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Where to Buy Local for Patio Dining in DSM

2021 Patio Dining Guide

The Greater Des Moines Partnership is continuing to look local first when it comes to buying from Greater Des Moines (DSM) shops, restaurants and more. By supporting small businesses, the money you spend in the region will stay within the community. This week’s #DSMlocal buying guide is for patio dining options in the region, so check out the featured items below for where to dine with friends and family in DSM.


300 Craft & Rooftop

Featured Item: Cocktails
Description: 300 Craft & Rooftop is a rooftop lounge that overlooks Principal Park in Downtown DSM.

Coa Cantina

Featured Item: Margaritas
Description: From the traditional Coa Margarita to the spicy Mezcal Margarita, Coa Cantina’s drinks are best served on the dog-friendly patio.

Kinship Brewing Company

Featured Item: Beer/Cider Flights
Description: Kinship Brewing Company’s patio is now open. Choose four of any on-tap beers or ciders for a Kinship flight.

The Republic on Grand

Featured Item: Flights
Description: Try a bourbon, rosé, red wine or bubbles flight at The Republic on Grand in the Historic East Village neighborhood.

Whiskey River

Featured Item: Pub Fare
Description: Try the Whiskey Burger, Breaded Tenderloin, traditional or boneless wings, wraps or choose from a selection of appetizers from Whiskey River in Ankeny.

Café + Coffee

Freedom Blend Coffee

Featured Item: Iced Lattes
Description: The Freedom Blend Coffee menu is full of hot or iced options.

Gateway Market & Café

Featured Item: Breakfast Favorites
Description: Offered Fri-Sun, Gateway Market has egg specialties and baked goods, along with French toast, steel-cut oatmeal and a children’s menu.

Main Street Café & Bakery

Featured Item: Scrambles
Description: Pair your coffee order with a Hawaiian, Garden, Fire Roasted or Fajita Scramble.

Casual Dining

The Chicken

Featured Item: Chicken Salad Sliders
Description: Right off the Great Western Bike Trail, The Chicken offers classic lunch items like burgers and sandwiches, as well as craft and domestic beer.

Drake Diner

Featured Item: Hot Meatloaf Club
Description: The Drake Diner’s award-winning meatloaf adds a flair to this diner sandwich.

Gilroy’s Kitchen + Pub + Patio

Featured Item: Gluten-Friendly Menu
Description: Items like the Wham Bam Bacon Jam Burger and the Teriyaki Salmon are available on Gilroy’s gluten-friendly menu.


Featured Item: Brisket Mac & Cheese Pizza
Description: Try this signature pizza from Mullet’s with homemade mac and cheese and topped with slow smoked brisket and sriracha cheese sauce.

The Hall

Featured Item: German Fare
Description: Order some tasty German menu items like Schnitzel, Currywurst, Beercheese Soup and more.


Featured Item: Seasonal Sandwiches
Description: The plant-based menu changes monthly, but you’re sure to enjoy the seasonal offerings while overlooking the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden’s water garden.

Wasabi Ankeny

Featured Item: Sushi
Description: From traditional California rolls to the Iowa Strong Roll, Wasabi is a must-stop for sushi lovers.

Find a list of all Member restaurants in DSM here. You can also find a list of DSM restaurants that received patio heaters from The Partnership's Extend the Season grant so you can still plan your visit on colder days.

The original #DSMlocal Buying Guide offers gift ideas for a variety of recipients from bookworms to pet lovers and more. Throughout the year, The Partnership will continue to add even more buying guides to encourage buying local, curated with DSM shops, restaurants and service providers in mind for shoppers like you! The Partnership’s most recent guides are listed below:

If you’re a business owner and Member of The Partnership interested in being featured in one of the buying guides, sign up here.

Greater Des Moines Partnership

DSM USA is the regional identifier for Greater Des Moines (DSM). DSM USA is a bold statement to the world: This is a welcoming, diverse and vibrant community with affordable and accessible amenities for residents and businesses. This regional identifier is the result of significant quantitative and qualitative research. The Partnership will champion the DSM USA message, and encourages its Investors, its more than 6,000 Regional Business Members and DSM USA Ambassadors to help share the region's story with One Voice.