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The Des Moines metro is full of restaurants and venues that are ready to help you celebrate your spirited events and parties. Whether it's a wedding, holiday party, office celebration or reunion, the metro can make it happen.

From small, intimate groups to gatherings of 300 or more people, each place has something to offer and can work with you to customize your events.

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Be sure to call well ahead of time to book and set up your food and beverage services, as each venue is different. Some places offer in-house catering while others have their own preferred caterers. Depending on if you'll want a sit-down dinner, a buffet or passed hor d'oeuvres, Des Moines venues have you covered in all tastes and budgets.

Here's a list of restaurants and venues where you can make the most of your upcoming soirees and get-togethers: 


Location: 1312 Locust St., Des Moines

Contact: (515) 283-1312;; Facebook

Details: Americana lives up to its name in cuisine and dècor. Private lunch and dinner parties can be booked for groups of 10 or more. Americana's banquet room can accommodate up to 300 guests.


Location: 644 18th St., Des Moines

Contact: (515) 244-1353;; Facebook

Details: This restaurant inside a lovingly restored Victorian mansion in the historic Sherman Hill neighborhood is a Des Moines landmark. Aposto can accommodate 16 guests in a private wine loft with a personal chef with $1,500 minimum on a closed day or $1,000 minimum during normal business hours; or 15-60 guests for a sit-down dinner Sunday through Tuesday with a $2,500 minimum or a $4,000 dinner for Wednesdays and Thursdays (the restaurant closes for large parties). Private lunches and brunches start at $1,000 minimum.

The Atrium at Capital Square

Location: 400 Locust St., Des Moines

Contact: (515) 508-0829; tworivershospitalitygroup.comFacebook

Details: The Atrium at Capital Square is an open, 8-story space perfect for your giant-sized dinner party for 500 people or a cocktail party for up to 750 people. Catering is managed by Two Rivers Hospitality Group. Capital Square is on the same block as Cowles Commons and is located in the heart of downtown with easy access to the skywalk system.

Bash Events and Catering

Location: 1312 Locust St., Suite 101, Des Moines

Contact: (515) 330-2848;; Facebook

Details: Bash Catering and Events is located in the historic Chamberlain building — just steps away from Western Gateway Park. This elegantly modern venue with its original tin ceiling and penny tile floor has a capacity or 350 for a sit-down dinner and 400 for a cocktail style reception or event. Bash provides full-service in-house catering and off-site catering at other locations. You can choose a customized dining experience — a buffet and tapas or “station-style" catering as well as plated and served meals using fresh, local ingredients.

Big City Burgers and Greens

Location: 400 Locust St. #195, Des Moines

Contact: (515) 537-8433;; Facebook

Details: Big City Burgers and Greens has the ability to elevate its minimalist space from a burger joint to an event space accommodating 80 people for a seated dinner with a custom-tailored menu of organic cuisine and up to 200 guests for a cocktail party.

Bricker Price Block

Location: 105 S. Chestnut Ave., Earlham

Contact: (515) 758-3980;; Facebook

Details: The first floor of this lovingly-restored building in Earlham is where you'll find The Hare & The Hound, the preferred in-house caterer. Upstairs, discover the Hadley Family Social Club with classic arched windows, tall tin ceilings and refinished wood floors — a beautiful setting for parties, receptions, weddings, dinners and corporate meetings for up to 140 guests.


Location: 200 10th St., Des Moines

Contact: (515) 257-4744;; Facebook

Details: Bubba has become synonymous with Southern hospitality and can accommodate 20 people in a party room off the lounge and groups of up to 70 in the upstairs mezzanine. Food and beverage minimums are required based on party size. 


Location: 1003 Locust St., Des Moines

Contact: (515) 248-1780;; Facebook

Details: One of Des Moines' premier spots for Italian-inspired dishes, Centro has become known for hosting private events throughout the year. Centro boasts seating for up to 80 guests or 150 for a mingling reception-style event.  

The Conservatory

Location: 315 E. 5th St., Des Moines

Contact: (515) 599-7787;; Facebook

Details: Located in the middle of East Village, this 5,000-square-foot ballroom can accommodate 275 guests for a seated dinner and over 421 for a cocktail reception. Staff is on hand to help with plenty of catering and bar options to make your event one-of-a-kind. 

Cosi Cucina Italian Grill

Location: 1975 N.W. 86th St., Clive

Contact: (515) 278-8148;; Facebook

Details: Cosi Cucina has been a favorite destination for Italian food since 1993. Reservations are taken for parties of six or more, with large group reservations possible depending on dates and time. The chef will work with groups of more than 20 people to create the perfect menu of Italian specialties for your holiday party. 

