16 Soothing Soups In Des Moines

Soups can be enjoyed really any time of the year but there is no better time to enjoy a warm soup during the cold winter months in Iowa. If you’re brave enough to overcome the wind and snow and visit a local restaurant you’ll be glad that you made the effort the moment your lips hit a warm, steaming soup spoon.

Des Moines restaurants provide a wide variety of options when it comes to ordering soups and salads. There are quick counter options and then there are high-class restaurants that feature specialty soups. Here are 16 different restaurants to try out in central Iowa for a hearty, warm soup.

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Shall we slurp away? Here we go

1. Smokey Row

1910 Cottage Grove

This is your ultimate spot to warm up. With your choices of delicious coffee drinks, teas and food you’ll find yourself snuggled away into one of the booths and forgetting what time it is. If you’re cold and hungry you’ll want to order:

  • The Famous Cheeseburger Chowder: hearty cheesy flavors, shredded potatoes, and fresh ground beef are in this cheesy cup of goodness.
  • Broccoli Cheddar: delicious pieces of broccoli, cheese, and pepper round this soup out to be a satisfying choice. It’s great with one of their salads or wraps! 

2. Django

All french. No attitude. 😉 

210 10th St, Des Moines

  • Onion Soup Gratinée: This is essentially a well deserved fancy name for French onion soup. This soup has an outstanding onion-filled broth.
  • Tomato Bisque:  this smooth, creamy, and highly-seasoned soup is just what you’ll need on a cold day.


3. Palmer’s Deli

At Palmer’s, you can always count on these two soups being there. Palmer’s chili is a great staple to go with any of their salads or sandwiches. 

2843 Ingersoll Avenue, Des Moines

  • Palmer’s Chili: Award winning chili, any season.
  • Wisconsin Cheese: A great alternative and pairs well with #11 sandwich, the Natural.


4. Chopsticks

Outstanding Chinese cuisine, excellent service, and friendly staff. Not to mention, delicious soups!

5500 Merle Hay Rd, Des Moines

  • Egg Drop Soup: Some people swear this is the only place to get egg drop soup. They’ll pass at other places unless they’re at Chopsticks in Johnston.
  • Wonton Soup: This too is also a second to none kind of soup. It’s packed with veggies and dumplings.


5. Guru BBQ

If you aren’t down to eat the best barbecue in Des Moines (voted by USA Today), you can opt for some other options on Guru’s menu, like their soups! 

300 W Martin Luther King Jr Pkwy

  • Cincinnati Chili: This chili features spaghetti noodles, chili, melted dark chocolate, aged cheddar, jalapeño slices, fine diced white onion.
  • Chocolate Bacon Bacon Chili: This soup is salty, with smoky bacon bites. It’s fun to find the subtle chocolate undertones in this soup, too. 


6. Royal Mile

Awesome British style bar in the heart of downtown Des Moines.

4th St, Des Moines

  • Cullen Skink: A thick Scottish soup made of smoked haddock, potatoes, and onions. Perfect for those bitter winds that whip through downtown Des Moines. 
  • Guinness Stew: Sirloin tips, potatoes, peas, carrots and pearl onion simmered in a broth made with guinness stout.


7. Skips

Since 1981, Skips has been a go-to for hungry people in Des Moines. A variety of American classics can be found on their upscale food and drink menu.

4000 Fleur Drive

  • Clam Chowder: Creamy and full of potatoes and clams. 
  • Tortilla Soup:  Great flavors with a tomatoey base. You’ll enjoy the crunchy tortilla chips that come with the soup.


8. Waterfront

Waterfront is a classic seafood restaurant in West Des Moines featuring a wide variety of fish and sushi options. Their soups have been noted by Cityview several years in a row.

2900 University Ave, West Des Moines

  • Clam Chowder: A staple soup in Des Moines, Iowa. In fact, it has been voted for best soup in Des Moines multiple times. 
  • Seafood Gumbo: Fresh Seafood, Andouille Sausage, vegetables and rice in a Creole broth.



About Nick Lucs

Nick is the founder of Des Moines Foodster. He was born and raised in Des Moines and has always had a passion for being creative in the kitchen. Des Moines Foodster has appeared in Travel + Leisure, Juice Magazine, amNY, Travel Iowa and the Greater Des Moines Convention & Visitors Bureau blog. He believes that coffee and craft beer make the world go 'round .

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