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University Library Cafe

$$ - $$$
Bar, Pub
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3506 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2306
+1 515-255-0433
08:00 - 00:00
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Sun 08:00 - 00:00
Mon 11:00 - 01:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 02:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 02:00
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Des Moines, Iowa
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109 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Went here with friends for breakfast on a hot day. My wife had huevos rancheros and i had pancakes. The food was pretty good but the mimosas were EXCELLENT. Fresh squeezed OJ and champagne that WASN'T Andre.

Thank johnlwood
Des Moines, Iowa
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80 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I live right across the street. We try to make it a point to visit the Library as often as possible. Wednesdays are our favorite, as the buffalo nachos are on special. Although this is a bar located within walking distance of Drake University, it does not give off the same "campus bar" feel like you might... More 

Thank LizzyMarie23
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2017

The Library looks old and probably is. We kept thinking that the name was funny since students from nearby Drake University could claim they went to the "Library " while they were actually hanging out with their buddies a downing a few drinks. All in all it is a fun place with good food & drinks.

Thank Carlos S
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 December 2016 via mobile

This is my second time here. What a quaint, cool place. Had breakfast both times and it was very good. The breakfast burrito is fantastic. My family members had french toast, Eggs Benedict, and an omelet. They all loved it. Family says this is a great place for dinner. Based on the cool atmosphere I'm sure they are right. If... More 

Thank Soonergolfer
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26 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2016 via mobile

I always have a great experience at University Library Cafe. Their breakfast is amazing and beer selection is great. Service ia always attentive and courteous.

Thank Francisco C
Hendersonville, North Carolina
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 February 2016 via mobile

I've never found a Bloody Mary I liked until coming here! I'm now obsessed ! Be sure to try one of you come from breakfast! Their breakfast is amazing. Love, love love the smothered breakfast burrito. Enough for three meals. The nachos are great too. You can't go wrong with anything on the menu!

Thank Windfallgirl
Des Moines, IA
Level Contributor
58 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 December 2015

Not sure I want others to find out how good their breakfasts are. Amazing bacon! Reminds me of Porky's. Crispy tators, perfectly cooked eggs, never had a bad meal.

Thank IowaIrish
Des Moines, Iowa
Level Contributor
134 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2015

Again its all about expectations - they make each burger by hand - fresh - they make there own corned beef and roast beef. The nachos are fun for a group and they have some games on the TV. They have a full bar and make a good bloody Mary as well. They also now have Saturday Breakfast I will... More 

Thank Cliff K
Des Moines, Iowa
Level Contributor
22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

I almost don't want to write a review because I don't want other people to know about The Preciousssss Library. I live on Kingman and love my little secreto. The food: bomb.com. Beer selection? Bring your A-Game beer nerds. Plus awesome Bloodys. Nachos? Mmhmm. I want them to buy the dump next door and expand the parking lot.

Thank Moewekind
Urbandale, Iowa
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113 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 July 2015

When I attended Drake as an undergrad I never thought of the Library for food, but I've heard tons about it since moving back to Des Moines. We went tonight in search of good burgers and weren't disappointed. It's the first place in a long time that serves actual fresh burgers - not frozen patties! I was thrilled. Both of... More 

Thank Brian L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 00:00
11:00 - 01:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
11:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
08:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3506 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311-2306
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-255-0433

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