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Kalmes Breaktime Bar & Grill

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1097 Jackson St, Dubuque, IA 52001-5026
563-582-8566
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Takeout
Good for:
Reservations
Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 12
    Excellent
  • 14
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best burgers

Kalmes has really fine hamburgers - they grind their own beef. Also, if there are any, the spaetzel noodles are to die for. I love the service - good old fashioned waitresses that don't mess around with silly talk or overly elaborate descriptions of the menu. It's a family, sports, bar atmosphere... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
Cynthia N
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
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29 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Kalmes has really fine hamburgers - they grind their own beef. Also, if there are any, the spaetzel noodles are to die for. I love the service - good old fashioned waitresses that don't mess around with silly talk or overly elaborate descriptions of the menu. It's a family, sports, bar atmosphere that I am sometimes really in the mood... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 NEW

I came with a friend who lives here locally and recommended. Their specials were all fish and shrimp-Friday and the beginning of Lent-I was reminded of later. I asked for a salad substitution for the fries and coleslaw and was told it was an extra $1 and the salad was very small. My friend asked if they had fish any... More 

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Richmond, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014

We found this place by accident a few years ago, best burger we had in a long time. Went back Saturday-still good, I highly reccomend.

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Dubuque, Iowa
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Tuesday is a great day to stop at Kalmes for a great quarter pound burger. Only $2.50 for a burger with onions and pickles and add fries (fresh cut homemade fries) for $1.50.

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Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

My husband & I were in Dubuque for a weekend getaway and stopped here for lunch after reading Trip Advisor reviews. We were not dissappointed. It's a small corner bar in the warehouse district. The staff was very friendly & the burgers were EXCELLENT. One of the best we've had in a long time. Also the fried corn nuggets were... More 

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Lancaster
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70 reviews 70 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Kalmes' is known for their great Sunday buffet, their chicken dinners, but also for their burgers. It's one of those favorites for the locals and you know what they say, "If you want to eat well while on vacation, go where the locals go." True statement about this place.

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Potosi
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

Great place to eat with a cold beer. Been there a few times and can't complain about anything. On busy times it can get cramped but the food was always good.

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

We stopped early on a Friday night. Good drinks, good selection of tap beers and very good burgers that you can choose what size you would like. Some of the best fries I've had too.

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Dubuque, Iowa
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2013

Excellent service, nice menu and great burgers. Nice selection of craft beers. Great neighborhood bar. CALL BE4 YOU GO CLOSE EARLY OFTEN

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Dickeyville, Wisconsin
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104 reviews 104 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

...and bar. Excellent service, nice menu and great burgers. Nice selection of craft beers. Great neighborhood bar.

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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: 563-582-8566

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 20
  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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