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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
11:00 - 20:00
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Sun 11:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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Dubuque, IA
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200 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW 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 your evening. The nightly special is encouraged. They Serve all you care to eat family... More 

Thank Goodscout
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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 very reasonable fir the amount of food you get. Beautifully set out in the country.... More 

Thank dustysgirl1979
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 get seated.only open a few days a week. If you get the all u can... More 

Thank Wandering_Iowan
Maquoketa, Iowa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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
1 review
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
Albia, Iowa
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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
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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61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
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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55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
Reviewed 14 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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Seafood
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, 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?