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Open Sesame

313 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1806
+1 515-288-3151
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
313 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1806
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

perfect spot for wonderful Lebanese dining! delicious food and drinks with superb decor and ambiance!

Thank slrpryor
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

Two of us had the chicken shawarma rice dish, two had the chicken shawarma plate (served on a pita instead of on rice) and the other person had a Gyro Salad. All of enjoyed our meals, although one of us would have switched from the...More

Thank Mike S
Reviewed 17 May 2017

I highly recommend Open Sesame. My daughter goes there often and took us there while we were visiting Des Moines. We all enjoyed our dinners. The hummus was also very good.

Thank summertraveler19
Reviewed 10 March 2017

Good wraps and salads. Casual. Great place for lunch. Generous portions and good price. We loved it.

Thank footlooseOmaha
Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

I came specifically for shawarma, having heard that some of the best comes from Lebanon. I got the chicken shawarma plate ($12) [Lunch] It came with a basic house salad, good rice, and 2 small pita slices. I was hoping for what I consider authentic...More

Thank Keenan B
Reviewed 27 November 2016 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...More

Thank liverbritts
Reviewed 17 November 2016

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
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
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
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Romantic, 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 E Locust St, Des Moines, IA 50309-1806
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-288-3151
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