Gateway Market & Cafe

Gateway Market & Cafe

Grocery Store, Supermarket, and Breakfast Spot
Sherman Hill, Des Moines
  • Lacey
    "If you haven't, you must try the Cilantro Lime Chicken salad."(3 Tips)
    alison m.
    "The cranberry walnut salad is amazing!"(3 Tips)
    Ro P.
    "Try the Korean Steak Sandwich - Yummy! Oh so good."(2 Tips)
    Matt E.
    "Try the House ramen"(2 Tips)
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  • Jason S.
    Jason SigalApril 9
    Been here 10+ times
    Great market and cafe! Love the Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad with a Thelma's Ice Cream sandwich for dessert.
  • PureWow
    PureWowJune 6, 2016
    Inside Gateway Market, Des Moines’s very own culinary superstore, you’ll find this casual café whipping up excellent classic sandwiches and wraps. Read more
  • Larry R.
    Larry Robinson SrDecember 16, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The tuna sandwich, seared and cooked rare is excellent! Everything at this restaurant is good though!
  • Robert A.
    Robert AndersonOctober 29, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Asked for steak tacos made as Burrito, ate half made great dinner...
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockSeptember 27, 2015
    Took a guest the last Sunday afternoon. He ordered the tenderloin sandwich. He barely could manage cutting the meat with a knife it was so overcooked. All other meals were satisfactory at best.
  • Erin M.
    Erin Monfort-NelsonSeptember 25, 2015
    Been here 25+ times
    Breakfast includes vegan options such as tofu scramble and steel cut oats.
  • Chad T.
    Chad ThompsonAugust 25, 2015
    South Union bread, great meat counter and coffee selections. Usually good produce, though some specials are not often so great. A good stop for many items, probably won't be your only grocery store.
  • g o.
    g oconnorAugust 11, 2015
    From the storied manufacturers of Fox's u-bet chocolate syrup- the only way to make a egg cream (look it up) this stuff is addictive!
  • g o.
    g oconnorAugust 11, 2015
    A word to the wise: Huy Fong foods is the original Sriracha, Sambal Oelek, and Chili Garlic Sauce company (one brilliant ex-pat Vietnamese). Note the green tops and the rooster - those are Huy Fong's!
  • g o.
    g oconnorAugust 11, 2015
    The entire Marie Sharp collection. I run through two bottles of the "Fiery Hot" Habanero hot sauce a year - buying over the Internet (and I live in LA). Spectacular!
  • g o.
    g oconnorAugust 11, 2015
    Attention ex-pat Brit, Aussie, and Kiwi shoppers! The debate rages on!
  • g o.
    g oconnorAugust 11, 2015
    The wine selection is the best I've found in Iowa. Not limited to French wines by any means!
  • Brett W.
    Brett WilsonApril 8, 2015
    Fish Tacos, Fries, burger one of the best. Sashimi and rolls good as is the market lasagne. Olive bar, cheese bar and red velvet cupcakes!
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SFebruary 19, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    One of the few places in Des Moines that carries my favorite Oasis Hummus made by Oasis Falafel out of Iowa City, IA. Their pita chips are pretty awesome too.
  • Lanae G.
    Lanae GreeneSeptember 10, 2014
    The black bean burger is amazing!
  • Justin C.
    Justin CarterAugust 27, 2014
    The perfect burger, it's perfect.
  • Andrea B.
    Andrea BurkeMarch 6, 2014
    $21+/lb dark chocolate covered espresso beans?! Highway robbery! Get 'em at HyVee.
  • Kelley K.
    Kelley Kunz CrosbieFebruary 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Check out the Top 10 bottles of wine under $10 ... they're always good!
  • Randall S.
    Randall StanhopeFebruary 18, 2014
    They will not let me in here. They say that I must leave, but I am so hungry. I need to eat, I say. No, they reply, voices barely escaping their raspy throats. You may not enter here. So I do not.
  • Otis K.
    Otis KhounloJanuary 24, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    That Tomato Basil soup though... Yum
  • leroy g.
    leroy gatesJanuary 19, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    The cookies are the bomb
  • Tyron C.
    Tyron CollierSeptember 29, 2013
    Starting Friday, October 4th (and every friday after) they'll feature a fish special prepared by the GW chefs.
  • Gina C.
    Gina CornelisonSeptember 23, 2013
    Love the store and their catering dept. does a fantastic job!
  • Vivian N.
    Vivian NunezAugust 24, 2013
    Great food and great customer service! We wanted some ready to eat watermelon, they didn't had any but gladly cut a whole one for us and packed it!
  • TrishaTrixie H.
    TrishaTrixie Hunter-MerrillAugust 4, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Got stuff to make our own zombie burgers
  • Ryan E.
    Ryan EllsworthJuly 23, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    I don't eat here nearly as often as I should. I am always surprised by their creative & flavorful menu options!
  • Jean H.
    Jean HamptonJuly 4, 2013
    Good breakfast at the cafe. Love the cheese section of the store.
