Opera Dining

Enhance your Des Moines Metro Opera experience by enjoying our own gourmet restaurant conveniently located in the secluded air conditioned comfort of the lobby of the Blank Performing Arts Center. Michael LaValle, a well-known Des Moines chef, restaurateur and General Manager at the Des Moines Embassy Club, brings his very special magic to the menus themed for evening performances of each opera. Gateway Catering of the award-winning Gateway Market in Des Moines offers a delicious brunch menu prior to Sunday matinees. 

Dinners are $45/person and begin serving at 5:15pm for evening performances. Brunches are $25/person and begin serving at 11:45am for matinee performances.

Stay tuned for the release of our 2018 opera dining menus!

Menus from our 2017 Season

Melon-Lychee Soup with Shrimp Pot Sticker, Smoked Trout Quarters, Crispy Asian Duck, Carved New York Strip Steak with Shiitake Sauce, Mini Strawberry Pound Cake with Blood Orange Cream

A Little Night Music:
Fried Green Tomato Salad with BBQ Toast, Southern Fried Chicken Thighs, Mountain Brook Trout, Carved Smoked Pork with Red Eye Gravy, Peach Crisp with Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and Whiskey Sauce

Billy Budd:
Scottish Salmon with Horseradish and Dill, Lamb with Vegetable Pastries, Carved Angus Beef Filet with Wild Mushrooms, Drunken Rhubarb Triffle with Vanilla Whiskey Sauce