Court Avenue Brewing Co.

Location: 309 Court Ave., Des Moines

Contact: (515) 282-2739; courtavebrew.comFacebook

Details: Court Avenue Brewing's dining area is broken up into several options to suit your private party needs. The executive dining room looks out over the Court Avenue District and accommodates up to 18 guests. The private banquet room can host parties of 25 to 45 and a cocktail and appetizer room hosts 60 to 90 people. And in the main dining room, you can book a party of 25. A variety of menu packages are available. 

The Cub Club Restaurant at Principal Park

Location: Principal Park, 1 Line Drive, Des Moines

Contact: (515) 280-2650;; Facebook

Details: The indoor Cub Club can accommodate 100 people for dinner and 150 people for a cocktail party. There is a 25-guest minimum for all events held outside of the restaurant’s normal business hours from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

Curate by Taste! To Go Catering & Events

Location: 322 E. Court Ave. and 4700 University Ave., Des Moines

Contact: (515) 277-8646;; Facebook CurateFacebook Taste! 

Details: Curate is a 6,000-square-foot event venue in Des Moines' East Village that has the look and feel of an art gallery with a patio and 500-square-foot private mezzanine that looks down to the event floor. All catering, bar service and party planning is provided by Taste! To Go Catering and Events, which took Best Local Caterer of 2018 in CityView. Taste! can also cater private events at venues throughout the Des Moines metro, Ames, and even Iowa City.

Decades Event Center

Location: 1208 Grand Ave., West Des Moines

Contact: (515) 224-5732;; Facebook

Details: With over 5,000 square feet with seating for 275 people, Decades Event Center is a great place for a big party with a sit-down dinner or a mingling-style event. There's a full-service bar and sound system for use, and there's even an elegant, antique Bentley that can be rented. Your choice of catering can be arranged by the in-house planner. A discounted holiday rate of $750 is in effect from now until February 2019.

Des Moines Embassy Club and Embassy Club West

Location: 666 Grand Ave., Des Moines; 520 Market St., West Des Moines

Contact: (515) 244-2582;; Facebook

Details: With two locations — one at the top of the Ruan Building and one in West Des Moines — the Embassy Club can handle any size or kind of event. With in-house catering available, the downtown spaces can accommodate 22 to 225 people for a sit-down dinner and more than 400 for a cocktail party, and the West Des Moines spaces can accommodate 40 to 380 people for a sit-down dinner and up to 425 cocktail-style.

Des Moines Social Club

Location:  900 Mulberry St., Des Moines

Contact: (515) 369-3672;; Facebook

Details: The Des Moines Social Club is housed in a renovated, historic art deco 1930s firehouse for a perfect alternative to the typical venue. With 12 different room options, DMSC can host anything from a 5-person meeting to a 300-person dance party. A multitude of artist contacts can wow any party — from aerialists, private cooking class chefs, break dancers, live graffiti artists and belly dancers, to name a few. Your choice of caterers can be arranged and a 33 percent "Register discount" is in effect from now until January 1, 2019.

The District Venue

Location: 1350 S.W. Vintage Pkwy., Ankeny

Contact: (515) 441-1001;; Facebook

Details: Located in Ankeny's Prairie Trail, The District can accommodate up to 350 guests for a wedding, party or event. An in-house chef can cater on- or off-site events. The District provides the setup and breakdown of everything — from linens, tables, chairs and even decorative centerpieces for the tables.


Location: 1420 Locust St, Des Moines

Contact: (515) 288-0268;; Facebook

Details: This relaxed French eatery has seating for up to 56 guests or 70 for a mingling reception-style event.

Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar

Location: Jordan Creek Town Center, 150 S. Jordan Creek Pkwy., West Des Moines

Contact: (515) 457-2916;; Facebook

Details: Fleming's has three private rooms available in the evening and the main dining room is available for lunch events. Food and beverage minimums can vary depending on the time of year, though they average as follows: the Goldfinch room seats up to 22 for a $1,200 minimum; the Wildrose room seats up to 36 for a $1,800 minimum; and the Prairieview room seats up to 70 for a $2,500 minimum. All rooms are available for breakfast or lunch events and meetings including the main dining room for a minimum of $500. Fleming's can accommodate up to 200 guests. Look for holiday indulgence packages.

