Cafe di Scala

Italian, Mediterranean
$ $
644 18th St (at Woodland Ave.)
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 244-1353
5:00pm - 10:00pm
5:00pm - 10:00pm
5:00pm - 10:00pm



  • This beautiful Victorian-era home in the Sherman Hill neighborhood of Des Moines has been transformed into a Calabrian-inspired food and wine paradise. Great for dates.
  • Great dining experience. Service is fantastic and food offerings even better. Vegetarian options on menu! Let them help you pick wine.
  • The staff. That's what makes this place special. Throw in amazing food and you will have a perfect night.
  • The food here is amazing. It's classy, but not overpriced.
  • Excellent spot for an exclusive party such as a private business lunch, wedding rehearsal dinner, baby /wedding shower or holiday party.
  • The food and service here were amazing. I highly recommend this restaurant in a lovely house!
  • I used to visit le Chat Noir when it was located in this house/building. I have yet to visit Cafe di Scala, but it's on my to-do list! I intend to become mayor too! :)
  • Every single menu item is fabulous & delicious. Make sure you check out Beatles Brunch, 1st Sunday of every month. Also make sure to high five Chef Phil Shires - one of the Midwest's most talented.
  • The muscles are required. Whether you get them as an appetizer or as part of your dinner entre their fresh pasta. They are the best in town.
  • If they ever offer the salmon and mashed potato special again, don't even bother looking at the menu.
  • every check-in gets a complimentary dessert (and the mayor gets complimentary high fives)
  • Order anything. Seriously, you can't go wrong. But do wait for the specials. There's always something delicious and unexpected on tap.
  • Making monthly trips to Des Moines. Can't wait to try this!
  • Try the Lemon Curd With Fresh Berries
  • I have been wanting to go here for awhile and now finally going to get there on Thursday with my girlfriends. Can't wait!
  • The braised pork was delicious
  • If you have not been here you must go! Fabulous food and service!

Nearby places

1620 Woodland Ave (at 17th St)
2002 Woodland Ave (at MLK Pkwy)
221 Walnut St (at 2nd Ave)