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Bluff Lake

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

this is a one of a kind restaurant! the food is delicious and the view is even better! you can sit outside on the patio in the summer hours too

Thank mortensona
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 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!!!!!!

Thank Amanda M
Albia, Iowa
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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!

Thank bandpal
Lake Forest Park, Washington
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17 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
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 

Thank Leslie C
West Union, Iowa
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58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
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 

Thank cigar614
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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.

Thank CJAJ19471950
Maquoketa, Iowa
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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 

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 

Thank Anne P
Davenport, Florida
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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 

Thank tmaq97
Lac La Belle, Michigan
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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.

Thank Audrey C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Seafood
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 20:00
16:00 - 22:00
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?