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Best Downtown DSM Patios for Every Occasion

Downtown Des Moines Patio Restaurant

Here’s your guide to Downtown Des Moines (DSM) patios and outdoor dining for every occasion—whether you’re planning your next date night, family outing, meet-up with friends or dining out before or after a big event.

Date Night 

Grab your special someone and head to these Downtown DSM restaurants with perfect patio views. 

Bubba

Look no further for Southern comfort foods: Fried chicken, crab cakes, gumbo, red beans and rice, collard greens and much more. 

Clyde’s Fine Diner

Don’t let the word diner fool you! This ritzy restaurant has an upscale vibe while serving up reimagined diner classics. 

Franka Pizzeria

Find Neapolitan-style pizza from the same people that brought you the well-loved St. Kilda eateries in DSM. Located in the Historic East Village.

Mulberry Street Tavern 

Chef-inspired traditional fare, located inside the Surety Hotel in Downtown DSM’s Western Gateway district. 

Proof

This Western Gateway Park pillar, shaped by Chef Sean Wilson, a three-time James Beard finalist, continues to deliver legendary experiences, now under the helm of Executive Chef Diego Rodriguez (who has an impressive resume himself). You'll find a rotating menu including the monthly seven-course prix fixe experience — perfect for epicurean tastebuds.

Family-Friendly 

These fun-for-the-family restaurants are tasty and kid-friendly too! It’s a win/win. 

Spaghetti Works

This longtime Downtown DSM restaurant in the Historic Court District is perfect for family outings and within budget, too. 

Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company 

This staple locally owned restaurant serves up American comfort food with great views of its namesake’s Downtown district.   

Gateway Market + Café

Serving up soup, salad, sandwiches, burgers, noodles and lots more — grab groceries while you’re here at the Market! 

Zombie Burger + Drink Lab 

Try the crazy combination smashed burgers, fries and themed milkshakes (kids will love the cereal shake!). 

Groups of Friends

If you suggest one of these Downtown DSM patios to your crew, you’re sure to win major cool points with their Instagram-worthy drinks and epic city scenes. 

Juniper Moon

This place on Ingersoll near the Sherman Hill neighborhood offers beer, wine, cocktails and snack plates. Make it a must-try on your summer patio bucket list! 

Lua Brewing 

Your crew will love this spot nestled in the Sherman Hill neighborhood. With its Hawaiian theme, the food menu features ample gluten free, dairy free and vegan options. A kids menu is also available. 

Malo 

With Latin eats and savory cocktails, you can’t go wrong with this restaurant near Western Gateway in Downtown Des Moines. 

Rita’s Cantina 

Specializing in Mexican food and tequila drinks, share endless bowls of chips and salsa or queso with a group. 

Big Events

Hit up one of these Downtown DSM restaurants before or after your next big event, whether concert, meeting, convention, sports game or festival! 

Centro 

For festivals and events taking place in Western Gateway, this Italian restaurant offers patio dining to enjoy the sights and sounds of Downtown! 

Buzzard Billy’s 

Just a few steps from the Iowa Events Center, grab a bite of New Orleans grub before a concert, convention or sporting event. 

Exile Brewing Co. 

One of the closest Downtown restaurant to Water Works Park, stop by before or after a big show at the Lauridsen Amphitheater. 

Park Street Kitchen & Bar 

Located within the Hilton Des Moines Downtown and adjacent to the Iowa Events Center, try their upscale outdoor dining area. 

Truman’s KC Pizza Tavern 

Before a show at Wooly’s in the Historic East Village, grab a slice of pizza at this Kansas City Chiefs- and Royals-themed restaurant — a popular destination with bicyclists.

Mullets

Overlooking the Raccoon and Des Moines Rivers, catch a peek of the Iowa Cubs playing at Principal Park or bicyclists trekking the adjacent trail — all with the Downtown Des Moines skyline as a backdrop.

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