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Drake Diner

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American, Diner
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1111 25th St, Des Moines, IA 50311-4207
+1 515-277-1111
07:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 07:00 - 23:00
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Some things on the menu leave a lot to be desired, but there are some fantastic items as well. Some of the burgers are great, their shakes are awesome, and the poppy seed salad dressing is out of this world. Overall it's a nice change of pace from other restaurants with the classic diner feel.

Thank Daniel H
Des Moines, Iowa
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109 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I've gone ot the Drake diner on numerous occasions, and haven't had a bad experience. I usually get the chicken and waffles and it's delicious., Not "authentic" but pretty good. There's something fore everyone here.

Thank johnlwood
Kansas City, Missouri
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41 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here for lunch with a coworker. I ordered the black bean burger and fries. The burger was pretty good, but the black bean relish on top of a black bean burger was a little too much black bean for me. Next time I'd request just avocado on top. The fries were not great. They needed salt or some seasoning.... More 

Thank Kate S
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20 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is a cute upscale diner. My mom and I went on a Saturday for lunch, we were told a 15 minute wait so we opted for the bar, where food was served and several people were eating. We waited 15 minutes without anyone acknowledging us, or the woman who sat next to us, for any service. We decided to... More 

Thank marcusleigh
Hillsboro, Oregon
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

On our way from IN to OR, we stopped here for breakfast. The Captain Crunch French toast sticks were DELICIOUS. Service was also wonderful.

Thank dnheck
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

A great place for breakfast food. I just love breakfast and this is my favorite place in des moines.

Thank raynedrop6
Edmond, Oklahoma
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299 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 January 2017

The Drake Diner is a staple of the Drake University campus and Des Moines community. They deliver consistent and good diner food - breakfast, lunch and dinner. On my most recent visit we had a waffle and the southwest chicken salad. However, my go-to is usually the meatloaf sandwich. You can't go wrong if you want a true diner experience... More 

Thank rdubbs08
Price, Utah
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

I had the French toast, my wife had an omelet. It was 10:00 am on Sunday morning. Place was packed. We sat at the bar. Surprisingly service was quick and food was great and a little different. Nice dinner feel and reasonably priced.

Thank first2third
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

I am weeks out from knee surgery and cannot do the "stoop and swoop" maneuver required to use a booth. We were told all tables were taken by a large party. So there, done and done.

Thank Kathryn R
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Love this place , great food awesome service, good atmosphere , always busy. Clean. Been coming here for years

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1111 25th St, Des Moines, IA 50311-4207
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-277-1111

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