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Encore Pizza Co

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5775 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2811
+1 515-276-1625
11:00 - 21:00
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Des Moines, Iowa
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38 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 October 2016

I consider this one of the top five pizza places in Des Moines. Johnston is an adjacent suburb so it takes almost no additional time to get there compared to other places in Des Moines. The pizza is thin crust with a good selection of toppings. They have the only chicken pizza that I like, a great sausage even though... More 

Thank seacorp
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56 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

This is a regular and only stop for dine in or carry out pizza. Great sauce and dough make the thin crust pizza outstanding. Have not tried the pasta dishes yet. Dough is so go I buy it and take it home for home-made pizza in the over or on the grill. Nice friendly staff and good service. Definitely family... More 

Thank 114bruceb
Ankeny, Iowa
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2016 via mobile

Myself and three others stopped by for the lunch buffet. They had been there before but it was my first trip. There's nothing over the top about Encore but the thin crust pizza was very good and the salad bar, small but fresh. It appears they run a pretty lean operation with staff, but we were well tended to. I'd... More 

Thank Matt D
Ankeny, Iowa
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118 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2016

Stopped in for the lunch buffet. It was fairly busy and it seemed like only one person was working, so it seemed kind of dirty. The pizza crust was nice and crisp when first out, but it quickly lost its crisp and got chewy. Toppings were not notable. Salad bar was nothing special.

Thank IowaGirl-in-Germany
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2016

Enjoyed an Encore combo pizza and a sausage and mushroom pizza on a recent visit. Thin crust, good, fresh ingredients, well proportioned. Onion rings were also very good. Service was prompt and friendly and the restaurant was very clean. The food came out quickly and was nice and hot.

Thank John P
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 June 2015 via mobile

I thought it to be average and the wife did not enjoy it at all. We won't be returning. Average is being generous. We didn't even see where they put sauce on her pizza. However the cheese sticks were very good.

1 Thank Tim D
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2015

We ordered pizza and cheese bread to go. The food was excellent. We really enjoyed the crust and the seasonings on the pizza. The only thing keeping this from 5 stars was the girl at the counter scoffed and rolled her eyes at the $1 tip I left. It was carryout after all, and I think most people wouldn't leave... More 

1 Thank jwbradley
Johnston, Iowa, United States
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 March 2015

Encore Pizza is one of our favorites. They have a thinner crust which we prefer and while all their pizzas are good, they have a few standouts like the Encore Combination and the Chicken Alfredo. They have a lunch buffet with all kinds of pizza - even special requests. The salad bar also has some very tasty selections.

Thank 735DanielA
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 January 2015 via mobile

Good thin crusty pizza. I walked in and ordered for carry out. Was a ways away from home so pie wasn't as warm as it would have been had we been dining in, but overall was still impressed with the quality and taste. The service i received was good. Staff was pleasant and very helpful. Not a huge fan of... More 

Thank 1Bleacherbum
Johnston, Iowa
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21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 October 2014

Pizza is pretty good. Only negative is the selection is pretty limited on the menu. Service is average but the food is good.

Thank TheBandit78

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Delivery
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Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5775 Merle Hay Rd, Johnston, IA 50131-2811
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
  • Phone Number: +1 515-276-1625

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