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“Best Place in the City”
Review of Jesse's Embers

Jesse's Embers
Ranked #43 of 581 Restaurants in Des Moines
Certificate of Excellence
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 5 March 2014

Jesse's is our favorite place in Des Moines. Everything on the menu is good, but the barbecued ribs are outstanding as are the onion rings. The small intimate setting is always warm and welcoming, and the service is excellent. This is one of the gems of Des Moines.

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Thank James K
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Reviewed 26 January 2014

Visiting from out of town and wanted a good steak. The restaurant was small and crowded with a small bar - so you end up standing and waiting if you arrive at a busy time. While we were waiting, we had a drink at the bar. The bartender was quite friendly and offered us a taste of the wine selections. Although there was a line, things moved along quickly and the friendly staff made it an almost festive atmosphere.

The food, which is what we came for, was excellent. The steaks were prepared very well. A good selection of sides with good portions. Very good wine list and friendly service.

Would definitely recommenced to those who are looking for an excellent steak dinner and don't mind a wait and a somewhat crowded local atmosphere.

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1  Thank calif-irish
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Reviewed 10 January 2014

Went there for the first time with some friends for a nice dinner out. The decor struck us first, going in through the back door to a small, intimate restaurant that was more retro than anything else. Not designed to serve hundreds each night, it is small (probably a dozen tables) which translates into fast service, excellent food and an overall most enjoyable atmosphere. We had a variety of steak and ribs dishes and they were al excellent. Service was exceptional - from getting seated, to ordering, to dinner. Not rushed, but there when you wanted it. An eclectic restaurant that operates at a fairly hectic pace. The owner came and greeted everyone individually at our table, introducing himself and either touching a shoulder or shaking a hand - whens the last time you saw THAT at a big chain eatery? I hope I get back to Des Moines so I can go out to Jesse's again! Highly and unreservedly recommended.

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1  Thank Late-Day-Traveller
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Reviewed 27 December 2013

The moment we walked into the place it felt like Cheers! The owner sat us at our table, remembered our names all night and was very friendly. The whole staff was great! The food was also top notch! We ate ribs and the bacon-wrapped filet mignon!

Thank Nathan T
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Reviewed 27 November 2013

We love Jesse's. The waitresses are exceptional and the food is outstanding. Jesse's is a small, somewhat crowded place with a very small bar - but it's worth the slight inconvenience for the best steak in town.

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1  Thank Tom B
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