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Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge

2400 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-5234
+1 515-288-2246
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  • Excellent47%
  • Very good27%
  • Average13%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible7%
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Italian, Pizza, American
$$ - $$$
2400 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-5234
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is the place to go if you want to eat like we did in the 70's. My house salad was mostly iceberg lettuce that was overdressed. I tried the special, which was rigatoni. I was initially grateful that they didn't bring out one of...More

Thank Tim S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had hosted a small graduation party from Drake University in 1982 for my family. It was perfect. I recently returned to the area and had guests from St. Louis. They have a strong Italian heritage and hosted us on "the Hill" there. The Hill...More

Thank mbook14
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I'm very sorry we didn't live up to your expectations the night you and your guests joined us. When we welcome new servers to our team we'll always make sure they feel supported on the floor. During their early days, we appreciate your patience as...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Came late one evening as this place was a suggested restaurant. Claiming to be "The Pizza King since 1946", the self titled description does no justice to their food offerings. If you like crunchy Onion Rings, come here! I also had the Italian Sausage Sandwich....More

Thank Robert L
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Robert, it's great our cooking blew you away. It was a pleasure welcoming you to our restaurant. From the onion rings to the cannoli, I'm glad to hear we're doing things right in the kitchen. See you soon for more cannoli! -James, Owner

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Noah's Ark is an older Des Moines Steak House. It has a neat old-style steak house decor. The food was awesome! We had a steak/potato and pasta dishes that were delicious. Big portions - we both had leftovers. Excellent service, big menu, and reasonable prices....More

Thank kymkessler
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks so much for taking the time to write us -- I appreciate all your support. It's great to hear we're getting our flavors just right. The team and I are looking forward to welcoming you back next time! -James, Owner

Reviewed 28 August 2017 via mobile

Was here with a large group while visiting Des Moines for the first time. The menu is largely Italian American but has a smattering of other items like deli food too. I went with the Calabrese lasagne which is more of a rigatoni casserole. I...More

Thank LDGM
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 2 September 2017

It was a pleasure having you over, but I wish our cooking could have impressed you more. We're proud of our many offerings, and hope you come back so you can try even more from our kitchen. -James, Owner

Reviewed 24 July 2017

While growing up in Des Moines, Noah’s was the place to go if you really wanted to impress a date. And they’re still packing them in! The wall mural depicting Noah’s Ark and all the animals two by two is still there, the ceiling is...More

Thank William D
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 31 July 2017

Thanks so much for all your support over the years, William. Guests like you mean so much to us. We're looking forward to many more wonderful meals together! -James, Owner

Reviewed 5 March 2017

I had the beef/noodles my friend had the fettucine. Buns here are always fantastic. My beef and noodles were very good but kinda watery. My friend had a HEAPING plate of fettucine. Overall great place for lunch.More

Thank phartman72
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 8 March 2017

It's great the beef and noodles and buns hit the spot. We're always looking for ways to make our cooking even more enjoyable, so I appreciate you mentioning the consistency of the broth. The team and I hope to see you again soon! - James,...More

Reviewed 16 February 2017

Since ownership went to the kids/grandkids, the quality went south. This is a very popular place, but it is so based on the past, not the current. Used to go a lot and just took the family for my son's birthday...the pizza was pretty good,...More

Thank Warren J
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 17 February 2017

It was a pleasure celebrating your son's birthday with you guys, Warren. Tradition is very important to us, so we'll always do our best to maintain a high standard of service and food, just like our parents taught us. That said, I'm sorry your other...More

Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Pleasant place for family dining. Food was great & service excellent. Waitresses & waiters actually seemed to enjoy their job & the busy night & were smiling to each other & the customers.

Thank Richard D B
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 13 February 2017

We strive to make our restaurant as family friendly and server friendly as possible, Richard -- it's great you appreciated that. Here's to many more meals together! - James, Owner

Reviewed 21 January 2017

I attended with friends and ordered the Veal Mozzarella which came with a small side dish of spaghetti. I found the dish to be excellent and very tasty. The rolls arrived warm and the creamy Italian dressing on the salad was also very good. A...More

Thank torpdo
James L, Owner at Noah's Ark Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 January 2017

Torpdo, thanks for joining us -- so glad you enjoyed everything! Thanks, also, for leaving us some feedback about your water. I'll pass this along to the team! Hope to see you again soon, James, Owner

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$28
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 11:00 PM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2400 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-5234
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-288-2246
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Noah's Ark serves great home-style Italian food and delicious Neapolitan style pizza in Des Moines, IA.
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