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Northside Cafe

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61 E Jefferson St, Winterset, IA 50273-1540
+1 515-462-1523
11:00 - 20:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 09:00 - 14:00
Tue - Fri 11:00 - 20:00
Sat 08:30 - 20:00
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Road trip stop for a Saturday morning breakfast. From chicken-fried steak & eggs to French toast and more, all was delicious. Took home some kale & bean soup, coconut cake, and orange/cranberry crisp. Generous portions of great food. We'll be back.

Council Bluffs
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109 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here with friends hoping this would be a good place for lunch. Service and server were slow and 3 out 5 orders were incorrect. Our appetizers were overcooked and our salads weren't worth the price. Maybe it was just a bad day, but we won't be back

Thank eaking1098
Quincy, Illinois
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My friend and I visited this establishment for lunch. We both ordered the special which was the hot roast beef sandwich. It was really bland and cold when it was brought to the table. Service was slow as well. Dessert was pretty good though.

Thank Dawn S
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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place definitely earned its #1 spot. The vibe is awesome, the food is even better. It's a must stop.

Thank Holly M
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1,387 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Marion Robert Morrison was born in Winterset, Iowa, 15 miles southwest of Des Moines, in 1907 and left for California when he was three years old, long before he became known to the world as John Wayne. So it is unlikely that he ever had a meal at the Northside Cafe, which opened in 1876. But if you are visiting... More 

Thank Taylor B
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you like cinema, and specially "The bridges of Madison County" you should visit this café, it's been changed since the movie but you can still imagine the scenes, the menu it looks good and great prices, I tried beef sandwich with gravy and mashed potatoes and was good, and the staff very nice!

Thank Jaime G
Reading, United Kingdom
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106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 250 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

My wife and i were visiting Winterset to do the bridges from the UK and loved our meal and service at the Northside Cafe. The menu is small and simple but you are certain to find something that hits the spot. Try the cobbler for desert it was tasty. Its nice to eat somewhere that has character and were you... More 

Thank Barry and Nicol... G
St. Louis
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped here because of the movie. Food was good. I had the Thursday special, beef and noodles. Very tasty! Worth the stop.

Thank reindeerlvr
Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016

Limited menus but freshly made. Our server too young to bring adult beveridge. Only had a few Iowa wines but the M Foch drinkable. Also very limited beers. I will go back, sometime

Thank Airdoc2015
Bubba D, Owner at Northside Cafe, responded to this review

Airdoc2015 Thank you for your review. We made the decision early in 2015 to reduce the number of items we sell and concentrate on fresh "Iowa comfort food". We also decided to try and support local and Iowa as much as possible. All our wines come from our local winery (Covered Bridges winery) and our beer rotate breweries around Iowa... More 

Ely, Iowa
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch. A great local cafe. We both had the potty melts and they were yummy. The Millstream root beer on tap was a favorite

Thank lindaand57
michelejahncke, Owner at Northside Cafe, responded to this review

So glad you enjoyed the "patty melts" and Millstream root beer at the Historic Northside Cafe! Teaming with other local businesses, such as Millstream Brewing or local farmers, is one thing we love to do to give our customers the best visit possible. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 20:00
08:30 - 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

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