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About Louie's Wine Dive - Des Moines
Louie’s Wine Dive is obsessed with really good grapes, creative gourmet comfort food, and a funky fun atmosphere to share it in. We search all over the world to find you great wine, many of which come from our relationships with small, lesser known vineyards, at a great value to our guests. Wine is supposed to be Fun, not pretentious, so let us know when you taste that new varietal and how it changed what you thought wine was supposed to be.
Our gourmet comfort food is made fresh using eco friendly and local ingredients whenever possible. As for the fun, we instigate it but count on you and yours to see it to fruition (literally through the fruit!). It’s meant to be your place, so please enjoy...and if you enjoy it as much as we do, grab one of our unique bottles to share at home.
Des Moines, IA 50311
Contemporary American, Wine Bar
Hours of Operation:
Monday: 4pm-10pm (Dinner Only)
Saturday: Brunch 9am-2pm, Dinner 2pm-11pm
Sunday: Brunch 9am-2pm, Dinner 2pm-8:30pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Louie's Wine Dive - Des Moines Ratings and Reviews
Happy this spot is in the neighborhood but service always seems to be a bit off. There either are not enough servers or they are not well trained. On a recent night, our favorite waiter rescued us when he saw that we had been sitting for over 15 minutes without water drinks or menus! This recent trip we had a pleasant young man who made a mistake with my companion's order, when we brought it to his attention he said he would bring the correct side, but never did, and then did not comp us. Not a big deal - but annoying.
Poor experience this time compared to the other times I have dined here. Went for my birthday, server knew it was my birthday and I even stated it in my reservation. Yet nothing about my dining experience was special. Food was subpar, I could have gotten the same tacos at a taco truck for less than half the price. I honestly wish I would have spent my birthday somewhere else. Warning: don't come here for a special occasion, go somewhere that's actually special.
I was disappointed in the mediocre everything about Louie's. The patio was too noisy due to the busy location near an intersection. The server seemed new and wasn't personable, but adequate. The food did not stand out as something special enough to match the prices. We had tacos, patatas, diablo pasta and beignets. All items were seasoned too much or not enough and in essence was average. The beignets were too doughy. The guacamole was good.
Surprisingly, the wine selection was unique and the wines we had were just okay. We also got inconsistent pours between my girlfriend and I (she got about a 4oz pour and mine was closer to 7oz and they were in the $12/glass range).
I didn't feel I received the service or food quality for the price. We tried it and won't return.
Louie's is our go-to for friends to have great conversation, wonderful wine and good food. The staff always make excellent wine and food recommendations. We moved to accommodate a group -- we offered, the staff didn't ask -- and the manager brought us each a glass of sparkling wine in thanks. Very classy customer service.
NOT HAPPY WITH WAITRESS WHO SEEMED LIKE SHED RATHER BE ANY PLACE ELSE AND BROUGHT OUR ENTREE ABOUT 5 MINS AFTER APPETIZERS IN AN OBVIOUS ATTEMOT TO TURN THE TABLE. FOOD WAS EXCELLENT AND A NUMBER OF VERY GOOD OPTIONS ARE GLUTEN FREE AND DAIRY FREE WHICH MEET MY RETSRICTIONS DUE TO FOOD ALLERGIES.
Terrible service. Drink orders were slow but the problem was when it took more than an hour to get our food, even though the server knew we had tickets to a show. Manager was not apologetic. Food arrived weirdly overdone yet cold at the same time. It was like something went wrong between the server and the kitchen. All could have been better if the manager would have handled it well. I had to ask for a discount off the bill. I really want to like Louie's for a lot if reasons. They have one of the best gluten free menus in the city. But I have a hard time getting anyone to want to go there with me because of all the problems we've had in the past.
Have been eating there for a long time... on this occasion i ordered the shrimp and grits...te portion was small, three shrimp and some sauce served in a tiny frying pan and the thing was... it was warm, not hot. The shrimp were cooked perfectly but the grits were warm almost cool. I figured it was an off day but i doubt I'll have the shrimp and grits again.
The restaurant seemed unprepared for the Mother's Day Brunch crowd. We waited almost an hour after ordering to get our meal (45 minutes for the appetizer). This was disappointing as in the past we have always had a good experience here. It is time to look for someplace new to go.
Our waiter was very attentive, they had very nice background music, and the wine and food was outstanding and a great value for the price. It appeared that they had remodeled it from the last time we had visited this location, as we had gone to the now closed Waukee location most recently. Would definitely consider going back here again and appreciate the convenience of using Open Table.
We went for dinner with a group of 6 of us. Our service was perfect, just the right amount of attention. Our server also was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine selection. My husband has celiac and loves the GF fish and chips. I had pasta that I believe was made in house and was tossed with a pesto cream sauce. Delicious! I highly recommend Louie's.
I had lunch here around 1pm a couple weeks ago on a Saturday. The patio was nice and the waitstaff was friendly and attentive. The restaurant menu was small and primarily built around brunch. It would have been nice if there were more actual lunch options other than a chicken sandwich or a salad. With that being said, I'd definitely go back if I were wanting actual brunch instead of lunch.
We went for Easter Brunch. We sat inside near entrance door which was busy. They do have a patio but it was full. Waiter was friendly & prompt but cooks were overwhelmed. It was disappointing for our family brunch. We will go again & see if situation improves!
The food menu was very unique. We shared the brussel sprouts, squeaky cheese and salmon wedge salad, all were very good. The wine list was not quite as extensive as I would have expected and the markup appeared to be rather high. Our waitress was not well versed in the wines and could not recommend or offer up much advise. We chose to go with the low-end Pinot Noir from Gallo which I assumed came from the Modesto/Lodi region. All-in-all it was a good place for dinner prior to going to The Playhouse.
The food was delicious, and the wines we tried were very good. The wine menu makes it easy to select a wine that pairs well with whatever food you're ordering. The service was great, and the atmosphere was pretty nice. It was mostly quiet enough for a conversation, but it did get a bit loud when more people in larger groups were seated next to us. My only complaint is that the prices are just a smidgen higher than what I expected based on the quality of the food and the décor (which was still very good), but really only minimally higher, like a few dollars here and there. I will definitely come back here in the future.
A group of three of us dined here for brunch on a Saturday as a little birthday celebration. It was perfect. They had carafes of mimosas of varying flavors; they even gave the birthday girl a special bottle of wine as a treat. The service was up to expectations, and they didn't rush us out the door—rather we were able to linger and enjoy our girl time together. For brunch, I recommend the breakfast flatbread - it could even be a great appetizer (filling and large).
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