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Northside Cafe

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61 E Jefferson St, Winterset, IA 50273-1540
+1 515-462-1523
09:00 - 20:00
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Sun 09:00 - 14:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 15:00
Fri 11:00 - 20:00
Sat 09:00 - 20:00
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West Des Moines, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Met my sister in Winterset Iowa for a day of shopping & lunch. We like local, down-home style places. Great, friendly staff. Food was some of the best I've ever had, on par with big-city dining. Menu items are a mix of bistro-style options as well as good old-fashioned diner plates. Crab bisque - fabulous! Sister had a grilled chicken... More 

Thank deedeecee17
Manchester, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

I was on a tour of the places in the film Bridges of madison and this was a place featured. I was on my own and the staff were really nice to take my picture on 'Roberts chair' Sure they are used to people doing this but they made my day

Thank lynnederby01
Des Moines
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20 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017

My wife and I have not been to Northside Cafe for about 10 years. We remember it as a good greasy spoon. We took our family there yesterday for lunch and were we ever surprised. This is a wonderful place to travel to and have a meal that is worthy of the journey. To call our meal good is not... More 

Thank Tewfiks
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

Road trip stop for a Saturday morning breakfast. From chicken-fried steak & eggs to French toast and more, all was delicious. Took home some kale & bean soup, coconut cake, and orange/cranberry crisp. Generous portions of great food. We'll be back.

Council Bluffs
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66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

We stopped here with friends hoping this would be a good place for lunch. Service and server were slow and 3 out 5 orders were incorrect. Our appetizers were overcooked and our salads weren't worth the price. Maybe it was just a bad day, but we won't be back

1 Thank eaking1098
Quincy, Illinois
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

My friend and I visited this establishment for lunch. We both ordered the special which was the hot roast beef sandwich. It was really bland and cold when it was brought to the table. Service was slow as well. Dessert was pretty good though.

Thank Dawn S
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

This place definitely earned its #1 spot. The vibe is awesome, the food is even better. It's a must stop.

Thank Holly M
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

Marion Robert Morrison was born in Winterset, Iowa, 15 miles southwest of Des Moines, in 1907 and left for California when he was three years old, long before he became known to the world as John Wayne. So it is unlikely that he ever had a meal at the Northside Cafe, which opened in 1876. But if you are visiting... More 

Thank Taylor B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

If you like cinema, and specially "The bridges of Madison County" you should visit this café, it's been changed since the movie but you can still imagine the scenes, the menu it looks good and great prices, I tried beef sandwich with gravy and mashed potatoes and was good, and the staff very nice!

Thank Jaime G
Reading, United Kingdom
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106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 259 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

My wife and i were visiting Winterset to do the bridges from the UK and loved our meal and service at the Northside Cafe. The menu is small and simple but you are certain to find something that hits the spot. Try the cobbler for desert it was tasty. Its nice to eat somewhere that has character and were you... More 

Thank Barry and Nicol... G

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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 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
09:00 - 14:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 15:00
11:00 - 20:00
09:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 61 E Jefferson St, Winterset, IA 50273-1540
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Winterset
  • Phone Number: +1 515-462-1523

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