Workshop Dining Options

There are many great dining options across the City of Des Moines available to workshop attendees! Let us help you narrow it down. Here are some of Des Moines favorites!

Downtown + Walkable

801 Chophouse
American bistro for seafood, steak & signature pork shank in a convivial space with a rooftop.
801 Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-288-6000

Des Moines’ destination for Latin cuisine. From classic Havana cocktails to inventive Mexican dishes, MALO celebrates all the flavors of Latin America.
900 Mulberry St, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-244-5000

RōCA, short for “Restaurant on Court Avenue”, is Des Moines’ premiere restaurant located in the Historic Court Avenue District of Downtown Des Moines, Iowa.   Our savory, locally sourced menu items pair perfectly with our exciting wines and hand crafted cocktails.
208 Court Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-282-3663

Wasabi Tao
A modern sushi and lounge for sophisticated customers who will be wowed by its cool surroundings; dominated by black and red walls, a sleek bar with leather seats, and a giant gold Buddha statue that adds to the awesome atmosphere.
400 Walnut St. Des Moines, IA 50309 (Inside Kirkwood Hotel)
Phone: 515-777-3635 or 515-777-3636

Akebono Japanese Restaurant
The upscale decor and top quality menu selections reflect Akebono’s relentless pursuit of perfection, and the inviting atmosphere and friendly staff reflects Akebono’s personality that can only produce a pleasurable experience.
215 10th St. Suite 120 Des Moines, IA 50309 (Entrance on Mulberry)
Phone: 515-244.5972

El Bait Shop
Great food selection including our famous tacos, American bar favorites & High Life Lounge’s traditional diner food.
200 SW 2nd St. Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-284-1970


Hessen Haus
Perfectly recreates the authentic atmosphere of an old-world German bier hall. The fifty imported German biers on tap, authentic German fare on the menu, and sounds of live music on the stage - including local bands and regional polka - create a lively yet cozy atmosphere where large crowds gather to pass the boot and small groups find themselves making new friends.
101 4th St. Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-288-2520

Alba Restaurant
Offering a creative culinary twist on traditional American cruising. Dishes are prepared using fresh seasonal ingredients, the finest cuts of meat, and the freshest fruits, vegetables and herbs.
524 E. 6th St. Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-244-0261

Specializes in delicious Italian-Inspired food featuring fresh ingredients and masterful preparations by Executive Chef Derek Eidson and the culinary team. Whether you’re ordering a multi-course meal or grabbing a drink and pizza at the bar, Centro’s lively, casual yet upscale atmosphere makes it perfect for dining.
1003 Locust St. Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-248-1780

Zombie Burger + Drink Lab
Famous for inventive flavor combos in a “post apocalyptic chic” setting, Zombie Burger + Drink Lab serves fast food with a culinary edge in Des Moines’ Historic East Village.
300 E Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-244-9292

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Jethro’s BBQ
In 5 short years Jethro’s BBQ has become “World Famous.” Fun fact: Jethro’s BBQ was shown on Travel’s Channel’s MAN vs. FOOD, featuring their 5 pound sandwich challenge in 15 minutes. The sandwich  was created in honor of the famous Drake basketball player who led the school to the NCAA “Big Dance”
3100 Forest Ave. Des Moines, IA 50309
Phone: 515-279-3300

Please note: Each person is expected to cover the cost of their own meal.