Four restaurants with a view

Four restaurants with a view

Enhance your dining experience at one of four restaurants that serve up sights alongside bites.

Americana: See the sculpture park

Have a cocktail (it’s what the spot is know for), relax and watch the art. Located across the street from the Papajohn Sculpture Park, Americana enjoys having a central location and a picturesque view. From the giant glass windows, you may glance at the people strolling by, the children at play, as well as photographers who incorporate the various art pieces into their own art. You may notice some construction, but the orange will shortly be gone and will be replaced by a brand new sculpture arriving to the park sometime soon. The Americana crew says the best view may be found around 6:30 p.m., when a stunning sunset sits right over the park.

Find it: 1312 Locust St.; 11a.m.-10:30p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11a.m.- midnight Friday; 10 a.m.- midnight Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-10 p.m.;

The Riverwalk Hub: See the Des Moines River

This downtown restaurant offers a resting place along the river. Opened in late July, The Riverwalk Hub is an attractive spot for bikers, farmers market shoppers, as well as workers and walkers downtown. The restaurant plans to have food carts outside so customers can sit on the patio and enjoy the sights and sounds of the city as they eat. The best view can be witnessed from the patio, but as it gets colder it will have limited hours, and will remain open weather permitting. The inside seating will remain open no matter the season. It also offers a tast of Iowa. Their food is made with local ingredients such as La Quertia meats, Maytag dairies, and South Union Bakery breads.

Find it: 215 Water St.; 7 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday;

Baru at the Des Moines Art Center: Art meets architecture

Baru caters with the arts in mind. The first French bistro, Baru 66, opened in Windsor Heights and they recently took over the Art Center restaurant. The artistic location was designed by the renowned architect Richard Meier, and it looks at the Maytag Courtyard and the reflecting pool. The indoor restaurant is designed to maximize the use of natural light. The trees in the courtyard are wrapped in lights that come to life at night, to give guests a candid view during dinner. What’s served in this restaurant is dictated by the main exhibition of the Art Center. The menu follows along with the main exhibition and is expected to change about four times per year. The patio will remain open weather permitting.

Find it: Des Moines Art Center, 4700 Grand Ave.; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, noon-3 p.m. Sunday, open for dinner 5-7 p.m. Thursday;

Joe’s Crab Shack

A southern coastal style restaurant with a view on the west side of the metro. Joe’s Crab shack is located right off the Jordan Creek Town Center Pond, attracting many mall walkers and shoppers. Part of the show includes several fountains that rise several feet high, and that change colors during nighttime. The patio is the place to be to catch the view. It’s getting a bit cold, but Joe’s is ready for the weather. The patio has heaters to make the patio as comfortable as it can be until weather says no more. Crab is the main dish here, but burgers and other dishes are also served.

Find it: 130 S Jordan Creek Pkwy, West Des Moines; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday through Thursday and Sunday; 11 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday;

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Stephanie is a contributor to Juice.

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