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Spaghetti Works

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310 Ct Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-2210
+1 515-243-2195
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11:00 - 21:30
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phoenix
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649 reviews
182 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 200 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I didn't choose this restaurant to eat, but I joined a colleague that wanted to visit. The décor is from the 70s with vintage posters, tiffany windows and memorabilia. The drink menu was fine, but the pizza was unsatisfactory. The pizza was laced with too much cheese and even from a visual perspective did not look appetizing. The odd part... More 

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Thank chicago90Phoenix
SpagTMC, SMM at Spaghetti Works, responded to this review

Hi chicago90Phoenix, We're sorry our pizza wasn't up to par for you. If you would like to reach out to our GM, we'd love to make it up to you. Jon can be reached at the restaurant - (515) 243-2195 - or via email at jscholl@spagworks.com. Thanks, Spaghetti Works More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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190 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great salad bar with many options to chose. The beer cheese and naked sketti is my favorite! Never had a bad mixed drink here either. Always check what is going on downtown for entertainment before deciding to go here or you might be waiting a long time. If you have the time, worth the wait.

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Thank Tammy C
Badger, Iowa
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a recommendation to my daughter. We had attended an event in the area and looking for a kid-friendly place to eat. Boy, what a disappointment! If you order a special, the serving is as small as if you ordered off the refillable portion of the menu. I had the angel hair with alfredo, a small dish, and couldn't... More 

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Thank Traci S
SpagTMC, SMM at Spaghetti Works, responded to this review

Hi Traci, We're sorry to hear about your unsatisfactory experience with us. If you would like to reach out to the General Manager, Jon can be reached at the restaurant at (515) 243-2195, or via email at jscholl@spagworks.com. We would love to hear how we can improve. Thanks, Spaghetti Works More 

Ankeny, Iowa
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251 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017

When I have teenage boys that are hungry, this is one of the two places I can take them and be sure they will get filled up for a cheap price. The spaghetti is good and you get free refills. The salad bar is above average and always restocked with big bowls of fresh greens. The beer is cheap and... More 

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Thank david_hance_iowa
North Branch, Minnesota
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6 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Got the three cheese tortillini.....really!?! Looked like tortillini you can buy premade at the grocery store. The sauce is lack lister in flavor. And if you are a grown man, plan on ordering pizza right after because the portion size is ssmmaaallll. Portions are definitely not for sharing. My kids got chicken fettuccine alfredo. Plain, plain, plain food. Zero flavor!... More 

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Thank Janell F
Iowa
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109 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

My daughter and I enjoyed a yummy meal here last night. Their salad bar is tasty and we both had the spaghetti with meat sauce and spicy marinara.

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Thank LCHS1972
West Des Moines, Iowa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

All-You-Care-To Eat Pasta! Nice Salad Bar, and the wait staff is very responsive. Every time I have eaten there, the staff has been very Friendly and attentive. The food options are plenty and the prices are very reasonable. I would recommend this place without any hesitation. The atmosphere is also unique and friendly. Thumbs Up!

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Thank Michael K
Des Moines, Iowa
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115 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016

When this restaurant first opened, the sauces were amazing and the noodles were cooked perfectly. We were there the other night. First plate was spaghetti. The noodles were overcooked and "mushy". I ordered bow tie pasta for the second plate. These were also overcooked and "mushy". The sauces are definitely not as delicious as they once where. The hot naked... More 

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Thank mitchdsm
Chicago, United States
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117 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Spaghett Works is not like Spaghetti Market that it used to be. Food was not as zestful or very warm Service was on point as much as could be with 50 kids in the house.

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Thank REIKE P
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

Great waiter and the best Spaghetti and awesome toppings. The salad bar is pretty cool, located in the bed of and old pickup. The sea serpent on the wall is very unique and a topic of conversation for the grandkids.

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Thank NanaElvis

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian, American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 21:30
Monday
11:00 - 21:30
Tuesday
11:00 - 21:30
Wednesday
11:00 - 21:30
Thursday
11:00 - 21:30
Friday
11:00 - 22:30
Saturday
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 310 Ct Ave, Des Moines, IA 50309-2210
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-243-2195

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?