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1250 NW 86th St, Clive, IA 50325-1006
+1 515-225-8111
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun 12:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Clive IA
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Portions are large; I was the only one in my group to finish my plate. They offer Thai as well as Chinese and assorted rice dishes. Don't be afraid of the Thai dishes. When you order they ask you how much heat you want, from zero to 6. I usually get a 2 or 3, but my spouse is perfectly... More 

Thank DesMoinesDenizen
Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Large menu with offerings of sushi, sashimi, and Thai dishes among others. Our table had sushi and poke. The sushi was good and consistent. The poke was outstanding and recommended. Would return if in the mood for Asian food. A little busy and noisy.

Thank Jaymarie F
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56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have only ever had the Pineapple Fried Rice and it will probably only be the only thing I ever get at Cool Basil. The mix of Pineapple, Cashews, Chicken, Shrimp and fried rice is some of the best I've ever had in a Chinese dish. My wife has tried multiple items and enjoyed everyone one of them ( Sweet... More 

1 Thank Glenn P
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited Cool Basil for lunch and thoroughly enjoyed it. We had pumpkin curry which was very flavorful. The coconut milk custard was delectable. Service was exceptional. Only blemish was we were not allowed to eat outside on a very nice sunny day as apparently they don't open that till May.

Thank SriRam C
Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

The food here is wonderful. I prefer the thai pastas when I dine here. The menu has many pages with lots of options. Great patio in nice weather.

Thank harlowtru
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117 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017

I had no idea this was the #1 place in Clive but now I know why. Excellent ambiance, terrific service, really affordable prices and above all, the food is great! Great portions, beautiful decoration, a TON of options to choose from. Good for a casual outing or a special occasion.

Thank SimpsonTide985
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

We visited Cool Basil and absolutely loved it. We had crab Rangoons and I had the Panang Curry, both were great. The others really enjoyed their entrees as well. The serve staff were exceptional.

Thank Ed S
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20 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

I love the Pad Soon Sen. Pork - heat level 5 to 6. The cucumber salad is excellent also. Green curry is awesome. Always have enough to take home leftovers and enjoy two days in a row.

Thank Dennis E
Sully, Iowa
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116 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

We stopped here for dinner after doing some shopping in West Des Moines. The atmosphere is very nice, a classier yet comfortable feel. The menu is diverse, with sushi, Thai, and Chinese dishes. The prices are good and the portions are great. The flavors are full and fresh, and you can order your heat level. Our servers were very friendly... More 

Thank Jeff P
Bonita Springs, Florida
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275 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 152 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

We love Thai food, but most of the time the food is average and flavorless. Not at this place. They offer a wide variety of good tasting food. The prices are also reasonable. Better stop by early if you are going for dinner, they are busy! That should tell you how good their food is. We had the basil chicken... More 

Thank YM C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Chinese, Sushi, Asian, Thai, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1250 NW 86th St, Clive, IA 50325-1006
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Clive
  • Phone Number: +1 515-225-8111

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?