Ritual Café

Coffee Shop, Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant, and Breakfast Spot · Downtown Des Moines
1301 Locust St (at 13th St), Des Moines, IA 50309, United States
Open until 7:00 PM (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu
    • 7:00 AM–7:00 PM
  • Fri–Sat
    • 7:00 AM–10:00 PM
$ $ $ $
Breakfast, Brunch
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 107 votes

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  • Ranked #3 for coffee shops in Des Moines
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    Kristen S.
    "The Mayan Mocha has Mexican chocolate and is delicious!"(6 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)
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  • tea
  • black bean burritos
  • cheese panini
  • vegetarian food
  • smoothies
  • chai
  • spicy food
  • café
  • quiches
  • great value
  • homemade hummus
  • iced tea
  • good service
  • oatmeal
  • good for a quick meal
  • good for a late night
  • authentic
  • books
  • scenic views
  • good for dates
  • Ricky S.

    A very good breakfast place with plenty of options. Excellent coffee & service.

    Ricky Sherrill · August 7
  • Katie F.

    Very nice environment. Free extra shot of espresso in your coffee on Mondays apparently!

    Katie F · April 17
  • Easton B.

    Just wanted to let you know that I love you too and I will be in your life soon!!!

    Easton Brunner · March 5
  • Easton B.

    Much more than one of the most popular items available at McDonald's McAfee items to choose from‼

    Easton Brunner · March 5
  • Ted C.

    Best eclectic coffee sour in city and wonderful vegetarian offerings

    Ted Coppock · December 3, 2014
  • Ted C.

    Ask vegetarian offerings, great coffee, smoothies

    Ted Coppock · October 26, 2014
  • Megan B.

    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

    Megan Bannister · October 23, 2014
  • Garret M.

    If you're in the mood for food, grab the black bean burritos, they're magnificent!

    Garret Meier · September 19, 2014
  • Slakingfool

    If you like your espresso with a less acidic profile, then this is the place.

    Slakingfool · August 20, 2014
  • Ted C.

    Lunch with Presbyterian friends.

    Ted Coppock · August 19, 2014
  • Ted C.

    Went to rally with climate marchers then walk to Capital.

    Ted Coppock · August 12, 2014
  • Ted C.

    Met Luke Davis here

    Ted Coppock · August 7, 2014
  • Macy K.

    My go-to coffee shop for creativity! The music, staff, and decor are always upbeat and inviting.

    Macy K. · August 7, 2014
  • Kristen S.

    The Mayan Mocha has Mexican chocolate and is delicious!

    Kristen Smith · March 1, 2014
  • Ted C.

    Black bean burrito & salsa with a little kick is great

    Ted Coppock · October 15, 2013
  • Cassie W.

    Love the product. The staff and owners seem genuine, motivated, and welcoming.

    Cassie Wittenbaugh · October 4, 2013
  • Jacob B.

    Get the horchata! It is delicious!

    Jacob Barker · August 28, 2013
  • Heaven S.

    Try the Earl Grey tea and you won't be disappointed. The aroma, alone is amazing!

    Heaven Slye · July 11, 2013
  • Ted C.

    Grilled tempeh sandwich with tomato paste on sourdough Was great

    Ted Coppock · July 9, 2013
  • Heidi S.

    WAS my favorite place, even though one of the female staff (dreads) is consistently rude. Not anymore - Don't talk crap about customers right in earshot!

    Heidi S. · July 9, 2013
  • Linda F.

    Ritual Cafe has the coldest beer in the park and most of its only $4!!!

    Linda Foster · July 6, 2013
  • Linda F.

    Ritual Cafe is open from 9am to 5 pm today!!!

    Linda Foster · June 30, 2013
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    Linda Foster · June 29, 2013
  • Kimberly K.

    Sammies rock! Try spicy four cheese... You won't be disappointed.

    Kimberly K · June 29, 2013
  • Kimberly K.

    Great coffee and beautiful people!

    Kimberly K · June 26, 2013
  • Mia F.

    Try the hot tea! They have an impressive selection. Oh and spicy cheese paninis and emerld goddess smoothies. Amazing.

    Mia Fratto · March 8, 2013
  • Tom V.

    Ritual Cafe often donates excess food to Central Iowa Shelter & Services! Thank you!

    Tom Vance · February 18, 2013
  • Iowa Oxfam Action Corps

    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

    Iowa Oxfam Action Corps · January 10, 2013
  • Megan R.

    Best Green Iced Tea ever. It's infused with mint. Also, check out the black bean burritos, better yet eat them!

    Megan Riggs · December 19, 2012
  • Deanna F.

    The vegan chocolate chip cookies are the best cookies I have ever had and their tomato basil panini = YUM.

    Deanna Foren · November 13, 2012
  • Joe D.

    Best place to be on a cold rainy morning. The staff is delightful.

    Joe Dolack · October 25, 2012
  • Matthew P.

    Wifi password is toolegittoquit. Nice.

    Matthew Perkins · October 18, 2012
  • Brian R.

    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!

    Brian R · September 20, 2012
  • Aaron S.

    Upgrade the spicy 4 cheese panini to the staff favorite "The Jess" and enjoy!

    Aaron S · September 8, 2012
  • Shmee

    Tomato y basil panini is amazing!

    Shmee · August 9, 2012
  • Juice Magazine

    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

    Juice Magazine · May 15, 2012
  • Cathy S.

    Ed rocks!!

    Cathy Sysel · March 10, 2012
  • Cathy S.

    Green iced tea! Yum!!

    Cathy Sysel · March 10, 2012
  • Deanna A.

    Devine Chai. love it..chai with espresso!

    Deanna Axness · January 16, 2012
  • Lisa W.

    Any thing you choose will be nom nom nom..

    Lisa Wright-Taylor · January 16, 2012
  • Alicia K.

    The coffee is strong and the atmosphere is great!

    Alicia K · January 15, 2012
  • Kelsey J.

    Awesome spot to park for an afternoon. Bring your computer, book or notepad and pen. You'll love the atmosphere, people and view!

    Kelsey Jones · December 26, 2011
  • Trina B.

    Their coffee is excellent, but also lovely place for a quiet glass if wine and a good book.

    Trina Braafhart · November 13, 2011
  • Alex M.

    Employees are some of the rudest downtown and prices are too high for serving sizes and quality. Never had a positive experience here.

    Alex Masica · October 28, 2011
  • Juice Magazine

    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

    Juice Magazine · October 25, 2011
  • Rhiannon H.

    My favorite things: hemp basil pesto sandwich, hemp nut cookies(chocolate chip), black bean burrito, Mayan mocha, green goddess smoothie!!

    Rhiannon Helfer · September 26, 2011
  • Independent Lens | PBS

    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

    Independent Lens | PBS · August 30, 2011
  • Kensie S.

    You need an iced jasmine green tea everyday at approximate 3 pm

    Kensie Smith · July 29, 2011
  • Erika O.

    The chai tea is the best I've ever had. Forget that watery, flavorless chai--get it here!

    Erika Owen · July 28, 2011
  • Grant A.

    Make it here Monday for an additional shot of espresso, FREE of charge!

    Grant Awes · June 27, 2011

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