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Drake Diner

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€€ - €€€
American, Diner
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1111 25th St, Des Moines, IA 50311-4207
+1 515-277-1111
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07:00 - 23:00
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Sun 07:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 23:00
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great place for breakfast food. I just love breakfast and this is my favorite place in des moines.

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Thank raynedrop6
Edmond, Oklahoma
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293 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

The Drake Diner is a staple of the Drake University campus and Des Moines community. They deliver consistent and good diner food - breakfast, lunch and dinner. On my most recent visit we had a waffle and the southwest chicken salad. However, my go-to is usually the meatloaf sandwich. You can't go wrong if you want a true diner experience... More 

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Thank rdubbs08
Price, Utah
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I had the French toast, my wife had an omelet. It was 10:00 am on Sunday morning. Place was packed. We sat at the bar. Surprisingly service was quick and food was great and a little different. Nice dinner feel and reasonably priced.

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Thank first2third
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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68 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

I am weeks out from knee surgery and cannot do the "stoop and swoop" maneuver required to use a booth. We were told all tables were taken by a large party. So there, done and done.

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Thank Kathryn R
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Love this place , great food awesome service, good atmosphere , always busy. Clean. Been coming here for years

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Plano, Texas
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502 reviews
352 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

I lived in Des Moines for three years and have visited the city dozens of times since then. Why have I not been here before? I really like this place. First start with the curbside appeal. The dinner is an oversized silver Airstream-like building that is reminiscent of the 1950's look with the black and white checkered pattern running along... More 

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Thank CraftBeers
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130 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

For a Diner this is one of the best I have been to. Tired after a day of touring holiday homes and shopping. Had Hot apple toddies, Cup of soup, and apple butter bread pudding. Great end to a great day. Will go back before leaving Des Moines for breakfast and lunch. So refreshing to not be in a chain... More 

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Thank Jan F
Raleigh, NC
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280 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 November 2016

Five of us arrived about 10 am on a Sunday and had a 25 minute wait but we had been told 30 so we were pleased. It was a very busy place. The noise level was moderate due to many people and clanging dishes in a small place.They were serving breakfast and lunch at 10:30 when we ordered. Most of... More 

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Thank RaleighNCtravel
Des Moines, Iowa
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Drake Diner has been my favorite restaurant in Des Moines for almost 10 years. I don't think the menu has had any significant changes over the last 10 years that we have been eating there, but that's ok, as they have a great variety of diner food. I love the club, but the burgers are great too. My kids love... More 

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Thank RoLo50312
Des Moines, Iowa
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65 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

What can I say???? proximity- close and convenient. service- attentive and personal in a good way. Food/quality- lots to choose from and mostly everything i have tried has been good or great. The price is mid range and the portions are plentiful. I will keep going back again and again and again

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Diner
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 22:00
Monday
07:00 - 23:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 23:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 23:00
Thursday
07:00 - 23:00
Friday
07:00 - 23:00
Saturday
07:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1111 25th St, Des Moines, IA 50311-4207
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-277-1111

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?