Located across the Mississippi River the town of Dubuque draws flocks of tourists because of its remarkable river-scapes. The restaurants of the city are ready to welcome those tourists with memorable meals and, more notably, excellent and friendly service. Read our review guide to the best restaurants you will find in the Dubuque area.

Caroline’s Restaurant

Hotel Julien is a stunning hotel in the Old Main District, a historical segment of Dubuque, and among its most charming locations. The hotel was started in recent years after extensive renovations were finished, and with that, Caroline’s Restaurant unlocked its doors.

Caroline’s highly matches the hotel both in courtesy and quality service. The interior design, which changes across the dining rooms, includes features such as beautiful carpets, stained glass windows, and luscious parqueting. The menu, inspired by numerous international cuisines, is filled with many classes that make it remains an exceptional choice for family outings, business meetings, and romantic dinners.

Address: 200 Main Street, Downtown, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, USA, Phone: (563) 588-5595,

Website: https://hoteljuliendubuque.com/dining/carolines-restaurant/

Copper Kettle

Copper Kettle affirms the principle that a book should not be judged by its cover. Sitting a little off the beaten track at a somewhat desolate place in Dubuque, Copper Kettle appears unpromising, another fantastic ol’ American bar when seen from outside. Though take one step inside, and that judgment will turn on its head. The restaurant has modern, hip interiors with a beautifully laid-back ambiance, a fabulous place to visit with good company while enjoying some delicious menu.

Copper Kettle offers simple, classic American fare, but every morsel is full of flavor, and every dish well cooked and presented. Pick between a fresh-cut salad, a delicious steak, a mouth-watering sandwich or burger, and wash everything down with one of the different sensational craft beers.

Address: 2987 Jackson Street, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, USA, Phone: (563) 845-0567,

Website: http://www.copperkettledbq.com/

Pepper Sprout

Spend a relaxing evening, and enjoy a delicious dinner at Pepper Sprout. Locals like to grab a table since the restaurant blends excellent food with a cozy, slow-paced ambiance and friendly crew. Chef Kim Wolff crafts a new menu to make sure that only the freshest ingredients, sourced from local producers, delight her guests’ taste buds.

Address: 378 Main Street, Downtown, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, USA Phone: (563) 556-2167,

Website: http://peppersprout.com/

L. May Eatery

Making bookings at L. May Eatery is highly praised — this restaurant is so popular with Dubuque’s citizens that walk-ins may need to wait sometime before being seated, even on a Monday night. L. May’s secret is simple.

The owners, EJ Droessler and siblings Lea, are always around to be sure that the guests feel as comfortable as though they were in their house, and everything runs smoothly. Open for lunch and dinner, L. May Eatery’s menu includes a range of appetizers, small plates, entrees, soups, salads, sandwiches and desserts, and is therefore suited to those searching for a hearty meal or simply a quick light meal.

Address: 1072 Main Street, Historic Old Main, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, USA, Phone: (563) 556-0505,

Website: http://www.lmayeatery.com/

Sugar Ray’s BBQ

Image: jackschickenpalace.com

The amazing smell of barbecue grilled meat baits visitors on Dubuque’s University Avenue to Sugar Ray’s. Chef Raymond Sanders grew up with pork chops and fried chicken as a boy in Chicago, standing alongside his grandmother while cooking wonderful family meals.

He ventured to the cooking industry as a caterer for events — his pork ribs were tasty and tender and his cakes so exquisite that his services were shown to be a success each and every time. Finally, Sanders opened Sugar Ray, his own barbecue joint, which is today counted among the most popular places in the city to get a fail-safe barbecue session.

Address: 1106 University Ave, Dubuque, IA, USA, Phone: (563) 583-9590,

Website: https://jackschickenpalace.com/

Ichiban Hibachi Steakhouse & Sushi Bar

Dubuque’s Citizens should feel blessed that they have among the best restaurants in the area close at hand. Ichiban tempts its clientele with a really endless selection of appetizers, sushi, rolls and hand rolls, and sashimi, every single dish so great and enticing that clients will feel the desire to come back, again and again, to work their way down the whole menu.

The restaurant also offers Hibachi dinner, a style of cooking either fish or meat on a flat iron grill. Cooking the Hibachi way comprises tall flames being ignited right on the grill — the Hibachi chefs at Ichiban set the operation into a small view that never fails to amaze the enthusiastic diners. Friendly service, good food, and a pleasant atmosphere make Ichiban one of the must-try restaurants in Dubuque.

