Cafe di Scala

Cafe di Scala

Italian Restaurant and Mediterranean Restaurant · Sherman Hill
644 18th St (at Woodland Ave.), Des Moines, IA 50314, United States
Closed until 5:00 PM (Show more)
  • Thu–Sat
    • 5:00 PM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Wine, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 37 votes

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  • Ranked #5 for Italian restaurants in Des Moines
  • What you need to know
    Cafe di Scala
    "complimentary dessert with the purchase"(2 Tips)
    Laura W.
    "... (and the mayor gets complimentary high fives)"(2 Tips)
    "Let them help you pick wine."(2 Tips)
    Phil J.
    "wedding rehearsal dinner"(2 Tips)

From Cafe di Scala


To thank you for checking in here, we offer a complimentary dessert with the purchase of a regular entree with every check in! Our mayor gets complimentary high fives!

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  • complimentary dessert
  • complimentary high fives
  • wine
  • braised pork
  • great value
  • good for dates
  • good service
  • draft beer
  • dinner
  • lemon curd
  • good for special occasions
  • fresh berries
  • business lunches
  • chefs
  • showers
  • Casey P.

    The braised pork was delicious

    Casey Patton · January 25
  • LaVerne G.

    The staff. That's what makes this place special. Throw in amazing food and you will have a perfect night.

    LaVerne Greenfield · August 9, 2014
  • Kimberly C.

    If you have not been here you must go! Fabulous food and service!

    Kimberly Carstens · July 13, 2014
  • Lindsay A.

    Every single menu item is fabulous & delicious. Make sure you check out Beatles Brunch, 1st Sunday of every month. Also make sure to high five Chef Phil Shires - one of the Midwest's most talented.

    Lindsay Alderman · March 2, 2014
  • Anthony M.

    The muscles are required. Whether you get them as an appetizer or as part of your dinner entrée their fresh pasta. They are the best in town.

    Anthony Marinaro · February 28, 2014
  • Keisha

    The food and service here were amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant in a lovely house!

    Keisha · February 3, 2013
  • Kris L.

    If they ever offer the salmon and mashed potato special again, don't even bother looking at the menu.

    Kris Laufer · October 7, 2012
  • Laura W.

    every check-in gets a complimentary dessert (and the mayor gets complimentary high fives)

    Laura Wittren · September 25, 2012
  • Kathy L.

    Order anything. Seriously, you can't go wrong. But do wait for the specials. There's always something delicious and unexpected on tap.

    Kathy Landin · January 22, 2012
  • Sarah

    Great dining experience. Service is fantastic and food offerings even better. Vegetarian options on menu! Let them help you pick wine.

    Sarah · January 15, 2012
  • Kathleen Z.

    Making monthly trips to Des Moines. Can't wait to try this!

    Kathleen Zurcher · December 12, 2011
  • Foodspotting

    Try the Lemon Curd With Fresh Berries

    Foodspotting · December 31, 2010
  • Chris H.

    I have been wanting to go here for awhile and now finally going to get there on Thursday with my girlfriends. Can't wait!

    Chris Harmeyer-Logsdon · December 21, 2010
  • Laurie D.

    The food here is amazing. It's classy, but not overpriced.

    Laurie DePhillips · December 11, 2010
  • Stephanie C.

    I used to visit le Chat Noir when it was located in this house/building. I have yet to visit Cafe di Scala, but it's on my to-do list! I intend to become mayor too! :)

    Stephanie Conklin Jobst · October 5, 2010
  • Phil J.

    Excellent spot for an exclusive party such as a private business lunch, wedding rehearsal dinner, baby /wedding shower or holiday party. Read more

    Phil James · July 12, 2010
  • Phil J.

    This beautiful Victorian-era home in the Sherman Hill neighborhood of Des Moines has been transformed into a Calabrian-inspired food and wine paradise. Great for dates. Read more

    Phil James · February 17, 2010

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