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University Library Cafe

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, ,
3506 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2306
+1 515-255-0433
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good33%
  • Average12%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible4%
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“nachos” (13 reviews)
“brew choices” (2 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pub
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3506 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2306
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Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

The Library is my favorite Drake / Beaverdale neighborhood haunt! The beer selection is always a win and the nachos are an absolute must. It’s an extremely small space, so seating is limited. The Library used to be a college hangout but is now all...More

Thank Nathan W
Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Never can go wrong with these nachos they are the best around, saucy, cheesy, meety and awesome chips then shared the French dip with peppers and onions side of chilli also all very tasty and fresh, great service too. Worth the drive to the Library...More

Thank Andrea S
Reviewed 5 June 2017

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
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American, Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Open Hours
8:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 1:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
11:00 AM - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
8:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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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