Waveland Cafe

Breakfast Spot, Diner, and Pub$$$$
Waveland Park, Des Moines
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  • Michael B.
    "Try the Lumberman and get the hashbrowns fully loaded"(5 Tips)
    Eric W.
    "Order the "Everything Hashbrowns", you won't regret it."(14 Tips)
    Brandon N.
    "Best breakfast spot in Des Moines with out a doubt."(2 Tips)
    Liz P.
    "Love the veggie omelets and the french toast!"(4 Tips)
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  • joel m.
    joel meanaApril 13
    One star joint.
  • Janice G.
    Janice GalliApril 11
    The Vegetarian Skillet was fabulous! I got the half portion, couldn't eat half of that. The hash browns were crispy on the outside, tender in the middle. A throwback to the diner days of the 50's.
  • Jeanine P.
    Best breakfast I've ever had!
  • Krista V.
    Fantastic breakfast and great service! Get the Everything Hashbrowns with gravy. It's the best!
  • Steve D.
    Steve DNJanuary 23
    Must do for breakfast in DSM!
  • Marni
    MarniNovember 7, 2015
    The everything hashbrowns were excellent. Try it with an over easy egg on top.
  • Jay F.
    Jay FernandezNovember 2, 2015
    Best breakfast on this side of the Mississippi.. Try the western omelette it's to die for! Be prepared to wait 10-20 minutes for a table it's worth the wait though
  • Tara H.
    Tara HouserSeptember 25, 2015
    Best breakfast cafe I ever been too. They are fast n not too pricey either
  • Sarah D.
    Sarah DavelaarSeptember 2, 2015
    If you are looking for a traditional diner, this is your place. Food is delicious and the wait staff is unbelievably nice!
  • Ken B.
    Ken BroadheadAugust 10, 2015
    Everything Hash!
  • Erin M.
    Erin Monfort-NelsonJuly 30, 2015
    The lumber man with a side of bacon. Pretty much perfect
  • Janice M.
    Janice MastersonJuly 25, 2015
    The foods great
  • Professor at S.
    Good tuna melt.
  • Michael B.
    Michael BelliJune 28, 2015
    Try the lumberman and ask for the hash browns loaded with everything.
  • g o.
    g oconnorMay 8, 2015
    The small "Specialty Cakes" - note; 9" knife and pat of butter for perspective!
  • g o.
    g oconnorMay 8, 2015
    The finest breakfast in the whole U. S. of A!!!
  • g o.
    g oconnorMay 8, 2015
    EVERYTHING HASHBROWNS!!! She who must be Obeyed is having SPECIALTY CAKES in the Apple Cinnamon persuasion (as long as she can have as much of mine as she wants). I'm having two eggs & gravy on top!
  • Lisa Y.
    Lisa YoungApril 21, 2015
    Good home cooked breakfast and great french toast
  • Ted C.
    Ted CoppockApril 2, 2015
    What? Rate a place that wrote the book on breakfast. Now that's funny!
  • Patrick D.
    Patrick DoughertyMarch 14, 2015
    Everything hash browns may be the best potato based food that I've ever eaten!
  • Michael S.
    Michael SadlerFebruary 25, 2015
    Mexi best skillet
  • Nickie S.
    Nickie SkinnerJanuary 20, 2015
    Breskfast is like at Grandma's. Like home.
  • Atomic S.
    Atomic SatterfieldSeptember 25, 2014
    Favorite treat when I'm visiting Des Moines!
  • Justin C.
    Justin CarterAugust 27, 2014
    Mexican skillet
  • Jenn G.
    Jenn GoodellAugust 10, 2014
    Get here early or be prepared to wait in line
  • Ben M.
    Ben MilneAugust 9, 2014
    Hungry man. Go.
  • Ku M.
    Ku MaysAugust 6, 2014
    The owner is a Greenbay Packer fan!!! That made the foods taste 10 times better.
  • Steve C.
    Steve CarterMay 13, 2014
    It's all good!
  • John T.
    John T.May 7, 2014
    Great place.
  • Eric W.
    Eric WinkelFebruary 21, 2014
    Can get a little crowded, but that's only because this is the best breakfast spot in the Des Moines area. Order the "Everything Hashbrowns", you won't regret it.
  • David S.
    David SmithJanuary 21, 2014
    The Waveland, awesome food!
  • Paul C.
    Paul CallahanNovember 26, 2013
    Best breakfast around!
  • Linda F.
    Linda FosterNovember 20, 2013
    Fast, reasonably priced and super tasty.... hit the spot! Thank you~
  • Angel K.
    Angel KingNovember 4, 2013
    Cinnamon French toast is HEAVENLY!! Hot Chocolate with a shit ton of marshmallows makes any person happy! 😝😜
  • Kelsey
    KelseySeptember 16, 2013
    Worth the wait in line for Sunday breakfast!
  • Kathleen
    KathleenJuly 18, 2013
    Much more fun than breakfast at the Marriott.
  • Deborah P.
    Deborah PaulJuly 3, 2013
    Fabulous service !!!! Very fun and yummy
  • Michelle R.
    Michelle RobsonJune 27, 2013
    Best breakfast place in Des Moines that I have found. Waiting for a seat may be a little annoying but very much worth it in the end. Best biscuits and gravy!
  • Deb G.
    Deb GaskinsApril 18, 2013
    Great loaded hash browns. Atmosphere reminds me of the 60's. All the politicos stop there when in Des Moines.
  • Laura S.
    Laura SigalMarch 29, 2013
    Best. Hash browns. Ever.
  • Chris V.
    Chris V.March 3, 2013
    Leave Discover & Amex at home...cash, MC & Visa only.
  • Taswan G.
    Taswan GopinathOctober 8, 2012
    Get the Everything Hashbrowns. You will die and go to hashbrown heaven.
  • Drake University
    Drake UniversityAugust 27, 2012
    Breakfast all day as well as an array of lunch items.
  • Tyler P.
    Tyler PeelerJuly 7, 2012
    Mexi skillet is absolutely amazing..toast on the side? Probably the best breakfast spot in Des Moines..more than enough food for your money too..
  • Courtney A.
    Courtney AbbottMay 19, 2012
    Take it from a former diner waitress-their plate-sized pancakes are on point.
  • Tyler U.
    Tyler UtzkaMay 3, 2012
    Look at the Waveland coffee cups. Some say Est. 1982 others say Est. 1984. Welcome to Waveland.
  • Sabbath J.
    Sabbath JacksonMarch 31, 2012
    Waveland's Mexi Best Skillet. It's delightful. Not pretty, not upscale, mediocre service and bad coffee. But I love it. LOVE it. Oh, and tiny - so be prepared to hang out and wait for a table.
  • Creighton C.
    Creighton CoxFebruary 11, 2012
    Stop #2 on St. Practice Day 2012!
  • Brandon N.
    Brandon NattressFebruary 8, 2012
    Best breakfast spot in Des Moines with out a doubt. If you are looking for a hip and trendy place, go somewhere else. This place is all about the food. Best hash-browns you will ever have.
  • Clint H.
    Clint HarveyJanuary 26, 2012
    Get the Waveland's Best Skillet.
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