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Waveland Cafe


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Certificate of Excellence2016, 2018 Winner

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Toasted Raviolis
Eight​ meat or cheese raviolis w/ the family’s red sauce
Onion Rings
Basket of onion rings
Chicken Wings
Eight wings w/ a kick!
French Fries
Basket of homemade fries w/ ranch dressing
Cheese Sticks
Six cheesesticks served w/ the family’s red sauce
Chicken Fingers
Four all white meat chicken fried golden brown served w/ ranch or BBQ w/ fries
With red sauce, melted mozzarella, fried peppers, & includes fries
Sausage or Meatball
16” One Topping Pizza
8” One Topping Pizza
The Wave
Pepperoni,​ sausage, cappicola, mushroom
The Big Neddy
Pepperoni, sausage, green peppers & onion
Mushrooms, onion, green peppers, black olives & fried peppers
The Cuz
Sausage, cappicola, pepperoni, meatball & banana peppers
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
American, Cafe, Diner
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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All reviews brunch hash browns green peppers line out the door greasy spoon diner worth the wait service was excellent waitress servers butter establishment
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Reviewed November 30, 2018 via mobile

I haven’t been to the Waveland in a while, but wanted to revisit with a friend who had never been. It hasn’t changed! The food and service are still great. Going and sitting at the counter alone isn’t a problem since the servers are very...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank iowaer
Reviewed November 6, 2018

OMG hashbrowns with biscuits and gravy on top....'nuf said! Come in for the great staff and family friendly atmosphere.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank PerkyKat
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

It's a small cafe and there was a line of people waiting to eat. We're glad we waited! The staff did a great job serving everyone in a timely manner. Our food was delicious and I really appreciate the half-size portions.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 40brendap
Reviewed October 16, 2018

Hands down best pancakes in the US. I have not been in all 50 states, but 45 plus. These are my fav. Great breakfast greasy spoon food.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank pickymomof3
Reviewed October 13, 2018 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed breakfast here! Our server was great! The portions were ample and the food good. My omelet was excellent. Their famous hash browns lived up to their reputation! This is a great place to meet friends for breakfast! We will return!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank stevenrealife
Reviewed September 21, 2018

Went to Waveland Café for lunch today. We both ordered the roast beef, because there have been so many good reviews. The beef and mashed potatoes were good, but the gravy taste like it came out of a can. I was really disappointed. We ordered...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Cyndeetrek
Reviewed September 5, 2018

The Waveland Cafe is an institution in Des Moines. It has been around forever, and may be old fashioned, but you will get exactly what you order. The servers can be surly, they are fun and want their customers to be happy. You may feel...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank alzwinick
Reviewed July 27, 2018

This is not a place to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee and have an intimate conversation. This IS the place though to enjoy a GREAT cup of coffee and have a fantastic breakfast. Very, very busy with a bit of a wait for breakfast...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank NotAFoodSnobFromNY
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

A nice spot , nice staff, tasty omelette and hash browns , hot coffee.. a hidden gem .. small but cute #azfoodsnob grade B+

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank 870darina
Reviewed June 3, 2018 via mobile

This place is your classic ‘greasy spoon’ diner - great for breakfast or brunch! I’ve only been here on a Sunday and the place was packed, first come first serve, with a line out the door. The food was delicious and service was excellent and...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank PetrousApex
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