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The Fletcher Full Service Kitchen and Bar

Location: 1802 N. Ankeny Blvd., #100, Ankeny

Contact: (515) 963-9632; the-fletcher.comFacebook

Details: Go for some innovative comfort food served in a laid-back atmosphere. The Fletcher in Ankeny can accommodate 75 people for a seated dinner or more than 100 for a cocktail-style reception in the private space off the main dining room called Denny's Room.

Forté Banquet and Conference Center

Location: 615 3rd St., Des Moines

Contact: (515) 333-5057;; Facebook

Details: This conveniently-located downtown space is managed by Baratta's and can accommodate groups from 20 to 750 for any special event. There's even a dance floor. Food and beverage services are handled on-site and free parking is adjacent to the venue.

Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden

Location: 909 Robert D. Ray Drive, Des Moines

Contact: (515) 323-6290;; Facebook

Details: Surround yourself with tropical foliage and blooms for your special events. Between three unique meeting rooms, chef Lisa LaValle's Trellis Café and the tropical plant-filled domed Conservatory, the Greater Des Moines Botanical Garden can accommodate 10 to 220 people for your party with a dedicated event staff. Rental rates start at $250, and approved caterers include Trellis Café, Tangerine Food Co., Embassy Club and Gateway Market. There is even free parking and free wi-fi. During the warmer months, outdoor space rentals are available.

The Hall at The Foundry

Location: 111 S. 11th St., West Des Moines

Contact: (515) 608-4100; thefoundrydsm.comFacebook

Details: The completion of this exciting food truck and beer hall in The Foundry building added a great party venue to historic Valley Junction. Guests order individually from the rotating food trucks. Tables can be reserved for parties of 20 or more. Limited bookings for the entire space can be made in advance for 280-plus people. 


Location: 303 E. 5th St., Des Moines

Contact: (515) 244-1213; hoqtable.comFacebook

Details: HoQ in Des Moines' East Village has been serving farm-to-table experiences for six years. Its new private dining space can host groups up to 30 people for a seated dinner or 40 for a cocktail reception. Cut the main dining room can accommodate groups up to 70 people for a seated dinner or 85 for a cocktail reception. These spaces can be combined to host larger groups. Rental fees apply for groups to reserve the private and/or main dining room with coursed or reception-style menus, along with beverage options. 

The Iowa Taproom

Location: 215 E. 3rd St. #100, Des Moines

Contact: (515) 243-0827;; Facebook

Details: Since its opening in March 2016, The Iowa Taproom has become one of the places to go in Des Moines for the largest selection of beers on tap and gastropub fare. The Joliet Room accommodates 50 guests for a seated dinner or 75 for a cocktail reception, and the larger Marquette Room seats 200 guests or 300 for a cocktail-style party. 

Jethro's BBQ

Locations: Five locations in the metro have private party rooms with the exception of the original Drake location.


Details: Because what's a special occasion without barbecue? Most of Jethro's locations have private dining rooms, seating 38-96. And each location has a different food theme like Jambalaya in Waukee, Bacon Bacon in West Des Moines and LakeHouse in Ankeny. Be sure to call in advance to arrange for use of Jethro's private dining rooms.

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Location: 900 Mulberry St., Des Moines

Contact: (515) 244-5000;; Facebook

Details: For classic Mexican cuisine in an upscale dining room with a modern vibe, head to Malo for your holiday celebration. With the ability to book events through the Des Moines Social Club, Malo has dining flexibility for groups up to 80 for a seated event and 100 for a cocktail reception. Menus are customizable for your group and there's even a private entrance.

Mama Lacona's Italian Restaurant

Location: 3825 121st St., Urbandale

Contact: (515) 270-0022;; Facebook

Details: For some classic Italian food made from recipes from generations of Des Moines' Italian community, Mama Lacona's is a great option for larger groups. Three rooms are available for booking: the Olivia Room can seat up to 12 people; the Charlie Room can seat up to 20; the Valerie Room can seat up to 70. Diners can order off the menu or the restaurant can set up customizable buffets. To book, a refundable $100 deposit is required. 

NOAH'S Event Venue

Location: 1805 90th St., West Des Moines

Contact: (515) 421-5159;; Facebook

Details: With spacious rooms and elegant environs, NOAH's has locations in 24 states. The West Des Moines location offers dining and event packages for up to 300 people for a seated dinner or 440 for a cocktail reception with customizable event spaces. NOAH's can work with you to design exactly what you need, arranging bar packages, but leaving catering and dècor choices open to your specifications.

