Top 10 restaurants in Ankeny, United States

April 14, 2018 Alida England

Ankeny is a city in Polk County, Iowa, United States and home to Des Moines Area Community College. Ankeny is a rapidly growing suburb located just north of Des Moines, Iowa’s capital city. With a growing population of 62,000, Ankeny covers approximately 33 square miles and offers an outstanding quality of life, with a variety of cultural and recreational opportunities. Being part of the greater Des Moines area, Ankeny offers big city amenities with the hometown feel of a small city. The U.S. Census Bureau recently named Ankeny the fastest growing city in the Midwest and the 14th fastest growing city in the United States.
Things to do in Ankeny

1. Main Street Cafe and Bakery

2510 SW White Birch Dr Ste 1, Ankeny, IA 50023-7171 Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Delivery, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe, Soups, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 515-964-7141
Excellent
67%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 121 reviews

Main Street Cafe and Bakery

Quick serve restaurant with an upscale menu and feel.

Reviewed By pepperdinemom - Panora, Iowa

Stopped through Ankeny for lunch and heard food here was good. It was busy, staff were very friendly and helpful. We got Turkey avocado wrap and jerk chicken tacos, and both came with choice of side, we had soup. All came out fast, and good. Really good bread. We even bought decorated cookies for our family. What would make it a "5", it's noisy, put up TV screens.

2. Cafe Diem

2005 S Ankeny Blvd Ste 800, Ankeny, IA 50023-5427 Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Accepts Credit Cards Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 515-964-7374
Excellent
78%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 22 reviews

Cafe Diem

Reviewed By JASON H - Des Moines, Iowa

Cafe Diem is a beautifully decorated, welcoming cafe with fantastic service and people. It's designed for coming in for a quick bite, or sitting and working for hours. It also showcases local artwork, and is itself beautifully decorated with a nice fireplace in the middle.

3. Waterfront Seafood Market

2414 SE Tones Dr, Ankeny, IA 50021-8885 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating American, Seafood, Sushi, Soups, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 515-963-1940
Excellent
51%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 234 reviews

Waterfront Seafood Market

Reviewed By A TripAdvisor Member

Great location, delicious and fresh seafood + salad. Staff was very friendly and attentive. My friend and I highly recommend the market sashimi of the day. Filled with locals and tourist alike. A lot of people bought the steak. However, my friend and I was craving fresh seafood and salad. There two ways to get to waterfront. If you are coming from St. Kilday bridge, you’ll need to cross the bridge and go down one level (via stairs).

4. Fong's Pizza

1450 SW Vintage Pkwy Ste 120, Suite 120, Ankeny, IA 50023-7166 Television, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Pizza, Asian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 4 - SGD 33 +1 515-243-8888
Excellent
50%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
8%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 160 reviews

Fong's Pizza

We are home to the original Crab Rangoon pizza. This spacious location offers great seating for large parties and a convenient take-out area. We offer the same menu as our original location in Des Moines; but we offer a few specialties like Dragon Eggs, Onion Rings, and Parmesan Bites to name a few. Our big highlight in addition to the tiki bar that we share with Des Moines is we have 88 beers on draft. We offer growlers to go and a wonderful happy hour where you get $4 drafts and half off appetizers.

Reviewed By init4keeps - Des Moines, Iowa

I came in here for lunch, alone, and wasn't about to get a whole pizza, settled on the lunch special, two pieces pizza&drink for$7+tax. See pics. Four choices on days pizza for lunch. I had the chicken bacon BBQ and Graziano sausage AlFredo, both on thin crust and VERY good, also huge. Clean place. Friendly staff. Family friendly. Street parking. I have yet to try their most famous crab Rangoon pizza but I've always gotten great stuff! They also have carry out. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids.

