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!
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!
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!
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!
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
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
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.
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