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Our 10 Favorite Restaurant Patios in Des Moines

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Des Moines boasts an array of fabulous restaurant patios.

If you’re feelin’ al fresco, we’ve gathered a few of our favorite patios around Des Moines to make your planning a bit easier. Whether you want a friendly-family patio or you’re planning a date night, these top-ten outdoor dining options in Des Moines will help you enjoy nice views and fresh air with your meal!

Date Night Patio

What: Reeds Hollow

Where: Beaverdale, Des Moines

Why: Enjoy an intimate dinner and drinks on the rooftop overlooking historic charm of the neighborhood. If heights aren’t your thing, enjoy the fresh air on the Reeds Hollow patio that spills out onto Beaver Avenue. The menu boasts creative takes on Midwestern fare.

Moms Night Out Patio

What: Ceviche Bar

Where: East Village, Des Moines

Why: Get a global experience without ever leaving Des Moines. Ceviche offers authentic Cuban cuisine and a fresh-air patio just waiting for you to gather a few friends to enjoy downtown views and one of Ceviche’s classic mojitos!

Family-Friendly Patio

What: Gateway Market

Where: Woodland Ave., Des Moines

Why: If the kids have energy to burn and you have no energy to cook, head to Gateway Market’s patio! On Tuesdays, kids eat free after 4 p.m. and you can receive two free kids meals with every full-priced adult meal purchased. (The patio is open until 10 p.m., too!)

Most Unique Patio

What: The Hall + The Foundry

Where: Valley Junction, West Des Moines

Why: There’s nothing else quite like this in the metro. Not quite an outdoor patio, not quite an indoor restaurant, The Hall DSM at The Foundry is a giant beer hall serving delicious drinks and a mouthwatering array of grub from local food trucks. Have a big group? Enjoy the unique seating as you listen to live music: The Hall’s many ten-foot wood tables are made from cargo car planks, providing room for close to 300 people!

Rooftop Patio

What:  The Rooftop

Where: East Village, Des Moines

Why: Grab your heels for a night on the town as you enjoy this al fresco patio bar located atop Happy Burrito. Soak in the downtown views, swanky menu, and an extensive wine and drink selection.

Casual Vibes Patio

What: R Taco

Where: Border of West Des Moines and Waukee

Why: Looking for a relaxed patio experience that won’t break the bank? Enjoy upbeat music, fresh tacos, and seasonal margaritas under the large umbrellas at R Taco’s colorful patio. You can even bring your dog!

Riverside Patio

What:  Mullets

Where: Across from Principal Park, Des Moines

Why: The two-tiered patio at Mullets boasts scenic views of downtown as well as the Des Moines River. This riverside roadhouse doesn’t take itself too seriously and offers American fare at decent prices. Stop here before or after an I-Cubs game or in the middle of a long day on the bike trail!

Enclosed Patio

What: Drake Diner

Where: Drake Neighborhood, Des Moines

Why: The Drake Diner has been a Des Moines landmark since its opening in 1987. This classic diner has hosted many celebrities and politicians passing through Des Moines. Enjoy a stack of their mouthwatering pancakes in the enclosed patio. (This choice is family-friendly, too!)

Eastern Suburbs Patio

What: The Fletcher Kitchen + Bar

Where: Ankeny

Why: Want a relaxed but polished atmosphere for a dinner out? Try The Fletcher Kitchen + Bar, where rustic and contemporary influences collide. The patio is a great place to gather over a drink, and the indoor decor is eye-catching, too.

Western Suburbs Patio

What: Gilroy’s Kitchen + Pub + Patio

Where: West Des Moines

Why: Wrapping the entire east and south side of Gilroy’s looking out onto West Des Moines’ historic 8th Street, this patio includes a full-service staff. Enjoy the live music series on Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and relax with one of Gilroy’s famous Moscow Mules.

What are your favorite patios in Des Moines?


We work hard to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information before heading to a restaurant, since things may change.

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3 Responses to Our 10 Favorite Restaurant Patios in Des Moines

  1. Kelsey July 7, 2018 at 7:20 pm #

    Eating on patios is the BEST. Table 128 is a hidden gem in West Des Moines! Also Blu Toro and Malo!

    • Kayla Craig July 10, 2018 at 2:21 am #

      Oh, good picks, Kelsey!

  2. Gina Powell July 12, 2018 at 10:11 pm #

    I’m partial to the Francies patio!

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