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Bluff Lake

9343 95th Ave. One Mile Outside Maquoketa Caves State Park, Maquoketa, IA 52060
+1 319-652-3272
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good26%
  • Average16%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“catfish” (24 reviews)
“coleslaw” (14 reviews)
“prime rib” (7 reviews)
American, Seafood
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9343 95th Ave. One Mile Outside Maquoketa Caves State Park, Maquoketa, IA 52060
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Bluff Lake is a unique location next to Maquoketa Caves State Park with Friday, Saturday and Sunday catfish, chicken and fried shrimp specials. The staff is friendly and efficient. Note that access through the Park may be closed for a time. You will have to...More

Thank Harry S
Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

This is a very casual, family style meal. Fried chicken and shrimp with french fries and cold slaw. Only on Sunday, the rest of the week is a menu

Thank Frances C
Reviewed 5 March 2018 via mobile

It's a busy place so plan on a possible wait, but so worth it. If you go during spring, summer or fall it's just beautiful.

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 9 August 2017

Good food and a beautiful view! Had Chicken & Shrimp both very good. The wait was about a half an hour, but time went fast enjoying the surroundings.

Thank Jmk5s
Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

With a hour and a half wait to sit after we checked in, it took 30 minutes because we weren't eating the family style all you can eat fried fish, with coleslaw and potatoes, so we had to wait for a menu and time to...More

Thank Robert F
Reviewed 27 May 2017 via mobile

Bluff Lake is located in a rural location with a nice lake view and cozy lodge style building. The place is always busy and be prepared for a hour wait. What's the hurry? Have a couple of coctails and relax. Have a conversation and enjoy...More

Thank Goodscout
Reviewed 12 April 2017 via mobile

Any night that you go is a good choice! Friday is prime rib and you get a generous portion or all you can eat catfish. Delicious! Saturday is all you can eat haddock. The tarter that goes with it is to die for. Prices are...More

1  Thank dustysgirl1979
Reviewed 11 April 2017

People always ooh and aww over this place and I dont really know why. The food is good but not great. Served family style if a group. Never ordered off the menu always had there nughtly special. Always busy and usually a long wait to...More

Thank Wandering_Iowan
Reviewed 13 March 2017

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
Reviewed 15 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
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Questions & Answers
Jayne M
1 October 2017|
Response from Jmk5s | Reviewed this property |
Not sure if take credit or debit as we pd cash.
Sheri R
7 July 2017|
Response from Iowan319 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, It was a bar years ago that did serve food. You can drive by the Maquoketa Caves as you drive through what appears to be a farmers field to get to Bluff Lake. It is a beautiful setting.
7 October 2016|
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Response from Kriskain | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There is a ramp to get in building, handicapped parking close to uilding.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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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