Ritual Café

Coffee Shop, Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Downtown Des Moines, Des Moines
  • Ranked #4 for coffee shops in Des Moines
  • Kristen S.
    "The Mayan Mocha has Mexican chocolate and is delicious!"(7 Tips)
    Ted C.
    "Black bean burrito & salsa with a little kick is great"(4 Tips)
    "The four cheese panini here is to die for!"(3 Tips)
    Ralph P.
    "The horchata latte is incredible!"(2 Tips)
63 Tips and reviews
  • Mayan Mocha
  • tea
  • cheese panini
  • vegetarian food
  • black bean burritos
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  • Christina E.
    Christina EliseSeptember 28, 2017
    Whoever suggested the Mayan mocha- it is probably the best I've had in a long time!
  • Jaime B.
    Jaime BernalNovember 19, 2015
  • Ricky S.
    Ricky SherrillAugust 7, 2015
    A very good breakfast place with plenty of options. Excellent coffee & service.
  • Katie
    KatieApril 17, 2015
    Very nice environment. Free extra shot of espresso in your coffee on Mondays apparently!
  • Easton B.
    Easton BrunnerMarch 5, 2015
    Just wanted to let you know that I love you too and I will be in your life soon!!!
  • Easton B.
    Easton BrunnerMarch 5, 2015
    Much more than one of the most popular items available at McDonald's McAfee items to choose from‼
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockDecember 3, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Best eclectic coffee sour in city and wonderful vegetarian offerings
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockOctober 26, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Ask vegetarian offerings, great coffee, smoothies
  • Megan B.
    Megan BannisterOctober 23, 2014
    If you're having a bad day all it takes is a Mayan Mocha & 10 minutes in Ritual's relaxing atmosphere to turn things around
  • Garret M.
    Garret MeierSeptember 19, 2014
    If you're in the mood for food, grab the black bean burritos, they're magnificent!
  • Slakingfool
    SlakingfoolAugust 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    If you like your espresso with a less acidic profile, then this is the place.
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockAugust 19, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Lunch with Presbyterian friends.
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockAugust 12, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Went to rally with climate marchers then walk to Capital.
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockAugust 7, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Met Luke Davis here
  • Macy K.
    Macy K.August 7, 2014
    My go-to coffee shop for creativity! The music, staff, and decor are always upbeat and inviting.
  • Kristen S.
    Kristen SmithMarch 1, 2014
    The Mayan Mocha has Mexican chocolate and is delicious!
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockOctober 15, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Black bean burrito & salsa with a little kick is great
  • Cassie W.
    Cassie WittenbaughOctober 4, 2013
    Love the product. The staff and owners seem genuine, motivated, and welcoming.
  • Jacob B.
    Jacob BarkerAugust 28, 2013
    Get the horchata! It is delicious!
  • Heaven S.
    Heaven SlyeJuly 11, 2013
    Try the Earl Grey tea and you won't be disappointed. The aroma, alone is amazing!
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockJuly 9, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Grilled tempeh sandwich with tomato paste on sourdough Was great
  • Linda F.
    Linda FosterJuly 6, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
    Ritual Cafe has the coldest beer in the park and most of its only $4!!!
  • Linda F.
    Linda FosterJune 29, 2013
    Been here 100+ times
  • Kimberly K.
    Kimberly KJune 29, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Sammies rock! Try spicy four cheese... You won't be disappointed.
  • Kimberly K.
    Kimberly KJune 26, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    Great coffee and beautiful people!
  • Mia F.
    Mia FrattoMarch 8, 2013
    Try the hot tea! They have an impressive selection. Oh and spicy cheese paninis and emerld goddess smoothies. Amazing.
  • Tom V.
    Tom VanceFebruary 18, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Ritual Cafe often donates excess food to Central Iowa Shelter & Services! Thank you!
  • Iowa Oxfam Action Corps
    Iowa Oxfam Action CorpsJanuary 10, 2013
    Best coffee shop w/ an all vegetarian menu makes following the GROW Method principle "Eat Less Meat" easy & delicious. Veg diets save greenhouse gas emissions and water use! http://tinyurl.com/7vloxpl
  • Megan R.
    Megan RiggsDecember 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best Green Iced Tea ever. It's infused with mint. Also, check out the black bean burritos, better yet eat them!
  • Deanna F.
    Deanna ForenNovember 13, 2012
    Been here 100+ times
    The vegan chocolate chip cookies are the best cookies I have ever had and their tomato basil panini = YUM.
  • Joe D.
