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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

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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
David B
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Cedar falls
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Cedar falls
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 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
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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
18 helpful votes 18 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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110 reviews 110 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 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
4 helpful votes 4 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
1 review
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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118 reviews 118 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Another Waterloo classic that has fallen and can't get back up. Much like Wishbone the name and memories of childhood meals are now just a fading memory. Gets by on name/rep only. Sorry to say better off at Wendy's.

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

I've been coming here for over 30 years. There's a nice variety of food and daily specials. The food is reasonably priced. It's a relaxed atmosphere.

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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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