD televisions with premium TV channels provide entertainment, while complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected. Conveniences include safes and desks, as well as cordless phones with voice mail. Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including an indoor pool, a spa tub, and a sauna. Additional features include wireless Internet access (surcharge), gift shops/newsstands, and shopping on site. Dining Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves lunch and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). Mingle with other guests at a complimentary manager's reception, held daily at evening. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Planning an event in Des Moines? This hotel has 16,000 square feet (1486 square meters) of space consisting of a ballroom, banquet facilities, and exhibit space. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided at no charge.
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    101 E Locust St
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Des Moines Marriott Downtown
    Property Location With a stay at Marriott Des Moines, you'll be centrally located in Des Moines, steps from Ruan Center and 801 Grand. This hotel is within close proximity of Polk County Convention Complex and Des Moines Public Library. Rooms Make yourself at home in one of the 417 air-conditioned guestrooms. Cable programming provides entertainment, and wired and wireless Internet access is available for a surcharge. Bathrooms feature shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. Conveniences include complimentary weekday newspapers and coffee/tea makers, as well as multi-line phones with voice mail. Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities Enjoy recreational amenities such as an indoor pool and a spa tub. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and gift shops/newsstands. Guests can catch a ride to nearby destinations on the area shuttle (surcharge). Dining Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast and lunch, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge. Business, Other Amenities Featured amenities include a business center, business services, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this hotel consist of small meeting rooms, a ballroom, and banquet facilities. A roundtrip airport shuttle is complimentary (available on request).
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    700 Grand Ave
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Grounds for Celebration
    When George Rivera-Davis first tasted coffee from beans grown on his uncle’s farm in Panama, he was amazed—it tasted nothing like the brown liquid he’d been taught to call coffee in Des Moines. Inspired by the delicious brew, he ventured into the coffee business. Now, George and his wife, Jan—herself a certified tea blender—grow their own coffee in Panama with the aid of their family, bringing gourmet brews to Des Moines through their award-winning coffee shop and café, Grounds for Celebration. Grounds for Celebration’s coffee connoisseurs roast beans onsite before brewing fresh cups of java, blending espresso creations, and flavoring lattes with Monin syrup and Ghirardelli chocolate. Thirsty patrons can also opt for yerba mate, chai, and smoothies, or venture into Jan’s area of expertise and gulp tea in varieties that range from gunpowder green to ginger peach. While sipping from steaming mugs, patrons can also munch croissants and cinnamon rolls baked fresh each day. At midday, they fortify themselves for afternoon paperclip jousts with lunch sandwiches, salads, and wraps. Some take their time to savor natural, from-scratch gelato while sitting amid the café’s local art and connecting devices to free WiFi.
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    2709 Beaver Ave
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Bistro Montage
    The kitchen bustled behind teenage Enosh Kelley as he stood over the sink, dutifully scrubbing pots and pans while dreaming of becoming a chef. From those humble origins, recounted in his Metromix profile, Enosh has grown into an internationally renowned culinary artist lauded by reporters from the Wall Street Journal and nominated as best Midwest chef by the James Beard Foundation. Pulling from his training at the Culinary Institute of America, Enosh folds local ingredients into a French-inspired menu, favoring classics such as hand-cut pomme frites, duck orange, and gâteau marjolaine. Nestled in the heart of the historic Ingersoll Avenue district, Enosh's restaurant—Bistro Montage—is a fitting canvas for his fine French creations. Plates pair with glasses of wine on white-clothed tables. Nearby, framed artwork speckles the brick-red walls, and long, flowing curtains dangle from the windows to keep the lighting dim and intimate while providing a convenient hiding place for guests on disappointing blind dates.
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    2724 Ingersoll Ave.
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Quinton's Bar & Deli
    The cooks at Quinton's Bar & Deli know the ingredients that make a good Reuben—corned beef, sauerkraut, melted Swiss, and housemade dressing. But they also know the Reuben's extended family, which is why their menu has a section entirely devoted to the sandwich. The Rachel exchanges corned beef for turkey, whereas the Patsy switches in grilled navel pastrami. They can even combine two or three of the meats to create a Combo Reuben with twice the cheese. Sandwiches in general happen to be the deli's bread and butter. Their most popular is the TAC, which stands for turkey, avocado, and cream cheese. Other options include the beef and brie, whose house-seasoned roast beef is covered with imported cheese, and the Aloha chicken, stacked with grilled pineapple and served in the pocket of a Hawaiian shirt. Burgers make an appearance as well, featuring hand-shaped patties from Bud's Meat in Riverside, Iowa. And if you'd like some soup with your sandwich, Quinton's serves up the combo with a twist, ladling the soup inside bread bowls. A sizable selection of beers, wines, and spirits—including cocktails with homemade ginger beer—wash down bites.
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    506 E Grand Ave.
    Des Moines, IA US
  • Fat Tuesday
    Throughout the year, shipments of live crawfish arrive at Fat Tuesday's doorstep. Newspapers spread across tables, customers pull up their sleeves, and baskets of boiled crawfish and corn arrive from the kitchen before the crack of snapping shells resounds through the restaurant. Accompanying the meal is a variety of drinks such as sweet tea and lemonade, and beers such as Blackened Voodoo and Abita. In between their regular crawfish boils, the kitchen crew members whip up what they refer to as a "small but mighty" daily menu of Cajun specialties. Cooks layer poboys with fried alligator, oysters, and catfish, and pots of seafood gumbo and crawfish étouffée simmer on stovetops. Plates pair with Cajun craft beers beneath glimmering purple, yellow, and green streamers throughout the New Orleans–themed dining room. Testing their patrons’ stomach capacities, the chefs challenge them to the occasional poboy-eating contest. The contestants must polish off a 2-foot-long poboy within 40 minutes while simultaneously whistling the sous chef's favorite blues song.
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    6112 SW 9th St.
    Des Moines, IA US

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