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Honey Dusted Fried Chicken - Tupelo Honey - Des Moines, Des Moines, IA

Tupelo Honey - Des Moines

4.3
4.3
472 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary Southern
Tupelo Honey is a revival of Southern food and traditions rooted in the Carolina Mountains we call home. We craft brunches, lunches and suppers that bring family and friends around the table and allow for conversations and cocktails to linger longer than usual. Please arrive on time with all members in your party present. We will cancel reservations 15 minutes after the scheduled time. The combining of separate reservations will not be honored. We look forward to seeing you soon!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 64 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern, Southern, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (515) 513-5922

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    AJ Briggs

  • Neighborhood

    Des Moines

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 472 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.3
4.3 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Great for Brunch

  • Iowa

    Hot Spot

  • Iowa

    Great for Lunch

  • Iowa

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Iowa

    Most Booked

  • Des Moines

    Fit for Foodies

  • Des Moines

    Good for Groups

  • Des Moines

    Hot Spot

  • Des Moines

    Great for Lunch

  • Des Moines

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Des Moines

    Most Booked

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food5service4ambience5
    Food was very good and portion size was decent. The only complaint is that the cocktails were a little overpriced and underwhelming. Food was delicious but took forever to be served and we ate relatively early in the evening so not a large crown. Would definitely go again but have drinks at home.
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great atmosphere! great food!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply wonderful. Excellent food, service.
  4. NF

    NatalieF

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    Mediocre food, drinks are great, service was great and ambiance was very pretty!
  5. DF

    DebF

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great service and food arrived quickly. Love the interior of the restaurant especially the location lights.
  6. DS

    DeanneS

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Drinks were pricey...but delicious. Smothered chicken was really good...as were the brussel sprouts. Salad also tasty. There were 10 of us and the service was super.
  7. GR

    GeneR

    Des Moines

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience2
    The food is fantastic and the service was stellar; however, the noise level was so bad we could hardly carry on a conversation. I recommend it for the food but come expecting conversation to be difficult.
  8. AC

    AlisonC

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    Tupelo Honey is very trendy and cute! Service was great and our drinks were yummy. Unfortunately, the food was sub-par. Everyone in our group had been before for dinner wanted to give them a second chance with brunch, but it still did not impress.
  9. KG

    KGALLA

    Des Moines

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    very good food. the smothered chicken was moist, yet crispy. the brussel sprouts were very good.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    19 reviews

    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Pre-Show brunch was fabulous! I asked for COVID accommodations and we were seated in a more isolated area. Ashley, our server, was outstanding! The food, fantastic! Old fashioned breakfast bowl, avocado eggs Benedict were generous, well presented and packed with flavors.The reason for the 4 rather than the 5 star...even without a packed house, the noise level at Tupelo Honey is too much.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    Good, not great. Very loud!
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    1st time here and I gotta say I'm so glad I came the food was delicious service was great. Bloody mary wasn't the best but I didn't complain.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thoroughly enjoyed our lunch. Beverages and food were outstanding; menu is great! Beautiful restaurant; looking forward to returning when in Des Moines again!
  14. L

    Localdiner2

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    So loud! Great service.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We enjoyed a fabulous pre theater meal at Tupelo Honey in Des Moines. Our appetizers and meal were satisfying and delicious. The house made cocktails added a special touch to our dining experience.
  16. G

    4Given

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Atmosphere was a little loud but service was great. The pepper on the biscuits was interesting. We will be back!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch combo with the bacon & Avacado melt. Delicious! Perfect with the two sides.
  18. LL

    LauraL

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    We had a reservation and were seated right away. Our waitress took our order and drink order but never checked on us for more than 30 minutes. We finally had to get her attention to check on our food. The food was good but the service was terrible.
  19. DM

    DeerfieldMom

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Stellar service! The biggest complaint is that the menu is very limited for people who have special dietary needs such as being gluten-free. Only two salads on the menu for gluten-free options.
  20. MW

