Star Bar

American Restaurant, Bar, and Breakfast Spot$$$$
Woodland Heights, Des Moines
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  • Ranked #9 for American restaurants in Des Moines
  • Aaron L.
    "Get the catfish tacos, but substitute the beans for something else!"(2 Tips)
    Juice Magazine
    "spinach and goat cheese served with potatoes"(2 Tips)
    Ian W.
    "Stella on tap and everything is good."(2 Tips)
    Scott A.
    "BBQ Chicken Springrolls are a must."(2 Tips)
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  • Sarah D.
    Sarah DavelaarSeptember 2, 2015
    Unique food on this menu - I haven't had anything I don't like. Plus, the have a small patio and live music on the weekends.
  • Michael S.
    Michael SadlerAugust 14, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    Great service, try the dumplings!
  • Jason M.
    Jason MrachinaMay 21, 2015
    Edamame is a great app. Ask if they are serving morel mushroom fries!
  • Katie
    KatieApril 17, 2015
    The steak sandwich is pretty good, but the service at night is horrendous.
  • Emily N.
    Emily NicholsSeptember 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    BBQ'd Chicken Springrolls. Enough said.
  • Joshua G.
    Joshua GeneserAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 100+ times
    Best place in Des Moines to hang out with friends. Great food too!
  • Larry B.
    Larry BradshawJune 14, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Love their outdoor dining!
  • Russ G.
    Russ GilsonJune 12, 2014
    Steak salad
  • Joe W.
    Joe WalshFebruary 8, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Steak and mushroom hash ...
  • Jennifer D.
    Jennifer DamgeOctober 27, 2013
    Should stick w/ the dirty martini - Cosmo wasn't a Cosmo even though the bartender swore it was. Orange slice instead of lime & a bit cloudy from pineapple juice...which doesn't belong in a Cosmo!
  • Kimberly K.
    Kimberly KSeptember 28, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Great service and awesome bloody marys!
  • Linda F.
    Linda FosterAugust 6, 2013
    Been here 50+ times
    This was my first time having the crab rangoon, they're quite tasty!
  • Lana J.
    Lana JarvisJune 30, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food awesome bartender!
  • Kimberly K.
    Kimberly KJune 28, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    Ranger and Endemame! Yummy!
  • Beaz H.
    Beaz HoggJune 24, 2013
    If anyone has a better steak and eggs i would be surprised!
  • Brent E.
    Brent EusticeJune 23, 2013
    June 22nd...this band sucks. Dude can't keep in key...amps too low. They suuuuuuck donkey nuts
  • Jennifer (Fern) M.
    Jennifer (Fern) McDanielJune 2, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Since 2004 they were my favorite place for wings! Used to be best in town... CHEF why the change?!?!?
  • Grant A.
    Grant AwesMay 22, 2013
    Been here 25+ times
    The Chipotle Chicken, Grits and Gravy will blow you away!
  • Galina X.
    Galina XiongApril 17, 2013
    The star bar beer and burger is great after a long day.
  • Juice Magazine
    Juice MagazineMarch 19, 2013
    For diners looking for a healthful option, the omelet with red peppers, spinach and goat cheese served with potatoes, onions, red pepper and garlic on the side for $8.99 is a must. Read more
  • Jennifer (Fern) M.
    Jennifer (Fern) McDanielDecember 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Best wings ever!
  • Tessa T.
    Tessa TorrezDecember 22, 2012
    Been here 50+ times
    Best bartenders around!
  • Colton D.
    Colton DavisSeptember 17, 2012
    Ask for Ciji or Kira. They're by far the best two waitresses.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SwartzSeptember 2, 2012
    The southwest burger is the best here!
  • Nathan W.
    Nathan WrightAugust 2, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    Prepare to sit for at least 10 minutes before the wait staff acknowledges your existence. They might bring you water. If you're worthy.
  • Shawn V.
