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2318 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-4316
+1 515-369-6277
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07:30 - 22:00
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Mon - Fri 06:30 - 22:00
Sat - Sun 07:30 - 22:00
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Iowa
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Made my fourth visit in about 2 years here last Friday early morning. Great coffee, and the owner obviously takes pride in the quality of the place - very engaging. Convenience found me at a "trendier" place downtown the morning before (Java Joe's - blaring music at 6:30 a.m. and don't ask for pour over!), but since I was heading... More 

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Lenexa
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 May 2016 via mobile

Was in Des Moines recently with friends and heard about this cafe and decided to check it out. I tried the honey almond cinnamon latte it was delicious! My boyfriend had a Mocha latte which was also great. Our friends each tried a different smoothie and liked both the peach mango and the berry smoothies. We also tried the bacon... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015

Set in the Drake University neighborhood - DogTown - on University Avenue, Mars Cafe is either a very nice coffee shop with an extended cafe menu, or a very nice cafe with an extended coffee menu; or it may be both. The food was very good, as was the coffee. You can order one of the coffee blends they've made,... More 

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Thank eddetlie
Des Moines, Iowa
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

I visit Mars often because of my proximity to the cafe and I enjoy every visit there. The coffee is socially responsible, which is very important to me, and also delicious. There are a lot of options of drinks and snacks. The atmosphere is very laid back and comfortable, but sometimes too noisy for me to study. I will continue... More 

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O'Fallon MO
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2014

Was tired of hotel coffee and asked the front desk person if there was a coffee place around, and she said mars just around the block. Walked in expecting a uptight coffee place, totally not Mars! Was so laid back and the staff is awesome! Had a red eye that was the bomb and a cappacunio that was out of... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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63 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2014

Always wanted to try this place and was driving by at 2 p.m. having had no eats that day and thought I'd get a quick bite. Ordered the grilled cheese, or moon cheese sandwich I think they call it. Has 3 cheeses including blue cheese. Found an upholstered bench along the wall with a table and sat down. Have you... More 

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Thank Food4thought2014
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64 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 May 2014 via mobile

I love going to Mars for a nice latte or pour over. Atmosphere is laid back. Good place to study or chat with friends. I was a bit disappointed with the Cobb salad because it was room temperature and a little heavy on the dressing. It also took 15 min to get the salad. The coffee and lattes are always... More 

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Thank Travelforcoffee
San Francisco, California
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2013

The first day I ordered it was a beautifully made coffee. The next day it tasted really off--we couldn't drink them when we got them back to the hotel.

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Thank Deirdre H
Sioux City, Iowa
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318 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2013

Nice place to get coffee and close to Drake. Service is good, plenty of seating-usually. I've not tried the food, but I go for the coffee, which is consistently good. The staff is friendly and helpful.

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Thank jnobz
Des Moines, Iowa
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145 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 April 2012

For some time after my move from Ames to Des Moines, I lamented the lack of a local, independent coffee shop with character. There seemed to be a Starbucks on every corner, but nothing like what I'd frequented while in college. Little did I know the problem was me, in that I wasn't getting out and exploring enough. After a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating
Open Hours
Sunday
07:30 - 22:00
Monday
06:30 - 22:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 22:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 22:00
Thursday
06:30 - 22:00
Friday
06:30 - 22:00
Saturday
07:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2318 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-4316
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-369-6277

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?