Just finished having dinner at The Urban Grill tonight (Nov. 13, 2010) and I was so disappointed that I just had to leave a comment. Tonight I ordered a steak and asked for it to be medium-rare and what the chef prepared was medium-well. I absolutely hate complaining about things in a restaurant but I had to say something - so I told the server to tell the chef that he prepared me a medium-well steak. Well...never heard anything back after that and received my bill for the full meal as if it was exactly how I wanted. I tend to think good restaurants respect their clients by listening to them when they have an issue and perhaps offering something to make it okay - i.e. provide a medium-rare steak or a free glass of wine....but nothing of the sort happened tonight. My friend had a dead fly in her water and told our server and the server brought another water....but made no mention of how unsightly that might be to clients that are planning on eating dinner momentarily. This is a restaurant that has the ability to be fairly good....but you can't fall short on those things and expect repeat business.
Was there yesterday for an early Valentine's Day lunch. Service was the WORST and our server was MIA most of the time. Don't expect much as they have kids working there that don't take the job seriously. The food was terrible as well. My sandwich was a soggy mess and when I told her she gave me a "whatever" attitude. Not impressed and we won't be going back.
One of our favorite restaurants in the Des Moines area. Their filet mignon with mushrooms is outstanding. Nice atmosphere and decent value.
Extremely overrated, but I like the atmosphere - hard to believe it used to be a Hardee's. When they first opened their food was much better than it is now - overcooked meat, over oily pasta, etc. prove that there are some rookies in the kitchen. If you like supporting these owners, head to Nick's or Skip's for the same type of fare, executed properly.
I like the Urban Grill for it's good service and the food is great. Not the best I've ever eaten, but I will always go back.
My wife and I recently had a Saturday lunch here. I've been wanting to try the pecan crusted chicken strips for ever. Neither of us was thrilled. My wife thought the honey mustard to be runny and really of no support to the strips, Which needed some type of seasoning or something. We agreed that KFC is better. The blackened chicken pasta was WAY overbearing as well as my wifes chicken tortilla soup. To make matters worse, We sat in the bar as there was no one in there when we arrived. As luck would have it, Some women came in, sat, and lit up there Marlboro's just as our food arrived. Thank you to all non smoking venues in town. Puff away ladies.
Another excellent choice for a business lunch. Good atmosphere, light levels are low for privacy, high quality food with interesting choices. Pricing is around $12/person for entree and drink. Minus one star because the portions seem to be slightly small.
The Urban Grill
3651 86th St
Open daily Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m.
Close at 10 p.m. except Friday and Saturday, close at 11 p.m.
“D” and “A” are always on the lookout for comfortable, great, neighborhood restaurants and a trip to The Urban Grill certainly filled the bill. The restaurant is owned by the same people that have Nick’s Bar and Grill in Clive and Skip’s, on Des Moines southside. Despite the fact that the building used to be a Hardee’s, once inside the diner is surrounded by comfortable, dark paneling and a choice of seating at either booths or tables. Just one little note of caution, although it wasn’t a major issue, if it is cold, you might want to avoid the table by the front door if incoming breezes bother you.
We were greeted promptly and cordially by the hostess and immediately offered a table. We opted to have a glass of wine in the bar which we found to be very comfortable – pleasant music played over the sound system but was not intrusive, wine by the glass was reasonable and pours were generous. When we finished in the bar, we were graciously ushered to our table for dinner.
Our server brought water and took orders for beverages while we perused the menu choices. There are no tablecloths or placemats but each place setting includes a generously proportioned napkin. Lighting is pleasantly romantic without being dark. In fact the entire restaurant has a pleasant, warm glow throughout. Each table also boasts a good peppermill-- a welcome departure from the server that interrupts your conversation to offer “fresh pepper” from a mill the size of a small city in Rhode Island.
The menu has something to suit every taste and appetite – prime rib and steaks, several chicken dishes, fish and seafood, pasta and meal-sized salads abound. On our way to the table, we saw a hamburger on its way to a lucky diner. The burger looked plump and juicy and was topped by a beautiful cascade of golden onion rings. “D” ordered orange roughy and “A” decided to try the prime rib. Both of us had salads which arrived on large oval plates, cold, crisp and tossed with their dressing, rather than the cold metal cup of dressing on the side. “D”s’ roughy was beautifully prepared – white as snow, flaky and moist with a side of well prepared mixed vegetables.
In many restaurants we order our beef rare and receive it cooked medium rare. At The Urban Grill such tactics are unnecessary. “A”’s prime rib was ordered medium rare and it arrived perfectly prepared. A generous cut of excellent beef was presented which was full of flavor and extremely tender. French fries were crisp and plentiful but the beef was so good, the fries were an afterthought for “A”.
Service at The Urban Grill is excellent – cordial, knowledgeable and not the least intrusive. Dishes from completed courses are quickly and quietly removed, water glasses are refilled and inquiries about our satisfaction were well-timed.
Both of us were completely satisfied with our dinners and left no room for dessert.
“A” had lunch with a friend at The Urban Grill. The lunch menu offers a wide array of salads and sandwiches as well as some pasta dishes. “A” ordered a Cobb Salad and a dining companion had the rarebit burger and fries. The Cobb Salad was an excellent mix of crisp greens topped with lots of chicken, bacon, hard boiled egg and avocado along with a generous helping of blue cheese crumbles. The rarebit burger was prepared as ordered and the cheese sauce was rich and velvety.
Prices at lunch and dinner are reasonable, especially when one considers the size of portions and the excellent quality of the food. Lunch salads and sandwiches are $6-9 and dinner entrees ranging from $9 to $20. Both lunch and dinner experiences at The Urban Grill were memorable and will certainly merit many return trips in the future.
Rating: 4 Yes
Value: Good Value
Urban grill is great. We have yet to have a bad meal there. The location is super and we love the patio.
All the meals I have ordered have been very tasty. The fish n chips were very good. Service good too.
This place left more to be desired. The food comes in mouse sized portions and was way over priced for what you get. I'll pass on returning.
I like this place a lot. It's too bad the location sucks. It looks like an old Taco Bell or something and it's in the parking lot of K's Merchandise. But, the food is great. it like your standard stuff, steaks and fish and stuff. the service is good.
Try the Carbonara! It's incredibly delicious.
Want dessert? Try the candy bar ice cream cake. To die for!
Try the inside out crabrangoon dip! Amazing!
Horrible service. Took 45 minutes to get food when not busy. Waiter slacked on making sure we had everything we needed. Will not return.
Tried the Smoked Chicken Jalepeno pasta. Loved it!