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Open Sesame

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313 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1806
+1 515-288-3151
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 02:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 02:00
Sat 08:30 - 14:30
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I highly recommend Open Sesame. My daughter goes there often and took us there while we were visiting Des Moines. We all enjoyed our dinners. The hummus was also very good.

Thank summertraveler19
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 March 2017

Good wraps and salads. Casual. Great place for lunch. Generous portions and good price. We loved it.

Thank footlooseOmaha
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

I came specifically for shawarma, having heard that some of the best comes from Lebanon. I got the chicken shawarma plate ($12) [Lunch] It came with a basic house salad, good rice, and 2 small pita slices. I was hoping for what I consider authentic shawarma; marinated meat, seasoned with aromatic spices, slow cooked on a vertical rotisserie. Their version... More 

Thank Keenan B
Des Moines
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40 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 November 2016 via mobile

I had not been to Open Sesame in 5 or 6 years, but drove by and told the wife we need to stop in. She initially loved the atmosphere, small and quaint. The babaganoush to start was awesome. A terrific smokey flavor and the pitas were so fresh. Shawarma Chicken with lentil soup for me and a chicken gyro for... More 

Thank liverbritts
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 November 2016

Great place for lunch if you're in the East Village - or close to the Capitol. Pita wraps and sampler plates. Fresh and quick. Not a very big place, but they're hoping to open a patio area in the Spring of 2017.

Thank Todd D
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

A cute little restaurant, great food, drinks service. Love the unique options and they were all great reviews from our group.

Thank Martha59_13
Rapid City, South Dakota
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47 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

I didn't realize that Lebanese food was so similar to Greek foods, but that seemed what it was. They catered to all your needs and fantastic food.

Thank nancypops
Bonita Springs, Florida
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275 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 August 2016

The food is good. We had a sampling of the menu, and everything was tasty I give it a 4 star because the waitress kept interrupting us during our meal to chitchat. We did not go there to visit with her.

Thank YM C
Montrose, Colorado
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67 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 August 2016

We had a large group and they handled us perfectly. We ordered family style - a bunch of dishes we all shared - everything was delicious and prepared really well. Prices were reasonable. The babaganoush and dolmades were outstanding

Thank Sue H
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Reviewed 28 July 2016 via mobile

First time here was an excellent experience. Wonderful waitress, tasty food (I have the gyro platter) and very relaxing place to eat dinner.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
08:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 313 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1806
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-288-3151

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?