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, 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'd been to this restaurant before, and ...
I'd been to this restaurant before, and I found it to be good at the time. So I brought a colleague. This time, the food was bland and uninspired. The chopped salad didn't seem chopped at all, and my filet had little to no taste. You go to this restaurant for the food, because the ambiance is poor. Cold fluorescent lights offer in a dim, drab look to lovely woodwork and carpentry that's all seated on a floor pocked with chips and missing floor tiles seemingly filled in with cement. In the bathroom, a roll of toilet paper sat next to the sink where you might expect a basket of towels in a restaurant of this calibre, and the faucet hung loose and wobbled by just touching it. This will be my last visit until and unless this place gets an overhaul. FWIW, the service by our waiter was efficient and friendly, but that alone can't make up for the restaurant's other failings.
French "without the attitude" could not ...
French "without the attitude" could not be anymore false. The hostess seemed irritated and our waitress was terrible. She did not listen and took the wrong order, and she removed the wine list immediately and never brought it back. The food was average, nothing special. Great ambiance and decor but I will not be coming back.
They were busy that night but our waitre ...
They were busy that night but our waitress did a good job and was fun. The noise level not good for a romantic night but really fun of your with a group. The food is typical of a French Bistro and very good. However, my husband has the lamb chops which were a special item. They were thick cut. One was delicious the other very fatty.
Both food and service were fantastic. Th ...
Both food and service were fantastic. The salmon was juicy, flaked apart nicely, and the sauce was delicious. In addition, the whipped potatoes were some of the creamiest I've had.
While we felt a little bit underdressed when we arrived, we didn't feel judged one bit.
Oh, and the poutine was glorious. A little odd that it came with the smallest fork I've seen in the wild though...
My wife and I are long time customers an ...
My wife and I are long time customers and have generally enjoyed eating at Django. We enjoy the food (they actually have poutine on the menu) and the atmosphere. The restaurant has a very generous corkage policy and we normally purchase a bottle of wine at Costco before dinner. This way we sample interesting wines at a very fair price when we have dinner at Django.
However, things didn't go well on this visit. Problems started before we arrived. We had to call and reschedule our reservation from 7 to 8 pm and the person we spoke to misheard our name and rescheduled another diner's reservation. When we arrived we didn't have a reservation but a table was found for us. We were seated in a private dinning area that is somewhat isolated from the regular restaurant which, along with our late reservation, might have contributed to the problems described below.
My grilled salmon was very good, and hot, but the accompanying potatoes and vegetables were just barely warm enough to eat. The soup I ordered was also just warm enough to eat ... any colder and I would have turned it back. My wife ordered French Onion Soup and said that she preferred her soup without any croutons. The soup that was delivered looked nothing like French Onion Soup, didn't taste good, and my wife asked for it to be replaced.The second bowl was much better. A manager eventually came over to ask about our dinner and we described our problems. He replaced my asparagus with a warmer and larger order and offered us a free dessert as compensation for our problems. The restaurant didn't charge us for the soups we ordered and while this was generous we much would have preferred a trouble-free experience with hot food properly prepared.
We expect that this experience was an aberration and we will certainly dine here again.
Our recent visit for brunch before the t ...
Our recent visit for brunch before the theater was a great experience. Our server was attentive without being overbearing. He was knowledgeable about the menu and described each dish in a way that had us salivating. The food was fantastic and I appreciate the locally sourced food.
Django is our favorite Des Moines restau ...
Django is our favorite Des Moines restaurant and one we especially enjoy for Happy Hour with $1/oysters and $5/draft/wine. We decided to have my birthday celebration, since kids seem to enjoy their selections. My wife loves the restaurant because of their Tuna Niçoise Salad. The salad was originally (5 years ago?) served with a delightful balsamic vinaigrette, which for some odd reason got switched to a classic vinaigrette (oil & vinegar), but she has always been able to get the balsamic substitute. Surprisingly this visit it didn't seem possible. The salad was prepared perfectly (seared but raw center tuna) but with classic vinaigrette. When we requested again the balsamic vinaigrette, we were told there was only a balsamic reduction (awful). My wife doesn't like to create waves, but I could tell she was not enjoying her salad as usual, so I finally sought out the manager (afterall Django is about French cuisine), who quickly corrected the error and had the delightful balsamic vinaigrette provided. All the other entrees of burgers, lobster gratin and kids' mac&cheese were delightful. I am glad to confirm Django continues to have delightful balsamic vinaigrette and the management is quick to correct any problems. Perhaps Django can return serving the Tuna Niçoise Salad with choice of classic or balsamic and avoid any future problems. Oh yes, remember that birthday celebrants receive a free dessert. Unfortunately my wife had already prepared a special pecan pie, so I had to forego the pleasure of Django's vast dessert choices.
I hadn't been to Django for quite awhile ...
I hadn't been to Django for quite awhile. Happy I tried it again and am looking forward to
A return visit. It's a French Bistro menu and included all the wonderful things you expect to see. Our food was delicious and our waitress helpful and pleasant. We never felt rushed.
This was a great accidental find ! We ...
This was a great accidental find ! We stayed in town for a Drake visit the next day and decided to hit a local restaurant the evening before. Delicious ! would go again and wish it was closer ! awesome fresh seafood; also appreciated the cheese and charcuterie plate. Just overall a great restaurant.