    Joe DolackOctober 25, 2012
    Best place to be on a cold rainy morning. The staff is delightful.
  • Matthew P.
    Matthew PerkinsOctober 18, 2012
    Wifi password is toolegittoquit. Nice.
  • Brian R.
    Brian RSeptember 20, 2012
    Great ambiance and vibe. Stop to get a Mayan Mocha, Horchata Latte, or a Vietnamese Cafe Sua Da! Get the Cafe Sua Da iced and strong like the Vietnamese. Vegetarian food!
  • Aaron S.
    Aaron SSeptember 8, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Upgrade the spicy 4 cheese panini to the staff favorite "The Jess" and enjoy!
  • Shmee
    ShmeeAugust 9, 2012
    Tomato y basil panini is amazing!
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineMay 15, 2012
    Try the spicy four cheese sandwich, a sandwich that will make you scoff at any ordinary grilled cheese. This multi-cheese creation on focaccia is a delicious mix of coordinating flavors. Read more
  • Cathy S.
    Cathy SyselMarch 10, 2012
    Ed rocks!!
  • Cathy S.
    Cathy SyselMarch 10, 2012
    Green iced tea! Yum!!
  • Lisa W.
    Lisa Wright-TaylorJanuary 16, 2012
    Any thing you choose will be nom nom nom..
  • Alicia K.
    Alicia KJanuary 15, 2012
    The coffee is strong and the atmosphere is great!
  • Kelsey J.
    Kelsey JonesDecember 26, 2011
    Awesome spot to park for an afternoon. Bring your computer, book or notepad and pen. You'll love the atmosphere, people and view!
  • Trina B.
    Trina BraafhartNovember 13, 2011
    Their coffee is excellent, but also lovely place for a quiet glass if wine and a good book.
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineOctober 25, 2011
    A staple spot for breakfast or lunch, with a close proximity to downtown, the library and Meredith. An all-vegetarian menu. Try the quiche! Read more
  • Rhiannon H.
    Rhiannon HelferSeptember 26, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    My favorite things: hemp basil pesto sandwich, hemp nut cookies(chocolate chip), black bean burrito, Mayan mocha, green goddess smoothie!!
  • Independent Lens | PBS
    Independent Lens | PBSAugust 30, 2011
    Did you know that ITVS Community Cinema offers free films every month at Ritual Cafe? Click Read More to check out the listings & we hope to see you at the next screening. Read more
  • Kensie S.
    Kensie SmithJuly 29, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    You need an iced jasmine green tea everyday at approximate 3 pm
  • Erika O.
    Erika OwenJuly 28, 2011
    The chai tea is the best I've ever had. Forget that watery, flavorless chai--get it here!
  • Grant A.
    Grant AwesJune 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Make it here Monday for an additional shot of espresso, FREE of charge!
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DarlingMay 27, 2011
    Oatmeal with the works...great way to start the day!
  • Marc H.
    Marc HollanderApril 6, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Ask about the quad Cubano... helluva eye opener
  • Drew R.
    Drew RiebhoffMarch 11, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Order the Blue Lady. Most delicious tea ever!!!!
    CASSIE SEMERADMarch 10, 2011
    Try the hummus sandwich.....yum! Their smoothies are amazing too!!
  • Jim V.
    Jim VandersliceMarch 2, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best coffee place in des moines... best tasting coffee... even betr than smokey row!
  • Ralph P.
    Ralph PaoneSeptember 16, 2010
    The horchata latte is incredible!
  • Sarah B.
    4-cheese panini - DELICIOUS!
  • Curt K.
    Curt KAugust 5, 2010
    A good place to get a cup of coffee... If you're an anti-American Marxist-Socialist! nObama!!
  • Elisabeth L.
    Elisabeth LewinJune 17, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    The menu at Ritual is mostly vegetarian - with a lot of vegan options! - and entirely delicious, even to omnivores like me. Try their homemade hummus, or freshly-chopped salsa. Super yumbolicious.
  • George
    GeorgeJune 11, 2010
    The four cheese panini here is to die for!
  • Clem C.
    Clem CrazythunderMay 27, 2010
    love this place!
  • Kim W.
    Kim WallMarch 1, 2010
    The Mayan Mocha is amazing! Not to be missed!
  • Jon T.
    Jon ThompsonFebruary 19, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Their cinnamon rolls are awesome.
  • Sandy T.
    Sandy T.February 2, 2010
    Been here 50+ times
    I love the Mayan mocha, iced.
  • Marc H.
    Marc HollanderJanuary 15, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The quad cubano espresso is to die for! ;-)
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