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Java Joe's Coffeehouse

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214 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2206
+1 515-288-5282
Today
06:30 - 22:00
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Hours:
Sun 06:30 - 22:00
Mon - Wed 06:30 - 23:00
Thu - Sat 06:30 - 00:00
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Wilmette, Illinois
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86 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

Read about this place on the Roadfood site and, as we were passing through the area on our cross-country trek, we took a detour for lunch and went to Java Joe's in downtown Des Moines. We found street parking nearby and walked in to find a place that features a working coffee roasting business up front and a repurposed general... More 

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Thank MikeGPortland
Indianapolis, Indiana
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734 reviews
670 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Whether it's a delicious breakfast burrito and coffee or an evening beer and humus, this place is great.

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Thank BatGuano30
Fort Smith, Arkansas
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132 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Stopped in here after the Iowa state fair for coffee for a long drive home. The two guys working were extra friendly, and the coffee was fantastic! The store was cute and had a little nook for kids to play. Wish we had something like that back home!

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Thank Katy C
Madison, Wisconsin
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124 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

Eclectic atmosphere but gloomy. The coffeehouse felt like a throwback to the 70s and not in a good way. How about adding some color, brightness and a more polished looking environment? Their worst sin however, was serving lukewarm coffee.

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Thank Isthmuse
Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2016

The coffee is ok, but not "wow" like you would expect. You won't be disappointed but you won't walk out saying to yourself "man that was the best damn cup of coffee I ever had." The interior could use a make over. Its decorated along the lines of a TGIF. "Hey let's put some old license plates on the wall.... More 

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Urbandale, Iowa
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51 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 April 2016

This is so the place to be during caucus season. If you love politics then you have to go here. You will see everyone from every party due to MSNBC morning show broadcasting live from here. We also love this place at any other time because the coffee is wonderful

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Thank Mlg2
Iowa
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131 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 March 2016

I can tell you the coffee smelled great but since neither my wife and I drink coffee we can only review the breakfast food we enjoyed. My wife had a bagel and cream cheese and the bagels are made fresh daily. I had a bagel breakfast sandwich and it was served hot and delicious. My sandwich had a fold of... More 

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Thank travelbugIowa
Antwerp, Belgium
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

Always a great place to visit - i particularly enjoy breakfast there. It is always good and freshly prepared and hot

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Thank john8871234
Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016

A true Des Moines staple, I always feel at home here. Coffee, coffee, coffee......YUMMY! Best in town!

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Thank Annie W
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2016

Java Joe's is unique and large. The coffee is good and the service average. In the past few years they have changed hands and with that change it is not as good as before. The small restroom is usually not cleaned well and there is some panhandling on the street. But it's worth a visit because of the scent!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe
Meals
Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
06:30 - 22:00
Monday
06:30 - 23:00
Tuesday
06:30 - 23:00
Wednesday
06:30 - 23:00
Thursday
06:30 - 00:00
Friday
06:30 - 00:00
Saturday
06:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 214 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309-2206
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-288-5282

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