• Interior, bar area
  • a wall with glasses
  • Outdoor restaurant area


About us

We are a small-town café that serves the best breakfast in Des Moines, Iowa. Our goal is to serve excellent food in a home-style setting. With personal service, large portions, and consistent quality, we hope you will find that we have accomplished this goal. Welcome to the Waveland Cafe!

In addition to our original location at Polk Boulevard and University, we have a store in Boonville, Iowa, called Waveland West and Booneville bar are stores future the same great menu for breakfast and lunch each store has different daily specials as well as an evening menu and nightly specials at our dental store. Of course breakfast is served all day and night.

Each store has its own special filter that we hope you try them both you will find fast friendly service, good food made fresh and consistent quality which I still find a favorite and become part of our Waveland family.

Most of the wait staff has been here since 1992. The girls on the mural are Sam, Stephanie, and Kelly. Combined they have put in over 38 years. The entire staff at the Waveland will treat you like family, serve you quickly, and make sure you enjoy your meal. It won't take long for you to realize why you feel so at home in our store.

The kitchen that produces all of your food consists of former kitchen managers. They cook everything fresh to order. All soups, sauces, and specials come from recipes they have learned from friends, family, and customers, and are all prepared from scratch. Your food will always be hot, consistent, and "Excellent as Always"!