Nick Lucs, the man behind the popular blog Des Moines Foodster, joins us in 2017 to share soy-inspired finds throughout the city.
Vivian’s is an upscale but casual dining experience located in downtown Des Moines,IA at 4th and Walnut.
Jeff Duncan is the owner and the creator of Vivian’s Diner and Drinks. He has over 28 years of restaurant and catering experience in the Iowa, Chicago, and Florida markets. He was born and raised in Des Moines and has been back in this market for 11 years.
Jeff’s great, supportive family includes his wife and 5 children, one of which is 4 year old Vivian whom the restaurant is named after!
Vivian’s is his pride and joy; it has been Jeff’s dream to combine a modern diner type restaurant with Midwest quality and menu items with an upscale casual feel to Des Moines for a number of years.
The location is perfect in the heart of downtown in an historic hotel. Inside, you’ll find a beautifully, remodeled interior all done by Jeff and his wife. They personally describe it as, “clean lines, open ceiling, and light colors, we have added elements of wood, glass, stainless steel, sparkling tile and high-end polished fixtures.”
This is all very true.
The ambiance of the restaurant sets the stage for a relaxing dinner.
Lately, I have been really enjoying hanging out at Vivian’s bar before my dinner reservation. It’s also a great place to catch drinks after work or before a Des Moines Civic Center Show. It’s tough to pass up Vivian’s happy hour drink specials (drinks ranging $3-$6) until 6pm. Sip on a gin and tonic, one of my favorites, or grab a local beer off of the tap wall. Pizzas are also on special during this time and I highly recommend pairing one of them with a beverage….