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.
Private Party Facilities:
Djust say Django for your next corporate or social gathering. Sit back, relax and let the experienced restaurant professionals take care of all the details! The restaurant offers a number of private and semi-private spaces perfect for every type of event. Private banquet rooms are available for groups with up to 60 seated guests. Contact a manager for more details.
Private Party Contact:
email@example.com: (515) 288-0268
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
Excellent service and a good variety in the menu make this a great place for social gatherings with newer friends or family with a range of appetites. The dining room, when full, is a bit noisy for easy conversation. We had a late reservation, so by the end of our meal it had signifIcantly emptied and noise level came down. Appetizers: calamari was above average, muscles a bit weak in flavor. I ordered the boullibase, which was delicious. Porkchops were excellent, with sweet potatoe mash substitute for the side. Salmon orders were well cooked, dishes were very plain but decent. If in Des Moines. I would definitely return for a meal with friends or family.
Non-Iowans should take note, we moved here from Miami and San Francisco and have previously lived in DC and Chicago. Django is easily one of the top French restaurants in the states, both due to the inventive yet authentic seasonal menu, and the amazing attention to detail paid by the chef.
The zero corkage fee makes for especially fun evenings, and the cheese plates are to die for. This isn't just a regional gem, but a nationally competitive spot for Provençal cuisine in particular.
Right now they are doing a national tour and we came for the Champagne seasonal menu. Absolutely amazing.
Django is Des Moines' best restaurant, and beats any French hotspot even in Chicago, hands down.
The food was good, our waitress was the problem. I have never had an empty drink for more than 20 minutes until Django. It wasn't just my table it happened to the whole line I was on was experiencing the same thing. Our waitress would disappear for 40 minutes in the back and when she finally came out of the back walked right passed me and my empty drink multiple times. Nice lady just slow with the service and really fast with the check.
Service: Our Server was attentive & knowledgeable. 5 ☆ Atmosphere: It seems to be appropriate for small or large groups. Causal or dressy is fine concerning dress code. It gets pretty loud, but it didn't bother our group, but I could see how other guests may not enjoy that. Food: I really enjoyed the Brussel Sprouts & Onion Soup. The other members of my group enjoyed the Escargot and Oysters. I did not enjoy my Caesar salad as the lettuce was frozen, however I did not mention it to the server. The other members thought the scallops were a bit undercooked. Overall: We had a nice time & great service. The food was just okay for the price. We were a group of four & our bill was $250.00 with tip. I will probably go back, but it won't be a routine visit.
I am very disappointed with Django. This is the third time that I have visited and each time has been a completely different experience. Initially the food that I had gotten there was phenomenal, however each subsequent time the food has been a disappointment and this occasion was no different. Not only was the food a disappointment but the service was dismal. I understand that we were there on a Friday night and this will be a much busier day of the week, however we sat for 10-15 minutes before our server came to greet us for the first time. After that, we waited 30 minutes for our food (that is completely fine with me!) however, during the 30 minutes we waited, we were served no bread (this restaurant is known for their wonderful bread!). When we asked if we could have some bread, we were given an exasperated answer "Again, the bread is in the oven and will be coming out shortly." Again? We only asked one time and we were incredibly polite about it. The server was obviously stressed and overwhelmed by the number of tables he had that night and we weren't on the top of his list. As I mentioned previously, the restaurant was incredibly crowded that night - which is great for them! We did make a reservation well over a week in advanced and upon our arrival, were given a tiny table in an incredibly awkward space near two double doors that peered into a large party room that was also in the walk way between rooms in the restaurant. While I thought third time could be the charm, this visit to Django did not impress me in the slightest and I have no interest or intent on visiting again.
As always the food was amazing! We had a group of 10 with people ordering steaks to burgers it was all fantastic, the drinks and appetizers were great, a little slow coming to the table with the first round of drinks but it was a Friday and it was busy so we can over look that. Can't wait to go back!
Wait staff was highly inept. 20 minutes just to get wine. Further, server unable to multitask only able to concentrate on a particular, loud-mouthed, four top.
To top it off, when asked to get a to-go container, waitstaff took the food and never returned. Pathetic.
django is an event restaurant—people go there for special occasions. Ironically this doesn't bode well for the food. Much of what arrived at our table was made many hours earlier—it seems to be the only way the kitchen can cope with the number of table turns on a weekend night. We do like bringing our own wine but our bottle left with the server and did not return for fifteen minutes. We like the idea of warm bread but not uncooked warm bread. The crab cakes hid in a lifeless crust of crumbs and were just barely to temperature. The ratatouille which wasn't altogether bad, came with eight slices of toast. The scallops were rubbery and not really at home on a mound of mashed potatoes. Likewise the salmon which was on a mountain of mashed potatoes as well—kind of the theme here. Generally the portions were too large to finish which says something about the restaurant's attitude toward the value of their food. It's a shame the way institutions like django can loose their passion for cooking when it seems they've got it made. Celebrants tend to take the restaurant's quality on faith and once they get the check are hesitant to call it anything but a great success. We would like django step back and take a look at what it has become and then get to work serving those whose trust should be rewarded.
