Restaurant Review: Trostel’s Greenbriar in Des Moines, IA

In the work I do it is essential for me to know about great restaurants as I am frequently hosting one-on-one and group meetings for a business lunch.  I have a list of places I like to take clients who are coming in from across Iowa and meeting in Des Moines.  These are places I have been to many times.  I have come to know that I can count on them to impress the client.  The other day I took a client to one of these favorites.  It is a place that most people in Central Iowa would be aware of since it has been around for so long.  But for all my readers who are not in Central Iowa, I want to be sure you know about some of these top spots so I am going to be doing a series of posts showcasing these great places.  This time I took my client to…..

Trostel’s Greenbriar Restaurant & Bar which has been around since 1987.  This is locally owned and serves up a unique mix of signature, special and seasonal dishes focusing on the pride of Iowa meats and produce all within a fine dining atmosphere.  Behind the curtain is Chef Troy Trostel who has won several culinary competitions.

On arrival the standalone building has ample parking and easy access with patio area for outside dining.  The restaurant is conveniently located North off I-80 so makes it a perfect spot when I am meeting clients who might be coming from any corner of Iowa.  On entering one can immediately recognize this is one of Des Moines, IA most successful long standing restaurants.

When you settle in at Trostel’s Greenbriar you will immediately get the sense you are in for something special.  The mahogany wood in contrast to the white linens confirm fine dining.  The extensive wine list and selection of adult beverages from cocktails to cognacs suits the most informed connoisseur.  The equally extensive menu with a variety of dishes appeases the most sophisticated of palates.  And yet the Greenbriar pulls all this off without a feeling of being too stuffy.  No, they are a friendly formal.

Whenever I have been to Trostel’s Greenbriar they are always busy.  I have been there for lunch, dinner, for business meetings and socially.  You can expect large groups along with tables of two.  Most people are dressed in business suits, business casual or conservative casual (again friendly formal atmosphere is welcoming for those dressed nicely in jeans).

The servers are always attentive, prompt, courteous.

Since I have been there so many times I have enjoyed several of their dishes. But here is the challenge: IT IS hard to decide what to order because they have SO MANY great things on the menu.  They really know how to shake things up to keep bringing you back.  And this time was no exception because as I perused the menu for this business lunch I noticed a few new things on the menu that I want to get back there and try!

But – back to the task here!  For this lunch we ordered…..

  • Citrus Grilled Shrimp Salad of spring greens with mango salsa, sliced avocado and roasted corn tossed in green chili lime vinaigrette and topped with crisp corn tortilla strips.
  • Peppered Iowa Elk Ruben which is sliced Elk, sauerkraut, smoked Maytag Swiss cheese, Thousand Island dressing on roasted Rye bread.

Once again I was able to please my client by taking them somewhere they had never been before.  The service was excellent as always.  The food not only tasted great but looked great on the plate.  They have a way of plating their salads that almost make them too pretty to eat.  If I am eating socially I cannot hold back the bites that make me purr “uuummm” but when with I client I work hard to keep myself in check and professional.  I was having a hard time keeping my “uuummms” to myself because my salad tasted absolutely great!  I am sure my client was keeping his “uuummms” in check as well to present a professional image!

Since we did not get drinks our bill was under $30.  That is the other notable point: their prices, for what you get and the way it is presented, are great! There was nothing left over – we licked the platters clean.

Great location, easy access with ample parking, clean elegant rich yet comfortable atmosphere, business and city dwelling crowd, excellent service, great variety of wine and other adult beverages, unique menu with large selection of items, great food, very reasonably priced.

As a footnote I want to share that I once took a party of twelve there for a business lunch.  The service and the food were excellent.  Even though they were in their busy lunch rush we were able to effectively conduct our business meeting.  The clients were very pleased.

Their website showcases the menus, a Facebook link and foursquare link.  They host special events on-site and also provide catering.

Trostel’s Greenbriar Restaurant and Bar
5810 Merle Hay Road
Johnston, IA 50131
Phone:  515-253-0124
Fax:  515-253-0920
Lunch: Monday – Friday 11:30 – 2:00pm
Dinner:  Monday – Thursday 5:00 – 9:30pm
Dinner:  Friday -Saturday 5:00 – 10:30pm

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