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Spaghetti Works

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310 Ct Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-2210
+1 515-243-2195
11:00 - 22:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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Des Moines, Iowa
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190 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great salad bar with many options to chose. The beer cheese and naked sketti is my favorite! Never had a bad mixed drink here either. Always check what is going on downtown for entertainment before deciding to go here or you might be waiting a long time. If you have the time, worth the wait.

Thank Tammy C
Badger, Iowa
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a recommendation to my daughter. We had attended an event in the area and looking for a kid-friendly place to eat. Boy, what a disappointment! If you order a special, the serving is as small as if you ordered off the refillable portion of the menu. I had the angel hair with alfredo, a small dish, and couldn't... More 

Thank Traci S
SpagTMC, SMM at Spaghetti Works, responded to this review

Hi Traci, We're sorry to hear about your unsatisfactory experience with us. If you would like to reach out to the General Manager, Jon can be reached at the restaurant at (515) 243-2195, or via email at jscholl@spagworks.com. We would love to hear how we can improve. Thanks, Spaghetti Works More 

Ankeny, Iowa
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212 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 January 2017

When I have teenage boys that are hungry, this is one of the two places I can take them and be sure they will get filled up for a cheap price. The spaghetti is good and you get free refills. The salad bar is above average and always restocked with big bowls of fresh greens. The beer is cheap and... More 

Thank david_hance_iowa
North Branch, Minnesota
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6 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Got the three cheese tortillini.....really!?! Looked like tortillini you can buy premade at the grocery store. The sauce is lack lister in flavor. And if you are a grown man, plan on ordering pizza right after because the portion size is ssmmaaallll. Portions are definitely not for sharing. My kids got chicken fettuccine alfredo. Plain, plain, plain food. Zero flavor!... More 

Thank Janell F
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109 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

My daughter and I enjoyed a yummy meal here last night. Their salad bar is tasty and we both had the spaghetti with meat sauce and spicy marinara.

Thank LCHS1972
West Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

All-You-Care-To Eat Pasta! Nice Salad Bar, and the wait staff is very responsive. Every time I have eaten there, the staff has been very Friendly and attentive. The food options are plenty and the prices are very reasonable. I would recommend this place without any hesitation. The atmosphere is also unique and friendly. Thumbs Up!

Thank Michael K
Des Moines, Iowa
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115 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

When this restaurant first opened, the sauces were amazing and the noodles were cooked perfectly. We were there the other night. First plate was spaghetti. The noodles were overcooked and "mushy". I ordered bow tie pasta for the second plate. These were also overcooked and "mushy". The sauces are definitely not as delicious as they once where. The hot naked... More 

Thank mitchdsm
Chicago, United States
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116 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Spaghett Works is not like Spaghetti Market that it used to be. Food was not as zestful or very warm Service was on point as much as could be with 50 kids in the house.

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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Great waiter and the best Spaghetti and awesome toppings. The salad bar is pretty cool, located in the bed of and old pickup. The sea serpent on the wall is very unique and a topic of conversation for the grandkids.

Thank NanaElvis
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Went with a large crowd, service was good. We thought food was dry. Hubby had lasagna and I had Alfredo, lots of noodles and not enough sauce

Thank Terri R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 310 Ct Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-2210
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-243-2195

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