    MariahW

    Des Moines

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We tried out Tupelo Honey for restaurant week and did their special starters to dessert option in addition to a few drinks and some additional starters. Fantastic service, everyone was extremely nice and attentive and overall the food was awesome. Would dine again. Started with the biscuits w/honey and blueberry butter and these are an absolute MUST! The two giant biscuits were plenty for 3 of us to split. The fried cauliflower/jalapeño and browned Brussel sprouts left a bit to be desired, we probably wouldn’t order either starter again. The drinks were good except the non alcoholic southern spritzer was pretty bland- tasted mostly like a can of pineapple juice. Then came the main portions. I did the half bird fried chicken with the chive/parm potato’s and baked Mac, another did the same but got potatoes and a salad, and my other friend did the spicy chicken and waffles. The meals were the highlight of night. HUGE portions, I’m not sure how one person could even attempt to eat it all and it was SO delicious. Whatever they’re doing with chicken is great, it’s moist, well seasoned, never over done or cooked too long. We spent a total of probably 3 hours there, never once feeling rushed or pushed and they did allow us to cork the last bottle of wine to take home. Overall, 10/10.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and service! Loved the biscuits, shrimp and grits and lavender lemonade!! We will be back for sure!
  22. NM

    NickM

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    I was very disappointed in the entire experience. This time it was a Monday evening at 7pm. I ordered the same appetizer as the last time I was there, fried green tomatoes. This time they lacked flavor. I also ordered the same main entree of Braised pork. This time is was over-cooked. Service was less than good. Noise level is simply too loud. My previous experience was a Saturday night, and we had phenomenal food, drinks, and service. Noise level was still too loud. Sad to say I won’t be coming back to your resturant. Just too overpriced to risk a bad experience.
  23. JL

    JaneL

    San Diego

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience4
    Thr food was a bit bland. And the was no presentation. Did not seem as to be adequately staffed. While we love our Des mother restaurants, this one is suffering.
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was very good. We tried the biscuits and they were delicious. My husband had the shrimp and grits. He was very pleased. I had the mahi-mahi and it was good but I thought it a little over cooked. Salad and beans with it were a perfect choice. Next time we’re are having chicken and waffles
  25. MA

    aMAZing

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We went for our 5th Anniversary and really enjoyed the whole experience!
  26. R

    R777

    Atlanta

    22 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Poor bar tending / very bad pours on liquor . The food service was extremely slow as it took nearly an hour to receive our entree and the food was terrible. Don't waste your time and money at this restuarant. Will not return!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent service. The wait staff is helpful and fun! We were not good customers in that we stayed for 3.5 hours chatting and were never ready with our order. Never were we made to feel like we were an inconvenience. The food was amazing.
  28. SN

    SandyN

    Louisville

    61 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    61 reviews

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience3
    This was our 4th time dining here for a business meal. The first three times were stellar. This time, the service went way downhill. We arrived at 11:30 am for our reservation and ordered apps immediately. We ordered lunch at 11:45 and the food was not delivered until 12:45, an hour after ordering. Nothing ordered was complicated. Our client had a meeting at 1 pm which we told our server at 12:10 pm. They had to get their food to go. The food was very good as usual.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we ate was delicious. Cauliflower appetizer was my favorite. Bright fresh ambiance and good, friendly service. Definitely will come again.

    Tupelo Honey - Des MoinesResponded on August 11, 2022Thanks for leaving us a review! The Spicy Cauliflower Bites are one of the items on our menu that are looked over, but they are one of the tastiest options that we have available(in my humble opinion). Appreciate your overarching criticisms as we try to make our restaurant about the overall experience rather than just the food and drink. See you next time, Team Tupelo Honey Des Moines

  30. C

    Carker

    Des Moines

    6 reviews

    1.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Slow service & subpar food. Incredibly noisy, too. One word? Disappointing.
  31. DS

    DianeS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    Good service and the food was very good. As the restaurant filled up yhe noise level was a little high. Overall we had a great time

    Tupelo Honey - Des MoinesResponded on August 8, 2022Hey Diane, Thanks for taking the time to leave us a review! Being a new restaurant we appreciate having people talk about us. I'm glad you enjoyed your time while you were in with us but next time, if there's anything that we can do to make your experience more comfortable please just let us know. Thanks again, Team Tupelo Honey Des Moines

  32. JB

    JeffB

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    Good food, great service. It was noticeably loud, but not so much that you can't have a conversation with your table. A pleasant experience.

