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Big Steer Restaurant & Lounge

) #2 of 40 Restaurants in Altoona €€ - €€€ American, Steakhouse
1715 Adventureland Dr, Altoona, IA 50009-9418
+1 515-967-6933
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good27%
  • Average9%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible2%
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“prime rib” (25 reviews)
“steak” (54 reviews)
“scallops” (2 reviews)
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American, Steakhouse
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1715 Adventureland Dr, Altoona, IA 50009-9418
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went here because we heard they had great steaks and were not disappointed. Be prepared for a wait even if you call and get on the list especially on weekend nights. Bar small but quaint. Service great and the food rocked!! Great onion rings,and steak...More

Thank lindaBellinghamWa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very cool place to visit. We had the brunch on Sunday. Staff was very friendly, the biscuits and gravy were amazing. The French dip was good. And the French toast was pretty good too.

Thank Britton M
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

Big Steer reminded me that "family restaurants" could serve more than fried chicken by hurried waitresses. This unplanned stop was more than I expected--a Bloody Mary with fresh horseradish and lemon, ribs that were soft and the right amount of sweet and saucy. The co-owner...More

Thank M_Hikiji
Reviewed 3 April 2017

We visited Big Steer for the first time last week. It was wonderful. We had ribeye and filet tips deburgo. Both were perfect. Our salad and warm bread were wonderful as well. Next time I will try to house dressing which I hear is wonderful.

Thank GroceryManAndGirls
Reviewed 11 March 2017 via mobile

We love the big steer, have been coming here for 20+ years! You can't go wrong eating here. Crisp tasty salads, hot bread with butter and the best steaks around!

Thank Melinda S
Reviewed 9 March 2017 via mobile

We stayed at the Comfort Inn just down the road & the front desk lady sent us to Big Steer for dinner. We split the Tomahawk Rib Eye steak & it was exceptional! Perfectly cooked & the salad & sides were delicious. Our waitress was...More

Thank DebM369
Reviewed 1 March 2017

I have eaten there twice so far. Prime rib once and Filet the other time. Prepared exactly as requested and great service. Small place and the décor is quite retro but, it was delicious.

Thank rcrqtrmile
Reviewed 20 February 2017

This is one of the better places to eat in the Des Moines area. Great steaks, ham, and other things as well. Try the "house" dressing on your salad. It's the best in town.

Thank DON E
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Place is great for steak, plus other entries. We have been there with family and as a couple. Very accommodating to those with physical challenges. Great service but busy on Friday night

Thank Joanne H
Reviewed 28 January 2017

Was at a convention next door at Prairie Meadows. Was a great location and read multiple reviews that praised this restaurant. Decided to try this location. Big mistake. (The hotel had a big buffet with many food choices that i tried later wonderful). Big Steer...More

Thank Iowatravelman
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do you offer a gluten free menu?
3 December 2016|
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Response from fixRfix | Property representative |
We have gluten free items on the menu, but we do not have a gluten free memu as such.
Do you have a back room to accommodate large groups - like 16 people? And if we are bringing 16 people, would you rather we make a reservation?
4 April 2016|
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Response from lutzrxsl | Reviewed this property |
They do have a "side room" , just off the hallway as you come in, across from the bar area. It would easily seat 16. They don't take reservations usually, but I would call and talk to Sherry and perhaps she will "hold" the... More
Do we need to make reservations on a Friday night?
4 December 2015|
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Response from Brightens | Reviewed this property |
No, reservations are not necessary. We just walked in and was pleased to get seated right away.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 14:00
16:30 - 20:30
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1715 Adventureland Dr, Altoona, IA 50009-9418
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Altoona
  • Phone Number: +1 515-967-6933
  • E-mail