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Jesse's Embers

) #50 of 477 Restaurants in Des Moines ₹₹ - ₹₹₹ American
3301 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-3913
+1 515-255-6011
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good27%
  • Average7%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
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“steak” (55 reviews)
“ribs” (9 reviews)
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11:00 - 22:00All hours
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3301 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-3913
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Reviews (99)
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

You can't go wrong ordering a steak at this place. The grill masters know how to prepare it to the perfect temperature and the cuts of meat are some of Iowa's finest. The ambience is somewhat romantic - low lighting, some cozy booths - but...More

Thank jennifer m
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

The welcoming and friendly atmosphere is the first thing you notice. The steaks were outstanding and the service is exceptional. What a gem, go early it has limited space.

Thank Ed S
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Last week we were picking up one of our kids at the end of term at Drake. We opted for a local steakhouse that doesn't cater normally to the out-of town crowd, but apparently is the site for countless deals made by state legislators. The...More

Thank Allan S
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I wanted to try Jesse's Embers because of the great reviews they get on TA and what our friends say about their meals here. I honestly would have to say that this was maybe one of the worst meals I have ever...More

Thank Minneapolisdoyle
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Jesse's Embers starts its hometown welcome with nice off street parking in the back of their building. Park there and enter the back door, breeze through the kitchen, and you've made it to the most quaint little steakhouse you'll ever see. Yes, quaint means small,...More

Thank romamama2015
Reviewed 2 February 2017

This neighborhood restaurant has been around for many years. It remains consistently good. Service is good, they do get very busy and it's not a large place. Known for their steaks, they do a great job with ribs and pork chops as well.

Thank mitchdsm
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

I have been coming to Jesse's for over 30 years. This place is the only place to go for a fabulous steak or burger in Des Moines. It's small but don't let that intimidate you, sit at the bar or around it people are always...More

Thank clbosco
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We hadn't eaten here in 30 years but it's been around Des Moines a long time so we met some friends there for dinner. Most of us had steaks. They were all perfectly cooked, nicely brown on the outside and perfect inside. My friend ordered...More

Thank Amy W
Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Had an amazingly good time on New Year's Eve Eve with my wife and dear friends who had never ate at the restaurant before! The wait was not long and the food was superb and service outstanding.

Reviewed 26 August 2016

Good food and good service. There is a nice variety of steaks, ribs, and seafood. The burgers are fine, but not really their signature specialty. It is dark and cramped, so avoid bringing a group of people bigger than 3. Lots of locals who obviously...More

Thank Rex B
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I have never been to Jesse's before. I am coming with visitors on a week day evening who are picking up the tab. What price range can we/they expect?
9 September 2016|
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Response from rebecca k | Reviewed this property |
Very affordable. My husband and I believe they are a great value for the dollar. They are consistent, good quality food, wonderful service and the owners are always there. Neighborhood feel filled with friends.
Do you need to dress up to come eat here? And do you need reservations?
25 September 2015|
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Response from sbutler1729 | Reviewed this property |
Casual dress is fine. To my knowledge, they don't take reservations. If you go on a weekend, expect a wait. Week nights there usually isn't a wait. Larger groups may take longer to seat, most of the tables only seat 4.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3301 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-3913
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-255-6011
  • E-mail
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