    Tupelo Honey - Des MoinesResponded on August 8, 2022Hey Jeff, Thanks for taking the time to leave us such a kind review! We pride ourselves on being able to give people a place to enjoy their meals, as well as appreciate their time while letting us take care of them. If ever you're in and the ambience needs a little tweaking to make your experience a little more comfortable please don't hesitate to ask! Thanks again, Team Tupelo Honey Des Moines

  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Fun, decadent food and drinks!

    Tupelo Honey - Des MoinesResponded on August 8, 2022Thanks for leaving the kind review! Can't wait to do it all again. Team Tupelo Honey Des Moines

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    The famous chicken was small and overcooked and thought portion was small for price.. Manager was kind and took care of issue.

    Tupelo Honey - Des MoinesResponded on August 3, 2022Thanks for leaving the honest review! I'm very happy to hear that you spoke up about your experience and it was dealt with accordingly. We are always happy to ensure that your experience is handled with grace and humility, so thank you again for your honesty. Team Tupelo Honey Des Moines

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great and friendly service, and quality food. Highly recommend
  36. JF

    JoeF

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was outstanding. The service was excellent. We will definitely go back there to eat and have drinks.

    Tupelo Honey - Des MoinesResponded on August 3, 2022Hello Joe! Thanks for leaving the kind review. I will be sure to show the staff this comment to remind them of how stellar they are! Come back soon and be safe until then, Team Tupelo Honey Des Moines

  37. SB

    SuzanneB

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was soooo good!

    Tupelo Honey - Des MoinesResponded on August 3, 2022Hey Suzanne! Thanks for taking the time to leave such a kind review! I'll make sure to show the chefs that their efforts do NOT go unnoticed. We'll see you soon! Thanks again, Team Tupelo Honey Des Moines

  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Pittsburgh

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cocktails, service, and food were exceptional

    Tupelo Honey - Des MoinesResponded on August 3, 2022Thanks for leaving us such a raving review! I'll be sure to show the staff these kind reviews so they understand that their hard work is recognized. Come back soon!

  39. KR

    KathrynR

    Des Moines

    17 reviews

    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience3
    Our waitress was very attentive and the food was great as usual. The only thing that bothers me to come here is the absolute din in the dining room. It’s just my preference not to have to yell to be heard. But I come anyway for the food, just not often.

    Tupelo Honey - Des MoinesResponded on August 2, 2022Hello Kathryn, Thanks for taking the time to leave us an honest review. We are always happy to hear about the good aspect of your experience but, we also need to hear about the other side of things so we can better serve our guests. If you run into this problem next time you're in with us, ask to speak with a manager and we would be glad to change the volume of our music or alter our ambience in almost any way to make your experience more comfortable. Thanks again, Team Tupelo Honey Des Moines

  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service, really good food, the restaurant itself is beautiful and full of energy, great time.

    Tupelo Honey - Des MoinesResponded on August 2, 2022Hello, Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! Our chefs and service staff always appreciate getting commended on their stellar efforts, so thank you for shouting them out. Please come back soon and we'll do it all over again! Thanks again, Team Tupelo Honey Des Moines

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Contactless payment available

FAQs

Tupelo Honey - Des Moines offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (515) 513-5922.

Tupelo Honey - Des Moines is rated 4.3 stars by 472 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 64 times today
Google Map for Tupelo Honey - Des Moines

665 Grand Ave, Suite 100, Des Moines, IA 50309

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Des Moines

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 9:00 am–4:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary Southern, Southern, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    AJ Briggs

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Dog Friendly, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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