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Waveland Cafe

4708 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-3302
+1 515-279-4341
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good39%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (4 reviews)
“hash browns” (25 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
4708 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-3302
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I haven’t been to the Waveland in a while, but wanted to revisit with a friend who had never been. It hasn’t changed! The food and service are still great. Going and sitting at the counter alone isn’t a problem since the servers are very...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank iowaer
Reviewed 7 November 2018

OMG hashbrowns with biscuits and gravy on top....'nuf said! Come in for the great staff and family friendly atmosphere.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank PerkyKat
Reviewed 29 October 2018 via mobile

It's a small cafe and there was a line of people waiting to eat. We're glad we waited! The staff did a great job serving everyone in a timely manner. Our food was delicious and I really appreciate the half-size portions.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 40brendap
Reviewed 17 October 2018

Hands down best pancakes in the US. I have not been in all 50 states, but 45 plus. These are my fav. Great breakfast greasy spoon food.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank pickymomof3
Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed breakfast here! Our server was great! The portions were ample and the food good. My omelet was excellent. Their famous hash browns lived up to their reputation! This is a great place to meet friends for breakfast! We will return!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank stevenrealife
Reviewed 22 September 2018

Went to Waveland Café for lunch today. We both ordered the roast beef, because there have been so many good reviews. The beef and mashed potatoes were good, but the gravy taste like it came out of a can. I was really disappointed. We ordered...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Cyndeetrek
Reviewed 5 September 2018

The Waveland Cafe is an institution in Des Moines. It has been around forever, and may be old fashioned, but you will get exactly what you order. The servers can be surly, they are fun and want their customers to be happy. You may feel...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank alzwinick
Reviewed 27 July 2018

This is not a place to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee and have an intimate conversation. This IS the place though to enjoy a GREAT cup of coffee and have a fantastic breakfast. Very, very busy with a bit of a wait for breakfast...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank NotAFoodSnobFromNY
Reviewed 18 June 2018 via mobile

A nice spot , nice staff, tasty omelette and hash browns , hot coffee.. a hidden gem .. small but cute #azfoodsnob grade B+

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank 870darina
Reviewed 4 June 2018 via mobile

This place is your classic ‘greasy spoon’ diner - great for breakfast or brunch! I’ve only been here on a Sunday and the place was packed, first come first serve, with a line out the door. The food was delicious and service was excellent and...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank PetrousApex
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4708 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-3302
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-279-4341
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