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Tursi's Latin King

Italian Dining Since 1947

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For over 69 years Tursi’s Latin King Restaurant has stood as a hallmark of quality traditional Italian dining in Des Moines. Considered an “East-side institution,” Tursi’s Latin King delivers an authentic piece of Italy in the heart of the Midwest.

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(515) 266-4466

2200 Hubbell Avenue
Des Moines

Tues – Fri (11am – 2pm)

Tues – Thurs (4pm – 9pm)
Fri – Sat (4pm – 10pm)



From our enthusiastic welcome to the distinctive sights and smells that will surround you, Tursi’s Latin King offers Italian dining at its finest.

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Tursi’s Latin King has a unique wine list focused primarily on Italian wines.

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Great bar rail dining experience!! Sam, our bartender, was outstanding-he made suggestions, gave us insight on various menu items and steered all of us to great food! We started off with fried mozzarella - fabulous! I enjoyed the restaurants signature chicken dish 50/50 (half Alfredo and half special sauce). It was outstanding. Lasagna was enjoyed by another member of group and loved it. The bread was fresh and the drinks yummy! Ate too much to have dessert but it looked delicious. I would revisit and suggest you give it a go. Great atmosphere, service and great food!! Thanks to all who contributed to our happiness!! Carpe Diem!!
East side Mainstay...been there forever...Private and somewhat romantic if you want or opened up for a group outing if that's what you need....The pasta is excellent, no matter what you choose...I, however enjoyed a Ribeye Steak and I don't know if it was Italian Beef or not but it melted in my mouth...Service was excellent and very good drinks...Go, Go, Go, ....
I'm Italian and normally don't eat outside mi familia's kitchen... unless 100%, verifiable truly authentic. Like in Roma, or a Little Italy in NY, SF etc... and no national chains for sure. Tursi's hits the mark for authentic and truly delicious, like momma mia's! The red sauce is just like ours in fact. Hard to match or beat. Perfect for all ages. Get ready to enjoy yourself and leave fully contented. Buon Appetite!
We were taken to this restaurant by the driver from our hotel and were told that it was loved by the locals even those from across the west of town. We can see why! The restaurant was packed and we were fortunate to get a table. The food was very tasty and the service was first class. We had calamari fritti to start; with a main course of filet mignon served with a baked potato; and a cup of minestrone soup came as a side to the marsala chicken linguine with mushrooms, which was such a generous serving that I had to take some back to the hotel with me for lunch the next day. We enjoyed a bottle of 2016 Altesimo Rosso di Montalcino, which accompanied our meal perfectly. Great recommendation!
The Des Moines Register Datebook - 2000

"The East-side institution does an admirable job of ruling, from the tried and true to the inspired."


Cityview - 2003

Best Italian Restaurant