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half moon inn

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701 Buddy Holly Pl, Clear Lake, IA 50428-1362
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Clear Lake, Iowa
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

. Nice atmosphere. Really crowded area of tables and booths, and always seems too busy. However the excellent food makes up for that. Have always had extra helpful, informed and professional wait staff. An asset to Clear Lake, Iowa.

Thank maggiemae58
indianola, United States
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

the service was friendly and prompt and the food was good and the portions were adequate as well, the atmosphere is dated

Thank V3861SErandyt
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Whenever we visit Clear Lake, we stop at the Half Moon. Great food, and only a block from the Surf Ballroom.

Thank Doug H
Tipton, Iowa
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 December 2016

My husband and I had the prime rib and it was wonderful and done perfectly the service was good I would go back

Thank Susan B
Dunkirk, New York
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272 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

This was our 2nd visit to Clear Lake and our 2nd dinner at the Half Moon. I tried the filet mignon and my wife went for the smothered chicken and both meals were delicious. Our server was friendly but a little distracted. Walking distance to the Surf Ballroom.

1 Thank Yankee33
Bloomington, Minnesota
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48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

The food was fabulous, fresh and tasty. The Torsk was especially great. Had great local flare, but the service was shelter-skelter. The homemade bread (which was mouth-watering) was supposed to come with our salads, and instead came with our entrees. The waitresses were also clearing tables and just placed dirty dishes on stands throughout the dining room. A tray of... More 

Thank Amy M
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016

We went to the Half Moon last night for supper. I had the broiled shrimp and my husband had the sirloin. Both were very good! We were seated immediately, and our waitress was with us quickly. We had a drink before dinner. Salads were good. Shrimp was delicious. The service was courteous and quick. This is my favorite place to... More 

Thank Linda K
Sacramento, California
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2016

Stopped in here for dinner before a concert at the Surf Ballroom. We were told this is where the "locals" eat. Small restaurant, very crowded but it was a Friday Night. Well worth the waiting time and the bartender made sure we were happy during the wait. Food was excellent and the waitress had a great attitude for someone who... More 

Thank Judith B
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Traveling across the country, we stopped in Clear Lake for a couple nights. This restaurant was recommended by some local folks. It is located near downtown and not far from the Surf Ballroom where Buddy Holly played his last concert. The restaurant was busy, but we were seated after a short wait. We decided to try the Canadian Walleye. It... More 

Thank Elizabeth B
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13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

The food and service has always been great. Very reliable place to dine. This place is where many of the long time Clear Lake residents go for a nice dinner.

Thank Nate B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 701 Buddy Holly Pl, Clear Lake, IA 50428-1362
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Clear Lake
  • Phone Number: 641-357-9339
great food and service

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