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Hessen Haus

101 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309-4741
+1 515-288-2520
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  • Excellent45%
  • Very good38%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“spaetzle” (17 reviews)
“brat” (6 reviews)
“pork shank” (8 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
German, Bar, European, Pub, Central European
££ - £££
101 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309-4741
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't have access to many German places so was intrigued by this one. The entire menu was German food and gave me lots to choose from. Vegetarian choices were abundant as were meat. Service was horrible and you have to wait for a table...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Hessen Haus is unlike any other restaurant in Des Moines. It has some standard appeals such as a large quantity of German beer and amazing Mules, but the quality of the food is often under reviewed. The typical German dishes are cooked to perfection and...More

Thank Maria S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We did not have a great experience here. There were problems with the server, the kitchen and the food. I ordered the Jager schnitzel – it might have been pork at one time, but it was leathery and tasteless and I could barely get my...More

Thank MissyBunch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Oh wow. Great atmosphere, the biggest selection of German beers in the world! Our meals were tasty, service wad friendly and prompt but the best thing was the marinated red cabbage!

Thank Dana C
Reviewed 8 October 2017

Hessen Haus has resisted the temptation to load up on IPA's, the latest fad beer, and has stayed true to it German roots with a truly astounding variety of beer selections from the old country. The food is okay. It did not strike me as...More

Thank Kirk G
Reviewed 3 October 2017

We went on a nice fall day so we sat outside, and it was great. The beer choices are outstanding, and the server was quite knowledgeable in helping steer us to a great beer. The mugs are huge so plan accordingly. We also ordered dinner,...More

Thank MizzouLizard
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Hessen Haus happens to be my children's favorite place for lunch in downtown Des Moines - and who am I to argue about going to an authentic German beer bar? The weisswurst brat was the best and the kids gorged on the super pretzel and...More

Thank Dennis M
Reviewed 24 September 2017

Visited mid-week for dinner. Good selection of German- Bavarian appetizers, entrees, and beers. I had the pork knuckle and friend had the pork snitzle, both very good. We both had German beer drafts - tasty. We sat indoors but they also have patio seating if...More

Thank Tim H
Reviewed 10 September 2017

Our American friend desperately wanted his German guests to go there. We had a fun time - of course there are good, better and worse German beers. They got it all, so there is one beer for every taste. Food was what you get in...More

Thank tanja_wilking
Reviewed 8 September 2017

Went on a Saturday evening with 2 friends. Nice outdoor seating and prompt, friendly service. My friends had the goulash with spaetzle and loved it. I had very good brats with sauerkraut.

Thank Barbara B
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Matt B
27 January 2017|
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Response from davidjensen399 | Reviewed this property |
We were there on a Friday night and there were people there with children. It was around 7pm. Had not gotten to rowdy yet.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
German, Bar, European, Pub, Central European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Groups, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309-4741
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-288-2520
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