Covid Update

Thank you for considering dining at Ohana Steakhouse.  Please be aware that currently we do not feel that it is a good time to ease proper safety precautions. The last thing we want is any of our staff getting sick and having to close the restaurant.  We will follow CDC recommendations and adhere to wearing masks, proper spacing and sanitizing.  At some point we will return to dining without masks, but not at this time.  Our Ohana thanks you in advance for choosing us, for your patronage, your understanding and for helping us stay safe.

Our temporary hours due to Covid will be:

Tuesday - Thursday 5:00pm – 8:30pm (or after our last reservation of the night)
Friday 5:00pm – 9:30pm (or after our last reservation of the night)
Saturday 4:30pm – 9:30pm (or after our last reservation of the night)
Sunday 4:30 – 8:00pm (or after our last reservation of the night)
Closed on Mondays

Masks are required.

To dine at Ohana reservations are required.  At this time, we will not be accepting walk-ins.

We ask that you not enter the building any earlier than 10 minutes prior to your reservation.

Our single party table capacity will be limited to a total of 10 people maximum.  All children/babies count as people and count toward your party size.

For mixed reservation, meaning multiple small parties, the table size will be limited to 6 people total and will be spaced appropriately on our grills.  Again, all people are counted toward your party size, this includes children/babies.

(Because of our business limitations, we ask that you please notify us if your plans change and you won’t be dining with us.  Since we are only doing reservations, without prior knowledge we lose on potential customers we could have given those seats to.)

Single use paper menus will be available as well as contactless menus via a QR code you can access with your smartphone.

Condiment packets are available upon request.

About Us


About Us

As long as you're not afraid of meeting new people, a man with a big knife, or flying shrimp, the chefs of Ohana Steakhouse will serve up one of the most entertaining dinners in Des Moines.

Ohana features teppanyaki style dining, a Japanese term meaning: teppan-griddle, and yaki-fry or cook. The translation is quite literal as all guests' dinners are cooked right in front of them on a grill built into the table set for ten.

Dinner begins with Japanese clear soup and a salad with a delicious Italian cream or ginger dressing. Things get lively when your table's chef appears. Regulars often request their favorite chef, but they are all very talented says Owner Cy Gushiken, who is a chef himself. Cy & Tami Gushiken have been the owners since 1996. Cy is from Hilo, Hawaii; currently lives 15 minutes west of Des Moines & has been here for over 20 years.

After the soup and salad the chef gets busy on the table-grill with the teppanyaki shrimp appetizers, mixed vegetables and fried rice. Here come the "don't try this at home" tricks as your choice from a diverse selection of entrees is cooked to order at the table. Top dinner off with a choice selection of specialty drinks.

Our Chefs

Cy "That Guy"

He opened his doors in October of 1996, but has been doing Teppanyaki style cooking since 1984. Avid golfer and Oakland Raiders fan. The best part about Ohana for Cy is that he gets to interact with his customers, many who become friends and golf buddies.


Ray is the Head Chef at Ohana. Originally from New Jersey with a Puerto Rican heritage. Ray has over 22 years of Teppan experience, cooking in places like New York, Pennsylvania, Florida and now Iowa. Ray quickly became a favorite here at Ohana.


Tommy returned to the Ohana family. He was a favorite before and we expect he'll be a favorite again. You are sure to be entertained and satisfied after sitting at one of his tables.


Cory rejoined the Ohana kitchen in March of 2010. He is continuously practicinghis craft. Cory's cooking and Teppan show keeps people in awe.


How long does dinner take?

Anticipate 1 hour – 1.5 hours

Do you accept reservations?

Yes, we accept reservations up to 3 months in advance. Just call us at 515-225-3325 and one of our hosts can set it up.

How far in advance should we call for reservations?

We suggest 3-5 days for a prime time (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm)

I don’t have a reservation can we still dine at Ohana?

Yes, we do accept walk-ins. Walk-ins are quoted a time based on 1st come 1st serve. Wait times will range between 10 min to 1.5 hours based on the evening. We realize most restaurants in Des Moines do not accept traditional reservations and the public is not accustomed to calling a week in advance.

Can we call ahead and put our name on a list?

We do not do call ahead seating. The wait times we quote are estimated for the longest time you will wait. In order to keep our chefs cooking on time we only seat parties when your group is complete.

How many people fit around a table?


We have 13 people and some of our group are children, can we still sit on one table?

We apologize but 13 or more people need to be placed on 2 tables. We do recognize groups who come together would like to eat together. Unfortunately, our tables do have space limitations; exceeding these make the experience uncomfortable for you and your chef.

We have 13 people and some of our group are children, can we still sit on one table?

We apologize but 13 or more people need to be placed on 2 tables. We do recognize groups who come together would like to eat together. Unfortunately, our tables do have space limitations; exceeding these make the experience uncomfortable for you and your chef.

Can I call and place an order to go?

We do not do “carry-out/to-go” dinners.

My group is large enough to be on 2 tables. Will we be sat together?

We try our best to place the party either across from each other or a split “L” shape. The reason for going across from each other is to allow each party to watch the other table and laugh along with the antics of their chef.

Can we request a chef?

Can we request a chef?

We have dined at Ohana and did not like the chef. Can we request not to have him again?

Yes, all “anti” requests are guaranteed. We do apologize for a poor performance on our part. We do recognize personality compatibility is a strong part of your experience at Ohana. We strive to match the right chef with the right group. We are sorry when we fall short of your expectations. Please give us another chance to find the match for you.

Can we request the guy in the commercial?

Yes. The guy you see is Cy Gushiken. Cy is the owner and he cooks 4 nights a week. Cy is a popular chef and has many loyal customers. If you would like to request him, please call ahead.

I have a group of 30 people. Can I make a reservation on a Friday or Saturday?

I’m sorry we normally do not take groups over 20 on a Friday or Saturday. You're welcome to speak with a manager and possible arrangements may be reached. We can accommodate your group on any other night – Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday.

Do you serve Sushi?

We serve California Rolls on Friday/Saturday only. As sushi needs to be fresh and served almost immediately, we prepare a limited quantity. Come early to enjoy.

Do we have to sit with other people?

Yes, we do try to fill our tables as close to 10 people as possible. It is your choice whether or not to talk with them. However, people have been surprised to sit with people whom they have not seen in months or years.