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

Crème Cupcake + Dessert

543 28th Street, Des Moines

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!


Gilroy’s Kitchen + Pub + Patio

1238 8th Street, West Des Moines

3.2 miles from Playhouse

Reservations: (515) 809-1727

Sun-Thur 7:45 am-11 pm (food until 10 pm) / Fri-Sat 7:45 am-12 am (food until 11 pm)

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 special for Choices is the Effingoode Cupcake: double chocolate cabernet cupcake with blackberry filling, red wine buttercream, and cabernet poached pear.


Gusto Pizza

1905 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines

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, Des Moines

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, Des Moines

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