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Pepper Sprout

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378 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001-6944
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars

Delicious food. Great service. Meatloaf, venison, and filet all cooked perfectly with great flavor. Drinks were done very well too. Don't miss stopping here!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Good for:
  • Business meetings
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
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English first
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184 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious food. Great service. Meatloaf, venison, and filet all cooked perfectly with great flavor. Drinks were done very well too. Don't miss stopping here!

Thank Go2FunFood
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped here for dinner last weekend and had high expectations from the reviews. Overall, just okay. Place is very casual, dated inside, loud bar type music and food was average at best, nothing special at all. Service was friendly though. Much better places to try in Dubuque. Best to pass it by.

Thank mike53226
Level Contributor
14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went on a Friday evening busy with the normal dining out crowd which also leads to a very loud noise level making conversation a bit of a challenge .Our first choice for wine was out ok it happens. When we place our food orders they come back to say they only have 1 Duck left leaving someone at the... More 

Thank BJHarbach
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food here is outstanding! Menu changes to match the seasons. As far as the drinks, best mixologists in Dubuque! Location close to the waterfront and hotels.

Thank Brian M
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015

Depressing: seems like a converted 50-70s breakfast spot: booths on the walls, green carpet on the floor. We were sitting toward the back in the runway -- staff dashing back and forth, bouncing the floor, making me anxious and dizzy. Locals are probably thankful this restaurant is here, but if you live in a big city, you'll wish you'd eaten... More 

Thank David R
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61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

A friend and I dined at Pepper Sprout on a busy Saturday night. We had friendly and efficient service from a knowledgeable server able to recommend a lovely Oregon Pinot Noir. The Caesar salad was, as the other reviews comment, very garlicky. But it was fantastic! I had the salmon, which was cooked to perfection, and my friend had the... More 

Thank Lisa W
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Passed through Dubuque on a 1800 mile road trip with my old college roommate and Pepper Sprout came highly recommended by a friend They weren't wrong, this is an excellent restaurant not to be missed. We both had salads and the bison fillets which were cooked to perfection! I only wish we were in town longer as we would have... More 

Thank John L
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
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27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

My husband and I enjoyed our dinner here. I had the lamb chops which were amazing and cooked to perfection. My husband had the venison which was also amazing. So tender he didn't even need a knife to cut it. We also enjoyed the stuffed mushrooms. Only complaint was our waitress. She was so slow and not as attentive although... More 

Thank whiteaub
Rapid City, South Dakota
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334 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2015

had a late dinner and drinks here with some girlfriends--lots of variety, interesting menu and creative cocktails.

Thank Coby S
Dubuque, Iowa
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We have often stopped to have a drink at the bar in The Pepper Sprout. Tonight the bar was very noisy with crude going men with very loud voices. This was a very different and disappointing experience.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 378 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001-6944
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Dubuque
  • Phone Number: 563-556-2167

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic


Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 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?