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RoCA

4.8
4.8
1156 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Shared Plates, Wine Bar, Craft Cocktails, Vibrant,

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2 people

10:30 p.m.


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Gastro Pub

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (515) 282-3663

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Executive Chef

    Andrew Havlovic

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown Des Moines

  • Cross Street

    2nd Ave.

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,156 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.8
4.8 based on recent ratings
  • 4.8Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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    Fit for Foodies

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    Vibrant Bar Scene

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    Best Overall

  • Des Moines

    Best Food

  • Des Moines

    Best Service

  • Des Moines

    Best Ambience

  • Des Moines

    Best Value

  • Des Moines

    Fit for Foodies

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    Hot Spot

  • Des Moines

    Neighbourhood Gem

  • Des Moines

    Romance

  • Des Moines

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was so knowledgeable and made the evening so fun. The food was delicious with so many unique choices. We loved it.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Good food, average service
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Server was excellent…. Don’t lose him…..
  5. CA

    CandaceA

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely perfect in every way. Great atmosphere, service was beyond excellent, the cocktails were so refreshing after our afternoon in the hot sun, and we did several shareable plates. They all had wonderful flavors but our favorite was the garlic shrimp. I had to resist drinking the sauce from the bowl.
  6. TJ

    TerryJ

    Des Moines

    64 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    64 reviews

    Dined on July 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    It was our first time back to RoCA in several years. The signature cocktails were excellent. We had a couple of small plates this time (previously their larger entrees) including scallops and fondue; both were good. This is a great place before/after a show or simply to have a cocktail with a lighter dinner. We’ll be back…
  7. MS

    MadelineS

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    RoCA continues to be a great experience. The outdoor dining space is not the greatest location and noisy with many cars immediately adjacent but a nice option. The food, cocktails and service more than make up for it.
  8. M

    Mike

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience5
    Love the restaurant - had awful service at the end and took 30 min to get cashed out. Server struggled with bill and there was no manager support. Odd because it is very well run. Will definitely go back and hope the server gets more support/training. Awesome spot.
  9. CQ

    CaseyQueue

    Minneapolis

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always visit Roca when we’re in Des Moines. Hummus plate was delicious. Sprouts, too. I had fish tacos. I liked them but some won’t as they had breaded fish. So many yummy things to choose. Lots of great flatbreads. Our waiter was outstanding!
  10. TS

    TomS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The food and service were excellent! Great menu. The space was very nice. The only complaint I may have is that when the AC was on it blew directly on us and was too cold
  11. DB

    DavidB

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    RoCa was the perfect spot to celebrate our anniversary. The menu is interesting and the food was prepared impeccably. Our server was efficient, timely and personable. We will be back.
  12. NC

    NancyC

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    While the food and service were good, we had a bit of “sticker shock” experience. I think some of the items on the menu are overpriced, even given inflation.
  13. LM

    LisaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was such a great dining experience! Our server was so helpful and the food and drinks were delicious!
  14. AJ

    AnnaJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place/good food. I would recommend for anyone to eat there. Great place for business dinner.
  15. TK

    TrishaKamisha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the atmosphere was great. Highly recommend!
  16. b

    bbenscho

    Des Moines

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great meal. Entrees were perfect and table had bread pudding for dessert. Everyone gave it a thumbs up. Those
  17. SJ

    SaraJean

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    The filet was amazing as was the shrimp toast. Our server seemed overwhelmed with too many tables but she tried her best. We got our food and drinks so that’s all that really matters.
  18. CH

    ChristineH

    Chicago

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An excellent experience. We enjoyed craft cocktails before dinner and our meals were delicious. Our server was attentive and the overall atmosphere was great for a date night.
  19. I

    Iowalady

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was excellent. Cocktails delicious. Ordered three small plates. Beef tenderloin nachos were our favorite. We plan to go back.
  20. GS

    GingerS

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Celebratory
  21. MG

    MatthewG

    Des Moines

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Jen was an excellent server, very knowledgeable of the products with a good sense of timing. The food, as always, was well prepared the pepadew peppers are amazing and the fondue dish was also very good.
  22. J

