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Catfish Charlies

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1630 E 16th Street Ext, Dubuque, IA 52001-2306
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Nice views, so-so food

The food was 'ok'. I ordered from the 55+ menu and it definitely was a good sized portion for the cost.

3 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015
Madison, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Scenic view
  • Families with children
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Clinton, Iowa
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My family had a gift certificate for Catfish Charlie's and decided to use it tonight. We were treated like kings and queens! Our waitress was super-friendly and attentive, and management sent out extra food for us to try. The Bourbon Salmon, gumbo, alligator-bites, and catfish were the favorites. I had the bison burger, very tasty. We left the restaurant with... More 

Thank Shelly M
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2015

Our waiter, Keon, set the tone of our meal. His suggestions were on the money. The clam chowder was thick and rich and the fried Ponga (never heard of it before now) was light and delicious. Thank you Keon for a great visit and great service. Will definitely be back!

Thank bmc8754
Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Visited Catfish Charlie's of Dubuque twice in the same weekend. Fairly priced, generous offering, cute servers and delicious! What more could one ask for? I had the signature catfish dish the first day with triple cheese mashed potatoes and the crayfish platter the next with red beans and rice. Red beans are normally bland, but at Charlie's they add bell... More 

Thank eugene s
Des Moines, Iowa
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46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2015

We stopped here based on a recommendation from the visitor center in Dubuque. Our food was excellent and the view was beautiful. Our waitress was attentive and brought out a senior menu for lunch. If you're looking for a place with great outdoor seating, food at a reasonable price, and relaxing atmosphere, this is your place! I would definitely stop... More 

Thank StudentTraveler14
Abingdon, Illinois
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

For a midwest restaurant they had several seafood entrees. We had the alligator nuggets as an appetizer. Excellent and a big serving! The meals were all very good and reasonably priced. We ate outside on the deck. Nice view and was relaxing watching the boats come and go, as you are sitting just above the pier. Good atmosphere. Definitely would... More 

Thank David C
Madison, Wisconsin
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

The food was 'ok'. I ordered from the 55+ menu and it definitely was a good sized portion for the cost.

Thank MadcityJan
Chicago, Illinois
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84 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

Launched our boat on the Mississippi River for the first time in Dubuque Iowa. Found a great place to pull-up and have a bite to eat. Really nice deck, lounge, and dining area. Loved the firecracker shrimp! We will be back!!

Thank Monarch132
Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

After looking at all the reviews We were going to go to another restaurant. It was close so by default we chose this restaurant. The food was excellent! ! Smashed potatoes with the 3 cheese sauce and the catfish are a must. Truly good food. .big portions for a very reasonable price

Thank rdhillman
Level Contributor
7 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Not the worst place I've ever eaten but not the best either. Catfish was really good but the Imperial was watery, half way cold and tasteless. Onion rings were under cooked, dropping in grease. Bottled beer was nice and cold but the Bloody Mary had to be stirred in order to get anything but tomato juice. I wouldn't consider it... More 

Thank Bridget R
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

After checking out the reviews on Trip Advisor and also checking with our hotel staff, we opted to have dinner at Catfish Charlies on Friday evening. This was a very good move! Our server, Keon, was attentive and gave us multiple options, as we were just on the line between lunch and dinner. Started with "Horseradish Marys", which were excellent... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1630 E 16th Street Ext, Dubuque, IA 52001-2306
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Dubuque
  • Phone Number: 563-582-8600

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Scenic view, Families with children


Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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?