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1740 Falls Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701-2323
319-232-0344
Today
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night

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  • 10
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  • 5
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  • 6
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Appreciate the local flare...

If this was not a long time established local restaurant, and it was just starting out, I am not sure it would make it in today's restaurant wars. Food was average, atmosphere is local. Owner treats everyone that comes in as they were long lost friends, you just don't see that anymore; don't... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 1, 2015
daveandjulie222
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Cedar falls
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2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015 via mobile

Dirtiest restaurant in town. Don't waste your money. We ordered burgers and fries. The fries obviously were frozen from a bag and the burger was nothing but grease.

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Iowa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I like "local" restaurants and Steamboat is about as local as they come. Very beat up and old but everything is just as you expect it in these types of places. Lots of atmosphere and prices are very reasonable. Try the trademark small tenderloin "Tugboat" or the bigger version....breaded or un-breaded. The onion rings are great too....

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Cedar falls
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146 reviews 146 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

If this was not a long time established local restaurant, and it was just starting out, I am not sure it would make it in today's restaurant wars. Food was average, atmosphere is local. Owner treats everyone that comes in as they were long lost friends, you just don't see that anymore; don't stop. Definitely confused as what this is... More 

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Denver, Colorado
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25 reviews 25 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is a restaurant we visit every time we are in Waterloo. Tugboat Tuesday is a must!! The pork tenderloins are very good. The onion rings and appetizer sampler was pretty good too.

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Waterloo
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

The wait staff is great tgere and they always have a great special of the day. The food is cheep in price when ordering the special. The food is alright for the price. If your looking for a cheep meal out then it is a good place over all. If spending more money i would recomend else wheres.

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Waterloo, Iowa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

I went there and had a hamburger and their sampler plate of fried food. The onion rings had little taste, the potato tots were cooked but no better than the stuff in my kids lunch line. My burger was small and again didn't have a lot of flavor. The chicken strips were ok, they were the best part of our... More 

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Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States
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123 reviews 123 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

Once upon a time the food here was good or at least decent. I often had fried food that I regretted eating later, but it tasted great when I was putting it down. This last time I ordered the night's special, baked chicken and mashed potatoes. The potatoes were awful. We could not figure out if they were real potatoes... More 

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Waterloo, Iowa
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

We used to take our kids to the Steamboat when they were little. 40 years ago our daughter loved the bean soup. It is still on the menu and still very tasty!!

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Waterloo, Canada
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

IF you're thinking this is going to bring back your childhood memories... it's not the food is gross and soggy and o don't look up at the ceiling it's covered in bugs.

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Waterloo
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

My family has been going to the Steamboat for takeout or inside dining for over 40 years. It has been owned by the same family for generations; they call you by name. They have a special every day. For instance, Tuesdays are $1.00 tugboat tenderloins. Their Chief's salad is to die for! Homemade pies-need I say more?

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1740 Falls Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701-2323
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: 319-232-0344
Open Hours
Monday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
10:00 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm

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