Des Moines patios: How to find outdoor dining this summer
People in Des Moines know that with warmer temperatures, dining outside is a must, and this city is full of restaurants with outdoor patios. Take advantage of this beautiful Iowa weather and enjoy your next meal 'al fresco.' Brian Taylor Carlson/The Register
Summer is just days away, and restaurants and bars around town have been busy sprucing up their patios for the warm months ahead.
Open-air dining is a must, especially when the sun is shining. And many places are serving lighter summer fare. Here's a dozen al fresco dining options for all tastes, diets and price ranges.
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This two-level patio has a great view of the downtown skyline. Mullets' breakfast has been a local favorite since 2010. Dine on omelets, sandwiches and burgers. Mullets also serves barbecue from Woody's Smoke Shack, another Des Moines favorite.
Location: 1300 S.E. 1st St., Des Moines
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.
The Wasabi family's three sushi restaurants have become a Des Moines staple. At its newest location in Waukee, sushi lovers can enjoy rolls and sashimi in the open air. And non-sushi lovers can join them by munching on dumplings, satay and fried rice.
Location: 9500 University Ave., West Des Moines
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 9:30 p.m.; Friday, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4 to 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, 12 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12 to 9 p.m.
Gilroy's Kitchen + Pub + Patio
Gilroy's boasts one of the largest covered patios in town. And this place has no problem filling every table with diners enjoying breakfast, lunch and dinner. A brunch buffet is served on Saturdays and Sundays with bottomless bloody Marys and mimosas as an option.
Location: 1238 8th St., West Des Moines
Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 7:45 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7:45 a.m. to 12 a.m.
This Beaverdale eatery has become both a neighborhood favorite as well as a sought-after dining destination. Reed's Hollow has a patio on the ground level and another one upstairs. The popular beet fries and shaved turnip blossoms are perfect for a warm summer evening. But keep an eye out for its pop-up brunches.
Location: 2712 Beaver Ave., Des Moines,
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 3 to 11 p.m.
The patio at Proof by Pappajohn Sculpture Park has great ground-level views of iconic Des Moines landmarks. With daily drink specials and chef Sean Wilson's whimsical, ever-changing menu, the scenery gets better and better. Snack on charcuterie, boiled peanuts and batter-fried cauliflower. Or try a hand-crafted cocktail.
Location: 1301 Locust St., Suite C, Des Moines
Hours: Tuesday through Friday 4 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 5 to 10 p.m.; closed Sundays and Mondays.
Info: (515) 244-0655
Enjoy unobstructed views of the man-made lily pond with the backdrop of the downtown Des Moines skyline beyond. Chef Lisa LaValle's organic, locally-sourced garden goodies abound in her corner of the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden. Treat yourself to a pasta salad and a glass of prosecco.
Location: 909 Robert D. Ray Dr., Des Moines
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; closed Mondays.
Bubba's new patio looks to be quite the elegant spot to experience elevated Southern food and some mint juleps this summer. Enjoy deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes and some fresh new salads created by Bubba's new chef, Courtney Oberender. Bubba's brunch is a must-try.
Location: 200 10th St., Des Moines
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday. 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday, 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Exile Brewing Company
Exile Brewing Company's Beer Hall & Garden is the downtown restaurant and brewery's newest addition. It's a great sunny spot to hang out with Ruthie, Gigi and Hannah, three of its original brews, or sample a seasonal selection. Salted pretzels with soft beer cheese, Cajun steak salad and grilled portobello sandwiches are perfect beer garden fare.
Location: 1514 Walnut St., Des Moines
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; closed Monday.
Open for just over a year, Iowa Taproom's patio has become a popular place to sip on one of over 100 local beers on tap. Try the Iowa ham balls with grilled pineapple, a veggie grinder, or nine different kinds of wings.
Location: 215 E. 3rd St. #100, Des Moines
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Sultry nights call for some Latin American flair. Malo's patio serves up sangria and salsa in a city setting. Sip on a Pisco sour while tasting tacos, tamales, or an order of tot'chos with queso, cheddar cheese, carne molida (ground beef), pico de gallo, pickled jalapeños and a chipotle crema.
Location: 900 Mulberry St, Des Moines
Hours: Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.