Louie's Wine Dive

4040 University Ave suite a, Des Moines
(515) 777-3416

Recent Reviews

opentable dinner

Excellent, friendly service, great date night spot. MANY gluten free choices on the menu, and very allergy friendly.


Good food & wait staff. For a Sunday, did not feel rushed at all. Had a leisurely Sunday brunch outdoors. A little noisy with the street traffic on University. Overall, very enjoyrable.


One of the best, total, & complete dining experiences that I have had for some time! The ambience was great and the entire meal was wonderful from cocktails, to appetizers (get the squeaky cheese!), to the main course with awesome wine selections, and then dessert. The staff was very friendly, helpful, and accommodating. Kudos to Cory & team - you are doing it RIGHT!!!

opentable dinner

They seemed really short staffed and the poor guy at the front of the restaurant was clearly overwhelmed. It took at least 20 minutes to even speak to a server but everything was quick after that. Food was great!

Johnnie Mullen

Great atmosphere. Went with a few friends to have wine, and was pleasantly suprised at the quality of the food. The staff was very nice and the Chef came to our table to aks how the food was. Will 100% be going back. The 4 pork gnocci was incredible, and the burger my friend got looked amazing.


The food was fantastic and the wine/cocktail options were impressive.


The server was professional, pleasant, personable, and great with follow up. The menu was varied for breakfast, which was great. Food was delicious. It just got too noisy for us...but that's us!

Vicky B.

I'm going to have to split the baby on this one. Food and ambiance I would rate as 5 star. Service, 2. Upon being seated we ordered a round of coffee and beignets to start. John, our waiter informed us that the beignets are made fresh and would take some time to prepare. No problem. After he checked in on us again we ordered breakfast. After what seemed like more than enough time for our breakfast to come out John let us know that he was waiting for the beignets to come out before he put in our breakfast order. We can chalk this up to a misunderstanding but I can tell you our table understood our breakfast would come when ready and the beignets would come out when they were ready even if that was after our breakfast had arrived. Fail number two would be when John spilling a bit of coffee on me through the grated table. Again, mistakes happen but his response should not have been at least you're wearing black pants. Apparently, stains trump burned skin. Another party ordered French Toast with fruit as her side choice, and we all heard clearly that was her side choice. John only heard that was her only choice so she never got her meal, just fruit. Add to that once our food did arrive I guess it was assumed water or additional coffee was no longer needed. Had to waive down a waiter, not John, to even get our bill. I will say I enjoyed my Crabcake Benedict. Presentation, the taste, generous portion, all that was spot on.

Audra M.

This place was really cool to buzz into after a very long day. Amazing wines. Super great happy hour specials. Burger sans bun was good. But they up charge the lettuce and tomato on the happy hour special making it a little annoying. Fish and chips yumm-o ( I tried my friend's) Cheese curds were way too good. Would recommend to a friend.. or a grumpy person. Puts the happy right on your face. Only reason I didn't give it a 5 star. The bathroom and the corners need a little tidying.

opentable dinner

Love this place.

Margot Martinez

Wonderful knowledgeable staff and many delicious GF options. We have enjoyed many meals without worry of cross-contamination for my daughter with Celiac disease. GF cheese curds and fish & chips are amazing!


Food and service never disappoints. This is a perfect local Des Moines neighborhood place that I would recommend to everyone.

Lisa C.

Such a great patio and cute aesthetic! However, the service left much to be desired. Very slow service to be seated by the host, orders to be taken, and refills on their endless mimosas and waters. Food was not up to their usual standard on this day.


Good environment for conversation and drinks


We greatly enjoyed our brunch visit. The menu is varied with great options. Our group of three tried the clasdic eggs Benedict, arch frenemy and blue plate special. All were very good.

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