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Big Steer Restaurant & Lounge

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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1715 Adventureland Dr, Altoona, IA 50009-9418
+1 515-967-6933
10:00 - 14:00
16:30 - 20:30
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Sun 10:00 - 14:00
16:30 - 20:30
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri 17:00 - 21:30
Sat 16:30 - 21:30
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Was at a convention next door at Prairie Meadows. Was a great location and read multiple reviews that praised this restaurant. Decided to try this location. Big mistake. (The hotel had a big buffet with many food choices that i tried later wonderful). Big Steer is an old restaurant and an even OLDER designed restaurant. Dining rooms are in multiple... More 

Thank Iowatravelman
Clive, Iowa
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

Wonderful prime rib! Very traditional steakhouse. Love the cowboy decorating. I am an old cowboy, I appreciate everything in there is real. And the way a farmer would expect to get a good steak. So tender, cooked expertly! Nice sides to go with it.

Thank Eileen D
fixRfix, Owner at Big Steer Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this review

Hi, Eileen. Thank-you for your review. We appreciate "old cowboys." They know the difference between a REAL STEAKHOUSE and a "restaurant" that just hangs up pictures of cattle and calls itself a "steakhouse." It's like someone putting on a cowboy hat and a pair of boots and thinking they are a cowboy. Our hat might not be brand new and... More 

Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

This is an old school, traditional steakhouse. With the best corn fed beef I have ever tasted. Perfectly cooked! We stopped there for dinner and will be certain to return! everything was perfect: the warm loaf of bread, candied apple, horseradish, potato choices, cold crisp salad and extensive ice cream drink menu. The service was over the top! Steer this... More 

1 Thank Honestly4933
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016 via mobile

The steak at this restaurant is to die for. I ordered the 2 for 22 steak carry out special and was pleasantly surprised at the service and wealth of food. The steak is melt in your mouth, potatoes are cooked perfectly, and the homemade dressing is fantastic. Take advantage of this eat in your room delight on your next visit.

1 Thank rnvball
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

Very rustic little western style steakhouse. it's got the best prime rib on the east side of Des Moines

Thank Steve A
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

My wife and I just ate there this evening and it was not the first time. It would remind some one of the older style Des Moines resturants. I feel it has a nice atmosphere and I really like their food. I had their filet and lobster and my wife had a chicken salad and really good crabcakes. We really... More 

Thank tjallen1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016 via mobile

I had the bone in New York strip and it was as good a cut of meat as I've had at the big-name steak houses. For the money give me the Big Steer anytime.

Thank Robert N
Council Bluffs, Iowa
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125 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Several of us decided to surprise a family member for his birthday and take him to the Big Steer as we had heard that it was one of the best places in Iowa for steak. First of all, it was difficult because they do not take reservations. They did say we could call ahead which we decided to do. It... More 

Thank FormerHoosier
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

Service was excellent..menu has eide variety..bread is awsome...salads are full and wonderful...we had filet..best ever...scallops..were good...prices arent that bad..quality and quantity is wonderful.

Thank Google U
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

We arrived early and were seated right away. The service was attentive and the food was excellent. Our party all had prime rib. The hash browns were crispy outside and soft inside, the steak was tender and perfect. The price was just right for the quality and service.

1 Thank Ddunnex7

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Steakhouse
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 14:00
16:30 - 20:30
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1715 Adventureland Dr, Altoona, IA 50009-9418
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Altoona
  • Phone Number: +1 515-967-6933

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