    Shawn Van LeeuwenJune 7, 2012
    Live salsa on Wednesday's and booze. Uhhh duh.
  • Samuel B.
    Samuel BurtMay 4, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    If you enjoy sitting at a table for 30 minutes while the wait staff just looks at you while they chat at the bar, this is the place for you!
  • Desarae V.
    Desarae VeitApril 24, 2012
    Wednesday come for salsa dancing!
  • Kari T.
    Kari TietjenApril 22, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    The turkey, pepper bacon, and Swiss panini is one of the most delicious sandwiches ever. Get the Parmesan fries for extra deliciousness.
  • Deborah P.
    Deborah PaulApril 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    This is one of the best bars in des moines... Fabulous bartenders and amazing FREE music weds and sat!!!!
  • Jenn
    JennApril 7, 2012
    Slowest service ever! Tried a second time, different time of day and week...still awful!!
  • Sabbath J.
    Sabbath JacksonMarch 31, 2012
    My friend plays live music here quite a bit, great menu, very friendly bartenders, and a laid back but classy joint. Dig it.
  • Grant A.
    Grant AwesMarch 16, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Good bar, great food and awesome atmosphere! (4 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Avolyn F.
    Avolyn FisherFebruary 28, 2012
    If you get a soda after a few beers you will get charged.
  • Tom V.
    Tom VanceFebruary 25, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    They play good music on Fridays!
  • Your Downtown Gal
    Your Downtown GalFebruary 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    I love the catfish tacos here.
  • Abby B.
    Abby BeyerFebruary 1, 2012
    BBQ Chicken Spring Rolls with mango salsa...Delicious!!
  • Steve B.
    Steve BrickJanuary 12, 2012
    Order the scallops-Awsome!
  • Alexander J.
    Alexander J MJanuary 12, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    ABSOLUTE WORST FUCKING SERVICE. Star Bar eats dick.
  • Claire C.
    Claire CelsiJanuary 8, 2012
    Our waiter Justin Bieber is being very rude
  • Shannon D.
    Shannon DalyDecember 31, 2011
    Special isn't valid.
  • Shannon D.
    Shannon DalyDecember 31, 2011
    Special isn't val
  • Summer L.
    Summer LybargerNovember 20, 2011
    Awesome cheeseburger
  • Christie S.
    Christie SmithNovember 13, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Horrible service
  • Nicole W.
    Nicole WilkeNovember 5, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Really some of the best fish tacos I have had. Spicy, crunchy, good.
  • Michele R.
    Michele RuggieriNovember 5, 2011
    Star Bar Burger!
  • Joe H.
    Joe HandOctober 2, 2011
    Best bar on Ingersoll.
  • Drew M.
    Drew McLellanSeptember 22, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This is A+ people watching and connecting. Come to eat or during happy hour - to mingle. You'll meet some valuable contacts/nice people!
  • Rose M.
    Rose MayoSeptember 19, 2011
    A bit pricey but great food and a good wine list for an Ingersoll bar!
  • Ian W.
    Ian WalmsleySeptember 17, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Stella on tap and everything is good. Steak or chicken tacos are awesome.
  • Alex B.
    Alex BergmanAugust 27, 2011
    Get the red pepper, spinach and goat cheese omelet and add ham to it. Best omelet you'll ever eat.
  • Val F.
    Val FooteAugust 25, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Best bloody marys in town!
  • Jaimee .
    Jaimee 🔥August 22, 2011
    Little pricey, but a great little place!
  • Anne C.
    Anne CrossAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Great place to go after work. Amazing appetizers and drink!
  • Heather R.
    Heather RyanAugust 15, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Amazing fish tacos and delicious martinis! Read more
  • Eric S.
    Eric ShumateAugust 10, 2011
    Parmesan Garlic Fries.
  • Brock B.
    Brock BAugust 6, 2011
    Garlic Parmesan fries are fantastic.
