Our Story

Baru 66 is a collaboration of 3 co-owners, David Baruthio, Sara Hill and Tami Johnson.
The 3 met when Baruthio came to Iowa for consulting work on a local restaurant in 2006. Each with different backgrounds in restaurants, design and law, the three combined efforts to bring to the Des Moines area a new experience in French contemporary dining.


The Chef

Chef David Baruthio was born in Colmar, raised and trained in Strasbourg, France. He studied under Michelin starred master chef Hubert Meatz. He has consulted, opened and managed restaurants and hotels in a number of different countries including the UK, Switzerland, Belgium, Nepal, Beverly Hills, and most recently Mongolia before arriving in Windsor Heights to open Baru 66. He has enjoyed the opportunity to cook for a wide range of people including royalty, celebrities, and world leaders as well as good friends and family. He has been acknowledged with several awards for his work all over the world including a Bib Gourmand from the Michelin Guide in Belgium.

Baruthio’s passion for fresh and exciting ingredients leads him into their source: nature. He is drawn to mountains, open landscapes and the artisanal family farm where fresh cheeses and wines are made. Here in Iowa one can find Baruthio digging up his own ingredients on his wife’s family farm or Sunstead Farms in Waukee.


Accolades & Press


2011 Awards – James Beard Foundation Award
2011 Best New Restaurant (Semi-Finalist)
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5 Stars – Datebook Diner
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DSM Top List 2011 – DSM Magazine

Top fine dining establishment
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Best of 2011 – Cityview

Best New Restaurant
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DSM Magazine
Someone’s in the Kitchen
By Stephen Exel
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