Opera Dining

Café Lobby Dining by the Des Moines Embassy Club

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. Club Chef Matt Uitermarkt and the Embassy Club team bring their special magic to the menus themed for evening performances of each opera. Please note: Café Lobby Dining will not be available for the matinee performances on June 30, July 7, 13, 14 or 21.

Dining will be available for purchase in spring of 2024. If you would like to be notified once dining options become available, please fill out the Opera Dining Form

The 2023 Menus

Check back in April for the unveiling of the 2024 menus!


Gazpacho Shooter
Spanish Olive Tapenade
Jamon & Manchego Cheese
Olive Oil Focaccia

Seafood Paella
Brussel Sprouts & Olives
Spanish Potato Omelet
Baked Ham
Spanish Flank Steak

Churro Bar with Berries & Whipped Cream

Bluebeard's Castle

Cucumber Salad
Ancient Grain Salad
Chicken Paprika Croustade

Braised Cabbage & Green Beans
Hungarian Dumplings
White Fish Paprikash
Smoked Sausage
Beef Coulotte Sirloin

Hungarian Poppy Seed Bread Pudding, Crème Anglaise

The Love for Three Oranges

Golden Beet & Orange
Olivier Salad
Toasted Cheese Black Bread

Braised Red Cabbage & Onions
Parsley Buttered Potatoes
Nut-Crusted Zander with Orange Butter Sauce
Bread & Butter
Beef Pastrami with Russian Mustard
Poultry Sausage

Orange Crepe, Sweet Mascarpone & Grand Marnier

À La Carte Dining

Create your own meal from an assortment of sandwiches, salads, and other goodies from local vendors including Nourished, Savor the RiseThistle's Summit, Purveyor, and Doré Bakery, and enjoy at any of our outdoor dining areas under the shade sails in the theatre gardens. We have curated a wide variety of options that include vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free items.

À La Carte Dining items will be available at the outdoor concessions beginning at 5:45pm for evening performances and 12:15pm for matinees. No pre-order or reservation is required.