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Courtside Bar & Grill

American, Bar, Grill, Pub
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Ottumwa, IA
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11:00 am - 2:00 am
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Sun 12:00 pm - 2:00 am
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Takeout, Waitstaff

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    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Good Local Sports Bar

I like a sports bar but get a bit tired of the big chains. Courtside was recommended by a local. Nice clean place with a good atmosphere. Not sure what late night was like but saw a couple of families having supper.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
Ben H
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015

I like a sports bar but get a bit tired of the big chains. Courtside was recommended by a local. Nice clean place with a good atmosphere. Not sure what late night was like but saw a couple of families having supper.

Thank Ben H
Ottumwa, Iowa
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8 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We enjoy the food and staff at Courtside. The food is always prepared the way we ask. The wait-staff is always prompt and attentive.

Thank James J
Green Valley, Arizona
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373 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I was staying at the Quality Inn a short distance from the Courtside Bar and Grill and the young front desk employee recommended I eat here for a good meal late afternoon on a Saturday. When I arrived and saw the place I questioned his selection-i am female, traveling alone, don't care much for sports, don't play pool or darts,... More 

Thank Joan W
Oskaloosa, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

This wasn't my first trip to Courtside, but they were having live entertainment this particular evening (my son), so we went. They have really good bar food (unfortunately, no healthy choices), but if you like fried starters, burgers, sandwiches, then you will love Courtside. This time, I tried something other than the tenderloin. I had the Santa Fe Egg Rolls... More 

Thank Stanbro81
Overland Park, Kansas
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64 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Food was very good--especially liked the salads--they were huge. Wait staff was very friendly and efficient. Place was noisy--but it is a sports bar, after all. Appeared to be very popular with the locals--sign of a good place to eat.

Thank Lou R
Wabash, Indiana
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

The service was outstanding, best in our week long road trip, the food was good value, recommend the hamburgers, and deep fried corn nuggets

Thank fernmisty
Raleigh, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I'm originally from Ottumwa and always stop by on the weekend when I visit to see some familiar faces. Crappy pool table, shuffle board table, and some video games. The chicken bacon ranch sandwich is good and the waffle fries. I like that they offer cottage cheese as a side, you don't get that in the south.

Thank rmc81714
Ottumwa, Iowa
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20 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

They serve a mean Prime RIb sandwich on friday nights and all of their appetizers are good and plentiful. It's not unusual for a group to order several appetizers and share making a meal out of them. Service is sometimes slow, it is a bar too so depending on how busy they are, and happy hr is always fun with... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014 via mobile

Great drink specials with ok food. Typical bar food, try the corn hush puppies!!! Typically head up for happy hour, a lot of locals eat there too. Nice place to hang out and watch a game as they have a ton of TVs.

Thank IliveintheD4
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

I love this place!! Always a great experience! Great good, great service, awesome atmosphere! I stop every time I'm in town!

Thank Abrincks

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Ottumwa, IA
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ottumwa

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Bar, Grill, Pub


Open Hours
12:00 pm - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am
11:00 am - 2:00 am

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