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Simon's J Benjamin's

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5800 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA 50322-6132
+1 515-255-3725
17:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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des moines
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40 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Had dinner on a Wed evening and place was busy but we had a great table next to the salt water fish tank. Also a jazz guitarist played during dinner. Very nice atmosphere. It's especially nice that the owner stops at every table to say hello. After we finished he even walked us to the door to say good night.... More 

Thank suzievaldez
Carol Stream, Illinois
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I always loved stroganoff as kid, and haven't had it for years. But at Simon's it was flavorful and wonderful. My husband's steak De burgo was the best. Red velvet cake was delishish too. It was a bit busy on a Friday night, but only a short wait. Simon checked in on us multiple times. A friendly place.

Thank Carolyn B
West Des Moines, IA
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Haven't been here for a while and were glad to see it was just a good a ever. Great menu selection with some original items. Everything was very good and reasonably priced. The only negative is the small size of the room. No place for people to wait for their table. Wait staff was also a little hurried but mostly... More 

Thank swimroger
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tomato Gnocchi was excellent. 1st time here with large group (14). Service was great and friendly. Wife had pizza - excellent also... They brought the group some carrot cake to split (on the house) - better than grandma used to make... It is a small place, so call ahead.

Thank Dennis E
Des Moines, Iowa
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91 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

I first came here with my family on Christmas Eve. We arrived for dinner and was pleasantly surprised with the hospitality. Everyone was super nice, service was quick and the place was super cute and quaint. I ordered the pasta (can't remember the name but it had red wine and veggies in it), my fiance had the manicotti with alfredo... More 

Thank hdingeman
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 February 2017 via mobile

The food was good and the service was ok. At times it felt a bit slow. However, the restaurant conditions were a bit inadequate. Dirty menu and wobbly table. The overall setting is run-down.

Thank Gustavo L
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

My husband and I live in Des Moines and were looking for a new location to have our date nights. We love supporting local businesses, having both grown up in Des Moines. We found Simon's on Trip Advisor, and have been there three or four times now, and we are NEVER disappointed. The staff is so friendly, and the food... More 

Thank Lumea J
West Des Moines, Iowa
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62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

This was our first visit to Simons and we love it!! It's a very small place and you might have to wait,but the food and service is well worth it. We were greeted at the door by Simon and he made us feel right at home. We had a short wait but enjoyed some wine while we reviewed the menu.... More 

1 Thank MarkM36364
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Second trip to Simon's, both times had great food, friendly and efficient service, generous wine serving, and complimentary dessert. Best meal and $50 for a dinner for two (one glass of wine)! The Red Velvet cake is truly great!

Thank AKA_Pablo
Sandpoint, Idaho
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104 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

I had the Mac and Cheese with chicken and artichokes and my friend had the Baked Pasta with Graziano's sausage (a regional fave). Served up hot, fresh and delicious by delightful staff.

Thank dawnya

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Pizza
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5800 Franklin Ave, Des Moines, IA 50322-6132
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-255-3725

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