  • Andi M.
    Andi McIlweeApril 26, 2013
    Try the chicken pot pie and the ramen. Delicious!!!
  • Paige B.
    Paige BurchsteadApril 16, 2013
    Their Eggs Benedict (and brunch food in general) is excellent.
  • Ellie L.
    Ellie LeBlancApril 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Kids eat free Tuesdays!
  • Erin M.
    Erin McHenryMarch 7, 2013
    The creamy yet spicy chicken tortilla soup with a slice of artisan bread... yum!
  • BJ F.
    BJ F.March 3, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Peace Tree Brewery Root Beer.
  • LaVerne G.
    LaVerne GreenfieldFebruary 21, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Ma! Meatloaf! In other words try the meatloaf.
  • Jason S.
    Jason StuyvesantFebruary 17, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The fried chicken breakfast on weekends is absolutely amazing
  • Madie F.
    Madie FiedlerFebruary 3, 2013
    The food to go single meals are huge portions, good variety, and only $7.99! That's less than most other foods here- a great deal!
  • Andy H.
    Andy Haning-BrownJanuary 20, 2013
    The floral department has a fantastic selection of air plants!
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SmithJanuary 5, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Breakfast is served until 2 p.m. on weekends!
  • Steven C.
    Steven ChristiansenDecember 24, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Lobster roll and coleslaw
  • Jarad B.
    Jarad BernsteinDecember 9, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    The only place I have ever seen a vegan Bánh mì and it is amazing. Vegan chili is also the best I've ever had. Non-meat options in general are winners.
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SmithDecember 9, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you're getting food to go, ask if you can get it in a paper bag. The plastic ones don't hold up very well (we've had more than a couple instances where food ended up all over the car).
  • DeAnna S.
    DeAnna SturtevantNovember 6, 2012
    Very tasty fries...normally dont like fries, but here they are fresh, seasoned and not salty
  • Hannah G.
    Hannah GarrisonSeptember 30, 2012
    Cannot beat their antipasti/olive bar. I also like their house hummus selection. And don't get me started on available cheeses and South Union breads...
  • Katy C.
    Katy C.September 18, 2012
    Fresh ingredients make an awesome BLT. A little pricey but well worth it!
  • Jason S.
    Jason SwartzSeptember 2, 2012
    This place has awesome cake. Try the triple chocolate cake.
  • Tara M.
    Tara MaurerJuly 25, 2012
    Get the lobster mac' and cheese. Thank me later.
  • Shay H.
    Shay HJune 15, 2012
    The potato pepper jack soup is a must have.
  • Jamie G.
    Jamie GillelandMay 21, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I enjoy the many types of trail mix. Yum!
  • Jenny V.
    Jenny VollenweiderMay 19, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Shaktea Kombucha, made fresh in Fairfield, Iowa. Love the Strawberry Twist & Mango Tango. :)
  • Andy H.
    Andy HefflingApril 13, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    The Korean steak sandwich and lobster Mac and cheese are both fabulous.
  • Justin C.
    Justin CooperMarch 30, 2012
    People can't seem to drive when they enter the parking lot here
  • sarah b.
    sarah baileyFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Best veggie burger ever.
  • sarah b.
    sarah baileyFebruary 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Best veggie burger I've ever had!
  • Jeff K.
    Jeff KwiatekFebruary 19, 2012
    High prices, surly staff, decent selection. There will be no reason to come here once Whole Foods opens.
  • beth z.
    beth ziegmannFebruary 18, 2012
    Omg too small!!
  • Rachel C.
    Rachel CutlerFebruary 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They use wheat and glutin free (corn) tortillas for their fish and steak tacos. Yum:)
  • Vinay B.
    Vinay BhatFebruary 4, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    There Cranberry Chicken Salad is heavenly!
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff SlobotskiFebruary 3, 2012
    Anywhere that has a menu JUST for Mac & Cheese is amazing!
  • Halli K.
    Halli KubesJanuary 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Mac and Cheese I think I have ever had! Fun, modern atmosphere and great fresh produce. There is something for everyone here!
  • Hilary H.
    Hilary HenakJanuary 26, 2012
    Local to the Des Moines area and unlike any other grocery store in Des Moines. They carry locally grown, fresh produce, a wide variety of fine cheeses and wines and groceries from around the world.
  • Ro P.
    Ro PhoJanuary 10, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the Korean Steak Sandwich - Yummy! Oh so good.
  • Steven C.
    Steven ChristiansenJanuary 4, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Sushi is great!
  • Holly W.
    Holly W.December 7, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Looking for a snack to share? The hummus plate—complete with feta, olives, cucumbers and pita chips—is plenty for two.
  • Dan R.
    Dan RidoutDecember 2, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    They have 1 bottle of my fave wine left. Seghesio VENOM---Pete Seghesio poured me some when he was in town last time---SUPREME!!!
  • Chris F.
