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Jesse's Embers

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3301 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-3913
+1 515-255-6011
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 22:00
Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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159 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017 via mobile

My wife and I wanted to try Jesse's Embers because of the great reviews they get on TA and what our friends say about their meals here. I honestly would have to say that this was maybe one of the worst meals I have ever had. I ordered the pork chop. It was as dry and overcooked as the turkey... More 

Thank Minneapolisdoyle
Kingdom City, Missouri
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Jesse's Embers starts its hometown welcome with nice off street parking in the back of their building. Park there and enter the back door, breeze through the kitchen, and you've made it to the most quaint little steakhouse you'll ever see. Yes, quaint means small, so you'll probably have time to enjoy a cocktail at the bar. The game is... More 

Thank romamama2015
Des Moines, Iowa
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117 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2017

This neighborhood restaurant has been around for many years. It remains consistently good. Service is good, they do get very busy and it's not a large place. Known for their steaks, they do a great job with ribs and pork chops as well.

Thank mitchdsm
Des Moines, Iowa
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62 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017 via mobile

I have been coming to Jesse's for over 30 years. This place is the only place to go for a fabulous steak or burger in Des Moines. It's small but don't let that intimidate you, sit at the bar or around it people are always friendly and talkative. The ladies steak is my fav - now it's called a small... More 

Thank clbosco
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We hadn't eaten here in 30 years but it's been around Des Moines a long time so we met some friends there for dinner. Most of us had steaks. They were all perfectly cooked, nicely brown on the outside and perfect inside. My friend ordered a filet well done and that's tough to get right. Salads were adequate. House made... More 

Thank Amy W
Chicago, United States
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118 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2017 via mobile

Had an amazingly good time on New Year's Eve Eve with my wife and dear friends who had never ate at the restaurant before! The wait was not long and the food was superb and service outstanding.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Good food and good service. There is a nice variety of steaks, ribs, and seafood. The burgers are fine, but not really their signature specialty. It is dark and cramped, so avoid bringing a group of people bigger than 3. Lots of locals who obviously enjoy the food and atmosphere. I have yet to have the steak, ribs, etc., so... More 

Thank Rex B
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

It's hard to make a trip to Des Moines and not stop at "The Embers". My mom and dad have been going there since it opened and it's still our go to spot. Great food, great service. Just ate there and I can't wait to go back.

Thank Larry G
Parkland, Florida
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016

fantastic place walk in thru the kitchen, tables rammed tight I hope you like your neighbor but highly recommend this place its been there forever the steaks are wonderful a great meeting place

Thank Joe W
Scottsdale, AZ
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49 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 215 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2016

You had better like meat if you come here -- there is not much else on the menu. The steaks are really just so-so, nothing incredible. Drinks are OK as long as you do not ask for anything fancy. It is a small place and rather noisy. It was crowded when we were there on a saturday night -- very... More 

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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, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
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Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3301 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-3913
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-255-6011

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