Waveland Cafe

Breakfast Spot, Diner, and Pub$$$$
Waveland Park, Des Moines
  • Michael B.
    "Try the Lumberman and get the hashbrowns fully loaded"(5 Tips)
    Eric W.
    "Order the "Everything Hashbrowns", you won't regret it."(16 Tips)
    Brandon N.
    "Best breakfast spot in Des Moines with out a doubt."(2 Tips)
    Meredith P.
    "The cinnamon French toast is really good if you love things with..."(2 Tips)
75 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • hash browns
  • lumberman
  • French toast
  • omelettes
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  • Meredith P.
    Meredith Pocius2 weeks ago
    Been here 10+ times
    The owners are nice and friendly and the food is great here and they know about my diet of no dairy.
  • Meredith P.
    Meredith PociusAugust 24
    Been here 10+ times
    The cinnamon French toast is really good if you love things with cinnamon in them.
  • Meredith P.
    Meredith PociusAugust 8
    Been here 10+ times
    The breakfast burrito is really good with a cup of chili.
  • Kelly S.
    Kelly StokesJanuary 27
    Been here 5+ times
    I have not had a bad breakfast. Great hash browns and tasty biscuits and gravy and excellent omelets. Can't go wrong.
  • Scott R.
    Scott RiepeNovember 17, 2016
    All good,worth the wait if there is one
  • Michelle B.
    Michelle BahrAugust 13, 2016
    Loaded hashbrowns, biscuits and gravy
  • jro w.
    jro woodsJuly 28, 2016
    Everything food,people
  • jro w.
    jro woodsJuly 28, 2016
    Everything is great.. Old fashioned way loves it here thanks Waveland
  • Jacqueline M.
    Jacqueline MartinJuly 8, 2016
    Old school & busy. Need More like them.
  • joel m.
    joel meanaApril 13, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    One star joint.
  • Janice G.
    Janice GalliApril 11, 2016
    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.
    Jeanine PoeApril 8, 2016
    Best breakfast I've ever had!
  • Krista V.
    Krista VogelMarch 2, 2016
    Fantastic breakfast and great service! Get the Everything Hashbrowns with gravy. It's the best!
  • Steve D.
    Steve DNJanuary 23, 2016
    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
    Been here 5+ times
    The lumber man with a side of bacon. Pretty much perfect
  • Janice M.
    Janice MastersonJuly 25, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    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
    Been here 25+ times
    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
    Been here 25+ times
    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.
    Upvoted Sep 3
  • 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
    Been here 10+ times
    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
    Been here 10+ times
    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
    Been here 10+ times
    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
    Been here 5+ times
    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
    Been here 5+ times
    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
    Been here 5+ times
    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
    Been here 10+ times
    Get the Waveland's Best Skillet.
  • Jaimee .
    Jaimee 🔥November 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    This place has THE best breakfast. Period.
  • Tarra T.
    Tarra ThomasNovember 23, 2011
    The Veggie Skillet is the best!!!
  • Chad U.
    Chad UlrickNovember 19, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    The Lumberman is awesome, order it loaded (vegies and meat in the browns)
  • Josh D.
    Josh DreyerNovember 8, 2011
    Don't expect food. They have bags of delicious chips, however.
  • Vin D.
    Vin DiestelkampNovember 5, 2011
    Rory can't dance
  • C-SPAN
    C-SPANOctober 18, 2011
    Be on the lookout for C-SPAN/Waveland coffee mugs!
  • Michael B.
    Michael BelliAugust 5, 2011
    Try the Lumberman and get the hashbrowns fully loaded
  • Sally K.
    Sally KelloggJuly 28, 2011
    Protein omelette, with Bacon!
  • Evan[Bu]
    Evan[Bu]July 22, 2011
    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!
  • Travis B.
    Travis BellJune 12, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Cheap ass drinks and a great Cubbie bar!!
  • Andy B.
    Andy BrudtkuhlDecember 12, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    The Lumberman. Just get it
  • Luke W.
    Luke WOctober 2, 2010
    Everything hashbrowns are fantastic!
  • Liz P.
    Liz PetersenSeptember 26, 2010
    Love the veggie omelets and the french toast!
  • Heidi M.
    Heidi MannetterMay 2, 2010
    Been here 25+ times
    A half-order of the Breakfast Special is just right. They serve the best hashbrowns & ww toast!
  • DW C.
    DW CouchFebruary 6, 2010
    Best Place for Corned Beef Hash & Eggs!
  • Tom P.
    Tom PohlJanuary 31, 2010
    The lumberman is excellent! Easily, it is big enough for 2 people!
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