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Riccelli's Restaurant

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3803 Indianola Ave, Des Moines, IA 50320-1462
+1 515-288-7755
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Urbandale, Iowa
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61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A landmark restaurant on the south side of Des Moines. If you looking for a fancy restaurant, this is not the place for you. If you looking for good food a nostalgic step back in time, this is your place. We had really friendly server, the hostess was what you would expect from an old Italian restaurant. Our friends were... More 

Thank Rick M
Valparaiso, Indiana
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232 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2017 via mobile

You walk in to this place and you immediately start looking for the mafioso types. You can't help it because the décor is straight from the 70's. The food was average and the service slow. Prices are low. No real reason to return.

Thank Kent F F
Des Moines, Iowa
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 December 2016

I had never been here before, so my husband and I figured we'd give it a shot, boy was I very disappointed, and honestly a little grossed out by EVERYTHING, including how dirty the inside and outside of the building is, but I still gave it a chance, and tried the food, let me tell you this, OUR MEAT WAS... More 

Thank thatgirl711
Chariton, Iowa
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33 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

This landmark has been on the south side since the south side was a distinct part of town. The food was great, and the service was great too. It was like a step back in time.

Thank U3359IDMartinB
Des Moines, Iowa
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

You enter to the sight of what looks to be a 75+ year old portrait of who I assumed was Mr. Riccelli. Greeted by a 75+ year old hostess who I assumed was Mrs. Riccelli. Served by a 75+ year old waitress who I assumed was somehow related to a Riccelli. We were seated in the "TV Room"...we're talking "The... More 

2 Thank js2015js
Des Moines, Iowa
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122 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2015

Traditional old family Italian restaurant. I have never had a bad meal there. Food is always prepared well, hot when you get it. Their onion rings are to die for.

1 Thank mitchdsm
Des Moines, Iowa
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215 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2014

This is a hard restaurant to rate... The decor and overall feel of the place is very aged, and the service can be spotty, but the food--and value--remain strong. Each dinner gets soup, salad, bread, and a spaghetti appetizer--which means a lot of table visits by the wait staff. On a busy night all those table visits can translate into... More 

2 Thank NewStart78
Des Moines, Iowa
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151 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2014

The restaurant has been on Indianola Ave for a number of years, but I remember when it was still on Fleur Drive. I finally had a meal here about a month ago and have been back twice since then for dinner. The meals are reasonably priced and most include a salad and a side of spaghetti. All the meals have... More 

Thank Kathy L
Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
Reviewed 20 March 2014

When you walk in the door you are in the 1960's so don't bring any preconceived notions of what a restaurant should be, you're on their terms. The food is good for the price but be prepared that its not what you are going to get at other places. Never come here if you are in a hurry. I would... More 

Thank Dan W
Des Moines, Iowa
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122 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2013

Riccelli's is one of Des Moines secrets. Has been in business for many years, doesn't advertise. Great Italian food at very reasonable prices. A long time favorite. Steaks and pasta - you can't go wrong here.

Thank mitchdsm

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Restaurant Details

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Italian, Steakhouse
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Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations
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  • Address: 3803 Indianola Ave, Des Moines, IA 50320-1462
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-288-7755

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?