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1755 50th St, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1064
+1 515-223-6700
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good41%
  • Average20%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“grinder” (7 reviews)
“gelato” (4 reviews)
“onion rings” (8 reviews)
Open Now
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM Hours
Pizza, Italian, Bar
$$ - $$$
1755 50th St, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1064
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Reviewed 25 November 2018

The Tavern is an excellent spot if you have a large group (14 or more) and the reason I always visit this spot with my siblings and their families. Pizza's are excellent and they also have an item called a "Italian Grinder",,, essentially a meat...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Rob H
Reviewed 29 October 2018

The place smells bad. Dirty carpets. Decent food though. Service was so so. Took a while for drink refills.

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank jjose1998
Reviewed 4 August 2018 via mobile

We have been going to The Tavern for years. They have good food and consistency. Not sure what happened on this last visit(and I do mean LAST for us). They were mildly busy but I’ve been there when it was worse. A party then came...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank carltree
Reviewed 26 July 2018

Met with a large group at the Tavern. Had the chicken parmigiana. Was a good portion. Service was good. Was impressed with quality of food at the Tavern.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank John P
Reviewed 23 July 2018 via mobile

Food was very good as usual, server very attentive. But had to wait quite a while as a lot of carry out order were being picked up. Might want to prioritize orders or staffing differently.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank JamersonRocks
Reviewed 28 June 2018

A friend recommended this place. She said it was the best tenderloin she'd ever eaten and she wasn't wrong. It was HUGE and sooooo good. We always try to have a tenderloin when we come to Iowa and this is the place we'll come back...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank bonniebI3767YI
Reviewed 18 December 2017

Ate here this past Saturday. The onion rings were delicious! We tried the Chili Sting Pizza (at least I think that is what it was called.) Can you say WONDERFUL!!! Wow. We will be back to try it out again! Service was top notch. Manager...More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Robert M
Reviewed 20 November 2017 via mobile

Both the grinder pizza and sandwich are awesome. Onion rings alone are worth the trip to Valley Junction.

Date of visit: November 2017
1  Thank JamersonRocks
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

Try the thin crust sausage pizza. The sausage is real Italian and flavorful sausage. The sauce was thick and rich. We should have ordered a larger pizza. It was devoured quickly. The many flavors of gelato (8?) were a real treat. We had butterscotch, chocolate...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank lrl3
Reviewed 27 September 2017

Stopped for lunch - husband and I split the Grinder - super yummy. Wish we would have gotten the Onion Rings- they sure looked good. Nice place and excellent service.

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank Married40
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Pizza, Italian, Bar
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
12:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1755 50th St, West Des Moines, IA 50266-1064
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  West Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-223-6700
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