The Republic on Grand

Location: 401 E. Grand Ave., Des Moines in the AC Hotel by Marriott

Contact: (515) 518-6080;; Facebook

Details: A new hot spot in the East Village, this top-floor venue has become the place to see and be seen. The Grand Room accommodates up to 60 guests for a seated dinner, 100 guests for cocktail style with floor-to-ceiling windows and a private outdoor terrace; Sixth Floor Outdoor Lounge — South View hosts up to 100-plus guests cocktail-style with radiant heaters for cooler months; the Sixth Floor Outdoor Lounge — West View features modern lounge soft seating, hosts up to 30 guests with fireplace and radiant heaters, weather permitting. Chefs and the event team will create a custom menu.

The River Center

Location: 320 W. Martin Luther King Parkway, Des Moines

Contact: (515) 330-1517;; Facebook 

Details: One of Des Moines's newest event spaces with a large main area and outside patio, and a 2,000-square-foot mezzanine accommodating more than 300 people for a sit-down dinner and 400-plus for a cocktail reception. It has an in-house beverage service and catering is provided by European chef Diego Critelli. 

The Riverwalk Hub

Location: 215 Water St., Des Moines

Contact: (515) 330-1517;

Details: Dine on the Des Moines River in this architectural gem. Choose from a wide array of hors d'oeuvres selections or create a customizable buffet including entrées, soups, salads, sides and desserts for your special event. Desserts are provided by Doré Bakery and bar service includes Iowa craft beer on tap, California wines and signature cocktails. Free wi-fi is available.

Rollins Mansion

Location: 2801 Fleur Dr., Des Moines

Contact: (515) 657-7288; rollinsmansion.comFacebook

Details: Located conveniently near the airport, this historic home in Des Moines is the perfect backdrop for any occasion. Choose from an in-house caterer, Delmonico, or from a list of approved caterers for your function. Bar service is provided by an exclusive liquor provider. The venue can accommodate over 350 people for a sit-down dinner on the outdoor terrace and around 300 people in the indoor great hall. About 500-600 people can be accommodated for a cocktail-style reception. A bridal suite is available, complete with full-length mirrors and couches.

Salisbury House and Gardens

Location: 4025 Tonawanda Dr., Des Moines

Contact: (515) 274-1777;

Details: The elegant architecture of this 42-room estate is an exquisite backdrop for your next private event. Full of original artwork, Salisbury House can host up to 65 people for a seated dinner with options in the Common Room, Great Hall, Dining Room, Indian Room or Historic Garage. Salisbury House provides event staff, free parking and complimentary items available for use during private events such as roundtables, high-top cocktail tables, rectangular tables, padded folding chairs and private tours of the estate. Select from a list of several approved caterers. 

The Tea Room

Location: 713 Walnut St., #600, Des Moines

Contact: (515) 336-1317;; Facebook

Details: Located in the newly-restored Wilkins building and with over 5,000 square feet and 16-foot ceilings, this venue can accommodate a seated dinner for up to 320 people and a cocktail reception with up to 385 people. A full professional commercial kitchen is available for the caterer you choose while The Tea Room handles the bar and decor.

The Temple for Performing Arts

Location: 1011 Locust St., Des Moines

Contact: (515) 508-0829;; Facebook

Details: The Temple for Performing Arts is not just a theater. The Recital Hall accommodates up to 90 seated guests (200 theater-style) with several room configurations. The Grand Hall has a variety of floor plans to choose from and seats 350 guests (450 theater-style). Catering is provided by Catering DSM.

Trostel's Greenbriar

Location: 5810 Merle Hay Rd., Johnston

Contact: (515) 253-0124; greenbriartrostels.comFacebook

Details: Trostel's Greenbriar has two private dining rooms for dinner or lunch.  One accommodates up to 35 guests and another accommodates up to 80 guests. The entire restaurant is available on Sundays. Greenbriar offers full in-house catering and service from a professional staff.

Vivian's Diner and Drinks

Location: 400 Walnut St. #101, Des Moines

Contact: (515) 282-8936; viviansdm.comFacebook

Details: This upscale-but-casual dining venue takes diner classics and gives them a modern twist. Vivian's can accommodate parties of 10 in a private upstairs lounge to events of 350 people. Vivian's is the exclusive caterer for the newly renovated Lewis Room at the Hotel Kirkwood with 18-foot ceilings. Off-site catering is also available.

West End Architectural Salvage

Location: 22 9th St., Des Moines

Contact: (515) 243-4405;; Facebook

Details: West End Architectural Salvage is more than a salvage store and coffee shop. For 11 years, West End has hosted countless weddings, baby and bridal showers as well as corporate events and holiday parties. The unique venue accommodates up to 300 guests with a full bar and dance floor.

Do you have a party space that should be on this list? Email Brian Carlson to have your venue added.

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