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Canteen Lunch In The Alley

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112 1/2 E 2nd St, Ottumwa, IA
(641) 682-5320
Today
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thu - Sat 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner

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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great

My son-in-law loves a (3) Canteen sandwich. They are good but one is plenty for me. Great pie as well.

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
Kathy M
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Iowa
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Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

My son-in-law loves a (3) Canteen sandwich. They are good but one is plenty for me. Great pie as well.

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Albia, Iowa
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015 NEW

the best loose meat hamburgers ever! I recommend a hamburger with everything and a chocolate malt! There isn't much for seating so you might have to wait but it is totally worth it!

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Ephrata, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

My in laws are from a nearby town. We had lunch there. My first time. It was fantastic!!! the Best loose meat sandwich ever!!!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait for our next visit to have another!

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

I grew in Ottumwa and the Canteen has always been the favorite place to eat for the locals. The loose meat hamburgers are one of a kind and you must have a "re-order" or you will regret not having a second one. The pies are home made if you have room for desert!

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Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

Yes, these are loose meat hamburgers, but soo good. Sloppy Joe without the sloppy. Love these burgers, cant visit O'town without visiting. Grew up eating them!!

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Portland
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

My grandad used to their to have lunch during WWII - he used to buy the burgers for .05 cents! today they cost $3.85 each but it brought back alot of memories from when we would go back and visit. My mom said that people would stand behind your bar stool waiting for you to finish so they could get... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

You can't pass through Ottumwa without checking this place out. It's an icon. As I'm sure the reviews of already stated this is the The restaurant that Roseanne show was a spinoff of the actual canteen in the the show. It's such an icon they build a parking lot over it. It's only steamed hamburgers but good prize. Homemade pies... More 

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This was special! You can't get anything like this anywhere else. The sandwich was simple, yet amazing! The raisin pie knocked this one out of the park for me. Make a stop for this one!

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Anchorage, Alaska
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

I'm a bit reluctant to give this place any hype whatsoever, because it is a gem, preserved since 1936 in it's current location even though infrastructure has been built around, and over the simple, small structure that has served lunch for almost 80 years. When I visit family in Fairfield, we drive to Ottumwa for this experience, and then take... More 

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Ottumwa, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Awesome place to eat! Reminds me of growing up and going to places to eat with my family! Very good memories.

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Additional Information about Canteen Lunch In The Alley

Address: 112 1/2 E 2nd St, Ottumwa, IA
Phone Number: (641) 682-5320
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ottumwa
Open Hours:
Monday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 112 1/2 E 2nd St, Ottumwa, IA
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ottumwa
  • Phone Number: (641) 682-5320
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

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