West Des Moines Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in West Des Moines

April 14, 2018 Claudia Navarrete

West Des Moines is a city in Polk, Dallas, and Warren counties in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 56,609. West Des Moines is the second-largest city in the Des Moines metropolitan area and the tenth-largest city in Iowa. It ranked 94th in Money magazine's list of the "100 Best Places to Live and Launch" in 2008, 77th and 57th on the 100 Best Places to Live in 2014 and 2015, respectively, and 18th on the Hipster Cities of 2015.
Things to do in West Des Moines

1. Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant

11151 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 515-270-6818
Excellent
50%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 717 reviews

Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant

Reviewed By beaglesruleNebraska - Nebraska

I stepped out of my box and tried something different this visit. I had the double stuffed pork chop with apple, raisin, bourbon stuffing. This was such a big meal I did not even eat half of one of the pork chops. The pork was so moist the bourbon sauce out of this world. We had great service. I will be back when I am in Des Moines

2. Mi Patria Ecuadorian Restaurant

1410 22nd St, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1403 (Formerly Cazador) Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Latin, Ecuadorean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 26 +1 515-222-2755
Excellent
70%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 223 reviews

Mi Patria Ecuadorian Restaurant

Reviewed By Gerald F - Ankeny, Iowa

With another couple, we decided to try something different. Mi Patria is located in a strip mall near our friends home. Nothing fancy about the inside but the service was excellent and the food fantastic. Portions were very large allowing for each of us to take home leftovers. Prices were very reasonable with 4 of us eating for under $70.00(we did not order any alcohol but it is available). Will no doubt return soon.

3. Cool Basil

1250 NW 86th St, Clive, IA 50325-1006 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Chinese, Sushi, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 515-225-8111
Excellent
52%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 196 reviews

Cool Basil

Reviewed By Rpod-lady - Ankeny, Iowa

Met a friend to talk business and she indicated previous positive experiences.

The decor is pleasing and is one of the most appealing Thai restaurants I've dined in. The outdoor patio was really quite nice. Every member of the staff was exceptionally pleasant. My colleague ordered Larb and said it was quite delicious. I had stir fry, and while it was visually appealing, the sauce missed the mark.

4. Waterfront Seafood Market

2900 University Ave Ste A4, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1251 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Seafood, Sushi, Soups, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 515-223-5106
Excellent
57%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 306 reviews

Waterfront Seafood Market

Reviewed By promopower - Des Moines, Iowa

Waterfront has been in business since 1984, in the hands of the same family the whole time. They pride themselves on bringing the freshest possible seafood to land-locked Iowa. Their standard menu is always good, but it's the daily specials where the kitchen shows off their skills. This trip I had a beautiful piece of mahi mahi, perfectly pan-fried, atop gnochi with jullienned vegetables in a delicious cream sauce. Prices are fair for the quality of the product and the service.

5. Mi Mexico

11407 Forest Ave, Clive, IA 50325-7032 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner +1 515-222-6933
Excellent
49%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 156 reviews

Mi Mexico

Reviewed By stone595 - West Des Moines, Iowa

This place is amazing! Cheese enchiladas are the best I've ever had (and that includes TX & CA). Mole sauces are superb. Light cabbage slaw on most dishes is crunchy and delicious. Get the Original Margarita! Served in a personal shaker base with strainer. Enjoy!

6. The Cheese Shop

833 42nd St Ste B, Des Moines, IA 50312-2604 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American Lunch, Dinner +1 515-528-8181
Excellent
80%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 140 reviews

The Cheese Shop

Reviewed By Tom B - Carroll, Iowa

Stopped for the first time Saturday, read some outstanding reviews. This place does not dissappoint, daughter had the "Breakfast" great sandwich, wife had Mac & cheese w/ bacon yum, and I had the Muffaletta WOW!

The staff was extremely helpful with our selections. Felt like I was in the "Cheers" of cheese shops.

7. Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano

5990 University Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50266-8215 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 515-221-9900
Excellent
50%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 243 reviews

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano

Reviewed By Hound4 - Portage, Indiana

Restaurant was recommended to us by the manager of the campground where we were staying. I have to say that we were pleasantly surprised at the atmosphere of the restaurant when we entered. The restaurant appeared to be VERY high end, but as it turned out it was a little expensive but no so much that a family could have a meal there without breaking the bank. The food was done up very nicely. My wife had the Fettuccini with Lobster, and I had the FIlet Mignonette. Both meals were prepared right to our expectations. If you are in the West Des Moines IA area, I would highly recommend this restaurant.

8. Cracker Barrel

11701 University Ave, Clive, IA 50325-8215 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 26 +1 515-226-9603
Excellent
38%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 221 reviews

Cracker Barrel

Half Restaurant. Half Store. All Country

Reviewed By Aaron E - Rochester

My family and I love the Barrel. I love breakfast food, so this place is a must! The hashbrown casserole is savory and we enjoy their biscuits! I've never had a bad meal here. And my kids always clean their plates here which is rare!

9. Table 128 Bistro & Bar

12695 University Ave, Suite 140, Clive, IA 50325-8205 Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 515-327-7427
Excellent
54%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 117 reviews

Table 128 Bistro & Bar

Reviewed By Marylou C - New York City, New York

I dread eating out because it's either a calorie disaster or the most boring "mixed salad with grilled chicken". Not so at Table 128 where there are several wonderful healthy alternatives, really diet friendly with a ton of creativity. Today, I actually asked them to cater to a business lunch. They were perfectly punctual and the food was beautifully served.

10. Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

440 S 68th St, Paradise Pointe, West Des Moines, IA 50266-8312 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards Steakhouse, Seafood, American, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 28 - SGD 39 +1 515-259-8540
Excellent
50%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 176 reviews

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill

Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is located just east of Jordan Creek Town Center next to The Courtyard by Marriott. We offer authentic wood-fired steaks, seafood, specialty cocktails and select wines. Join us for Happy Hour Monday thru Friday from 4-6:30PM at the FIREBAR(R) or on the patio. We offer top-notch service and upscale dining at a modest price. Visit us online to learn more.

Reviewed By Jerri L - Des Moines, Iowa, United States

My sister in law was in town and wanted a healthy meal that met her dietary restrictions (gluten free, dairy free). I decided on Firebirds for their salmon. Other family members joined us for a pleasant evening. The jalapeño deviled eggs were great starters. We had a variety of wines and mixed drinks which were all fine. We had steak, salmon, the Colorado chicken salad and the seared tuna salad. Everything was cooked to perfection and delicious. The server Tomi was very friendly and knowledgeable. The atmosphere and surroundings were perfect for our family to visit and not be rushed out.

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