    Chris FriestNovember 23, 2011
    Market Mac & Cheese is amazing!!
  • Gretchen W.
    Gretchen WalterNovember 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Gateway has the best breakfast!!
  • A D M.
    A D MatthewsNovember 12, 2011
    They carry gluten free beers
  • Gaston
    GastonSeptember 26, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Gateway has the largest cheese selection in Central Iowa. Try all of them! The Fontina is just awesome. Plus they have Dulce De Leche, the unique milk caramel from Argentina.
  • Kensie S.
    Kensie SmithSeptember 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best heirloom tomatoes when in season.
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineAugust 31, 2011
    Veggie burger gets high marks from reviewer: "strong flavor and a moist, thick patty with a hearty texture that holds up to my hands squeezing it while taking a big ol’ bite." Read more
  • Graham P.
    Graham PocialikAugust 23, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    Agur Blue Cheese, some fresh bread & a bottle of wine on a Friday after a long work week hit the spot....
  • Sarah S.
    Sarah StephasAugust 9, 2011
    Try the cranberry walnut salad. There's a reason it's at the top of the list!
  • Lindsey S.
    Lindsey SmithJuly 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The take home pizza crust is amazing!
  • Macy K.
    Macy K.July 5, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    If you're looking for something sweet, head to the freezer section to try an ice cream sandwich made with Tank Goodness cookies & soft serve ice cream!
  • Chad K.
    Chad KrizJune 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Don't let the omelet prices turn you away. More than enough food and its good!
  • Dan C.
    Dan CullinanJune 11, 2011
    The Memphis Style pulled pork sandwich rules. Who knew cole slaw on pulled pork could be so good?
  • Thang C.
    Thang ChauMay 30, 2011
    Best Wine Shop in town! :)
  • Samantha B.
    Samantha BoydApril 26, 2011
    The chicken tortilla soup is amazing!
  • Del B.
    Del BoogsApril 18, 2011
    The last 2 visits to the cafe for takeout were disappointing. They undercooked my fish and chips- the fish was soggy and the batter was pale. Ordered 2 orders of Ramen next and it was way too salty.
  • Norah C.
    Norah CarrollMarch 31, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Stopping by for lunch? A half salad will be more than enough to fill you up. The Cilantro Lime Chicken Salad is the best on the menu.
    CASSIE SEMERADMarch 8, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Try the red pepper hummus-the feta makes it awesomely rich, and perfect with a glass of wine! The veggie pad thai is also amaaazing!!
  • Nathan B.
    Nathan BushFebruary 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    All the granola and Greek yogurt varieties one person could ever need! Great work, Gateway!
  • Rachel B.
    Rachel BrunsFebruary 20, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    veggie house ramen. amazing.
  • Jeff I.
    Jeff InmanNovember 30, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Big fan of the sushi. Totally yummy.
  • Foodspotting
    FoodspottingNovember 17, 2010
    Try the Fish Taco
  • Matt E.
    Matt EmersonNovember 17, 2010
    Try the House ramen
  • Michael V.
    Michael VaughnNovember 15, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    A little pricey, but good sustainable groceries, very helpfull employees and the greatest French Toast in Des Moines have made me a regular.
  • Ashley S.
    Ashley StraitOctober 30, 2010
    best pepper Jack potato soup ever!!!!!
  • Adam L.
    Adam LillandOctober 9, 2010
    The pastries are delicious! The monster cookie is a meal in itself! :)
  • Skip
    SkipSeptember 24, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Drunken Goat cheese. It's awesome.
  • alison m.
    alison monaghanSeptember 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The cranberry walnut salad is amazing! One of the best salads ever.
  • Jeff D.
    Jeff DuncanAugust 20, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Gateway Burger: Best damned burger I've ever had.
  • AJ A.
    AJ ArcherJuly 28, 2010
    for sure the cranberry walnut salad
  • Traci S.
    Traci SMay 26, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Love the chicken tortilla soup and sushi. Makes for a light, healthy lunch! Also, I always pick up a loaf of the rye sandwich bread. It's delicious toasted. I wish they had a whole-grain version avail
  • Lacey
    LaceyMay 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    If you haven't, you must try the Cilantro Lime Chicken salad. Amazing.
  • Kyle G.
    Kyle GonyeaMarch 21, 2010
    Cuban sammich. All ya need to know...
  • Chelsea
    ChelseaMarch 9, 2010
    Hit the cheese bar and try some from every part of the world.
  • Lorna T.
    Lorna TruckFebruary 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Best veggie ramen in town!
  • DW C.
    DW CouchFebruary 8, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    The Pesto Chicken Pasta is ok. But becomes delicious with the feta and olives from the Roasted Red Pepper Hummus accoutrement.
  • Jeff Z.
    Jeff ZelnioJanuary 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Eggs benedict no ham add spinach is a weekly breakfast ritual! So good!
  • Marc H.
    Marc HollanderJanuary 8, 2010
    Worth the trip for great cafe food, groceries, beer and wine!
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