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Diners' Choice: Best Food restaurants in Iowa

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best overall cuisine in Iowa? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favourite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Twin Springs Supper Club restaurant
4.9
4.9 (730)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Decorah
About the restaurant
Enjoy a tradional Supper Club experience in the scenic hills and valleys minutes from downtown Decorah. We have prepared the very best in Steaks, Chops and Seafood in the area utilizing locally sourced products. Our full service bar won't disappoint as our mixologist create some unique speciality drinks.
Top review
JohnH
Dined 3 days ago
Consistently always a great meal and service provided. They were very busy but still did a great job taking care of us.
A photo of Blue Sushi Sake Grill - Des Moines restaurant
4.6
4.6 (173)
$30 and under
Sushi
Des Moines
About the restaurant
Blue Sushi Sake Grill unites creative ingredients with energetic vibes, premium cold sake with happy moments to give you a fresh and fun new way to experience sushi. Our sushi and grill menus allow you to explore your sushi favorites in new and unexpected ways. We like to say that sushi is for sharing, and our menu encourages it. Order a spread of all your maki, nigiri and sashimi favs from the sushi bar, and throw in a few orders of starters from the grill. We'll stagger your plates so you can savor it all bite-by-bite, and maximize the sushi experience you've been craving all week. If you're not sure where to start, tour the menu during Happy Hour, where all our guest favorites — from our sushi, grill and drink menus — are available at an amazing value. We offer Happy Hour every day of the week at Blue Sushi Sake Grill!
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 4, 2024
Always a great experience in Des Moines! We will be back!
A photo of Twisted Tail Steakhouse & Saloon restaurant
4.7
4.7 (239)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
Logan
About the restaurant
The Twisted Tail Steakhouse & Saloon is OPEN 7 Days A Week! Open at 11 a.m. EVERY DAY EXCEPT Tuesdays we open at 4 p.m. Awesome Food Cold Drinks Great Atmosphere Lots of Entertainment
Top review
Westiegirl
Dined on May 11, 2024
The ribs are out of this world. Really top notch! Only available on Friday night and get there early or call to reserve them. Service at the bar is always kind of slow and I think they need another bartender but overall it is a great place to eat.
A photo of Proudfoot & Bird restaurant
4.8
4.8 (633)
$50 and over
Global, International
Des Moines
About the restaurant
Fine Dining in every aspect. Proudfoot & Bird, named after the original Hotel Fort Des Moines architects, pays homage to the glamorous days of years past with every detail. Adorned with stunning marble tables, intricate gold ceiling inlay, plush soft seating, and grand circular bar we have recreated a time that was filled with elegance, extravagance, and indulgence. Housed in the historic Hotel Fort Des Moines, we have taken every step possible to protect a valued piece of Des Moines’ cherished history. Two semi-private areas available, seating eight and ten guests respectfully.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Fabulous food! Wow-totally enjoyed every bite! I did not care for the wine and plan to bring our own next time and pay the corking fee.
A photo of Fleming's Steakhouse - Des Moines restaurant
4.8
4.8 (854)
$50 and over
Unspecified
West Des Moines
About the restaurant
Fleming's Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar is an outstanding choice to enjoy an exceptional Prime steak, glass of wine, or handcrafted cocktail. Whether you're celebrating a special occasion, hosting a business dinner, or simply wanting to enjoy an excellent culinary experience - we will create a safe and memorable evening for you. If you prefer to enjoy your fine dining experience at home, you can order and pay for lunch or dinner online and then pick up curbside or select from one of our delivery partners.
Top review
ReviewsPreviews
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent Service and good! The waiter, Will, brought us what we needed at all times Thanks Flemings for giving us a great experience
A photo of Fresko restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1113)
$30 and under
Farm-to-table
Des Moines
About the restaurant
“Fresko” meaning “fresh” inspires our creation of seasonal menus made from locally sourced ingredients. Fresko makes natural food from the bounty of Iowa farms whenever possible. The culinary team prepares product from start to finish applying natural time honored techniques with care at every step. This enriches the flavorful and nutritious product we serve and benefits our community. Fresko believes we are what we eat and eating well means living well.

Fresko features a splendid assortment of original cocktails with a deep spirits menu and a beer program with sixteen beers on tap in addition to bottles and cans. Fresko's wine menu focuses on quality selections at a great value to our guests.

Top review
LSmithvip
Dined 6 days ago
Our experience was wonderful. The food was fantastic and the service matched. Ryan was attentive and made my son feel like he was part of the crew with mocktails. Also thank you for having the game on. My son was able to venture over and watch it while the adults had a conversation. Again making this a wonderful experience for us all!
A photo of Cooper's On 5th restaurant
4.8
4.8 (95)
$30 and under
American
West Des Moines
About the restaurant
Cooper’s on 5th is a great place for Lunch & Dinner. We have had the pleasure of being West Des Moines’ first Craft Cocktail Bar. Join us for our amazing food menu & award-winning cocktail program. Classic & Reimagined Americana comfort food paired with one of Des Moines’ original & highly awarded craft cocktail programs. Great beer, wine, and martinis.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 4 days ago
Highly recommend, will go again. Very friendly family owned restaurant.
A photo of Aura Restaurant & Lounge restaurant
4.7
4.7 (188)
$31 to $50
American
Urbandale
About the restaurant
Lively & flavorful tapas along with vibrant cocktails offer a unique shared experience that challenges the traditional. At Aura, it's good vibes only! Our invigorating environment is the perfect place to gather friends & family.
Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 1 day ago
Always a great place for lunch. Salads are excellent and service is good without being intrusive. Well done Aura!
A photo of Steventon's restaurant
4.9
4.9 (104)
$31 to $50
American
Le Claire
About the restaurant
Come, let us spoil you and treat yourself to an evening where you can relax and unwind. Steventon’s sits atop a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River at I-80 and the Iowa border. We offer an extensive menu of exquisitely prepared American Classics, served in a modern yet elegant atmosphere that’s hard to find in an era of cookie cutter dining. Come. Join us and experience casual sophistication where the view is only the beginning
Top review
Joe27
Dined on May 10, 2024
This is always our go to restaurant for special occasions! Love the food, ambience and always great service!
A photo of 801 Chophouse – Des Moines restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3070)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Downtown Des Moines
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of downtown Des Moines, enjoy beautiful views and excellent customer service at 801 Chophouse. We value our guests and want to give you the best dining experience possible. Our restaurant has only prime USDA steaks, paired with innovative side dishes and an award-winning wine selection from around the world to create an upscale dining experience you won't find anywhere else in Iowa. 801 Chophouse is the premier steakhouse in Des Moines and even offers private dining room options. Book a reservation online or via phone today.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
Staff and food was great. Bartenders friendly and took time to over drink menu.
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