Des Moines Area Restaurant Guide

*Please note this page is a work in progress, I will continue to update as time allows. If you know of businesses that should be added please message me, and if you have the contact information already - Even better! 

Last Updated1.10.13

Des Moines Area Restaurant Guide

A-Dong Restaurant
1511 High St
Des Moines Iowa
Features a full vegetarian menu with many vegan options.

Aparre Steakhouse
3769 86th Street  
Urbandale, IA 50322
Really great vegetarian/vegan sushi. Recommend the sweet potato roll and Buddha roll.

Bandit Burrito
5340 Merle Hay Rd
Johnston Iowa
Bandit has a vegan chorizo option for any burrito, taco bowl, etc. They make every dish fresh and buy local produce!

Centro Restaurant
1003 Locust Street
Des Moines, IA
Ask server for vegan and vegetarian options, I heard a rumor that one of the chefs may be vegan.

Cool Basil
8801 University Avenue
Clive, IA
Delicious Thai food, service can be slow so don't go when you are in a rush. The food is worth the wait. Be careful of spice levels.

Cosi Cucina
1975 Northwest 86th Street
Clive, IA 50325

(515) 278-8148
Try the Grilled Portabella, House Salad, Vegetable Pizza, Veggie Festiva Pasta, Fresh Tomato Linguini Pasta or Mushroom Pasta
Dos Rios
316 Court Avenue
Des Moines, IA
You must try the fresh made to order Guacamole! Vegan friendly - and I think we almost have them convinced via twitter to offer vegan cheese. (you can add some pressure here!)

Fongs Pizza
223 4th Street
Des Moines, IA
I haven't got to try this place yet - but I hear they have Daiya vegan cheese!
Fresh Café
1721 25th Street, Suite 110
West Des Moines, IA

Gusto’s Pizza
1905 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA
Order your pizza with vegan Daiya cheese!

LT Organic Farms
3241 Ute Ave
Waukee, IA 50263
(515) 987-3170
Open seasonally, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Menu includes vegan and vegetarian options.

Myabi 9
512 E. Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA
Great vegan/vegetarian Sushi!

Namaste India
7500 University Avenue
Clive, IA

Natural Thirst Café
1000 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA
Located inside the downtown Des Moines library building featuring raw and vegan smoothies, juices and some sandwiches and snacks.

New World Cafe
223 E. Walnut Street
Des Moines, IA
P.F Chang’s
110 S. Jordon Creek Parkway
West Des Moines, IA
Located beside Jordon Creek Mall, Chang’s has a separate vegetarian and gluten free menu!

Ritual Cafe
1301 Locust St Ste D
Des Moines Iowa
Enjoy coffee, tea, vegan desserts and food options. Great place for live music and relaxation.

(Find them at the Farmers Market!)
Find vegan chorizo tacos at the Farmers Market – served on fresh made gluten free tortillas!

Beaverdale neighborhood 
Tally's Restaurant, Bar & Catering
2712 Beaver Avenue
Des Moines, IA
515 279 2067 
Vegan menu options, also does catering

Thai Flavors
1254 E. 14th Street
Des Moines, IA

Eating on the Go

I blogged on some tips for this a while back here are some suggestions that I use to keep vegan on the road…also available in Des Moines

Panera Bread
Noodles & Co
Jason’s Deli

Vegan Catering & Bakeries

Fresh Cafe
Gluten free, raw and vegan options available. Highly recommended - best vegan cupcake I have ever eaten!!

Cyd's Catering
Cyd Koehn
~Vegan and Raw friendly options!

Beaverdale neighborhood 
Tally's Restaurant, Bar & Catering
2712 Beaver Avenue
Des Moines, IA
515 279 2067 
Vegan menu options, also does catering

Health Food & Natural Food Stores

Campbells Nutrition
Multiple locations~Vitamins and supplements as well as a small food store

Gateway Market
2002 Woodland Ave
Des Moines, Iowa

New City Market
4721 University Ave
Des Moines, Iowa

Trader Joe's
6305 Mills Civic Parkway
West Des Moines Iowa
Trader Joe's has a full listing of vegan foods as well as a full list of gluten free products just ask an associate.

Prudent Produce
Organic home vegetable delivery
324 SW Maple St
Des Moines Iowa

Most Hy-Vee’s have a health Market now


  1. LT Organic Farm in Waukee is just off of I-80, and they have vegan and vegetarian options. Great food, friendly service, and a gift shop to browse (fun stuff, and jewelry).