Looking for some pre- or post- show dining? The Playhouse recommends these great local bites:
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!
3.2 miles from Playhouse
Reservations: (515) 809-1727
Mun-Thur 7:45am-11pm / Fri 7:45am-12am / Sat 8am-12am / Sun 8am-11pm
American – $$
Gilroy’s is a quick trip west from the Playhouse on West Des Moines’ historic 8th street, offering a comfortable and vibrant atmosphere perfect for a night out with friends and family. Serving up stylish American comfort food with a little something for everyone! Enjoy craft beers, our famous Moscow Mules or specialty cocktails on our spacious covered patio. We look forward to serving you before or after the show!
Gilroy’s has partnered with the Playhouse, creating a signature drink or dessert for each of our Mainstage shows. For Meredith Willson’s The Music Man, Gilroy’s has crafted an exclusive drink, The Iowa Stubborn Mule. Before there was Iowa Nice, there was Iowa Stubborn, crafted with Iowa products SWELL Vodka from Iowa Distilling Company in Cumming, Iowa and Wertzberger’s Ginger Beer from Court Avenue Restaurant & Brewing Company in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. You really ought to give it a try!
2.3 miles from Playhouse
Reservations: (515) 244-8786
Mon-Thur 11am-10pm / Fri-Sat 11am-11pm / Sun 11am-9pm
Italian – $$
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.
2.2 miles from Playhouse
Reservations: (515) 255-5787
Wed – Sat 5pm-Close / Brunch Sun 9am-1:30pm
French – $$
Le Jardin is a French bistro that is nestled in the Beaverdale neighborhood of Des Moines. Focused on locally sourced ingredients, Le Jardin offers a variety of flatbreads, cheese and meat places, entrees, omelets, crepes, desserts, wine and beer.
0.7 miles from Playhouse
Reservations: (515) 777-3416
Mon 4pm-10pm / Tues – Thur 11am-10pm / Fri 11am-11pm / Sat 9am-11pm / Sun 9am-8:30pm
American – $$
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.
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