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Restaurants and Nightlife

Greater Des Moines (DSM) is full of foodie flavor. With Iowa’s agricultural roots, naturally Des Moines offers a unique taste of place with farm-to-table eats, locally-owned and unique-to-Des Moines restaurants, craft breweries and local wineries with perfect pairings for any craving. The nation is taking notice: In addition to numerous James Beard-nominated chefs, local eateries featured on "The Food Network" and "The Travel Channel" is a frequent occurrence in Des Moines. Additionally, endless nightlife options are abundant — from Downtown Des Moines (DSM) to each community pocket throughout the region. You’ll quickly learn to love Des Moines’ vibrant patios, happy hours, neighborhood watering holes and much more.

Watch the video below to hear about local restaurant and brewery recommendations in DSM USA:


Enjoy a barbecue destination that offers pulled pork, ribs and more at Flying Mango. Tursi's Latin King on the east side boasts Italian fare, including their specialty chicken spiedini. Cool Basil, located in Clive, and Siam Table in Ankeny offer delicious Thai fare. Sushi hot spots like Sakari, Akebono 515 and Samurai Sushi and Hibachi offer outstanding sushi options.

In Downtown DSM, check out favorite patio destinations, such as Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company, Mullets, Exile Brewing Company and more.