Drake Diner

Drake, Des Moines
  • Kim H.
    "A must have is the Cake Shake."(5 Tips)
    Stacy M.
    "But the pumpkin pancakes and bloody Mary's are really good."(3 Tips)
    Mayo N.
    "Cap'n Crunch French Toast Sticks come with 6 sticks and no sides."(2 Tips)
    Sabbath J.
    "sandwich and fries type food"(6 Tips)
75 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • milkshakes
  • family-friendly
  • crunch french toast sticks
  • pumpkin pancakes
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  • Steve G.
    Steve GusMay 26
    The onion rings are amazing- always worth ordering.
  • Andrew N.
    Wasn't a fan. Bland food. Whole table was disappointed.
  • Mayo N.
    Mayo NevilleApril 21
    FYI - The Cap'n Crunch French Toast Sticks come with 6 sticks and no sides. They are delicious though!
  • Michael B.
    Michael BurrisOctober 10, 2016
    Great food and service
  • Norma Z.
    Norma ZubradtJuly 23, 2016
    Never had anything bad here. Breakfast today
  • Erin M.
    Erin Monfort-NelsonFebruary 7, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Try a hot fudge and banana milkshake, so good!
  • Whitney G.
    Whitney GrindbergJanuary 4, 2016
    Employees are so friendly and helpful. Turkey blue plate special was delicious.
  • Eric M.
    Eric MohlisDecember 12, 2015
    I really love the vibe in this place!
  • Dfw D.
    Dfw DeanAugust 16, 2015
    Huge diner menu: look for items marked "OUR OWN" for house specials. Try the waffle dogs :)
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillAugust 8, 2015
    I love diners & the Drake Diner is everything a diner should be: Great diner atmosphere meets great diner food. I had the Chicken Fried Steak which was very good. I plan on returning soon.
  • Beckie W.
    Beckie WaldenJuly 31, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Pumpkin pancakes and western skillet are our favorites
  • Stephanie M.
    Stephanie MagnoliaJuly 21, 2015
    Tasty, cheap breakfast. Good pancakes.
  • Glenn B H.
    Get a shake
  • Marge M.
    Marge McCulloughFebruary 22, 2015
    Breakfast disappointing because hash browns were massively peppered and heavily sprinkled with orange seasoned salt. Not good for people who can't eat pepper; what happened to plain hasbrowns?
  • Amy
    AmyFebruary 6, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    Can't go wrong with burgers or breakfast!
  • Dustin P.
    Dustin PurvisNovember 17, 2014
    I love the chilli cheeseburger! The chocolate cake is to die for as well!
  • Stacy M.
    Stacy MastersonOctober 12, 2014
    Really long wait and terrible service. But the pumpkin pancakes and bloody Mary's are really good.
  • John K.
    John KalishAugust 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Breaded pork tenderloin, chef salad, cheese and vegetable soup
  • Harshee P.
    Harshee ParmarAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing breakfast !!! Love the omelets and hash browns !!!
  • Christi R.
    Christi RiedelJuly 12, 2014
    Best corned beef hash I have had. Definitely yummy.
  • Miranda A.
    Great service. Great Veggie Omelet :) Good ice tea with free refills <3
  • CeeJay L.
    CeeJay LouisApril 12, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Love the cake shakes. Try it.
  • Kimberly K.
    Kimberly KApril 5, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Get your English muffin double toasted when ordering eggs benedict.
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineMarch 25, 2014
    Order the Whole Hog. It's a three-egg omelet loaded with bacon and chopped-up sausage links and topped with Monterey Jack cheese. Read more
  • Sarah L.
    Sarah LyttleFebruary 26, 2014
    Great diner, just what the sign says...comfort food!
  • Josh G.
    Josh GillilanNovember 14, 2013
    Very good food and shake!
  • Erik L.
    Erik LundyOctober 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Order a drink at the bar if you are waiting for a seat. The bartenders are very friendly.
  • Sarah Beth C.
    Sarah Beth ColemanOctober 15, 2013
    Great place to bring parents and family after a walking tour of the campus! Be sure to try the hazelnut espresso shake!
  • Arwen T.
    Arwen ThornOctober 8, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The French Dip with mozzarella is the best!
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SmithSeptember 18, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Chocolate cake shakes are my jam.
  • Deb G.
    Deb GaskinsSeptember 6, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Great service!! Taco salad is good. Ask for salsa on the side.Yum!!
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineAugust 2, 2013
    A little slice of heaven. Raspberry pie! Read more
  • Patricia S.
    Patricia SnookJuly 27, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Great homemade soup!
  • Robert P.
    Robert PotterJuly 4, 2013
    Awesome mimosas!!!
  • Maddie T.
    Maddie TroskeApril 14, 2013
    Captain crunch french toast sticks
  • Princess M.
