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
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.
Nice ambiance. I thought the food was go ...
Nice ambiance. I thought the food was good. Poutine and bread were yummy. Coq au Vin was just ok. Person in my party had Tuna salad, which was good, however she found a piece of plastic wrapper (such as from meat wrapping) in her salad greens. We put it aside thinking it was not a big deal and did not mention it to the staff. For dessert she had chocolate ganache cake. Being a French restaurant, the expectation for superior pasteries and "ganache" was high. This dessert was not what I expected, and tasted like a microwave cooked mug cake made from a Pinterest recipe - blah flavor and microwave cake texture, certainly not smooth not ganache. But here's the bigger problem: the same guest who found the plastic in her salad choked I a piece of hard, sharp plastic that came from the ganache cake, which looked like a piece of broken Tupperware (she was being treated to the dinner out for her birthday :( ). This time we did point it out to the staff and treated with minimal concern and recourse (20% discount). While the first foreign object found in the salad was not that big of a deal to us, having a second piece of sharp plastic in the cake was very disconcerting. The odds of this sort of issue while dining out are so rare, but having it happen twice in the same meal in very different dishes, makes me doubt the cleanliness of their kitchen and makes me second guess if I want to return there to dine again...
The service was very slow. We had a gro ...
The service was very slow. We had a group of 4 and an adjacent table of 4 arrived 15 minutes after we did and they got their food first. The manager brought only three of the 4 meals out and we had to wait for the 4th. Two salads, a bowl of soup and a burger took over an hour to deliver.
I had to get up from our table and go talk to the gentleman at the front desk so he could go find our food. The manager did not offer any discounts or apology. Have lots of choices for lunch downtown, will probably not go back.
We were seated right on time, the server ...
We were seated right on time, the server Roy was pleasant, was knowledgeable about offerings, and worked the group well. We were able to enjoy a leisurely meal with friends and did not seem to be pushed to order or to finish (which was wonderful). Slightly noisy but seating accommodated this placement. The seafood crepe was A plus and different entrees were tried and enjoyed. A great experience which we will repeat soon.
drinks were really good food was good ex ...
drinks were really good
food was good except for the pasta dish , (some kind of mac n cheese) a friend ordered he didn't like it I tried it and it was bland and kinda watery should not have made it's way onto the menu.
We had a wonderful time "discovering" this gem in Des Moines. The food was superb, the service was some of the best we've had recently, and the atmosphere was relaxed and cozy. I'd highly recommend this restaurant to anyone wanting a quiet dinner, great food, and a place to spend in the company of a loved one.
We were looking for a nice location on a road trip. The menu had a good selection and variety without being unfocused. All courses were well timed. Service was appropriate, attentive without being intrusive.
Restaurant was clean and comfortable. The noise level was a bit high, but we were between two larger groups. The restrooms were clean, but needed some attention, from the staff.
Nice atmosphere, OK food
This restaurant has a nice atmosphere and that was all for us. We made a reservation and they took us to the back at an awkward middle table going past many nicer open tables so that was a bummer. Anyway, the steak medallions were overpriced and extremely salty and I'm a savory person. The scallops were perfect, but the mashed potatoes in the center - I'm not sure what this mess was even supposed to be - like they took all the leftover veggies and mixed them in mashed potatoes - gross and didn't compliment the scallops well. Hubby had 2 beers, I had 1 glass of wine, no appetizers, no dessert and our bill was $130. When the waitress asked how our meal was, I kindly indicated the salty steak/potato feedback, and she didn't really care so I'm not sure why she asked. Next time in Des Moines, we will pick a different hot spot.
Great restaurant, slow service
Our server was wonderful, which was lucky because the past few times we've had some really subpar servers, unfortunately...We keep going back because we DO love the food. This time we brought some newbies with us, after months of telling them they MUST visit. As I said, we loved our server, but our entrees took an exceptionally long time to arrive (as in, we watched other tables be seated after us AND served their entrees before us), and when they did arrive, one of the newbies' steak medallions were not even hot. Even calling them "warm" is being generous. She felt bad about sending her dish back...but really - room temp steak? No bueno. I hope they will give it another chance...but the whole entree situation was not a great impression for first-timers.
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