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Riccelli's Restaurant

3803 Indianola Ave, Des Moines, IA 50320-1462
+1 515-288-7755
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  • Excellent13%
  • Very good45%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible30%
22 May 2017
“A Step back in time”
9 Apr 2017
“A Scene from The Godfather”
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Italian, Steakhouse
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3803 Indianola Ave, Des Moines, IA 50320-1462
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Reviewed 22 May 2017

A landmark restaurant on the south side of Des Moines. If you looking for a fancy restaurant, this is not the place for you. If you looking for good food a nostalgic step back in time, this is your place. We had really friendly server,...More

Thank Rick M
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

You walk in to this place and you immediately start looking for the mafioso types. You can't help it because the décor is straight from the 70's. The food was average and the service slow. Prices are low. No real reason to return.

Thank Kent F F
Reviewed 22 December 2016

I had never been here before, so my husband and I figured we'd give it a shot, boy was I very disappointed, and honestly a little grossed out by EVERYTHING, including how dirty the inside and outside of the building is, but I still gave...More

Thank thatgirl711
Reviewed 27 June 2016

This landmark has been on the south side since the south side was a distinct part of town. The food was great, and the service was great too. It was like a step back in time.

Thank U3359IDMartinB
Reviewed 25 April 2016

You enter to the sight of what looks to be a 75+ year old portrait of who I assumed was Mr. Riccelli. Greeted by a 75+ year old hostess who I assumed was Mrs. Riccelli. Served by a 75+ year old waitress who I assumed...More

3  Thank js2015js
Reviewed 14 September 2015

Traditional old family Italian restaurant. I have never had a bad meal there. Food is always prepared well, hot when you get it. Their onion rings are to die for.

1  Thank mitchdsm
Reviewed 14 May 2014

This is a hard restaurant to rate... The decor and overall feel of the place is very aged, and the service can be spotty, but the food--and value--remain strong. Each dinner gets soup, salad, bread, and a spaghetti appetizer--which means a lot of table visits...More

2  Thank NewStart78
Reviewed 13 May 2014

The restaurant has been on Indianola Ave for a number of years, but I remember when it was still on Fleur Drive. I finally had a meal here about a month ago and have been back twice since then for dinner. The meals are reasonably...More

Thank Kathy L
Reviewed 19 March 2014

When you walk in the door you are in the 1960's so don't bring any preconceived notions of what a restaurant should be, you're on their terms. The food is good for the price but be prepared that its not what you are going to...More

Thank Dan W
Reviewed 20 September 2013

Riccelli's is one of Des Moines secrets. Has been in business for many years, doesn't advertise. Great Italian food at very reasonable prices. A long time favorite. Steaks and pasta - you can't go wrong here.

Thank mitchdsm
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  • Address: 3803 Indianola Ave, Des Moines, IA 50320-1462
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-288-7755
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