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2301 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-5231
+1 515-237-0022
11:00 - 21:30
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Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:30
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:30
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015 via mobile

Found hair in food. Alot of the food seemed old. Looks run down on inside and out. Felt like i was in prison with the warden watching us eat the whole time. Never again.

Thank Leslie G
Des Moines, Iowa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2015

We do go here sometimes for lunch-great hot-sour soup. However, repeatively the buffet items are cool-to cold. This includes the chicken dishes on several of the hot serving tables. Lots of choices but really do not like cool temperature food. Service normally is very good.

Thank chance s
Roswell, New Mexico
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2015

I went in here looking for a good Chinese buffet . found it! But the big surprise was the tasty shredded beef tacos.... Similar to barbacoa. Delicious! Best tacos I've found in Iowa not on a food truck.

1 Thank crazedhorse
Dyersburg, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2015

Nice large selection and hibachi, too. The peanut chicken was the best I have ever had. Coconut shrimp was perfect. Very good service. No complaints and it was under 10 dollars.

2 Thank CellularMan
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2015

The food at China One is good but the interior needs updating. Torn seats and stained carpet. The food is the only reason we eat there. We tried other Chinese eateries and found the selection here better - that's the only reason we overlook the interior.

1 Thank Gwenda Y
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2015

We have been to a lot of Chinese buffets over the years, this is by far the best! As with any buffet, go at lunch or dinner hours. Odd hours never get you the fresh, hot, optimal quality food at a buffet of any kind. At peak hours, the food is excellent! What should be crunchy, is crunchy. What food... More 

3 Thank Patricia H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2015

The selection is excellent and includes crab on Fri and Sat nights. They have crab, clams, mussels, crab, sushi, octopus and fried squid and a Mongolian grill. They have and extensive selection of the usual Chinese fare with some American additions. The place needs a thorough cleaning and a decor update. The service was fast to clear plates and serve... More 

2 Thank RRTravelServices
Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2014

Can handle one for lunch or 25 for dinner. Everyone can find great food here. They have good rolls and a Mongolian grill. Cold foods and really good ice cream. They fixed the place up (bathrooms ect.). That's always good. They do a great job. One night my wife didn't think the soup was very good. They checked it and... More 

5 Thank Chevyway
Winter Haven, Florida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2013 via mobile

They have good selection of Asian, some American food. Love their sushi and siomai or dumpling. However not all are hot or warmly served. Some looks like it's been sitting there for at least more than 30 minutes. Soup is great and warm; i love mixing the drop egg and sweat/sour soup with 2:1 portion. Add soimai and its perfect... More 

3 Thank Olivia Q
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2013

I have been here many times over the years. But it has come to lose it's charm and has gone downhill. It used to be fun to go- cheap buffet, average to slightly-above American-style Chinese food. But more and more bad American food has been added, like (frozen?) pizza, crunchy taco shells and old-looking meat, crappy chicken nuggets. I always... More 

1 Thank mpaulette

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
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    4 of 5 bubbles
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Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Delivery
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 21:30
11:00 - 22:30
11:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2301 Ingersoll Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312-5231
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Des Moines
  • Phone Number: +1 515-237-0022

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