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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

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  • 7
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 6
    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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Waterloo, Iowa
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5 reviews
5 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 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 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 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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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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