  • Chelsea S.
    Chelsea StoneJuly 15, 2011
    Live "world" music every Wednesday night - don't miss when Salsa Vibe plays!
  • Cosmic Donuts
    Cosmic DonutsJuly 14, 2011
    Quesadillas are awesome
  • Heather R.
    Heather RyanJune 27, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Sesame crushed Ahi tuna is worth the dough! Love that appetizer!
  • Bianca C.
    Bianca CarbonaraJune 18, 2011
    The Mandarin Martini is outstanding! Perfectly proportioned and not too tangy. Great choice.
  • John P.
    John PembleMay 21, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    If this place wasn't on Ingersoll I would probably not seek it out. Good location. OK beers. Often free live jazz.
  • Joe F.
    Joe FerinApril 23, 2011
    Anchor Steam on tap!
  • Del B.
    Del BoogsMarch 27, 2011
    place seems kinda dirty (dropped food bits on the floor, half wiped tables, sticky menus etc.)
  • Zachary B.
    Zachary Bales-HenryMarch 27, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    This is a great place of you are meeting with clients. Good food and fast service.
  • Kyle B.
    Kyle BiggsMarch 23, 2011
    Good atmosphere and reasonably priced food. If you want to go somewhere and be able to talk without yelling, this is the place.
  • Kelly W.
    Kelly WyattMarch 20, 2011
    Healthy and delicious food options...but ALWAYS the worst service in town!!!
  • Mandy R.
    Mandy RidgwayMarch 13, 2011
    They leave giant clove of garlic in breakfast potatoes. What are we sposed to do with them eat them? :\
  • Emmersone
    EmmersoneMarch 12, 2011
    Everything was average.
  • Joe H.
    Joe HobotFebruary 27, 2011
    Should try star bar burger. Love the fact they have Stella on tap
  • Neil R.
    Neil RobertsOctober 7, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Be aggressive with the wait staff. They don't make eye contact.
  • Joshua G.
    Joshua GeneserAugust 28, 2010
    Been here 100+ times
    Best freaking food around, the bartenders are perfect gentlemen and the waitresses are complete dolls. My new hang out.
  • Lindsey R.
    Lindsey ReddAugust 25, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    Martinis are rapturous!!!
  • Brian S.
    Brian SteckelbergAugust 4, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Pass on the blackened chicken cheesesteak but definitely get the fries!
  • Amy
    AmyJuly 16, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Brunch will change your life! Fries are also amazing!
  • Scott A.
    Scott AllenJune 29, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    BBQ Chicken Springrolls are a must.
  • Lindsay M.
    Lindsay McAfeeMay 3, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Steak salad is perfectly delightful.
  • Jen H.
    Jen HanfMarch 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    A bit overpriced - $7 for 4 mediocre Crab Rangoon is pretty steep for what you get. I was pretty disappointed with the blackened chicken cheesesteak...though the bloody Mary was good.
  • Aaron P.
    Aaron PriceMarch 19, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    I second the love of the Cuban sandwich
  • A N.
    A NurackFebruary 17, 2010
    Special tonight is shrimp and chicken pasta w/ red pepper sauce, garlic, and cilantro for $12. Best bar food in town.
  • Joe D.
    Joe DavissonFebruary 15, 2010
    Makers mark...UP! Also grilled salmon is good.
  • Lorna T.
    Lorna TruckFebruary 14, 2010
    Chocolate creme brulee
  • Ken S.
    Ken ScarpinoFebruary 14, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Sunday Brunch!!!
  • Aaron L.
    Aaron LanderFebruary 3, 2010
    Get the catfish tacos, but substitute the beans for something else!
  • Ben M.
    Ben McDougalFebruary 2, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Turkey, Pepper, Bacon, Ranch Panini ftw
  • Josh F.
    Josh FlemingJanuary 6, 2010
    Cuban Sandwich - off the hook. Read more
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