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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
Louie's Wine Dive - Des Moines Ratings and Reviews
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).
We have a mixed review. We were in town for an evening and we enjoy seeking out quality, unique places to eat. Here is what we ate:
* Deviled Egg App: Excellent. You get 5 half eggs (not sure what happens to the 6th).
* Meatball App: Very good flavor. Mushrooms were good.
* Dinner Entree #1: STEAK DEBURGO, $22. This was so-so. Very chewy piece of meat.
* Entree #2 was worse: SHRIMP TACOs.... this was excruciatingly hot. When we ordered the server said they are a bit spicy, which we really like. But it was painful to eat them. Just not a good pairing as an entree. (It's very easy to making something crazy uncomfortable to eat....a bit more difficult to make something zesty and yet a joy to eat).
Another plus of the evening was a cocktail we had. The WALDO Cocktail with Bulleit Rye was very good.
Overall, our experience was "fine". We'd probably seek out other options next time, or just have some appetizers and drinks -- which would have been a great choice for us.
The restaurant is part of a small midwestern chain, but it's very un-chain like. It is located in a strip mall in Des Moines just west of the Drake University area. Very good selection of wines by the bottle and glass in a middle-price range, just as the name suggests. The three food items we had (BLT deviled eggs, sesame crusted tuna, and 4 pork gnocchi) were all excellent. The only drawback is the ambiance, which is more sports bar and less nice wine bistro. Most of the seating is at the bar and high-top tables, with only a handful of regular tables available. I'd recommend going on a nice day as the outdoor seating looked much more pleasant than what was available inside.
This was my first time at Louie's and I have to say that I was very pleased with the experience. The food was out of this world! I am very picky with how I cook seafood and the Salmon there was just fantastic. The staff was very welcoming and accommodating. Will definitely be returning soon!
Our brunch experience was good. The food, although not "to die for" as described by a foodie and cooking/baking enthusiast, was overall good and the foodies and picky eaters in our group all were able to find something they liked. We all recommend the bloody mary's and bread pudding. Our only note of caution would be the noise level for sensitive ears, the music and conversations from other tables lead to a higher than desired noise level for some in our group.
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