    Jenna

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Our server, Anna, was fantastic. She was kind and attentive. Our food was delicious and came out quickly. The only reason a star was deducted from ambiance was because we were seated at a corner table downstairs next to a shelf of wine bottles and decor that was super dusty and had spider webs between it and the wall next to it.
  23. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was great, Rickey was great and very helpful with my wife’s wheat allergy
  24. LG

    LaurenG

    Omaha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great place to wine and dine before a show! Would definitely go again
  25. T

    Tritoeat

    Atlanta

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Had a good dinner with family at RoCA. Food was good especially the mixed green salad.
  26. K

    Kris

    Richmond

    6 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    Our server, Ricky, was attentive and helpful. The ambience is good, upscale without being fussy. Unfortunately, the food was not the star of the show. We had to send the crispy Brussels back as they were barely cooked, I never send food back but these were inedible. The Fig and Pig flatbread was standard bar food, nothing more. The pepadew peppers were good; they are the only thing I’d recommend. Also, as mentioned in other reviews, something is seriously wrong with the water. It tastes like it’s straight out of a swimming pool. Great place for a drink, food not so much.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Really good food and atmosphere. Only complaint is the water has a bad taste.
  28. e

    elizabethp

    Chicago

    26 reviews

    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious apps for late night. Great service. I would recommend ROCA!
  29. SP

    SusieP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit, will definitely be back. The food was great - loved the root beer braised pork sliders, bbq chicken flatbread, and spicy broccoli.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    South Dakota

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was absolutely amazing! From our food, to our, drinks to our server Jen! All was spot on! I could go on and an but never disappointed at ROCA!
  31. N

    Nancee

    Kansas City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a little overpriced for what we got. $18 for 2 scallops? It’s listed under shared plates, but the description doesn’t even say how many comes with the plate or shared plate size. If it’s a shared item, there should be at least 4. Overall the food, drinks and service were great!
  32. TV

    ThomasV

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the cheese board, goat cheese pepperdew salad and braised pulled pork sliders. Our waiter, Drew, was outstanding! Gave us the right amount of attention and time to enjoy each course. We’ll be back!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and drinks were amazing. The staff was great. The place was clean and interesting.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had great service and food. It was our second visit.
  35. p

    pleasantpalate

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    3 of us met for dinner before show at the civic center. I had made reservations and was pleased that our water was already on our table when we arrived. The specialty cocktails were were fresh ideas and well thought out. We asked that our plates not come out all at once so we could share and enjoy each one before the next one arrived. Ricardo was a very nice, knowledgeable, and thoughtful waiter. The food also did not disappoint. We had the spicy shrimp which besides having a nice crunch, the dipping sauce was wonderful. The fondue was our second “plate”. This dish was also well thought out included sausage, pretzel bites, Brussel sprouts, etc. Very tasty! Our last plate was the pork medallions. Also all very nice sauces. Overall great experience. I will definitely go back
  36. CF

    ChadF

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an early seating so that we could catch Hamilton that evening. We ordered wine and several small plates. All were wonderful. Wait staff were great as well. Loved the experience!
  37. MG

    MikeG

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Food is delicious! Would like first-floor options for low-top tables. Server Sara(h)? was fun and helpful. My wife and I like the quiet, intimate setting.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband I went to RoCA for our first wedding anniversary. The staff had a bottle of champagne waiting at the table when we got there. They were very accommodating. Food came out quickly and it was DELICIOUS!! Everyone was very friendly, prices were reasonable for the high quality, and it had a great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend!!
  39. M

    Mallory

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent drinks and a great place to catch up with family and friends over delicious shared plates.
  40. LS

    LeslieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was outstanding and the food was so delicious, especially the shrimp toast. I ordered a couple of the specialty cocktails that were so yummy.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

RoCA offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (515) 282-3663.

RoCA is rated 4.8 stars by 1156 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

10:30 p.m.


Google Map for RoCA

208 Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross Street

    2nd Ave.

  • Neighbourhood

    Downtown Des Moines

  • Hours of Operation

    Mon–Thu 4:00 pm–10:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Gastro Pub

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Business Casual

  • Parking Details

    Street Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive Chef

    Andrew Havlovic

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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