West Des Moines Places

TripWhat's travel guide to West Des Moines; our list of the best things to see, including Flying Mango, Baru 66 and Cosi Cucina Italian Grill.
  • The best place in West Des Moines: Flying Mango

    Flying Mango

    4345 Hickman Rd
    Open for dinner but lunch by special appointment only. $15-25. Originally began as a catering business but when their uniquely smoked Cajun and Creole creations caught on, they soon started to get a bigger loyal following. Full wine list.
  • Baru 66

    Baru 66

    6587 University Ave
    M-Sa 5PM-close. $27-45 3 course menus, $75 6 course specials. Noted for their French-American food that comes without too much hassle.
    Merle Hay
  • Cosi Cucina Italian Grill

    Cosi Cucina Italian Grill

    1975 NW 86th St
    Tu-Th 11AM-9:30PM, F 11AM-10:30PM, Sa noon-10:30PM, Su 4PM-9:30PM. $20. Traditionally known as one of the most authentic Italian restaurants in the area, with over 30 wines by the glass. Fresh bread and minestrone. According to their Website, it was once voted Best Italian Restaurant and Most Romantic Restaurant. Small and also near some other bars and trendy clubs.
  • La Mie Bakery and Restaurant

    La Mie Bakery and Restaurant

    841 42nd St
    $2 goodies, omelette and coffee $10. French-style bakery featuring all the goods you'd imagine, with quality omelets and coffee. High ceilings and modern setting make it a popular place to dine for all 3 meals rather than simply carry out fare. Outdoor patio on the back with a few tables. Can also find offerings at Downtown Farmer's Market.
  • Salisbury House

    4025 Tonawanda Dr
    Tour schedule varies. $7, aged 6-12 $3, 65+ $6. The house, originally built between 1923-1928, features Tudor, Gothic, and Corolean styles all throughout its 42 rooms. Also shelters many artifacts, including objects of art, furniture, tapestries and books. The National Trust for Historic Preservation has labeled it a "national treasure" and the property has also been featured on A&E and Home and Garden Television. Hosts many events during the year, including chamber music concerts, Gatsby Gala, Salisbury Automobile Classic, group meetings and Shakespeare on the Lawn. .
    Salisbury Oaks eat nearby
  • Des Moines Buccaneers

    95KGGO Arena, 7201 Hickman Rd, Urbandale
    United States Hockey League (USHL) Tier 1 team member. Very close to the ice no matter where one sits.
    restaurants nearby
  • Ohana Steak House

    Ohana Steak House

    2900 University Ave
    The Greatest Tasting Show In Town!
  • Louie's Wine Dive

    Louie's Wine Dive

    4040 University Ave
    At Louie's it's all about the Experience......."Wine is Supposed to be Fun!"
  • Tally's Restaurant, Bar & Catering

    Tally's Restaurant, Bar & Catering

    2712 Beaver Ave
    Tally's touts Des Moines, Iowa's Best Resturant & Catering. Call or visit today to enjoy our mouthwatering entrees.
  • The Cheese Shop of Des Moines

    The Cheese Shop of Des Moines

    833 42nd Street, Suite B
    eat better cheese
  • Maxie's Restaurant & Lounge

    Maxie's Restaurant & Lounge

    1311 Grand Ave
    Maxie’s Restaurant and Lounge has been a locally-owned and operated family restaurant since 1967. Rich in tradition, Maxie’s is known for its extensive menu and value-oriented products within our American cuisine. Widely known and recognized for our delicious award-winning Maxieburger, Reuben, and Rarebit Burger.
  • Des Moines Art Center

    Des Moines Art Center

    4700 Grand Ave
  • Christopher's

    2816 Beaver Ave
    A restaurant with a great reputation for serving up quality prime rib and Italian dishes for over 50 years. The restaurant is larger than it appears from outside.
  • Chisme


    225 5th St
    Chisme is a family owned restaurant in Des Moines that is focused on making authentic, fresh and wholesome Mexican and Italian cuisine. Homemade pastas, Alfredo, Marinara, and El CHISME house sauces.Chef Jesus Ojeda
  • G. Mig's 5th Street Pub

    G. Mig's 5th Street Pub

    128 Fifth St.
    What was once a local hang out, is not that and much more
  • Cooper's on 5th

    Cooper's on 5th

    227 5th st
    "Classy Comfort" Food & Drink in Historic Valley Junction. Cooper's on 5th is a great place for lunch, after work drinks, dinner and late night happy hour. We have great drink and food specials everyday along with our amazing food menu.
  • Front Row

    Front Row

    6555 University Ave
    The Front Row was established in 1995 and has become the premier Hawkeye bar in the state. Located in the heart of Des Moines the Row is the place to meet friends and relax. Watch the Hawkeyes and Cubbies on our 20 high definition TV’s.
    Merle Hay
  • Jimmy’s Big 10 Restaurant & Bar

    Jimmy’s Big 10 Restaurant & Bar

    1238 8th St.
  • Jersey Guys Pizza

    Jersey Guys Pizza

    2713 Beaver Dr
  • Cool Basil

    Cool Basil

    8801 University Ave
  • Christopher's

    2816 Beaver Ave
  • Taki Japanese Steakhouse

    Taki Japanese Steakhouse

    2677 86th St
    Taki Japanese Steakhouse Des Moines- Sushi, Teppan, Teppanyaki, Hibachi - 2677 86th Street, (Westmark Plaza II), Urbandale, Iowa 50322, 515.331.3030
  • Chef's Kitchen

    Chef's Kitchen

    1903 Beaver Ave
  • Dunkin' Donuts

    Dunkin' Donuts

    1301 8th St
    We are a local, independent Dunkin' Donuts franchisee group based in Iowa.
  • China Garden

    2020 Grand Ave
  • General Store Eatery

    General Store Eatery

    206 5th St
    The General Store Eatery is locally owned and has been in the heart of Valley Junction for over 40 years. The General Store offers homemade soups, sandwiches, and desserts that are made daily. We now serve gluten free products!
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EDIT THIS ITINERARY Our list of places in West Des Moines uses some content from Wikipedia and Wikivoyage.