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Rube's Steakhouse & Lounge

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3309 Ute Ave, Waukee, IA 50263-8081
+1 515-987-8237
17:00 - 21:30
Closed now
All hours
Sun 17:00 - 20:30
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Lipetsk, Russia
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We took a group of 7 to Rube's and it works well for larger groups. I would admit that the side dishes at Rube's are good, not great. But the STEAKS ARE BY FAR THE BEST I have had in many years. Part of the fun is grilling them yourself and chatting with the group while doing it. The atmosphere... More 

Thank wayne c
Saint Louis, Missouri
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90 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016 via mobile

I enjoyed the atmosphere. (I made someone else cook my steak), but it was still neat to chat with everyone around the grill. We took a large group of customers and everyone really liked it! I would return just for the jalapeno poppers :)

Thank Morgan M
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61 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016 via mobile

This is the second time this year I've eaten here and you cannot go wrong here. It's just outside of the Des Moines area nestled off the highway. I always cook my own and the potato and salad bar is great. Our sales team is visiting again in a couple of weeks. The service there is outstanding as well.

Thank Byron H
Augusta, Georgia
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24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016

I had never been to this type of restaurant where you cook your own food, but while I may have been somewhat dubious of the concept, it really was a nice experience. I especially enjoyed the time I was able to spend drinking and having a good time with my friends while we cooked our food. This was especially why... More 

Thank hutchensgd
Des Moines, Iowa
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

Last Thursday, my friend (Tony) and I enjoyed a superb meal at this fine dining establishment. This was Tony's first experience at this restaurant, and he wanted to know why was this restaurant my favorite in the Des Mounes area? I explained you come here for the wonderful experience. It is more than a meal it is an event! Our... More 

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14 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2016 via mobile

Seriously? Over priced steaks. Van camps baked beans served wirh the meal. If you want bread they have you make toast over their grill. This place is way over priced for what they offer. I gotta say one of the worst places in the area.

Thank Peter P
Des Moines, Iowa
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 April 2016 via mobile

Stopped here on our way back from Omaha simply because we were hungry and it was there I'll still never understand why anyone would want to pay to cook their own food. They had a good selection of quality meat and Sea food to choose from but we're way overpriced for having to cook it yourself. If you wanted to... More 

Thank Matt B
Sully, Iowa
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101 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2016

Rube's of Montour Iowa is the original grill your own steak house and this is a second location close to the Des Moines Metro area. You go to the cooler and pick out the steak you want to cook. There is a good variety of steaks (ribeyes, strips, porterhouse, sirloin, filet) as well as some pork, chicken and fish options.... More 

Thank Jeff P
Des Moines, Iowa
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141 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

We went on Friday night because we were told (that evening on the phone) that they have 1/2 price kabobs and skillets. When we started ordering we were told they were only 1/2 off when you added them to a full price meal. Strike 1. The salad and potato bar, which you can get for $9.95, had very limited selections.... More 

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West Des Moines, Iowa
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25 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2016 via mobile

It's always fun to stand around and grill your own steak, but $35 for a steak is a little bit outrageous. They have a very nice salad bar and sides to eat, but I resort back to the way overpriced menu.

Thank FoodGirl101

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Steakhouse
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 21:30
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3309 Ute Ave, Waukee, IA 50263-8081
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Waukee
  • Phone Number: +1 515-987-8237

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