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The Cottage Cafe

American, Cafe, Diner
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5833 Avenue 0, Fort Madison, IA 52627
+1 319-372-5043
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Keokuk, Iowa
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37 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Great food pretty much all round but atmosphere and service both need a smile, small joint, hours different call first

Thank ggandjoe
Grand Junction, Colorado
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59 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 2016

Great food in a 50's diner. Very nice people. Super low prices. Best food in town for the money. BUT THEY DO NOT TAKE CARDS. MUST HAVE CASH.. MAKES IT HARD

Thank David B
Lewistown, Illinois
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32 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2016 via mobile

Our first time here and we were not impressed. We dined at lunchtime,portions were small and food was ok at best. Waitress was rather indifferent and didn't seem to be too much into her job. Place was clean and speed of service was fine. It appears the breakfast may be the way to go. We may come back one more... More 

Thank Winterhawk2015
Monroe City, Missouri
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2015

I ordered a taco salad & it wasn't like any taco salad I've ever had. The hamburger had no seasoning in it & also tasted old. The shell was somewhat soggy, not a crispy bowl, & a little too greasy for me.For the price, I didn't get what I paid for. Needless to say, we didn't go back.

Thank Carol W
Ottawa, Illinois
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65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2014

We were there for breakfast when we were visiting family. We'll be back again every time were in town. It's great and the local folks know it cause they're always busy!

Thank ChrisFuller320252011
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83 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 March 2014

New to the area, Hubby (age 65) and myself (age 60) have been trying out various establishments and thus had lunch at the Cottage Cafe. In a nutshell, it was pretty bad. My husband ordered a daily special of salisbury steak: +they did give him a homemade dinner roll that he said was o.k. +the mashed potatoes seemed to be... More 

1 Thank Keyboardlady
Flagstaff, Arizona
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273 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 179 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2013

The Cottage seems to have caught the cut back fever that is sweeping the restaurant scene nation wide. Smaller portions. Higher prices. It is a shame. The pies are now so sickening sweet as to be mostly inedible. The coleslaw is so salty it had to be sent back. Everything seems like it is being made just to get it... More 

1 Thank murphy2
Boone, Iowa
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2013

We ate a late breakfast at The Cottage Cafe, and it was piping hot and scrumptious. It took a little longer than I am used to, but we came at an unusual time, and they may have needed to fire up the grill for the pancakes. Speaking of pancakes, I got the whole wheat pancakes and loved them, and my... More 

Thank Joe S
Saugerties, New York
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96 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2013

Ate here several times while in Ft. Madison, and felt like my local places back home. Staff was pleasant and the place was full of locals having breakfast and catching up on the local news. Definitely try this if you are visiting Ft. Madison

Thank mrwardell
Fort Madison, Iowa
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69 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2013 via mobile

This is a nice cafe with good food and service. The prices are low and the portions are not. There's usually a good selection of pies available during lunch so be sure to go early or order your pie when ordering your meal.

Thank rdavidc

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Diner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 5833 Avenue 0, Fort Madison, IA 52627
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Fort Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 319-372-5043

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