Waveland Cafe

Breakfast Spot, Diner, and Pub
4708 University Ave, Des Moines, IA 50311, United States
Hours:
Likely open (See when people check in)

People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 7:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Sun
    • 8:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • Mon
    • 9:00 AM–1:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 8:00 AM–1:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 8:00 AM–1:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 7:00 AM–1:00 PM
  • Fri
    • 6:00 AM–1:00 PM
Price:
$ $ $ $
Reservations:
No
Menus:
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Credit Cards:
Yes
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
No
9.2/10

Based on 121 votes

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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."(11 Tips)
    Brandon N.
    "Best breakfast spot in Des Moines with out a doubt."(2 Tips)
    Lisa Y.
    "Good home cooked breakfast and great french toast"(3 Tips)
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  • breakfast food
  • hash browns
  • lumberman
  • French toast
  • omelettes
  • family-friendly
  • casual
  • lively
  • authentic
  • skillets
  • good service
  • great value
  • home cooking
  • good for a quick meal
  • biscuits
  • toast
  • cozy
  • pancakes
  • hot chocolate
  • sandwiches
  • Ken B.

    Everything Hash!

    Ken Broadhead · 2 weeks ago
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  • Erin M.

    The lumber man with a side of bacon. Pretty much perfect

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  • Janice M.

    The foods great

    Janice Masterson · July 25
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  • Professor at S.

    Good tuna melt.

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  • Michael B.

    Try the lumberman and ask for the hash browns loaded with everything.

    Michael Belli · June 28
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  • g o.

    The small "Specialty Cakes" - note; 9" knife and pat of butter for perspective!

    g oconnor · May 8
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  • g o.

    The finest breakfast in the whole U. S. of A!!!

    g oconnor · May 8
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  • g o.

    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!

    g oconnor · May 8
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  • Lisa Y.

    Good home cooked breakfast and great french toast

    Lisa Young · April 21
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  • Ted C.

    What? Rate a place that wrote the book on breakfast. Now that's funny!

    Ted Coppock · April 2
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  • Patrick D.

    Everything hash browns may be the best potato based food that I've ever eaten!

    Patrick Dougherty · March 14
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  • Michael S.

    Mexi best skillet

    Michael Sadler · February 25
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  • Nickie S.

    Breskfast is like at Grandma's. Like home.

    Nickie Skinner · January 20
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  • Atomic S.

    Favorite treat when I'm visiting Des Moines!

    Atomic Satterfield · September 25, 2014
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  • Justin C.

    Mexican skillet

    Justin Carter · August 27, 2014
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  • Jenn G.

    Get here early or be prepared to wait in line

    Jenn Goodell · August 10, 2014
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  • Ben M.

    Hungry man. Go.

    Ben Milne · August 9, 2014
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  • Ku M.

    The owner is a Greenbay Packer fan!!! That made the foods taste 10 times better.

    Ku Mays · August 6, 2014
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  • Steve C.

    It's all good!

    Steve Carter · May 13, 2014
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  • John T.

    Great place.

    John T. · May 7, 2014
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  • Eric W.

    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.

    Eric Winkel · February 21, 2014
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  • David S.

    The Waveland, awesome food!

    David Smith · January 21, 2014
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  • Paul C.

    Best breakfast around!

    Paul Callahan · November 26, 2013
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  • Linda F.

    Fast, reasonably priced and super tasty.... hit the spot! Thank you~

    Linda Foster · November 20, 2013
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  • Angel K.

    Cinnamon French toast is HEAVENLY!! Hot Chocolate with a shit ton of marshmallows makes any person happy! 😝😜

    Angel King · November 4, 2013
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  • Kelsey

    Worth the wait in line for Sunday breakfast!

    Kelsey · September 16, 2013
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  • Kathleen

    Much more fun than breakfast at the Marriott.

    Kathleen · July 18, 2013
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  • Deborah P.

    Fabulous service !!!! Very fun and yummy

    Deborah Paul · July 3, 2013
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  • Michelle R.

    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!

    Michelle Robson · June 27, 2013
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  • Deb G.

    Great loaded hash browns. Atmosphere reminds me of the 60's. All the politicos stop there when in Des Moines.

    Deb Gaskins · April 18, 2013
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  • Laura S.

    Best. Hash browns. Ever.

    Laura Sigal · March 29, 2013
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  • Chris V.

    Leave Discover & Amex at home...cash, MC & Visa only.

    Chris V. · March 3, 2013
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  • Taswan G.

    Get the Everything Hashbrowns. You will die and go to hashbrown heaven.

    Taswan Gopinath · October 8, 2012
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  • Drake University

    Breakfast all day as well as an array of lunch items.

    Drake University · August 27, 2012
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  • Tyler P.

    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..

    Tyler Peeler · July 7, 2012
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  • Courtney A.

    Take it from a former diner waitress-their plate-sized pancakes are on point.

    Courtney Abbott · May 19, 2012
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  • Tyler U.

    Look at the Waveland coffee cups. Some say Est. 1982 others say Est. 1984. Welcome to Waveland.

    Tyler Utzka · May 3, 2012
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  • Sabbath J.

    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.

    Sabbath Jackson · March 31, 2012
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  • Creighton C.

    Stop #2 on St. Practice Day 2012!

    Creighton Cox · February 11, 2012
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  • Brandon N.

    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.

    Brandon Nattress · February 8, 2012
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  • Clint H.

    Get the Waveland's Best Skillet.

    Clint Harvey · January 26, 2012
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  • Jaimee .

    This place has THE best breakfast. Period.

    Jaimee 🔥 · November 24, 2011
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  • Tarra T.

    The Veggie Skillet is the best!!!

    Tarra Thomas · November 23, 2011
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  • Chad U.

    The Lumberman is awesome, order it loaded (vegies and meat in the browns)

    Chad Ulrick · November 19, 2011
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  • Josh D.

    Don't expect food. They have bags of delicious chips, however.

    Josh Dreyer · November 8, 2011
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  • Vin D.

    Rory can't dance

    Vin Diestelkamp · November 5, 2011
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  • C-SPAN

    Be on the lookout for C-SPAN/Waveland coffee mugs!

    C-SPAN · October 18, 2011
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  • Michael B.

    Try the Lumberman and get the hashbrowns fully loaded

    Michael Belli · August 5, 2011
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  • Sally K.

    Protein omelette, with Bacon!

    Sally Kellogg · July 28, 2011
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  • Evan[Bu]

    One of the best places for breakfast in Des Moines. Whatever you end up getting, be sure that it includes hashbrowns. Evan[Bu] recommends the bacon and sausage omelet. Wow, even the toast is tasty!

    Evan[Bu] · July 22, 2011
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