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Northside Cafe

61 E Jefferson St, Winterset, IA 50273-1540
+1 515-462-1523
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  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
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61 E Jefferson St, Winterset, IA 50273-1540
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Reviewed 6 November 2017

We went to see where the diner scene of The Bridges of Madison County was filmed and stayed for lunch (recommended to us by the local Chamber of Commerce). We sat on the bar stools and had the most amazing pork sandwich- I forgot exactly...More

Thank theresa r
Reviewed 5 November 2017

Just by the town main square,next to the tourist information office, facing the monumental county building is this classic that looks and feel as when John Wayne lived in Winterset or Robert James Waller visited it when writing "The Bridges of Madison County". Indeed, it...More

Thank martinezcm
Reviewed 23 October 2017

On vacation, we stopped here for lunch. We arrived early and waited for them to open at 11:00am. My husband had their award winning tenderloin on a freshly baked bun and said it was excellent. I had a most delicious roast beef sandwich with mashed...More

Thank Reform676
Reviewed 11 October 2017 via mobile

We were a group of 7 on Sunday and the food and service were amazing! I had a delicious omelette with fresh vegetables and Swiss cheese, cooked to perfection! Our portions were so generous that no one could manage any dessert. The pies looked incredible...More

Thank Berne
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Fabulous comfort food. I opted for the Jamaican tenderloin. It's a hand cut pork tenderloin - breaded and fried and served on a bun with ham, pineapple, red bell peppers and served with Jamaican Jerk sauce. It was a wonderful spin on a traditional dish....More

Thank Chris B
Reviewed 1 October 2017 via mobile

The staff was very friendly and helpful, our food was good, but the standouts where the Eggs Benedict, and the open faced roast beef sandwich. The gravy was so delicious that my husband stole some off her plate to eat with his fries. I gave...More

Thank MissyBunch
Reviewed 29 September 2017 via mobile

Classic diner in a National Register historic building. Great comfort food. Old-time interior. It's bigger than it looks from the outside. Plenty of seating. Just go. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Bob L
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

We had a fun relaxing lunch at the Northside Cafe. Two of us had the avocado sandwich with added shrimp. Instead of being just an add on, the shrimp were amazing. They were plump and actually very flavorful. The lightly toasted bread used for the...More

Thank Susie S
Reviewed 9 September 2017 via mobile

This is a fun friendly place. It's rather funky with old tables and chairs and quilts in the walls. The building is old on the courthouse square. Great place to stop for a meal. We had the adult grilled cheese and patty melt. One thing...More

Thank MrsPickle
Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

Stopped by this cafe for lunch while in town to see the John Wayne Birthplace and Museum. I enjoyed my lunch here very much, I had the chicken panini with house-made coleslaw and it was delicious! Their desserts are also made in-house. I had the...More

Thank OtisCampbell12
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Nearby Attractions
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 61 E Jefferson St, Winterset, IA 50273-1540
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Winterset
  • Phone Number: +1 515-462-1523
The Northside Café is located in a historic building built in 1876 by Eli Cox on the north side of the Winterset town square, across the street from the Madison County Courthouse. The Bridges of Madison County was written from our window seat booth (John Wayne booth), and was featured in the 1995 film “The Bridges of Madison County”, based on the Robert James Waller novel of the same name. In the Film the café is where Robert Kincaid (Clint Eastwood) meets Lucy Redfield (Michele Benes). Our café has been part of the presidential candidate circuit going back decades, and our upstairs has served as City Hall and Opera house in the 1800’s
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