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Lincoln Cafe

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American, Café, Sandwiches
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117 1st Street W, Mount Vernon, IA 52314
+1 319-895-4041
Website
Today
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 47
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Not worth the wait

While this place is different for Mt. Vernon, it is not a place we will be retuning to. We figured we would have a wait on a Saturday night going in around 6:30.We were told 20 minutes and had to wait over 45 minutes. There is very little waiting space. We were stuck on a bench in a narrow hall... read more

2 of 5 starsReviewed October 25, 2014
Elaine L
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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72 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
1 review
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

While this place is different for Mt. Vernon, it is not a place we will be retuning to. We figured we would have a wait on a Saturday night going in around 6:30.We were told 20 minutes and had to wait over 45 minutes. There is very little waiting space. We were stuck on a bench in a narrow hall... More 

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Iowa City
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Sadly, Lincoln Cafe is no more. Fortunately, Palisades Cafe has taken its place. Palisades is a less fancy option than Lincoln was with a fairly limited menu--appetizers, sandwiches and burgers and a few entree specials that change often (nightly?), desserts and a few kids options. Our Friday night dinner at Palisades was very good. The onion rings are thin and... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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74 reviews 74 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

We've eaten here twice and have been happy each time. The dinner choices are limited but show truly excellent culinary imagination and skills. I'm looking forward to going back the first chance I get.

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La Crosse, WI
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52 reviews 52 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2013

The small (but still good) menu offers burgers, sandwiches, and salads for less than $10. I enjoyed a cheeseburger with bleu cheese and fries. Buuuut the restaurant offers dinner specials on the pricier side ($35), such as rainbow trout lightly drizzled with something and served on a bed of something else or a slow cooked pork shoulder served with a... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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98 reviews 98 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013 via mobile

We had lunch twice at Lincoln Cafe and in both occasions we loved. Their BLT is served in a delicious bread, with home made mayo and the trout salad is great! Real lemonade is a treat. It is a small, but very busy cafe with a good selection of healthy dishes.

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West Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

We stopped here after seeing the chef on TV. The food is innovative and locally grown. We had the grilled vegetarian sandwith with pesto walnut spread. One word....fabulous! If you are close to Mt. Vernon, you have to stop here. They do have call ahead seating, so call ahead for you WILL have a wait for a table. Mt. Vernon... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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90 reviews 90 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013

It was with some trepidation--after a few less than glowing recent tripadvisor reviews--that I went back to Lincoln Cafe after a few years. But there was really nothing to fear: it was the same place I remembered so fondly. Lincoln Cafe is built on surprise and contradiction: it looks like a modest small-town diner/cafe. The plain little menu that is... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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150 reviews 150 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2013 via mobile

We love Lincoln Cafe but given the relative small portion sizes and the relatively large size of my fiancé's appetite, I seldom get him in the door. Went last wknd with 3 couples for the September family dinner (monthly family style Sunday evening dinners with a theme). The theme was "Smoke" and the menu was awesome! The courses come out... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We were back in Iowa and wanted to try/support a quality restaurant. The food/ambience/service were good, but the prices really are not appropriate for what you get. I'd read reviews of the small portions previously and just thought people were comparing it to crazy Iowa portions. They're not. The portions were ridiculously small, especially for what they charge. I have... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

As Lincoln Cafe's dinner entrees are unique and delicious, yet pricey; we go on rare occasion. Knowing it is often busy I called ahead for 7pm reservation. It was a completely full house with tables turning as soon as they emptied. We were seated less than 5 minutes past our time, to no concern of mine. Last night's food was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 117 1st Street W, Mount Vernon, IA 52314
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Mount Vernon
  • Phone Number: +1 319-895-4041

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 35
  • Cuisine: American, Café, Sandwiches

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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