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The Peppertree

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1014 3rd Ave, The Depot Crossing, Grinnell, IA 50112
(641) 236-6886
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5:00 pm - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Fri 4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sat 5:00 pm - 1:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 23
    Excellent
  • 19
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great service on a Friday night

On an impulse, I stopped in for dinner. Friday evening, but the service was very fast. Only downside was the ribs were a bit tougher than I prefer.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
afrodiva2003
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Grinnell, Iowa
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Grinnell, Iowa
Level Contributor
30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

On an impulse, I stopped in for dinner. Friday evening, but the service was very fast. Only downside was the ribs were a bit tougher than I prefer.

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Thank afrodiva2003
Grinnell, Iowa
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We dine here for special occasions. Very pleasant atmosphere always. Their early bird special from 5-6 pm is always a good deal. Tonight we were disappointed in the management. The timing of our meal was off. We ordered an appetizer and something from the bar. The appetizer and first course arrived together. When I specifically asked to have our main... More 

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Thank KatrinaBiker58
Grinnell, Iowa
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

The Peppertree is located in an old railroad depot station. The building is beautifully restored and has a wonderful historic feel to it. Unfortunately there is very little else to cheer about. The beer and wine selection is dismal. The service is usually poor and the food is at best average on a good night. This restaurant has been though... More 

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Thank sullydeputy
Newton, Iowa
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Our server had an awful attitude and at one point rolled her eyes at me when I asked her a question. Once we got our food she NEVER checked back. My steak was 1/4 inch thick, who cuts steak that thin. My husband ordered what they called 'jumbo' shrimp and they were very small. The utensils they use are less... More 

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Thank Patricia C
Grinnell, Iowa
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30 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Went on an early Tuesday evening when there were few customers. Wait staff was courteous and fast. Very nice accommodations. However, one of my guests had to return his margarita because he disliked its preparation. My guests said their food was fine, but I ordered sirloin tips in mushroom sauce over linguini that was so salty, I couldn't eat it.... More 

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1 Thank afrodiva2003
Durand, IL
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Between Des Moines, Iowa and the Illinois line there are not a lot of good independent restaurants -- mostly chains. If you're looking for something refreshing, get off at the Grinnell, IA exit and go into town to find this restaurant. Great menu, great food, nice atmosphere. This was our first time and found it on the recommendation of a... More 

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Thank free8864
Austin, Texas
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151 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2015

The Peppertree offers good American-style food and a great bar in an old train depot. It's a nice place to stop for lunch or dinner, but be aware that they can be crowded on a weekend evening.

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1 Thank Susan M
Falls Church, Virginia
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20 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

This was a large group during grad week and the place was slammed. They did their best and the food was good. Nice atmosphere. A bit noisy. Watch out for the super salad!

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Thank Sonsonatta
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

We randomly chose the Peppertree based on previous reviews. I can't applaud loudly enough the food and service !! A truly amazing dining experience! My only regret is that we live so far away, consequently we can't make our way through the many palatally inviting items on the menu:(

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1 Thank Mary H
Green Bay
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We had a large group but our waiter handled it with no problem. The food was delicious and after dinner we took our drinks out to the fenced-in patio and relaxed around the fire pit. If you're in Grinnell for a college weekend, I would definitely recommend The Peppertree at the Depot!!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1014 3rd Ave, The Depot Crossing, Grinnell, IA 50112
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Grinnell
  • Phone Number: (641) 236-6886

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 15
  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
4:00 pm - 1:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 1:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?