About Us

Noah’s Ark is one of Des Moines’ oldest and most popular restaurants, but we had to start somewhere. Coming from humble beginnings, Noah’s Ark opened on New Year’s Eve 1946 as a very small lunch counter with limited seating. Our only goal was to serve great home-style food and introduce Neapolitan style pizza to Des Moines and Central Iowa. Since then, we have been constantly evolving with the times and started focusing our attention to providing the residents with exquisite Italian dishes, along with prime steaks, fresh seafood, chicken, and great desserts with superb coffee drinks. In 1953, we expanded our building to fit more people, and we slowly became the premier destination for residents who wanted a special night out on the town. We continued our expansion by adding a bakery, putting Noah’s Ark’s homemade bread in very high demand. Noah’s Ark will always be there for the residents of Des Moines, providing the area’s richest history, most comfortable atmosphere, and favorite pizza!

“This charming restaurant is confident in its old-style character and consistently able to deliver traditional Italian cuisine. The pizza (best crispy thin crust ever!), cheesebread, and rolls are the ultimate in fresh bread wizardry. I hadn’t been here in several years after moving out of state, so I was thrilled to learn that Noah’s was even better than I remembered. The bar area tucked into the back is especially inviting. I’ll definitely be back every time I’m in Des Moines! ” – Kim Waters

We’ve lived in Des Moines for about five years now and don’t know why it took so long for us to find Noah’s! The food was excellent and there was a LOT there! We had enough to take some home and have it again the next day. Our waitress was very friendly and prompt. I’d definitely recommend this place! – Nick Sturtz

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