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Hessen Haus

101 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309-4741
+1 515-288-2520
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good37%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“schnitzel” (17 reviews)
“schweinshaxe” (5 reviews)
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German, Bar, European, Pub, Central European
$$ - $$$
101 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309-4741
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place is awesome! We've been here several times, and have never been disappointed. Sometimes they have Live polka bands and they always have Das Boot (a giant glass boot of beer to share with the table). Stop by and enjoy the fun atmosphere! Definitely...More

Thank kaylaandsilas
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We always have a great time at Hessen Haus. Great atmosphere and the servers, bartenders, etc. always have been friendly. It can get a little busy on the weekends but there is also outdoor seating. Make sure to try Das Boot if you're with a...More

Thank Jessica F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We initially stopped here on a Saturday night and struck out. The place was packed, the servers were rude and/or ignored us, and they don't seat their customers so it was very chaotic. Also very loud - more like a college bar than an authentic...More

Thank Jeff K
Reviewed 13 July 2017

This place has gotten buried since last time I visited. New apartments, condos, parking ramps and a grocery store really hide the location these days. The long, hallway type of space is furnished with heavy wooden tables and accompanying benches. The sound level (at 6:00...More

Thank timiniowa
Reviewed 12 July 2017

My family ate dinner at Hessen Haus while visiting Des Moines. We truly enjoyed our dinner and the beer choices. We were a bit disappointed that there was no German music playing. So we ate our schnitzel to Led Zeppelin instead. Valerie was our server....More

Thank christine n
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Great food! Not just German food, so don't hesitant about trying it. They have something for everyone. The atmosphere is awesome - like the beer halls in Germany. There are smaller tables if you just want to sit with your group. Or, you can sit...More

Thank eshar0n
Reviewed 2 July 2017

Good German food and wide selection of beers. Problem is the beer menu has 1/2 liter as the least amount you can get. I could only drink half of it and when she returned she asked if I didn't like it, I said it's just...More

Thank namickey
Reviewed 12 June 2017

We only came here for drinks with a group of friends, but we had a blast and there is tons of character here. We ordered the steins :) Make a trip to do this once in Des Moines!

1  Thank Christina S
Reviewed 6 June 2017

All food we have had is very good or tasty especially the pork or chicken schnitzel, pork shanks, reuben sandwich, bratwurst & more. Prices are fair. All the vegetables (red cabbage, sauerkraut, fries, etc) are very tasty. Favorite employees include: Tommie, Brea, Jacqueline, Rob, Rhianon,...More

1  Thank Kevin K
Reviewed 5 June 2017 via mobile

Lots of German items to choose from on the menu. Huge beer menu to pick from. Very loud and boisterous inside.

1  Thank john l
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Matt B
27 January 2017|
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Response from davidjensen399 | Reviewed this property |
We were there on a Friday night and there were people there with children. It was around 7pm. Had not gotten to rowdy yet.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
German, Bar, European, Pub, Central European
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 4th St, Des Moines, IA 50309-4741
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-288-2520
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