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4000 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321-2322
+1 515-287-1820
11:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Des Moines, Iowa
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29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's ridiculous to review a place that's been there forever. There's a reason. Duh. And if you haven't checked it out yet, you're either a newcomer to the Des Moines area or have that worst of all afflictions: restaurant tunnel vision. The food, ALL the food, is great. The service can't even be described as impeccable; it's better. The kitchen?... More 

Thank Ginnie P
Des Moines, Iowa
Level Contributor
17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Skips is located between the airport and downtown, but it's easy to miss. It's set in a house but produces outstanding food on a consistent basis. The chicken nachos can't be beat. The steaks are great as is the salmon, whether blackened or grilled. They make a great martini and it's a quiet spot for business dinners. Suggest this place... More 

Thank Jeff L
Saint Louis, Missouri
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235 reviews
174 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

This is a real "neighborhood" restaurant. Quaint cozy bar with several craft beers on tap. It was served icy cold. This was a business dinner, and the tree of us had cod

Thank Arturo4
Orange, California
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We had a great filet mignon dinner here plus nicely made drinks. The place is small and tables are close together but it was still romantic.

Thank bsebastian
Des Moines, IA
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

The staff is very good, very attentive. We had cheeseburgers, which were quite large, flavorful and tasty. The interior is pretty cozy, but also quite different than other local restaurants. There was a wait, but it wasn't bad.

Thank MelissaDally
Des Moines, Iowa
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

The food is amazing but the restaurant is really small. Go early or prepare to wait. They are busy every Thursday Friday and Saturday nights. Great steaks. Great salad dressing. Great seafood.

Thank JJS3RD
Saint Louis, Missouri
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Food was excellent. I usually look for local establishments to break away from the chains. Skip's had an excellent choice and friendly staff.

Thank gbaldridge15
Bonita Springs, Florida
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252 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

We were there for lunch. I ordered the jalapeño chicken pasta. It was excellent! Nice flavor without being too spicy, the chicken as well as the pasta was cooked to perfection. My husband had a steak with mushrooms, perfectly done. The other couple ordered a salad with chicken, and a open-faced hamburger with a cheese sauce. They were happy with... More 

Thank YM C
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268 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016

If you are staying near the airport, by all means go to Skips. Clearly family owned, with a bit of history or tradition - you can tell. Great service, good martini, chicken marsala was very tasty, plenty of sauce that was just the right amount of reduction. Susan was a very efficient friendly server. I will absolutely go back!

Thank Idahotraveler88
San Antonio, Texas
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

As you may be able to see from the photo, this looks to be an old home that has been retooled into a restaurant. It has a rather dark interior, but the food was excellent, and the service first rate. My chicken piccata was tender and tangy, just as it should have been. I was in a party of 7,... More 

Thank SantoneBibi

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4000 Fleur Dr, Des Moines, IA 50321-2322
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-287-1820

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