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Kalmes Breaktime Bar & Grill

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1097 Jackson St, Dubuque, IA 52001-5026
+1 563-582-8566
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10:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: Corner bar and restaurant with American style comfort food

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  • Food
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    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
#1 for prime rib

By far the best prime rib I've ever had! My husband liked the liver and onions and we enjoyed the large selection of draft and bottled beer and the atmosphere. Kalmes could become one of my favorites!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 weeks ago
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Chicken is wonderful as are the burgers. Not very friendly staff but service is good. Located in the heart of the city and has a good selection of beers on tap.

Thank c s
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

By far the best prime rib I've ever had! My husband liked the liver and onions and we enjoyed the large selection of draft and bottled beer and the atmosphere. Kalmes could become one of my favorites!

Thank llfie
Dubuque, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

Tuesday lunch special, cheap burgers. Regular burgers are even better, Hawaiian burger was messy but awesome.

Thank Jake H
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Consistently very good, the service is friendly and the price is right. I suggest to order the daily special, especially the pork tenderloin.

Thank adelio93
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here for supper and came back again later for night cap. Both times service was outstanding as well as the food and drinks. When we arrived for our night cap, the kitchen had just closed, however the staff still made us appetizers. If you are in the area, this is a must stop. Customer service and great food is... More 

3 Thank jwheels1990
Dubuque, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Anyone who has lived in Dubuque knows the quality of Kalmes when it comes to cooking steaks at large gatherings. The company brings that quality to their restaurant which has excellent burgers.

1 Thank Randy L
Kingston Springs, Tennessee
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

I arrived about 11:20am and the place was empty. Leaving at 12:15pm it was FULL. The lunch special today was a very good French Dip sandwich w/fries. Lots of other things to pick from. The crowd seemed to be mostly working folks on lunch hour and I am sure they appreciated the speedy service. Colorful decor was pleasing.

1 Thank 4bird1
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

LIke many of the good eateries in Dubuque this one is in a family run bar. Restuarant is an area of town that is being revitalized and Kalmes is a gold mine. We were there for lunch and we were seated immediately and waitress was quick to get our drink order. Got a rib eye and potato for 9 bucks.... More 

2 Thank FloridaMotator
Dubuque, Iowa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

This place used to have some great steak sandwiches, but they recently changed suppliers, and now the ingredient quality has suffered. They have decent bar food, but nothing special. The steak sandwich is now little more than a roast beef sandwich. The burgers are just fine, and the drink selection limited. Much better places in Dubuque to try.

Thank Austin W
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

We stopped last night to have a quick dinner. The pork ribeye was the evening's special. Hands down.. the best pork I've ever had. Tender, juicy, flavorful. Friendly service and not too loud or overly crowded.

1 Thank SATBeditor

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1097 Jackson St, Dubuque, IA 52001-5026
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Dubuque
  • Phone Number: +1 563-582-8566

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 23
  • Cuisine: American, Pub


Corner bar and restaurant with American style comfort food
Open Hours
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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