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Simon's J Benjamin's

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5800 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA 50322-6132
+1 515-255-3725
17:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Griswold, Connecticut
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147 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a small restaurant. The owner/chef? is very involved stopping by to make sure all is well. We all ordered salads and sandwiches. The salad was full of a variety of veggies and fruit and was delicious. The philly chicken sandwich was large and really good. The guinea sandwich was also delicious, but those of us who didn't eat... More 

Thank cjyap
Urbandale, Iowa
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The food, the service, the atmosphere...all wonderful. Simon's personal attention to detail is impressive. Recommended mostly for adults, couples, family or groups.

Thank BWillem
Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were here Thursday night and had a great date night! The atmosphere is wonderful the staff was friendly, efficient, and fun to watch. It was a busy night and they never stopped moving. I had the lasagna and my boyfriend the chicken parm! We will be back to try more thing on the menu!

Thank foodlova222
des moines
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48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Yesterday my father and sister and I ate dinner at Simon's. I was pleased with our table in front of the saltwater fish tank. There was a jazz guitarist to add to the atmosphere. The owner was very cordial and stopped at every table. I started a good review last night; however today I need to revise. Both my sister... More 

Thank suzievaldez
Carol Stream, Illinois
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

I always loved stroganoff as kid, and haven't had it for years. But at Simon's it was flavorful and wonderful. My husband's steak De burgo was the best. Red velvet cake was delishish too. It was a bit busy on a Friday night, but only a short wait. Simon checked in on us multiple times. A friendly place.

Thank Carolyn B
West Des Moines, IA
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Haven't been here for a while and were glad to see it was just a good a ever. Great menu selection with some original items. Everything was very good and reasonably priced. The only negative is the small size of the room. No place for people to wait for their table. Wait staff was also a little hurried but mostly... More 

Thank swimroger
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Tomato Gnocchi was excellent. 1st time here with large group (14). Service was great and friendly. Wife had pizza - excellent also... They brought the group some carrot cake to split (on the house) - better than grandma used to make... It is a small place, so call ahead.

Thank Dennis E
Des Moines, Iowa
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102 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

I first came here with my family on Christmas Eve. We arrived for dinner and was pleasantly surprised with the hospitality. Everyone was super nice, service was quick and the place was super cute and quaint. I ordered the pasta (can't remember the name but it had red wine and veggies in it), my fiance had the manicotti with alfredo... More 

Thank heather l
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

The food was good and the service was ok. At times it felt a bit slow. However, the restaurant conditions were a bit inadequate. Dirty menu and wobbly table. The overall setting is run-down.

Thank Gustavo L
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

My husband and I live in Des Moines and were looking for a new location to have our date nights. We love supporting local businesses, having both grown up in Des Moines. We found Simon's on Trip Advisor, and have been there three or four times now, and we are NEVER disappointed. The staff is so friendly, and the food... More 

Thank Lumea J

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Pizza
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5800 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA 50322-6132
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-255-3725

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