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Rock River Grill & Tavern

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American, Pub
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700 Grand Ave, Des Moines Marriott Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309-2705
+1 515-558-6730
06:30 - 00:00
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Fri - Sat 06:30 - 02:00
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 January 2017

Every time I visit Des Moines I make sure to stop by this awesome place. Its changed a lot over the years. This "tavern" used to be a much more happening spot, always packed with people. Its now more of a quiet hotel bar. But I still feel welcomed when i go there. The food has nevered disappointed. The warm... More 

Thank Frank b
Castle Rock, Colorado
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334 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 July 2016

I only ate here because I arrived from the airport in the evening. The dining area for dinner is actually the hotel lobby, which was fine especially since I got one of the high top tables that had its own TV. Ordered the club sandwich which was okay - but, why do so many hotel eateries feel that it's okay... More 

Thank Don M
Des Moines M, Manager at Rock River Grill & Tavern, responded to this review

Don, thank you for visiting our City Center Lounge to dine during your stay. We are glad to hear the atmosphere was satisfactory, however, also apologize for the slow service overall. Your feedback in regards to the club sandwich will certainly be passed along to our Executive Chef. We hope to have the opportunity to host you more brilliantly in... More 

A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 9 April 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend's French toast looked fabulous! He said it was wonderful. I got an omelet it was a little greasy but it was good a little greasy. The water tasted funny to me. When I looked down I seen some black things floating in my water. :( Later that night I have a chicken quesdilla and my boyfriend got a... More 

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Tokyo, Japan
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242 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 February 2016

Had a breakfast here on New Year's Day, 2016. Professional service and attitude. Very good food, too. Had veggie omelette, bacon strips, oatmeal, fruits plate, red skin potatoes, paprika, bell peppers, onions, blueberry hot tea and grapefruit juice.

Thank setotravel
Bellevue, Iowa
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239 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2015

We experienced this lovely tavern for breakfast. The buffett was very good and we had good service. Convenient!

Thank montalker
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42 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2015

Eh.. Marriott food - nothing special. Plenty of other choices in the local area to a dine casually. Try Centro just down the street, you'll be happy you did.

Thank jfahy
Des Moines M, Front Office Manager at Rock River Grill & Tavern, responded to this review

Dear jfahy, I am sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the offerings in our food and beverage outlets. We pride ourselves on providing a memorable experience for our guests, and it seems we missed the mark with you. I have shared your feedback with our culinary team as they are always looking to provide brilliant service for our... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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79 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2015

I loved that this was at the Marriott where we were staying because it was convenient. But the food was just awful. We only had breakfast, I ordered the breakfast sandwich and my friend ordered the pancakes. I was not expecting the sourdough bread to be fried (must everything be fried?) and it just made the sandwich "heavy". I couldn't... More 

Thank lucia2230
Des Moines M, Front Office Manager at Rock River Grill & Tavern, responded to this review

Dear lucia2230, Thank you for your feedback. I am sorry to hear that you had a less than brilliant experience in our restaurant. I have shared your feedback with our culinary team, and they will use your comments as ongoing training. Should your travels bring you back to Des Moines, I hope you give us the opportunity to host you... More 

Chicago, Illinois
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53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 May 2015

I had the scallops with red curry and they were fantastic with a nice sized serving of vegetables. My dining friend had the cod which he liked as well.

Thank Caymuscat
St. Petersburg, Florida
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 February 2015

A free breakfast comes with the business package room but only if you sit down and order. You are not allowed to get a bagel and coffee to go.

Thank AuntDMW
Des Moines M, Front Office Manager at Rock River Grill & Tavern, responded to this review

Dear AuntDMW, I am sorry for the frustration you must have had during a recent stay with us that you had the business package. Yes, the package does normally include the buffett breakfast in our restaurant and I am sorry that you were not allowed to order a bagel and coffee to go for the restaurant instead. Please know that... More 

Kansas City
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209 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2014 via mobile

Despite the manager John's rudeness to customers and almost an hour wait for our food, Helen was gracious and apologetic for our experience. At the Marriott for a conference with limited time for lunch, the grill was closing at noon. After walking into the restaurant before closing, instead of just telling us they were closed, John said he would accommodate... More 

Thank Barbandjerronthego
Des Moines M, Manager at Rock River Grill & Tavern, responded to this review

Thank-You for this feedback. We will look into any short-comings you have described to us. The second floor Rock River Grill restaurant does close at Noon on Saturdays as the City Center Lounge restaurant is open for Lunch through Dinner every Saturday in the newly renovated lobby of the hotel. I hope you are able to join us in City... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene
Open Hours
06:30 - 00:00
06:30 - 00:00
06:30 - 00:00
06:30 - 00:00
06:30 - 00:00
06:30 - 02:00
06:30 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 700 Grand Ave, Des Moines Marriott Downtown, Des Moines, IA 50309-2705
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-558-6730
  • This restaurant is at Des Moines Marriott Downtown
Indulge all of your senses with a distinctive dining experience featuring an innovative menu of American Grill cuisine.

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