We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

University Library Cafe

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
3506 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2306
+1 515-255-0433
Today
08:00 - 02:00
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 08:00 - 00:00
Mon 11:00 - 01:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 02:00
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

19 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
Showing 19: English reviews
Des Moines, Iowa
Level Contributor
80 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I live right across the street. We try to make it a point to visit the Library as often as possible. Wednesdays are our favorite, as the buffalo nachos are on special. Although this is a bar located within walking distance of Drake University, it does not give off the same "campus bar" feel like you might... More 

Helpful?
Thank LizzyMarie23
Quito
Level Contributor
30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2017

The Library looks old and probably is. We kept thinking that the name was funny since students from nearby Drake University could claim they went to the "Library " while they were actually hanging out with their buddies a downing a few drinks. All in all it is a fun place with good food & drinks.

Helpful?
Thank Carlos S
Level Contributor
32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

This is my second time here. What a quaint, cool place. Had breakfast both times and it was very good. The breakfast burrito is fantastic. My family members had french toast, Eggs Benedict, and an omelet. They all loved it. Family says this is a great place for dinner. Based on the cool atmosphere I'm sure they are right. If... More 

Helpful?
Thank Soonergolfer
Level Contributor
26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

I always have a great experience at University Library Cafe. Their breakfast is amazing and beer selection is great. Service ia always attentive and courteous.

Helpful?
Thank Francisco C
Hendersonville, North Carolina
Level Contributor
14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2016 via mobile

I've never found a Bloody Mary I liked until coming here! I'm now obsessed ! Be sure to try one of you come from breakfast! Their breakfast is amazing. Love, love love the smothered breakfast burrito. Enough for three meals. The nachos are great too. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu!

Helpful?
Thank Windfallgirl
Des Moines, IA
Level Contributor
57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2015

Not sure I want others to find out how good their breakfasts are. Amazing bacon! Reminds me of Porky's. Crispy tators, perfectly cooked eggs, never had a bad meal.

Helpful?
Thank IowaIrish
Des Moines, Iowa
Level Contributor
134 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

Again its all about expectations - they make each burger by hand - fresh - they make there own corned beef and roast beef. The nachos are fun for a group and they have some games on the TV. They have a full bar and make a good bloody Mary as well. They also now have Saturday Breakfast I will... More 

Helpful?
Thank Cliff K
Des Moines, Iowa
Level Contributor
14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

I almost don't want to write a review because I don't want other people to know about The Preciousssss Library. I live on Kingman and love my little secreto. The food: bomb.com. Beer selection? Bring your A-Game beer nerds. Plus awesome Bloodys. Nachos? Mmhmm. I want them to buy the dump next door and expand the parking lot.

Helpful?
Thank Moewekind
Urbandale, Iowa
Level Contributor
113 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 July 2015

When I attended Drake as an undergrad I never thought of the Library for food, but I've heard tons about it since moving back to Des Moines. We went tonight in search of good burgers and weren't disappointed. It's the first place in a long time that serves actual fresh burgers - not frozen patties! I was thrilled. Both of... More 

Helpful?
Thank Brian L
Clive, Iowa
Level Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2015

We were looking for a good place for lunch today and University Library Café popped up on my search. I'd heard lots of good things and read the great reviews so we decided to visit. I was hungry for a French Dip and fries so ordered it. Our waiter was very nice and efficient, but the meal was worse than... More 

Helpful?
1 Thank breck53

Travellers who viewed University Library Cafe also viewed

 

Been to University Library Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Bar, Pub
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 00:00
Monday
11:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 02:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 02:00
Thursday
11:00 - 02:00
Friday
08:00 - 02:00
Saturday
08:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3506 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2306
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-255-0433

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from University Library Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?