5. Jethro's BBQ LakeHouse

1425 SW Vintage Pkwy, Ankeny, IA 50023-7149 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night 515-289-4444
Excellent
38%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
6%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 217 reviews

Jethro's BBQ LakeHouse

Reviewed By Keystone_Traveler - Malvern, Pennsylvania

In a country with an abundance of BBQ restaurants, quality and taste are often very subjective. While likely not the most memorable BBQ dinner I've had; nonetheless, it was a decent meal: Plate of brisket, pulled pork, jalapeño creamed corn, red beans & rice, and cornbread. Had worse; had much better. But I was definitely not disappointed in dining here.

6. Leaning Tower of Pizza

512 SW 3rd St, Ankeny, IA 50023-3048 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Parking Available, Television Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 515-964-0401
Excellent
63%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 98 reviews

Leaning Tower of Pizza

Reviewed By Robert M - Perry, Iowa

Ate here w/ a party of 4. First off, our waitress (and quite honestly all the employees) was amazing. All were so friendly and attentive. They were obviously having fun w/ their jobs. I have lived in the Des Moines area for almost 20 years and have never been here. I am not sure why?? Onion rings were average at best. Almost were tasteless. The pizza however was WONDERFUL! So much flavor, perfect amount of toppings. I have been a big fan of the Tavern in the area until just recently & this place is head and shoulders above that for the pizza. I do not often eat pizza, but when I do I want quality pizza. I'd rather pay a little more to have it taste like this place than waste $12 at a chain place. This place obviously takes pride in what they do and i love that!
We will definitely be back here.

7. Cazador

103 NE Delaware Ave, Ankeny, IA 50021-6637 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican, Southwestern Lunch, Dinner +1 515-963-0486
Excellent
54%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 131 reviews

Cazador

Reviewed By Jaime M

We came here with our large family for my daughter's birthday supper. Their chips and salsa are very good and so are their enchiladas. My daughter really enjoyed her meal, plus got a free dessert. They take a polaroid picture with a sombrero and hang it on their birthday wall. The wait staff was all very nice, just a few things were forgotten. Service was pretty quick and the food was good.

8. Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant

202 SE Delaware Ave, Ankeny, IA 50021-6530 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 515-963-0054
Excellent
52%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 73 reviews

Guadalajara Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By bkw2310 - Grimes, IA

Typical Mexican fare. I don't understand why some Mexican places want to let the refried beans spread all over the plate. It becomes a gooey mess. Food tasted good, nothing special. There are many fine restaurants in Ankeny I would choose over this one.

9. HuHot Mongolian Grill

2310 SE Delaware Ave, Ankeny, IA 50021-4767 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Asian, Mongolian, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 515-963-7860
Excellent
49%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 55 reviews

HuHot Mongolian Grill

Create your own Asian stir-fry! Choose from our fresh selection of meats, seafood, noodles, veggies and Asian-influenced sauces. Customize your Mongolian BBQ masterpiece, then watch as it’s cooked on our grill of epic proportions. It’s all-you-can-eat, so you can try as many combinations as you want! A unique dining experience for the whole family.

Reviewed By InformedCorp - South Effingham, New Hampshire

I like this restaurant because I can create my own meal plus it is all you can eat. One can choose the style of noodles, the protein, veg and flavours. There is lots of variety and choices. The service was great and the cooks at the grill were fun to watch. One note my husband ordered ginger ale. It was surpy.

10. Sorriso Grille

7015 NE 14th St, Ankeny, IA 50023-9508 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 5 - SGD 13 +1 515-289-9113
Excellent
76%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 33 reviews

Sorriso Grille

We are a locally owned restaurant serving American comfort food with daily specials Monday-Friday. We are open for Breakfast & Lunch from 6am-2pm Monday-Saturday and Sunday 8-1 for breakfast only.

Reviewed By david_hance_iowa - Ankeny, Iowa

This was my local Casey's where I always bought my gas. Caseys built a new huge store across the NE 70th Street and moved. The new owner totally remodeled the old Caseys into a new modern building. The current restaurant in that building is beautiful....MoreThank you for your great review, we are glad you love coming here! We want to keep the hometown feel alive!

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