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The Drake Restaurant

106 Washington St, Ste 3, Burlington, IA 52601-5265
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Ranked #15 of 67 restaurants in Burlington
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Barbecue, Steakhouse, Pizza & Pasta
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Drake Restaurant is located in a 100+ year old building with scenic views of the Mississippi River. The Drake has cozy booths for a romantic dinner, larger tables for groups, and private dining rooms to accommodate 10-200 persons for private meetings, rehearsal dinners, birthday parties, and wedding receptions. Our patio offers outdoor dining in a garden like setting.
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65% Recommend
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English first
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

My recent travels have brought me back to Burlington yet again, so I decided to try even more new restaurants. Today, I decided on The Drake. Upon walking in, you know this place has history, knick knacks and old scales line the lobby. I chose to sit at the bar, as I typically do when on business. The bar was... More

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Durant, Iowa
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

You can smell the wood smoke out on the street in the car and it gives you an appetite before you even go in. I had a double cheese burger with mixed vegetables and a side salad. Quality, well prepared food for a fair price.

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Punta Gorda, Florida
18 reviews 18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

My wife and I stopped in for lunch on July 14th. The wait staff were very prompt and told us the specials. We both got the cheese burger with steak fries. Haven't had that good a burger in years. Several choices of cheeses and the cooked to medium was done perfectly. Can't wait to go back to try some of... More

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Top Contributor
525 reviews 525 reviews
415 restaurant reviews
360 helpful votes 360 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Our host at the Bed & Breakfast recommended 3 restaurants for dinner. Based on the variety on the menu we decided to try The Drake. The Drake Fritters were very good and something you can't get other place (they weren't corn fritters). We went with two BBQ entrees. The brisket and ribs. We found both to be tasty.

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Burlington, Iowa
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

We came down for my boyfriends birthday, i ordered crab stuffed shrimp and the wine sauce on the meal was a wine based sauce and I couldn't even finish the food because it was so strong and the wine wasn't cooked out of the food.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

I cant give an exceptional review but I can say that I had a good experience. I came for lunch and had good service, good food, and everything came quickly. I think it was priced well and the restaurant was clean but I cant say that anything was exceptional. I will say that there is a patio on this restaurant... More

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Chicago, Illinois
20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We went to the Drake three times during this trip, and we will for sure go back again next year. We love the super outside patio, which in all our travels, is rivaled only by the Harry Carrey's at the O'Hare Holiday Inn location. Once we were actually seated each time, our service and food were great. More about the... More

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Burlington, Iowa
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We find that the Drake has excellent food with some unique offerings. What we truly enjoy is the fun atmosphere of the patio area when the weather is permitting. A fun evening is always available at the Drake.

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Ames, Iowa
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Very good menu with lots of options for any tastes and level of hunger. Staff was very friendly, efficient and helpful. Reasonably priced and very good food.

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Burlington, Iowa
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

It's the service...it always is...that's the value, the separator, that brings people back. This place has the potential to be the "go to" joint on the Mississippi River within 50 miles north or south. The service is so bad, so inconsistent,so poorly managed and planned, that it completely overwhelms the perfect setting, the good food (albeit inconsistent) and the location.... More

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