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Open Sesame

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313 East Locust, Des Moines, IA 50309
+1 515-288-3151
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 02:00
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Sun 12:00 - 16:00
Mon - Fri 11:00 - 14:30
Mon - Sat 17:00 - 02:00
Sat 08:30 - 14:30
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Des Moines
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I had not been to Open Sesame in 5 or 6 years, but drove by and told the wife we need to stop in. She initially loved the atmosphere, small and quaint. The babaganoush to start was awesome. A terrific smokey flavor and the pitas were so fresh. Shawarma Chicken with lentil soup for me and a chicken gyro for... More 

Thank liverbritts
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place for lunch if you're in the East Village - or close to the Capitol. Pita wraps and sampler plates. Fresh and quick. Not a very big place, but they're hoping to open a patio area in the Spring of 2017.

Thank Todd D
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

A cute little restaurant, great food, drinks service. Love the unique options and they were all great reviews from our group.

Thank Martha59_13
Rapid City, South Dakota
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

I didn't realize that Lebanese food was so similar to Greek foods, but that seemed what it was. They catered to all your needs and fantastic food.

Thank nancypops
Bonita Springs, Florida
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252 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

The food is good. We had a sampling of the menu, and everything was tasty I give it a 4 star because the waitress kept interrupting us during our meal to chitchat. We did not go there to visit with her.

Thank YM C
Montrose, Colorado
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63 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

We had a large group and they handled us perfectly. We ordered family style - a bunch of dishes we all shared - everything was delicious and prepared really well. Prices were reasonable. The babaganoush and dolmades were outstanding

Thank Sue H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

First time here was an excellent experience. Wonderful waitress, tasty food (I have the gyro platter) and very relaxing place to eat dinner.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Denver, Colorado
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48 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

Was staying on the east side of town and walked over to Open Sesame based on the reviews I read. It was an excellent restaurant, fairly priced, delicious food, friendly staff. It was quiet and only two other tables on a Tuesday night, but the food was quick and fresh. I had the gyro rice plate based on the server's... More 

Thank gburgess99
Riyadh, Ar Riyad, Saudi Arabia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 April 2016 via mobile

My trip to Des Moines wouldn't have been complete without a visit to Open Sesame. Being from the middle east, I was shocked to find out how tasty the food was - even better than Lebanon! And the gyros were just delicious. The service is all-family. The staff treat you as if they know you, making you feel at home.... More 

2 Thank Oka221
West Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2016

Went to Open Sesame today. It was so great that I ended up ordering another meal to take with me and eat later. Gyros were great but the Mediterranean Chicken was the best!!! Also loved the lemonade and rose water. Never had anything like it. Can't wait to go back and try some other things.

2 Thank KOKICHI33

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lebanese, Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
12:00 - 16:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 14:30
17:00 - 02:00
17:00 - 02:00
08:30 - 14:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 313 East Locust, Des Moines, IA 50309
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-288-3151

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