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About Django Restaurant
ALL FRENCH – NO ATTITUDE
Django is a comfortable, brasserie-style restaurant offering everything you love about French cuisine without the attitude. The restaurant features classic French dishes such as Steak Frites and Duck Cassoulet, as well as fresh salads and juicy hamburgers made with house-ground beef. At the heart of Django is the interactive chef station. Located in the center of the restaurant, this large bar offers patrons a place to order jet-fresh seafood such as oysters, shrimp, clams, mussels, and seafood plateaus, alongside cheese plates, cured meats, artisan bread and house-made desserts.
Des Moines, IA 50309
French, French American, American
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Thursday: 11:00am - 10:00pm
Friday: 11:00am - 11:00pm
Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am - 9:00pm
Between Walnut & Mulberry
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Street parking is available throughout the area as well as public lot parking. The Davis-Brown Tower, located on 10th St. directly across the street from the restaurant, as well as the Allied-Nationwide parking facility, located directly behind the restaurant, offer parking to the public for free on evenings and weekends.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Django Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
I wanted a light meal and ordered a salad and the mussels muliniere. Both the dressing on the salad, and the sauce on the mussels were low in flavor - too bland. The server was attentive and helpful. The manager checked in several times and when I commented about the flavorless sauces was apologetic - and comped me a dessert (creme brûlée) which I took to-go, and was very good. If I lived in the area, I would return for another attempt as the service was impeccable.
I go to Django all the time, because the atmosphere makes it perfect for anything from a casual brunch to a classy anniversary dinner. The food is always perfect, and the service is always good. The duck confit is amazing, and anything with frites is also recommended.
Our server was wonderful and she did her best with way too many people to cover. She was especially helpful in helping our decisions of what to order since it was our first time at Django. The wait time was pretty long but we were visiting family that we hadn't seen in a while so it was fine.
We had a great experience at D'Jango last weekend. The service was top notch. She helped us select our charcuterie platter and was berybknowledgeable about all the menu items. Everyone had a great meal as well as dessert! I had the coq au vin and while the church Coen was cooked to perfection it was really too salty! Other than that everything was spectacular.
I love Django but this time was not the best. I decided to try the special, a chicken with fingering potatoes and cabbage dish. It was coated in a heavy and tasteless"gravy". Disappointed but we will be back based on previous experiences. Stick with the Parisian gnocchi as it's the best dish ever! Service and atmosphere were excellent as usual.
Transport to a lively bistro scene in France when you enjoy a cocktail at the bar or a meal in one of the different sections of the dining room. Enjoyed a well-blended French sidecar ($10) served in a sugar-rimmed glass garnished with lemon. The mushroom crepes with a touch of goat cheese and spinach were served with a flavorful red pepper sauce.
We are new to Des Moines and this was one of the first restaurants my husband and I tried when moving here a year ago. It was really great from the food to the service to the ambiance. Our second visit was less remarkable and this time it was downright not enjoyable. I think there were only 2 or 3 servers, it took 15 minutes to get our bar drinks and then when my food came it was lukewarm (and I ordered the scallops). Our server was gracious and the only saving grace at this point; although he had a new order made (much better and hot), no manager or anyone seemed to care about our experience. We decided to order dessert, the chocolate pot de creme - awful! It was like a bowl of ganache (hard frosting) with whipped cream. We were sat right next to another table for 2 near the bar and it was hard to hear each other. Way too expensive for the experience. Three strikes and your out for us!
I have always had flawless service at Django and have been going there for years. Last year for my ninth wedding anniversary we had the greatest service I have ever received from a restaurant, and we went back a for Valentine's Day as a result.
However, last Thursday, for our tenth wedding anniversary, we did not receive the normal level of service we have come to expect from Django. We had a reservation and when we showed up they wanted to sit us in an area we were uncomfortable with. We requested a table in a different area and the host denied our request advising he had parties reserving both areas we tried requesting. However we made the best of it were there for several hours and the areas we had requested always had tables available. The food was flawless as always, however the service was slow, especially for drinks although the restaurant was nowhere near busy. We also saw the staff standing around doing nothing very often while we were waiting to be served.
To be honest, we tried not to dwell on it, but after going through my receipts and realizing we spent over two hundred dollars for two people and received subpar service(especially from a place which we expect the best from) I was very disappointed. Nevertheless our anniversary was wonderful the food was great and we will probably not hold it against Django because we just love going there and don't want to let one bad experience ruin it for us.
The duck was exquisite.
This was our first time here. The atmosphere is good and the food was very good. However, our meals were considerably delayed (others who were seated after us had their meals delivered) but out waitress explained to us that our order slip was placed behind a large party. I would return again to try other entree options. We had the pork tenderloin and Coq au Vin.
Great drinks, wonderful service, waitress bumped my martini and was back in a minute to top it off. My friends all thought their food was spectacular. My hanger steak that I ordered was one of the best prepared steaks of my life. This has quickly become my favorite place in Des Moines for friends gatherings. At the end of the meal my friends fork fell against his shirt she walked back with clean linens and soda water. I haven't experienced or seen this kind of service in Des Moines.
We chose Django for our first 2017 DSM Restaurant Week dining experience because it was a tried-and-true place for all of us. Perhaps because it was Sunday night, the food was disappointing, particularly the entrees - just not up to Django's regular standards. Plus they were out of spoons so we had to eat our creamy dessert with a fork.
Our party of three ate lunch during restaurant week. Two ate off the restaurant week specials, both enjoyed there meals. I had Eggs Benedict off the regular menu, the hollandaise sauce was quite good and the eggs were well poached. This was a good meal for us.
As our tradition we had our anniversary dinner at Django and our customary favorite dishes. We always go early enough to enjoy Happy Hour for the oysters and shrimps. Unfortunately their prices have risen to $1.50 apiece, but still beats regular pricing. I did have to ask for raw horseradish and search out an oyster fork. My wife always order the seared Ahi Salad and as usual served with a generous piece of ahi. Unfortunately she forgot to specify very rare. The menu description is rare, but more like medium. She also replaces the dressing with the regular balsamic vinegarette dressing. I enjoyed a small steak salad, which also had a generous piece of medium done hangar steak. I too forgot to specify rare. It's good to be still distracted by love!!
I've enjoyed many lovely meals here over the years, but this week with my daughter visiting from far away, we realized the reports we had from Lusaka, that quality was way down, were true. We chose to ignore the warnings based on our many good meals here. The onion soup itself was gloppy. The beef on my daughter's salad was dry and gray, must have been cooked hours if not days before. My steak frites, a cheap and nasty piece of beef that looked more slow cooked than done as any French style steak should be. The sauces that used to be fine, and authentic, were worse than any made with, say, a powdered package such as Knorrs. Not even a speech of tarragon in the Bernaise. The Bordelaise, gloppy too and no discernible flavor nor aroma of a red wine reduction. The fries, soggy. The salad grossly over dressed.
. The server a nice woman and she'll verify i tipped her 20%.
. I know a bartender there personally, very sharp woman. And the man preparing a charcuterie plate i think is same experienced man. But, oof, the dinners were TERRIBLE food!!!
Service was good, however not as good as in the past. Food was OK, better in the past. The Bearnaise sauce was very bland and almost like a watered down queso sauce. Sauce has been better in the past. Homemade biscuits and gravy were good, however the biscuits this time were dry and chewy.
We shared the dinner beet salad, which was excellent. We came for the Seafood platter that we enjoy each time we visit. The latte and coffee was better than expected. The chocolate pots de creme were large and of a high quality chocolate. We had excellent, attentive, friendly service.
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