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1740 Falls Ave, Waterloo, IA 50701-2323
319-232-0344
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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: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Seating

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  • 7
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  • 10
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  • 6
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  • 7
    Terrible
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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St. Louis
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of my go to places when I am town for a visit. I find the prices to be fair and the food great. Service has always been fast and friendly. I like that is family owned and has been for years

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Thank Rhodes1104
Waterloo, Iowa
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32 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Steamboat has great food, lots of specials and a friendly atmosphere. Joel and his crew do a great job of providing outstanding service...take a chance and stop at this slightly out of the way spot.

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Thank jjltrader
Waterloo, Iowa, United States
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16 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2015 via mobile

Been here a few times, my fiancé family been going for many years & they like it. The food is just okay not good enough for what they charge unless you get a special. Tenderlions are huge too big for bun ratio really. Only get 1 refill on sodas & they are expensive. Place is aged & more bar now... More 

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Thank TUsh41
Waterloo, Iowa
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

Steamboat has been in the area for many generations and is family owned and operated. Always a great time Food is great and inexpensive daily specials include 99 cent beef burgers on Sat and Tugboat Tenderloin Tuesdays.

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Thank tjschell
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Our go to place for date night. It was where we went I our first date. Great food, fast and friendly service and fair prices.

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Thank Kimmer2012
Shellsburg, Iowa
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2015

The waitress was lending on the counter, didn't move to greet us, just told us that we could sit anywhere. Took the waitress 15 minutes to take our order, was waiting on other customers after we were already seated. I had to call her over to take our order, she said that she forgot about us. When we got our... More 

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3 Thank Cindy G
Waterloo, Iowa
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

You can't beat burgers 🍔 and fries 🍟 on Monday night. Fast service: Nice servers. Cold beer.Welcoming greeting.

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Thank Janet758500
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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Thank Mamatobe15
Iowa
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39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 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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Thank bigdogroad
Cedar falls
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234 reviews
159 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 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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Thank daveandjulie222

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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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
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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