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Bennigan's

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American, Irish, Contemporary
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2023 7th Avenue North, Clear Lake, IA 50428
16413572366
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Bennigan's restaurant and bar at the Best Western hotel off I-35 in Clear...
Bennigan's restaurant and bar at the Best Western hotel off I-35 in Clear Lake, Iowa is an upbeat and relaxing place to kick back and experience
the genuine spirit of Irish Hospitality! Enjoy craveable, crowd-pleasing food, ice cold beers,
specialty drinks and wines. Our restaurant offers longtime Bennigan's favorites like our Kilkenny’s Country Chicken Wrap and decadent Monte Cristo with innovative new American fare selections and famous Burgers! Check out our daily Food and Drink Specials!
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  • 9
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 21
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Doubtful at first....

Never had been a fan of the chains that are inside motels. However - glad we tried this and we will be back on our next trip. I especially liked by Buffalo Chicken salad ....Excellent.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 19, 2015
CynthiaB577
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Pittsboro, Indiana
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St. Paul, Minnesota
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We came to this restaurant around 6:30pm on a Sunday night. We were seated promptly. We had fast and great service. Food was hot and delicious . There was 3 in our party. We had the Fish and chips, Rueben sandwich and our personal favorite, the Housemade Cottage Pie, A savory casserole with ground beef, sausage, onions, mushrooms, carrots, tomatoes... More 

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Pittsboro, Indiana
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41 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Never had been a fan of the chains that are inside motels. However - glad we tried this and we will be back on our next trip. I especially liked by Buffalo Chicken salad ....Excellent.

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Iowa
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

I live locally. Bennigan's in Clear Lake is very well known to the locals as having horrible service. One would think that management would make changes to improve the service, but they don't. Years and years of waitstaff who don't really care never improves. 2 months ago a coworker wanted to eat here, so I decided to give it yet... More 

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Crane, Missouri
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

I have gone to many of the Bennigan's. This was not a top notch as others. the sound and the TV was noisey, TV ran some ad over and over no show or music to hear due to conflict of other people, things. Food service was not as good It may just have been a busy day for her.

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DeniseRS829, Guest Relations Manager at Bennigan's, responded to this review

Dear Tony D, Thank you for taking the time to give us your feedback. We apologize greatly for the noise level and the food service. We will discuss these issues with our staff. All Bennigan's have the same high standards for food and service and we are sorry we did not meet those on the day of your visit. We... More 

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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

Stopped for dinner with a coworker. Not too busy. I had the Cajun chicken pasta. Good portion and tasted good. Only complaint would be all the salt shakers were clumped up due to the humidity. It grossed us out until we figured it out they were all like that. The waitress noticed me checking the other shakers and she brought... More 

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luv2travel0829, Guest Relations Manager at Bennigan's, responded to this review

Dear Steve, Thank you so much for taking the time to give us your review. Glad you enjoyed the Cajun Chicken Pasta dish. We are always encouraging feedback from our guests. Thank you for pointing out the salt shakers. We will have our manager and staff look into this issue and how to remedy. We hope you come back soon.... More 

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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

My husband and I stayed at the adjoining Best Western hotel on our way through Clear Lake and enjoyed dining that evening at Bennigan's. The meal was delicious. My husband ordered the Cajun pasta and reported it to be the best dish he's had in months. To which I was offended until he clarified he meant restaurant food. My steak... More 

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DeniseRS829, Guest Relations Manager at Bennigan's, responded to this review

Dear Mary H, Thank you for your feedback! Glad you had a great experience and that Jessica was able to assist you during your meal. The Cajun Pasta is an excellent choice! We hope you consider becoming a friend of ours on Facebook. We look forward to your next visit. Sincerely, Guest Service Manager Bennigan's Clear Lake More 

Beatrice
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59 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Even though they were short handed the night we were there, we did not have to wait long for our meal. My flat iron steak was done just as I like it. My husband had the cottage pie that he described as tasty. Our waitress was friendly and made good suggestions as to the meal and dessert.

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DeniseRS829, Guest Relations Manager at Bennigan's, responded to this review

Dear Janet C, Thank you for your review! Glad both your and your husband had an enjoyable experience. The cottage pie is a newer menu item and we are always eager to hear how our guests enjoy it. Glad your server was knowledgable about the menu and speedy with table service. Sincerely, Guest Service Manager Bennigan's Clear Lake More 

Duluth
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73 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Nice that a person can walk through the Best Western hotel without having to go outside. The food was excellent, I had the Reuben/fries, and the fries were the best. My husband had the Monte Cristo (?) sandwich which he said was out of this world, I did taste it, and it was awesome. Actually the portions were large..for us... More 

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DeniseRS829, Guest Relations Manager at Bennigan's, responded to this review

Dear Kittycat66, Thank you for your feedback. We are conveniently attached to the Best Western hotel which makes it extremely easy for hungry hotel guests. It is especially nice in the winter! Glad you enjoyed the Reuben and the Monte Cristo. We hope you consider connecting with us on Facebook. Sincerely, Guest Service Manager Bennigan's Clear Lake More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

We were traveling home, and wanted to stop for dinner, but wanted it to be quick, without being fast food. We were checking Trip Advisor ratings from car as we saw what cities were coming up. This had decent ratings, and we were tired, so decided to try it out. What a great surprise! The food was delicious! I had... More 

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DeniseRS829, Guest Relations Manager at Bennigan's, responded to this review

Dear MNMom95, Thank you for taking the time to write your review. Glad you gave us a chance and thank you for sharing how you found us. Many of our guests love the Monte Cristo and the 1/2 sandwich with soup combination. It is just the right amount of food at the right price. Hope you stop by again the... More 

Decorah, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015

We had 11 people and the food was great. the price was very reasonable. the service was slow but the wait staff was very nice.

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DeniseRS829, Guest Relations Manager at Bennigan's, responded to this review

Dear Decorah10, Thank you for your feedback. Glad to hear you enjoyed the food and our prices were reasonable. We apologize for the slow service and will discuss this issue with our wait staff. We hope you stop by again the next time your are in town. Sincerely, Guest Service Manager Bennigan's Clear Lake More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2023 7th Avenue North, Clear Lake, IA 50428
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Clear Lake
  • Phone Number: 16413572366

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 16
  • Cuisine: American, Irish, Contemporary

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups

Description

Bennigan's restaurant and bar at the Best Western hotel off I-35 in Clear Lake, Iowa is an upbeat and relaxing place to kick back and experience
the genuine spirit of Irish Hospitality! Enjoy craveable, crowd-pleasing food, ice cold beers,
specialty drinks and wines. Our restaurant offers longtime Bennigan's favorites like our Kilkenny’s Country Chicken Wrap and decadent Monte Cristo with innovative new American fare selections and famous Burgers! Check out our daily Food and Drink Specials!
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
11:00 am - 12:00 am

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