Conventional supermarket also offering fresh organic produce, some vegetarian food products, and soy options. Has a cafe with veg-friendly options. Open Mon-Sun 7:00am-10:00pm.

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15 Reviews

First Review by smnicklas


Points +95

12 Feb 2023

A Few Good Options

The Mediterranean wrap, Greek salad, to-go kale salad are all good options. That said, the tofu scramble is easily the worst I’ve ever had - always soaked in oil and paired with frozen tater tots. Definitely avoid it. Staff is great, and there are pretty good Burger options if you want either a black bean or Beyond burger.

Pros: Solid range of vegan options, Great staff

Cons: Terrible breakfast options, Orders are sometimes wrong



Points +34

22 Nov 2022

Lots of options

This is a go to restaurant for me. There are multiple vegan and vegetarian options on the menu. You can find something no matter what you are in the mood for. The Tofu Ban Mi has become my regular order.

Pros: Lots of vegan options , Always quality food, Creat carry out system


Points +140

03 Nov 2022

Eat and pick up some groceries

This is one of my goto places for work lunches. You will find vegetarian and vegan options. I recommend the Tofu Bánh mì or black bean burger.


Points +1321

09 Aug 2022

Good for groups

Watch for specials, as they sometimes have a really good vegan special. There are a good amount of options. The banh mi is especially good. My mom likes to order it as a salad. The tofu scramble is not the most flavorful, but they have a great selection of hot sauces to choose from.

Pros: Good options , Clearly marked


Points +110

19 Feb 2020

Nice vegan options!

We eat at Gateway regularly. They have vegan breakfast, lunch and dinner items. I really love the tofu banh mi and it is enough to feed a couple of people if you get some fries! They also have several veg burger options, and vegan pad thai that are pretty good. I really like the tofu scramble for breakfast - it is a bit bland but really yummy with salsa or siracha.

Pros: Good vegan options , good people watching, healthy salad options

Cons: can be slow if busy times, it is a little pricey for casual counter ordering


Points +74

05 Oct 2019

A must in the area

Various vegan and vegetarian options for the whole family in the store and the restaurant. Enjoy a wonderful meal before or after you buy your groceries. Wonderful staff and a great space.

Pros: food, staff, variety


Points +30

04 Mar 2019

Breakfast stop

Addicted to their breakfast burritos and their potatoes just make sure to specify you want it vegan (tofu no egg or cheese, sour cream)

They do have lots of other veg options for lunch/dinner


Points +744

31 Oct 2018

Lots of options

Not the biggest fan of the market itself its pretty small and not a whole ton of a frozen food selection for vegans & vegetarians and only minimial vegan items around the store that I saw. However the market is awesome! Lots of vegan AND vegetarian options and everything is clearly labeled. It can get pretty busy but the line goes fast. Ive had the falafel and the pad thai and both were delicious! The tofu scramble is ok. Kind of bland. I think they are better for lunch. My date had something that had meat in it for breakfast and he said it was just okay.


Points +37

06 Jun 2018

Delicious Food

Gateway Market also is a restaurant and they have several vegan and vegetarian options available. Their Vegan Bahn Mi is absolutely amazing and they always provide great service. Their grocery selection is also wonderful although a bit more expensive due to being a smaller market. They have lots of organic produce and a great selection of local beer. The only thing I wish they had is more vegan bakery options. All I found so far are some "healthy" chocolate chip cookies.

Updated from previous review on 2014-06-05


Points +84

10 Nov 2017

Lots of vegan and vegetarian options

We stopped here before attending a concert at a venue right down the street, and were very pleasantly surprised at the number of vegan and vegetarian options on the menu. The place was very busy, but the food was excellent! We also visited the grocery section, and found the prices to be high on just about everything. They did have some good vegan items in the store, but if I lived in Des Moines I would probably try to find better prices elsewhere.

Pros: Vegan and vegetarian menu options, Nice atmosphere

Cons: High grocery prices


Points +20

24 May 2017

Delicious Choices

Several vegetarian and vegan options from the cafe menu. The Tofu Bahn-Mi is my go to meal, a large portion & awesome flavor. I find their pad Thai to be lacking, unfortunately. However. There also a ton of awesome vegan options from the grab n'go sections. Definitely a good place to stock up on groceries as well.

Pros: Local, Mostly delicious , Reasonably priced

Cons: Grocery store small & packed, Needs more vegan options in cafe


Points +18

17 Apr 2017

Great vegan options for Des Moines!

Gateway Market is a great local grocery store with an amazing restaurant as well. The Vegan Tofu Banh Mi is a must try. Spicy and good!


Points +600

10 Apr 2017

The cafe has awesome options!

It might not sound initially appealing to eat lunch or dinner in a grocery store, but it is worth it! The grocery store itself has a lot of fun food options, but in the cafe, there are plenty of options, from vegan chili, to a black bean burger, and a tofu banh mi that is delicious and unique. One of our go-tos for eating out. The grocery store part is starting to add more vegan options too such as house made vegan queso dip!

Pros: Lots of options, Hearty portions, Nice atmosphere

Cons: A little expensive, Selection in the grocery store could be bigger


Points +93

11 Nov 2016

Great veg and vegan options!

Fantastic grocery store/cafe with nice lounge area by a fireplace as well as an outdoor patio.

Pros: Unique offerings for the area

Cons: Slightly pricey


Points +11

Mostly Veg
08 Jul 2009

Market & Cafe

I'm a big fan. I can find anything I want here. The market section is large and well stocked and the cafe has some interesting and delicious meals. I highly recommend to anyone.

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