Frequently Asked Questions

Restaurant Questions


What are your hours?

Stop by and see us at Baratta’s Restaurant for lunch or dinner.

Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday 11am-2pm

Dinner Hours: Monday-Sunday 5pm-8pm


Café Baratta’s is currently closed due to museum renovations. However, you can still book us for private events.


Do you take reservations?

Yes—by phone.

Baratta’s (on South Union): (515)243-4516

Café Baratta’s: (515)281-3294

Do you have a private room for parties?

We take reservations for up to 40 guests at our South Union location. We do not have a private room at Café Baratta’s, though.

What types of payments do you accept?

We’re happy to accept cash, Visa, MasterCard, or Amex. We do not accept checks.

Where are your menus?

If you’re looking for the menu for Baratta’s, you can find that here.

The menu for Café Baratta’s changes seasonally and can be found here.

Do you have a bar?

Yes, there’s a full bar available at our South Union location.

Does Baratta’s (on South Union) deliver meals?

We offer delivery to a limited area from the restaurant menu during regular hours of operation.

Do you have a kids’ menu?

Baratta’s is a place for family, so of course we have a kids’ menu at both our main restaurant and Café Baratta’s in the State Historical Building.

Questions About Our Partner Venues

How many people can your partner venues hold?

Depending on your needs, we have venues that can provide space for 10-750 guests. Find out more about these spaces on our Catering page.

Do you offer a bar?

When you choose Baratta’s to cater your event, you have the option of full beverage service.

Can I tour your venues?

Absolutely! Here’s how to reach us:

Reach out to Lora Simpson at (515)281-4658 or [email protected] if you’d like to tour the State Historical Building, Blank Park Zoo, or Ramada at the Des Moines Airport)

You can also feel free to contact our partnered venues directly:


Catering Questions


Where does Baratta’s offer catering?

We’re partnered with a number of excellent event venues in and around the Greater Des Moines Metro area (the State Historical Building, Blank Park Zoo, and the Ramada at the Des Moines Airport). Baratta’s also provides catering to any venue, home, or office building that allows outside caterers. If you’re outside of the Des Moines area, don’t worry! Contact us today—we’d be happy to help.

What types of events does Baratta’s cater?

We’re happy to cater all kinds of events, from wedding receptions and corporate events, to showers and engagement parties. Holiday parties are a big favorite, rehearsal dinners, and more. If your event calls for catering, Baratta’s is ready! Take a look at our Catering page for more info.

We can deliver food to your home or office or come fully staffed along with china, linens, and everything else needed to host a beautiful event.

What event sizes can you cater?

Baratta’s caters for events of all sizes. Whether your guests total ten or over 1,000, we’re happy to cater the event. You can learn more about our catering options and how to contact us for your next event on our Catering page.

Do you provide event planning services?

We can plan every detail of your event, from selecting the perfect venue to centerpieces and entertainment or we can just handle the food. The choice is yours!

How do I learn more about catering for my event?

Please visit our Catering page for more details.