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5514 Douglas Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310-1842
+1 515-279-2118
11:15 - 21:30
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Des Moines, Iowa
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

Typical Indian restaurant. Locally owned so the people are very nice. Good variety of styles of Indian food. They are happy to customize anything you want and will ask you how spicy to make each dish. I have been there many times and will continue to go back.

Thank seacorp
Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
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306 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 August 2016 via mobile

Dark and dirty dining room, surly staff, a limited buffet of terrible food - what more can I say? The buffet choices were extremely limited with few veg options and only one chutney. At least it was inexpensive.

Thank Drew K
Urbandale, Iowa
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77 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2016

Service was great, my friends really liked their food, but my Lamb Tikka was tough, tough, tough. Good flavor, but I will never order it again, indeed I'd be leery of any lamb dish that wasn't ground lamb. Very disappointing to me, because lamb is my go to at Indian restaurants. mulligatawny soup was good. I've eaten Indian in three... More 

Thank JohnnyB33
Des Moines, Iowa
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112 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 December 2015

India Star serves a pale imitation of Indian food. Don't go here. If you like Indian food, and like this restaurant, then you don't know what it's supposed to taste like. Go to the India Market on Douglas Ave (more authentic and not recommended for initiates), or Namaste on University Ave (a great introduction) or Paradise Point Biryani by Jordan... More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

Love this place! Excellent Indian food. I have eaten Indian all over the country, and this is a fave! Maybe even the best I have had.

Thank Foxydo10
Des Moines
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228 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2015

The best Indian food in town. My wife and I regularly eat there.The spice is just right and the folks are very friendly It's not so hot that it will take your breath away but they will kick it up if you ask.

Thank Proteeus3
Dyersburg, Tennessee
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165 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2015

Indian cuisine is my favorite. The chicken curry and Tandoor chicken was perfect. Tender and full of flavor. Naan bread was perfect. The spinach potato dish was not as sweet as I prefer, yet still good. Service was excellent and priced good.

Thank CellularMan
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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78 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2015

After driving for hours, I was so looking forward to eating Indian food buffet here for lunch. Sadly, I was disappointed. The food wasn’t that good. (Considering I was famished, that says a lot.) They were bland (to my taste…and I’m a regular Indian food eater.) and barely have an “Indian” taste to them. For example, all the curry dishes... More 

Thank ExplorerOne
West Des Moines, Iowa
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44 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2014

From the humble start in Beverdale, India Star has maintained his humble roots in the current posh location. The visual experience is overpowered the olfactory which makes you taste every dish in the menu, and do not restrict yourself! Every menu item is worth trying. If you cannot have go through more than two today, make plans for another day... More 

Thank Joe D
Ludington, Michigan
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364 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 April 2014

The food was very good, we loved it. The service was very friendly, but not extraordinary, and the atmosphere was average. This is a great place to try very good Indian food.

Thank David W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$16
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Open Hours
11:15 - 21:30
11:15 - 21:30
11:15 - 21:30
11:15 - 21:30
11:15 - 21:30
11:15 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5514 Douglas Ave, Des Moines, IA 50310-1842
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-279-2118

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