Frequently Asked Questions

Restaurant Questions


What are your hours?

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

Lunch Hours: Tuesday-Friday 11am-2pm

Dinner Hours: Tuesday-Thursday & Sunday 4pm-8pm, Friday-Saturday 4pm-9pm

Café Baratta’s is currently closed due to museum renovations.  It’s available to rent through the historical museum and special events only at this time.

Do you take reservations?

Yes—by phone.

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

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.

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.

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?

We only offer full bar services at the State Historical Building and the Blank Park Zoo.

Can I tour your venues?

Absolutely! If you’re interested in touring one of our partner venues, please contact them 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 BuildingGreater Des Moines Botanical GardenDes Moines Heritage Centerand Blank Park Zoo). 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.

How do I learn more about catering for my event?

Please visit our Catering page for more details.

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