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Bar, Pub, American
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3900 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310-1308
+1 515-254-9330
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Reviewed 19 March 2017 via mobile

Went to the Des Moines Merle Hay Road "neighborhood" restaurant to watch the ISU/Purdue NCAA Tournament game and was totally disgusted by the Applebee's employee who was blatantly rooting against the Cyclones. Left early and will never spend a nickel at an Applebee's again. Also, Applebee's, please recycle your empty beer bottles instead of tossing them in the trash. Step... More 

Thank Scott U
Des Moines, Iowa
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

This is a typical example of this chain's stores. They all have essentially the same food, which is important for a chain. The wait staff here is a stand out though. Very friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, etc. I always hope Jen is there because her advice is spot on accurate. The new wood fired grill is an excellent addition to the... More 

Thank seacorp
Des Moines, IA
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93 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016

My husband and I ate at this location on date night as we were heading to a nearby attraction. We had the nicest waitress I have ever had. She was very welcoming and had a huge smile on her face the entire time. Our food came quickly and I love the option to pay at the device on your table,... More 

Thank shanac2008
Des Moines, Iowa
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109 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2016

A friend, of mine, from High School, and l, had lost touch and through Facebook, found one another. We were able to get in contact with one another and made plans to meet at this Applebee's. She couldn't have picked a better place. After being seated, our server came to ask if we were ready to order and told her... More 

Thank conniemcbee
Denver, Colorado
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363 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 September 2015

Set in a shopping plaza, this Applebee's does what Applebees everywhere are supposed to do: Give you good food at a reasonable price fairly quickly. I found this by asking my GPS to find us a restaurant and, having recently had a pleasant experience at an Applebee's in Davenport, said "Why not?" We were a party of five and everybody... More 

Thank Trainman334
Des Moines, Iowa
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188 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2015

Marissa was our server. She was johnny on the spot & very friendly. My husband had a steak & I had the oriental chicken salad. Both were prepared perfectly. The person seating people had great customer skills & was doing an awesome job of engaging with each group of customers as they came into the restaurant. We were there on... More 

Thank Miata P
Des Moines, Iowa
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56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2015 via mobile

Host was great, waiter awful. I wanted to use a coupon for a free drink & was told it's only for happy hour? Not. He did not check with his manager, just used his discretion. I let that go. Food came on time, but our waiter didn't serve it, we went w/o a condiment because our waiter never returned to... More 

Thank Rdaley10
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 December 2014 via mobile

I visited this Applebee's location on a Sunday evening with my mom, 13yo niece, 5yo daughter, and 4&6yo nephews. For early Sunday evening they were mildly busy. All of the staff we interacted with were fantastic. We were seated immediately. The waitress was prompt and friendly. The hostess and waitress were great with the three kids, taking time to answer... More 

Thank waywaysmom
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60 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2014

Ordered curbside to go, online. Got what I ordered, at the time I requested it be ready. Food was still piping hot by the time I got home. Had chicken fingers basket, which included fries and coleslaw. The honey mustard was really good. There were 7 strips of chicken, I was not expecting that many! The coleslaw was lacking in... More 

Thank Sherry70_13
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162 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2013

I have eaten here a few times but this was the nicest experience yet. There was a youngster throwing a typical "not getting my way" fit. This disturbance showed up immediately on the face of my son. The hostess picked up on his issue and seated us a far away as possible from the child. I did not have to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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Bar, Pub, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Seating
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3900 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines, IA 50310-1308
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-254-9330

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