Looking for some pre- or post- show dining? The Playhouse recommends these great local bites:

Crème Cupcake + Dessert

543 28th Street

1.7 miles from Playhouse

Tues-Thur 11am-9pm / Fri 11am-12am / Sat 10am-12am / Dessert Lounge Tues-Sat 5pm-close

Dessert – $

An elegant bakery offering freshly baked cupcakes, cookies and cake truffle, plus a nighttime lounge for desserts including cheesecake, lava cake and bread pudding.  We also have a bar offering craft cocktails, beer, wine, and espresso drinks.  A great place to stop in for a sweet treat before or after the show!


Gusto Pizza

1905 Ingersoll Ave

2.3 miles from Playhouse

Reservations: (515) 244-8786

Mon-Thur 11am-10pm / Fri-Sat 11am-11pm / Sun 11am-9pm

Italian – $$

With an authentic and warm atmosphere, Gusto Pizza offers an eclectic and wide variety of made-from-scratch pizzas. Not feeling pizza? Gusto also offers sandwiches, salads, pastas and delicious desserts made fresh daily. 


Le Jardin

2815 Beaver Ave

2.2 miles from Playhouse

Reservations: (515) 255-5787

Wed – Sat 5pm-Close / Brunch Sun 9am-1:30pm

French – $$

Le Jardin is a French bistro that is nestled in the Beaverdale neighborhood of Des Moines. Focused on locally sourced ingredients, Le Jardin offers a variety of flatbreads, cheese and meat places, entrees, omelets, crepes, desserts, wine and beer.


Louie’s Wine Dive

4051 University Ave, Suite A

0.7 miles from Playhouse

Reservations: (515) 777-3416

Mon 4pm-10pm / Tues – Thur 11am-10pm / Fri 11am-11pm / Sat 9am-11pm / Sun 9am-8:30pm

American – $$

Being so close in proximity, there has been a long relationship between Louie’s and the Playhouse. With a large selection of beer and wines, Louie’s Wine Dive presents high quality comfort American food in a homey and local-featured ambiance.


Looking for something more?

We recommend these sites to find the best places to eat in Des Moines:

Yelp / DMCityview / Zomato