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A&W Restaurant

2522 E University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317
+1 515-262-4700
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good29%
  • Average17%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“fries” (3 reviews)
“chicken” (2 reviews)
“root beer” (9 reviews)
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Fast food, American
2522 E University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Last week we got fried twinkies like at the fair but here. Very good. Very family friendly. Friendly staff. Clean. Prices good. Google them for coupons for savings. Sufficient parking, lol. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids.

Thank init4keeps
Reviewed 16 August 2017

One of the few things I miss about the U.S. when I'm gone is root beer, and A&W has the best! That they also have excellent burgers makes this a great place to eat.

Thank RandyKasal
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

It's by the fairgrounds so we usually stop here if in the area. The food is ok but the root beer floats are the best in town. Being attached to a Long John's means the smell of batter-dipped and fried fish in the air which...More

Thank Michael R
Reviewed 18 July 2017 via mobile

We came here just yesterday for some fish. Friendly staff served up hot, fresh, crispy fish. Clean place. Family friendly. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids, despite many kids there. Good prices.

Thank init4keeps
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

Fresh daily made root beer is the best out there. Beats bottled any day. Clean place, friendly staff. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids.

1  Thank init4keeps
Reviewed 29 April 2017

I want to review this A&W, have been going here for decades, but it just keeps getting better! It's old fashion Diner/drive in food. The atmosphere is wonderful, love the music playing (1950's and 1960's). Although it is "corporate" this one doesn't taste or feel...More

1  Thank PatIowa67
Reviewed 3 April 2017

I have eaten here many times. Like the surroundings inside and out. Drive up is available but I went inside. Special Beer batter cod fish with 4 large fantail breaded shrimp changed fries to my liking sweet potato also included coleslaw with 2 hush puppies....More

1  Thank Linda C
Reviewed 2 April 2017

I think this is the only remaining A+W in Des Moines. It is on East University back about 4 blocks West of the Iowa State Fairgrounds. I love the root beer floats. The hamburger and fries are OK. The malts are very good. There is...More

Thank david_hance_iowa
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

I stopped in for this, as it had been advertised for a while. It was fabulous. Like a thick egg nog. With whipped cream and a cherry on top! MarcyDiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids.

Thank init4keeps
Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Freshly painted, clean, awesome staff, and I'm not one who likes green beans very much, but I love them here! Plus I've always loved the Root beer, fresh from the spigot. And having Long John Silver fish amd chicken available is great too. The clams...More

Thank init4keeps
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Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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  • Address: 2522 E University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50317
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-262-4700
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