Address: 3187 University Avenue, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, USA, Phone: (563) 845-0698,

Website: https://www.ichibandbq.com/

Zoro’s Gyros

Fans of Gyros — the traditional Greek sandwich of sauce, salad vegetables, lettuce, and rotisserie meats wrapped in grilled pita bread — have one name to remember to Dubuque for their trip. Zoro’s. This fast food joint offers the best gyros in town, prepared with cheese, chicken, or pork.

Whatever version is preferred, customers will find in their hands a huge, tasty gyro that will keep them full for a good time, especially if they’ll have Zoro’s wonderful fries with the sandwich. Although gyros are the house’s specialty, Zoro provides a variety of no less tasty foods like hot dogs, cheeseburgers, chicken wings, and hamburgers.

Address: Zoro’s Gyro, 1400 Central Ave, Dubuque, IA, USA, Phone: (563) 557-5071,

Website: https://zorosgyros.com/

Adobos Mexican Grill

Who wants a burrito? Get into the Adobos’ burrito bar and await a fresh, beautiful burrito — taste the Baja burrito, or the three-cheese version — just like an eatery back in Mexico would offer it. Adobos Mexican Grill is among the best choices for Dubuque’s citizens to enjoy some true Mexican cuisine.

Pick from the menu of nachos, burritos, and tacos, or treat yourself to enchiladas without fear of being left unsatisfied. Adobos Mexican Grill receives extra points for its variety of spicy salsas, starting from the just little spicy Sweet Tomato Red to the hot El Diablo, pre with bird peppers, onions, and roasted garlic.

Address: 756 Main Street, Historic Old Main, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, USA, Phone: (563) 556-4407,

Website: https://www.facebook.com/adobopk/

Chocolaterie Stam

Dubuque’s Chocolaterie Stam — one of several shops in a chain across the Iowa and neighboring states — expects the city’s chocolate junkies to spoil them with an overwhelming choice of tantalizing sweets. The range of bonbons puts self-control to an exceptionally fierce test, who can resist such treats as the petite chocolate pastries packed with amaretto, buttercream, liquid caramel, or cognac cream.

Chocolaterie Stam is a century-old business with origins in the best of Dutch patisserie. Visit this Old World spot to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee while stirring in their sinful chocolates.

Address: 269 Main St, Dubuque, Iowa, 52001, USA, Phone: (563) 690-4320,

Website: https://shop.stamchocolate.com/pages/store-locations

Europa Cafe

There’s a romantic, cozy place in Dubuque to enjoy some healthy, delicious, exotic cuisine, and that place is named Europa Cafe. An exceptional establishment in the city’s dining scene provides exquisite dishes of Eastern Europe and a couple of Italian specialties.

Get the chicken Kiev — the national food of Ukraine — the luscious pork stroganoff or the delicious ravioli, oven-roasted, full of cheese, and topped with fresh spinach and red peppers. A family restaurant, the friendly owners, clearly have a passion for cooking and will be happy to describe in detail the preparation of their meals. Might be closed due to pandemic, call ahead to make sure open again.

Address: 4031 Pennsylvania Ave, Dubuque, Iowa, 52002, USA, Phone: (563) 845-0778,

Another similar option might be-

Europa Haus Restaurant and Bier Stube,

Address: 301 Rhomberg Ave, Dubuque, IA 5200, Phone: (563) 588-0361

Some Other Eateries Along The Mississippi River

Image: tripadvisor.com

Dubuque Marina & Yardarm

This riverside spot is a local hangout because of its location along the Mississippi. With live entertainment, excellent food, and a Tikki vibe, the Yardarm must stop riverside spots for those looking to relax and unwind outdoors.

Catfish Charlie’s

Another riverside must stop Catfish Charlie’s. Located close to the Q Casino, this riverside eatery includes river views, a microbrewery, and tasty food.

American Lady Yacht Cruises

Only a Hop, Skip, and a plank away is the American Lady Yacht. This is the nearest to the Mississippi River you can get while dining.

Tony Roma’s

Located over the Grand Harbor Resort & Waterpark, this dining spot looks over the Mississippi Riverwalk. If you spend a day at the waterpark, don’t forget to scoot over to the National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium or visit Diamond Jo Casino to try your luck before enjoying a bite at Tony Roma’s.

Like Tony Roma’s, Stone Cliff is situated in the Port of Dubuque and includes a menu with delicious goodies such as pizzas, sandwiches, and not to mention their home wine. Dine outdoors and check their calendar of events for performances by local entertainment.

Coconut Cove

Along the River in Wisconsin is Coconut Cove – a hotel with delicious dining and a beach, aqua park, tiki bar. Make a day trip along the river with this one of a kind destination.

River Ridge Brewing

Coming soon in Bellevue, Iowa is River Ridge Brewing’s new place – right on the Mississippi River. Once construction is complete, this microbrewery will have a walkout patio that overlooks the river.