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205 5th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265-4719
+1 515-255-9827
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  • Excellent21%
  • Very good43%
  • Average17%
  • Poor15%
  • Terrible4%
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“grinder” (9 reviews)
“onion rings” (11 reviews)
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Pizza, Italian, American
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205 5th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265-4719
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Reviewed 11 August 2017

Ate at this popular pizza spot in August, 2017. We have eaten here before so this will be sort of an overview of our experiences as opposed to one particular visit. This is a good place to eat and I recommend it. That is the...More

Thank Russell H
Reviewed 14 April 2017

Our large group had a great dinner at The Tavern. The onion rings and pizza made for a very satisfying meal, and the servers did a great job. The place had a good crowd for a week night. It's a nice family restaurant in the...More

Thank Dan M
Reviewed 1 April 2017

This restaurant has been one of our favorites whenever we visited Des Moines for the last 20 years. Have always loved the thin crust pizza and onion rings. On this trip, we met up with some out of state friends and recommended The Tavern. The...More

Thank pjjewel
Reviewed 4 February 2017

I have gone here many times to eat pizza. It is a great place to go with friends and get a big table and share a couple of large pizza pies. They tend to serve thin crust pizza. The prices are competitive. It can be...More

Thank david_hance_iowa
Reviewed 24 January 2017

Arrived at 5:00 p.m.; one other table was seated. Our salad came after a 25 minute wait. The server carried the salad bowl with her forefinger hooked over the edge of the bowl, rubbing against the lettuce. We finally received our food at 6:11. Since...More

Thank Mel M
Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

The place to go if you enjoy thinly sliced onion rings! The pork tenderloin sandwiches are also incredible. Have both and be in foodie paradise!

Thank donna p
Reviewed 15 September 2016

Unfortunately, the food has gotten skimpy - the pizza with the works we were told was topped with less stuff because now they measure everything and it is a lot less then before. The prices for these thin crust, few topping pizza's is also too...More

Thank 57denny
Reviewed 4 September 2016 via mobile

I have been going to this restaurant for over 30 years. I hate to say that it gets worse every time I go. I keep going back thinking that the cook must have had a bad day, or someone didn't show up leaving the place...More

Thank IowaStateTraveler
Reviewed 24 August 2016

Stopped in for lunch while shopping with my wife and friends. Best calzone I've had in years. Wait staff was very friendly and attentive. Their onion rings are really more like onion strings, but they are outstanding on flavor.

Thank Harold D
Reviewed 18 August 2016

We stopped here for lunch after a morning of shopping in Valley Junction. Staff, especially our server, were friendly, efficient, and attentive. Our glasses never were less than half full. Lunch pizza was very good and fried chicken not too greasy. Both were served hot....More

Thank Lorin O
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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
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Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 205 5th St, West Des Moines, IA 50265-4719
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-255-9827
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