Best Waterfront Dining

Nothing pairs better with a good meal quite like a great view—and Iowa has no shortage of either. Here are some of the best waterfront dining options to visit on your next night out. 


Arnold’s Park

Who knew that a taste of the Caribbean could be enjoyed in the heart of Iowa? At Bracco–a tropical-themed restaurant located in Arnold’s Park–visitors can enjoy both American and Caribbean cuisine in a buzzy space complete with festive decor, live music entertainment, fruity cocktails, and an unbeatable deck that overlooks Lake Okoboji. For more information, visit www.waterfrontokoboji.com


Le Clair

Romantic vibes and waterfront views are abundant at Steventon’s, a Le Clair-based American restaurant that serves up high-quality seafood, steaks and flavorful cocktails in a classy space. Outside of the rich menu offerings, Steventon’s big draw is its one-of-kind river-view patio that overlooks the Mississippi River. For more information, visit www.steventons.com

Maxwell’s Beach Cafe

Arnold’s Park

No one does new American dining quite like Maxwell’s Beach Cafe. The restaurant specializes in curating a fine dining experience, which is elevated by a menu that focuses on fresh seafood offerings and gourmet sandwiches. Maxwell’s is located across from the State Pier in Lake Okoboji, and features gorgeous lake views in a casually cool environment. For more information, visit www.maxwellsbeachcafe.com

Dockside Bar & Grill


Dockside Bar & Grill is a Dubuque gem loved for its expansive menu of American cuisine offerings and lowkey lakeside ambience. Dockside is settled just alongside the Mississippi River, and has a wide-scale dock that provides unbeatable waterfront views from just about any seat in the house. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/docksidebarandgrilledbq/

Go Fish Marina Bar & Grille


Settled within Princeton at Pool 14 of the Mississippi River is Go Fish Marina Bar & Grille—a lakeside establishment famous for fresh seafood, large rib platters, pretzel bites and a fruit-filled happy hour available Monday through Thursday. Since opening in 2007, Go Fish Marina Bar & Grille has evolved into one of the most popular spots along the Mississippi. For more information, visit www.gofishmarinabarandgrill.com.

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