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Bluff Lake

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$$ - $$$
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9343 95th Ave. One Mile Outside Maquoketa Caves State Park, Maquoketa, IA 52060
+1 319-652-3272
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Hours:
Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is my favorite place to go whether it be on a date with my husband, dinner with friends, a family gathering. .....no matter what the event, this place rocks!!!!!!

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Thank Amanda M
Albia, Iowa
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

All you can eat catfish and sides are served family style! Be prepared to for a wait because the food is so good!

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Thank bandpal
Lake Forest Park, Washington
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16 reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Went here with family on a Friday night as they love fried fish. And the fried catfish was a hit with them. Initially I was not going to review as fried fish is not my thing. But, this dinner was disappointing in other ways. There was no menu offered and the expectation is you will order the all you can... More 

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Thank Leslie C
West Union, Iowa
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59 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

I surprised my wife by taking her to Bluff Lake while we were returning from a funeral. We got there a little while before they opened and had a cocktail and sat out by the ponds and watched the beautiful scenery and the ducks and cats. We were seated and sat for quite a while. The waitress came and took... More 

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Thank cigar614
Pella
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016

We arrived early and enjoyed the outside setting before our Sunday lunch. The shrimp, chicken, and coleslaw were excellent. The French Fries were limp. It was a neat experience.

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Thank CJAJ19471950
Maquoketa, Iowa
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6 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

This is a little off the main roads but it is well worth the drive! The Saturday night fish is delicious! This is not a fancy restaurant, but if you are looking for good food and a friendly atmosphere, then go to bluff lake. be prepared to wait for your table for about at least one hour. Other's have discovered... More 

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Thank cathyr954
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We were on a day trip in the area and found this place for lunch. It is definitely off the beaten path. You drive on gravel and think you're about to drive into a field when you see a cute little building surrounded by a pond and decks. The restaurant was very busy on a Sunday afternoon. We had the... More 

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Thank Anne P
Davenport, Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

i go for the saturday night all you can eat cod, get there early (4pm) otherwise it will be a long wait. eating seating is dated and on small side, be nice to get updated tables and seating and interior surroundings, like a log cabin look to make it more elegant, exciting, cozy, hint hint owners! it would go good... More 

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Thank tmaq97
Lac La Belle, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

You can order whole or filets of catfish. It is coated and deep fried along with a luscious coleslaw and waffle fries. On Friday night this is all you can eat! They are efficient and friendly.

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Thank Audrey C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

We stopped in while insisting our family from Cedar Rapids on a Sunday for all you can eat chicken and shrimp. All of it tastes amazing is hot and fresh. Served family style with coleslaw and French fries

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Seafood
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 20:00
Friday
16:00 - 22:00
Saturday
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9343 95th Ave. One Mile Outside Maquoketa Caves State Park, Maquoketa, IA 52060
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Maquoketa
  • Phone Number: +1 319-652-3272

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?