I would NOT recommend this restaurant to ...
I would NOT recommend this restaurant to a friend. The restaurant had the romantic setting I was looking for, but it was loud and I had to shout to be heard. The entrée options were sparse, the portion sizes were small, and the food was not good. It was extremely expensive, and I was expecting more food and better taste for what I paid for it.
Great service! He gave us the perfect am ...
Great service! He gave us the perfect amount of time between courses. Gave good suggestions for meals/drinks. About the only drawback was the CHAIRS! Quite heavy, and made a loud, screechy noise whenever they were moved. Not enough to give a poor review, but enough to remember moreso than most other aspects of the restaurant.
Excellent as always, I had the Burger Au ...
Excellent as always, I had the Burger Au Poivre, which is one of my favorites, but what you really can't miss out on are their soups. Tomato bisque everyday, and some awesome daily specials. Oh, and then dessert. It is a French place after all.
Great waiter. Great range of food/prices ...
Great waiter. Great range of food/prices (works for a tasty $10-12 burger/sandwich just as much as some nice $40 medallions). It's a large space, and if the place isn't full, my experience was that they spread you out so you don't feel packed in. Great place if you you want some proper meat, but your partner wants good vegetarian options. We'll be coming back for sure.
The food was very good and we enjoyed it ...
The food was very good and we enjoyed it very much. For that reason we would try it again.
However, the service was terrible. Our waiter spoke very fast and with the noise, he was hard to hear. The food came out very slowly and our waiter never stopped by to keep us updated on its status. When one of the entrees arrived, it was wrong and the soup was not hot at all. We waited a long time for the correct entree. We finally had to ask to talk to a manager about the poor service. They did comp us for some of the meal but the overall service problems made for a poor experience. Communicating with the diner would certainly help. Not sure what the problem was that night.
The food was awesome but pricey. We were ...
The food was awesome but pricey. We were very impressed with our server - very friendly, gave excellent advice and recommendations. I would give her an A plus! The only negative would be noise level. It was very hard to have a conversation.
This was the first time I had a so-so me ...
This was the first time I had a so-so meal from Django. I ordered the pork loin and pumpkin stuffed ravioli, not a fan of the ravioli and the pork loin was dry. I ate about 4 pieces of the pork loin and tried only one piece of the ravioli. The restaurant was great about compensating us on my dinner. My husband had the sea scallops which were wonderful along with the asparagus, but felt the abundance of mashed potatoes was a bit much. We will go back again, although this particular meal was less than satisfying.
The food is always good at Django, the s ...
The food is always good at Django, the service is hit or miss. This past time we went it took several minutes for a waiter to come to our table. She wasn't quick to refill our empty drinks and it was not busy while we were there.
No matter what we try (we WANT to try ot ...
No matter what we try (we WANT to try other items on the menu, but LOVE what we ALWAYS order) it is ALWAYS PERFECT!!
The food is INCREDIBLE!
VERY BUSY and while that assures it will always be in business, it is somewhat lacking in service.
NOT THAT THE WAIT STAFF AND MANAGERS ARE NOT AWESOME, it is almost always a wait to get the water glasses filled, or the bread is forgotten or the time to order is long ...
My girlfriend and I loved our experience ...
My girlfriend and I loved our experience at Django! The food and atmosphere was really good. What made the experience amazing was our waiter. He was kind and genuine and really interactive. Five out of five stars for sure! We will be coming back!
Was one of my favorite restaurants in th ...
Was one of my favorite restaurants in the Des Moines area. We brought a bottle of wine with us and despite being told three times they would decant it we opened and poured it ourselves. Ordered food only to wait 50 minutes for it to arrive...some cold. The meal lasted 2 hours and 15 minutes. By the time we finished we were wore out. George needs to spend more time at this location....it's not what it once was.
Django is our go-to date night location. ...
Django is our go-to date night location. The no corking fee is a huge draw, but the food is always amazing. The burgers are fabulous and my favorite, Filet Rossini, is always cooked to perfection! The seasonal squash soup was a pleasant surprise and the brussels sprouts appetizer is a must try!
Our Favorite Go To Place 👍 We both trav ...
Our Favorite Go To Place 👍 We both travel in our jobs/families,
We both love Django! Service is usually good but iffy...
The food is Always Solid, Always Great! Duck Fries!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Awesome Vibe and very comfortable,
Great Happy Hour, Metro Classy.
My niece ran the Des Moines marathon and ...
My niece ran the Des Moines marathon and I was in charge of organizing a family brunch spot for people of all ages and food likes and dislikes. I am not from Des Moines so I relied on Open Table for suggestions. This was a GREAT one! And, being a group of 9, we could get a table for all of us at the time we needed. The food was great, tho my bacon was missing from my crepes. I specifically ordered that dish because it had bacon . We were busy eating and talking and I kept looking for it inside but it just wasn't there. I got to wondering had I just imagined that it was in the dish so I didn't say anything but as soon as I got to the car I got on the phone and looked it up and yes, there was supposed to be bacon ....oh well, my fault for not asking. Everybody's food was fabulous and I think we all had something different. We all decided that we would love to return when Des Moines is the destination again. Thanks for the suggestion!!
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