    Princess MiaApril 13, 2013
    Worst service ever. Asked twice for water. Waiter was rude. Acted as if he was annoyed by taking orders. Took 20 minutes to get my shake. Thoroughly disappointed. Won't be back.
  • Allen H.
    Allen HaleyApril 9, 2013
    Great place but wish the television had DIRECTV so I can keep an eye on the game.
  • Adam W.
    Adam WoodMarch 17, 2013
    Extremely popular restaurant. Plan to wait for a table.
  • Jennifer S.
    Jennifer SampicaJanuary 19, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Turkey Club!
  • Jayne M.
    Jayne McDonaldNovember 5, 2012
    Hit or miss. Out of the handful times I've been there I only had one bad meal, the eggs benedict, which made me quite sick. Great atmosphere. Not open as late as I'd expect from a diner. No wifi..?
  • Hannah J.
    Hannah JacobsOctober 12, 2012
    The food is good but the wait is a bit long and the waiters don't pay attention to you much
  • Joann B.
    Joann BrighiSeptember 26, 2012
    Don't assume they serve tomato soup everyday with a grilled cheese....only on Fridays...
  • Spencer B.
    Spencer BaerSeptember 23, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Anything with pumpkin is good. Especially when it's fall.
  • Kerri S.
    Kerri SorrellSeptember 15, 2012
    Food and malts are great, but expect to wait. The kitchen here ain't speedy.
  • Kim H.
    Kim HennenSeptember 9, 2012
    A must have is the Cake Shake. Get it. :(
  • Abbey M.
    Abbey MaynardSeptember 7, 2012
    Don't get the pancakes. So, so nasty.
  • Katrina C.
    Katrina CummingsJuly 27, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    FYI, they refuse to honor the special.
  • Paul G.
    Paul GriffithJuly 26, 2012
    Breakfast all day!
  • Sabbath J.
    Sabbath JacksonMarch 31, 2012
    Good ol' Diner food. They don't mess around with too much here. It's decent burger, salad, sandwich and fries type food, but they have portabello burgers, some pasta dishes - and a nice wait staff.
  • Mark 🍻 L.
    Mark 🍻 LynesFebruary 27, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Potato cake! (not potato pancake)
  • Robin P.
    Robin PryorFebruary 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Tip Ali. She's awesome
  • Trina B.
    Trina BraafhartJanuary 29, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Don't order alcoholic drinks here, over priced and skimpy. Cup of coffee is $2.19, no refills! What?!
  • Alexander J.
    Alexander J MJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best damn grilled cheese. Period.
  • Toni R.
    Toni RoofDecember 4, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best brunch in town!
  • JOHN L.
    JOHN LUKENovember 20, 2011
    The biscuits and gravy are awful. SERVICE WAS MEDIOCRE AT BEST.
  • Dawn L.
    Dawn LinderOctober 7, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Try the oatmeal - brown sugar, dried cranberries & pecans!
  • Lauren A.
    Lauren AndersonSeptember 8, 2011
    Cake shake is the way to go!!
  • Jessica O.
    Jessica OttSeptember 2, 2011
    Milkshakes are great
  • Justin B.
    Justin BradyAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get some sweet potato fries with honey Jalepeño dip! Wow...
  • Justin B.
    Justin BradyAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Veggie Mex Burger. It has guacamole, black bean relish and is unbelievable.
  • Drake University
    Drake UniversityAugust 16, 2011
    Stop in for a milkshake after catching a lecture, concert or cultural event at Sheslow Auditorium.
  • Shellie S.
    Shellie SnoddyApril 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Big Boy Sean says the pancake are yummy
  • Curt
    CurtMarch 29, 2011
    Thanks Tim got a great breakfast and for great conversation
  • John P.
    John PembleFebruary 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    It's atmosphere is the draw.
  • Jason O.
    Jason OelmannFebruary 4, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Honey jalapeño is the best French fry dipping sauce, ever.
  • Jen
    JenFebruary 1, 2011
    Great for post-night shift drinkies!
  • Peter T.
    Peter TubbsDecember 30, 2010
    Sweet potato fries!
  • Jonathan M.
    Jonathan MarcusJune 26, 2010
    Pumpkin pancakes = bliss !
  • Troy R.
    Troy RigginsMay 30, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Best turkey club in town, breakfast combos rock, and the devil's food cake is second to none.
  • Jon S.
    Jon SmithApril 10, 2010
    Chinese chicken salad and strawberry malt
  • PantanJimdjembelibiblionheart HeavenlyBeefbaton B.
  • diane
    dianeFebruary 5, 2010
    Two words: cake shake
  • Rich E.
    Rich EychanerFebruary 2, 2010
    Great rhubarb pie homemade by Jody
  • R stephen V.
    R stephen VilmainJanuary 31, 2010
    Great food, great service, soon adding new menu, breakfast all day!!!
  • Justin B.
    Justin BradyJanuary 12, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Two things you must try here: the pancakes, and a malt! (probably not at the same time)
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