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University Library Cafe

) #97 of 477 Restaurants in Des Moines ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ ,
3506 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2306
+1 515-255-0433
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good31%
  • Average13%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible4%
22 May 2017
“Friendly local bar with great burgers”
23 Apr 2017
“Good breakfast - great mimosas!”
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3506 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2306
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You know how some restaurants will post somewhere that they were voted #1 for nachos, fries, burger, whatever and they're NOT!! At the University Café there is a sign that reads voted best nachos in Des Moines. Go ahead University slap-yourself-on-the-back because YOUR NACHOS ARE...More

Thank Ron A
Reviewed 22 May 2017

My wife and I enjoyed a beer and burger on a weeknight evening. The crowd was small, but given the small size of the place we ended up sitting at the bar. They have a great selection of micro, macro and local beers. While known...More

Thank Dan M
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Went here with friends for breakfast on a hot day. My wife had huevos rancheros and i had pancakes. The food was pretty good but the mimosas were EXCELLENT. Fresh squeezed OJ and champagne that WASN'T Andre.

Thank johnlwood
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I live right across the street. We try to make it a point to visit the Library as often as possible. Wednesdays are our favorite, as the buffalo nachos are on special. Although this is a bar located within walking distance of...More

Thank LizzyMarie23
Reviewed 8 February 2017

The Library looks old and probably is. We kept thinking that the name was funny since students from nearby Drake University could claim they went to the "Library " while they were actually hanging out with their buddies a downing a few drinks. All in...More

Thank Carlos S
Reviewed 27 December 2016 via mobile

This is my second time here. What a quaint, cool place. Had breakfast both times and it was very good. The breakfast burrito is fantastic. My family members had french toast, Eggs Benedict, and an omelet. They all loved it. Family says this is a...More

Thank Soonergolfer
Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

I always have a great experience at University Library Cafe. Their breakfast is amazing and beer selection is great. Service ia always attentive and courteous.

Thank Francisco C
Reviewed 2 February 2016 via mobile

I've never found a Bloody Mary I liked until coming here! I'm now obsessed ! Be sure to try one of you come from breakfast! Their breakfast is amazing. Love, love love the smothered breakfast burrito. Enough for three meals. The nachos are great too....More

Thank Windfallgirl
Reviewed 11 December 2015

Not sure I want others to find out how good their breakfasts are. Amazing bacon! Reminds me of Porky's. Crispy tators, perfectly cooked eggs, never had a bad meal.

Thank IowaIrish
Reviewed 14 September 2015

Again its all about expectations - they make each burger by hand - fresh - they make there own corned beef and roast beef. The nachos are fun for a group and they have some games on the TV. They have a full bar and...More

Thank Cliff K
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Restaurant Details

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Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
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Open Hours
08:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3506 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2306
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-255-0433
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