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Jesse's Embers

3301 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-3913
+1 515-255-6011
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good25%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
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“steak” (54 reviews)
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American, Steakhouse
$$ - $$$
3301 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-3913
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Reviewed 25 January 2018 via mobile

My husband and I have been coming to jesses embers for years! We are greeted by name by the owner every time we walk in. Marty makes it a point to say hi to every customer on a most personable level! The food is amazing...More

Thank Urban P
Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

While we waited I watched the bust employees working hard! All smiles from everyone. We felt so welcome. Marty addressed many people by first name. We had small sirloin-done perfectly. House dressing and my favorite croutons!

Thank Kim H
Reviewed 12 November 2017 via mobile

What a place, they just don’t make them like this anymore!! Great people, great food. Waitresses with notepads instead of computers, and all the food was exceptional!!! Don’t miss the onion rings, filet mignonette and broiled shrimp, and the house made salad dressings are incredible....More

Thank GadgetMedic
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

We ate dinner here. Arrived and had to wait to be seated as the place is small. But it was SO worth the wait! The staff was very helpful with menu recommendations and everyone was so nice and attentive, even with how busy they were....More

Thank Lori M
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

Very small neighborhood place ... And I'd recommend getting their early or late to ensure seating. The decor is nothing special...but the food is what you're going for. If you're wanting a good home cooked meal...stop. The beer battered lobster tail is melt in your...More

Thank e_swanson86
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

This tried and true, and quaint establishment is a must. It's not very big, but it's an extremely personable place with great food that is reasonably priced.

Thank HawkeyeFans84
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Jesse's Embers key to their ongoing success is the wait staff and the chef at the grill. Amazing and enough said.

Thank kweinhardt
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

You can't go wrong ordering a steak at this place. The grill masters know how to prepare it to the perfect temperature and the cuts of meat are some of Iowa's finest. The ambience is somewhat romantic - low lighting, some cozy booths - but...More

Thank jennifer m
Reviewed 21 May 2017 via mobile

The welcoming and friendly atmosphere is the first thing you notice. The steaks were outstanding and the service is exceptional. What a gem, go early it has limited space.

Thank Ed S
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Last week we were picking up one of our kids at the end of term at Drake. We opted for a local steakhouse that doesn't cater normally to the out-of town crowd, but apparently is the site for countless deals made by state legislators. The...More

Thank Allan S
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9 September 2016|
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Response from rebecca k | Reviewed this property |
Very affordable. My husband and I believe they are a great value for the dollar. They are consistent, good quality food, wonderful service and the owners are always there. Neighborhood feel filled with friends.
25 September 2015|
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Response from sbutler1729 | Reviewed this property |
Casual dress is fine. To my knowledge, they don't take reservations. If you go on a weekend, expect a wait. Week nights there usually isn't a wait. Larger groups may take longer to seat, most of the tables only seat 4.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3301 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-3913
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-255-6011
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