This is probably the nicest place I have enetertained guests in DesMoines. Entertained some guests starting with Happy Hour at bar- outstanding oysters, meat/cheese plate.- good local craft beer. Ambiance, presentation, service, and pace of meal all excellent- great jazz background music at just the right volume. Nice wine list and outstanding apps (give the duck frites a try), entrees, and desserts. All three clients thanked me for such a nice meal and evening. I believe the evening exceeded all expectations of all- me included (and I have been here before). The people of Des Moines, or visiting Des Moines, are missing an excellent restaurant experience if they have not been to Django.
Django is one of my favorite restaurants in Des Moines. There are so many really, really great restaurants in Des Moines and we enjoy trying the new places. But, Django is definitely one we keep going back to. Something I value, in addition to Django's superb food, is the ambiance. I don't care for loud, noisy and brightly lit places where it's difficult to talk. Django is perfect for a romantic meal, but it has a lively atmosphere, as well. Although, our service has always been great, Alex is our favorite. He gives over 110% to make sure everyone is satisfied and happy with their dining experience.
The waitress was very helpful in assisting us with what was good and what we could pass on. I had been there before, but my sister and mother had never been to a french restaurant so they wanted to be more "adventurous" and the waitress really helped with that while also catering to our more "simple" tastes. The atmosphere was very cozy and elegant. Would definitely go back.
Wow - super impressed with Django and their non-pretentious Fresh cuisine. We stopped on a Thursday night when there were a couple of events in Des Moines, so they were hopping. We had a 6:30 reservation and were promptly seated, but about 60% of the restaurant was winding down on their meals and getting ready to depart soon. A larger group was seated by us so it was pretty loud since this is an older, high-ceiling building, but it calmed down a lot after the throngs left.
We did have to wait a few minutes for our waitress to arrive given the groups that were getting ready to leave, but we got our drink order in, got fresh, hot bread delivered to the table, and were settled in nicely. The wine list is very good with a varied selection that should please almost everyone. There is NO corkage fee, so if you have a bottle to bring, it'll make it a bigger bargain. My wife had a nice Malbec and I ordered a martini, which was expertly crafted and delicious.
On to the food. My wife got the smaller salmon salad, which you will see from the picture was a good-sized portion. The salmon was prepared perfectly and topped with veggies, apples, pistachios, and a delightful lemon-crème fraîche dressing that all came together perfectly.
I had the Beef Bourguignon, which I figured was a good choice since we were at a French restaurant, and it was amazing! The beef was tender and their were plentiful carrots, pearl onions, and mushrooms in the creamy, well-flavored red wine sauce. The bowl was filled to the brim with the delightful blend of pasta and beef, and I was able to tackle half of it, leaving a wonderful lunch for the next day.
Our server was excellent and the atmosphere is really neat - they've kept the look of the old building nicely while creating a delightful dining experience. Make sure you get a reservation if there are things going on downtown, but make sure to stop and give it a try.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner Thursday night at Django's restaurant celebrating a special 90th birthday. Our table in the front by the windows was lovely and quiet. We enjoyed great conversation over delicious menu items and the wine which we brought. Our server was attentive, without being too much, and paced the meal perfectly for our relaxing evening. It was one of the best experiences we've had at Django's and anywhere in Des Moines.
the only thing that i wished that was better was to have the 2 tables connected. Felt bad for the other table because they were missing out on conversations. Overall the food and atmosphere was good. definitely go again for brunch and bringing more champagne next time :)
Django is our favorite restaurant in Des Moines! We just moved here from the Bay Area and I have to say, Django tops the best places in San Francisco, and at a reasonable price. The food at Django is truly authentic with a slight bias on the menu for provinçal and Rhône Valley cuisines. The staff is always incredible, the food always amazing, and the ambience always divine!
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Please don't interpret my four-star rating as negative in any way. I figure a five-star rating should be pretty rare.
We haven't lived in the Des Moines area for very long so we're still checking out the restaurant scene. So far, I rank Django as a favorite. We had a table of four and chose four different entrees (Seared Sea Scallops, Pork Tenderloin Roulade, Hanger Steak and Coc au Vin) . Everyone was thrilled with their selection. Service was wonderful and it was relatively easy to carry on a conversation without shouting.
We will definitely return.
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