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.
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:
Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Django Restaurant Ratings and Reviews
The poutine was amazing! That is the onl ...
The poutine was amazing! That is the only reason I give 2 stars to the food section of this survey. I know escargot can be a little gritty at times but this was a mouth full of sand and dirt. I've never cooked them myself but it's my understanding that this occurs of not purged properly. Maybe it was just a one time purging issue. We had the chefs choice cheese and charcuterie board which I felt was basic Brie, manchago, and Gorgonzola. Maybe I'm a snob but when I order cheese at a restaurant I want something other than items I can pick up at the local grocery. The next dish I had was the goat cheese and spinach Mac n cheese. Really runny and needed seasoning. This too might not be fair because I'm from Louisiana and we spice everything up a bit. I love goat cheese and spinach but wasn't impressed with the dish. The service was phenomenal and the what seemed to be house made bread was on point!
Django never fails to impress. Whether ...
Django never fails to impress. Whether lunch, dinner or brunch I can always count on delicious food, gracious service and an enjoyable experience. It's the little things, like substituting all berries for fresh fruit. A perennial favorite.
The occasion was our wedding anniversary ...
The occasion was our wedding anniversary, so we always prefer our favorite, comfort restaurant and the choice was Django. My wife loves the Tuna Niçoise Salad with balsamic vinaigrette. The ahi is always rare, but often the grill was not truly hot to properly sear. There are several endearing aspects of Django and the first is their happy hour that feature $1/oyster. On this day the oysters were amazing and I was sorely tempted to have a second (and third) platter, but unfortunately Happy Hour ends at 6PM. So instead I settled on dinner of Roasted Beet Salad and a new item, Parisian Gnocchi. Even the small beet salad was an ample fill of greens and roasted beets, a definite change from a salad at home. The Parisian Gnocchi was wonderfully prepared with just a hint of hot & spicy with flakes of red pepper. Another endearing feature of Django is no corkage fee, so we always like to bring our favorite wine from our cellar, which keeps from an astronomical bill to ruin the evening. The service at Django can have a full range, typically depending on how many other patrons are demanding of the waiter. But there are a few, who manage their station so smoothly and this evening we had an excellent waiter, which made the dining experience a delight, just like our marriage.
We went to Django to celebrate my wife's ...
We went to Django to celebrate my wife's birthday. As always, the food, service and atmosphere were wonderful. The Brussels Sprouts appetizer was fantastic. I had the Coq Au Vin, which was perfectly prepared. Everyone was very pleased with the food and service. We go to Django several times each year, and it's always a treat.
The food and service were fantastic. Rea ...
The food and service were fantastic. Really tough to beat anywhere in Des Moines. It was pricey, but definitely worth it the few times a year we go. There were less expensive options, but for a special occasion we went for the best.
Food as always was top notch! Can't go w ...
Food as always was top notch! Can't go wrong! They had their amazing cucumber spicy martini on their season special. Had the filet and it was cooked to perfection. The diner had the burger with egg on top-amazing. Our all time favorite thing is the chef's choice cheese platter and the poutine? I would just eat the poutine as the meal!
Our waiter was awesome and patient with ...
Our waiter was awesome and patient with us since it was our first time there we took a little longer looking over the menu but he didn't mind at all.
We both had baked style dinners which were piping hot and very delicious. The atmosphere is very intimate and that makes it nice for having a romantic dinner. The lights are dim and although it can get a bit noisy with so many people talking, the tables are far enough away from each other that you don't feel like you need to yell to be heard. For dessert we had the crème brulee, probably the best I've ever had.
The portions were pretty big so we took ours home.
I have eaten at Django many times which ...
I have eaten at Django many times which is why I recommended our party of 6 (ended up being 5 due to a late cancelation) celebrate a friend's 50th birthday there. To begin with, the server was very poor as she didn't introduce herself, didn't mention any specials, acted like she would rather be somewhere else - very unfriendly. The onion rings with Curry Ketchup were good, but otherwise the food was bland. One friend ordered the Beef Bourguignon, which he has enjoyed many times before and said, "something changed and it was not good and ate 50% and left the rest"; another friend ordered the Ahi Tuna salad with dressing on the side and received not only a salad with dressing on it, but also the wrong salad - which was exchanged. I ordered the Macaroni Gratin, which I have thoroughly enjoyed before and found it lacked flavor and was runny, not thick and cheesy as in past dining experiences. The waitress did bring a complementary chocolate dessert with a candle which was tasty. Overall, I was embarrassed that I recommended Django to my friends, one of whom had never dined there before. Needless to say, I will not be going back anytime in the near future as there are many more enjoyable restaurants that will gain my dining business. Sincerely, Leslie Jurgensen
I got the filet and asked for medium rar ...
I got the filet and asked for medium rare, which came out overcooked. Broccolini reeked of garlic and was nearly inedible. Caesar salad was bland and nearly undressed. Very good cocktails at the bar. Ambiance was nice, if not a little dated, until I noticed the bare concrete in spots on the floor.
In the past, we had eaten at Django quit ...
In the past, we had eaten at Django quite a few times and really liked the food. About 3 years ago, we decided to try the brunch and were quite disappointed. We decided recently to give it another try for brunch. We have to travel two hours to eat in Des Moines and were really looking forward to this. We were first disappointed by our beverages, Django used to make a wonderful Ginger Mojito. They no longer have it on the menu but instead of telling us that, they tried to improvise and the result was terrible -- we sent them back and were later told by the manager, that they couldn't get the right syrup. When our food arrived, it was certainly less than stellar. It was lukewarm at best and not very tasty. My husband's biscuits and gravy had one very small piece of meat in it. The manager did come over to speak with us and offered to get us a dessert or something in place of what we had. He was quick to note that we had an unhappy experience in the past so I'm sure we are now branded "complainers." That is not the case -- we give generous credit where credit is due, but with a plethora of delicious restaurants in Des Moines, we will not be returning to Django for brunch.
Our waitress was able to answer all of o ...
Our waitress was able to answer all of our questions perfectly, was timely and friendly. Food portions were more than I expected and everything was absolutely delicious. One of the best parts: you can bring in your own bottle of wine and they'll open it and pour it for you. For an upscale restaurant you really can't beat the value.
With all of the turnover and expansion i ...
With all of the turnover and expansion in Central Iowa's dining scene, it can be regretfully easy to overlook the anchor restaurants like Django. Don't. For anyone who dines out regularly, Django must be on your permanent cycle. The variety will make each visit a new adventure, while the attention for details - ambiance, service, the "in another world" factor - make it worthy of regular visitation.
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