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Clinton's Soda Fountain

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100 W Maple Ave, Independence, MO 64050
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6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon 6:00 am - 9:30 pm
Tue - Thu 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Seating, Takeout

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  • Value
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One of the Square's highlights

Clinton's has been on the corner forever and you can't really visit the square without dropping in and checking out the old Soda Fountain place. The ice cream is great, and the staff is super friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Independence, Missouri
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Independence, Missouri
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It was a visit back in time on the old Independence Square. Clinton's is quaint, comfortable and reminds me of many years ago and our visits to neighborhood soda fountain. Quite fun!

Thank jtcsac
Independence, Missouri
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Clinton's has been on the corner forever and you can't really visit the square without dropping in and checking out the old Soda Fountain place. The ice cream is great, and the staff is super friendly.

Thank boggs101_13
Independence, Missouri
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

I love old soda fountains and I remember this back when. The nostalgia is not there. We went in for an old fashion ice cream soda. It was served in a plastic cup. There are old soda glasses on display, but not used I guess they don't have the requirements for washing dishes that Independence requires. Independence Restaurant Codes are... More 

Thank jackie625
Des Moines, Iowa
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60 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

Fun, but not as old fashioned as you might think. We enjoyed are sundaes and ice cream--never had a cookie cone before! The history makes it special.

Thank Abakinzie
Miami, United States
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

We enjoyed traveling back in time when we visited Clinton's Soda fountain at Independence, MO. It is a historical site since President Harry Truman worked there as a youngster. There are a variety of sweets, shakes, sundaes and drinks.

Thank Milagros H
Independence, Missouri
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43 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

If you can think of it they can make it and it will be delicious! Not to mention all sorts of candies, toys and souvenirs that only Clinton's has. What a fun place to drop in for a treat - definitely something a tourist must see.

Thank Sulleysgirl58
Corydon, Iowa
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183 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2015

Clinton's is mostly known for being where Harry Truman had his first job. It's not very attractive inside, but the ice cream is good. I had the black cow and my husband had the banana split, which we enjoyed but were way more than we needed. They sell lots of candy and souvenirs. If you're on the square in Independence... More 

Thank empressoftheuniverse
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180 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2015

The drinks, floats and sundaes at Clinton's Soda Fountain are all very good. Their serving size it just right and the staff is helpful as well.

Thank Brad I
Columbia, Maryland
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43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2015

Harry Truman worked here once upon a time. But really the owners could do something to make the place more attractive and have a menu that would make it difficult to decide what to order. To be fair most of the shops on the square could take a hard look at what they present to the customers they hope will... More 

Thank cientje21
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

good sandwiches and great desserts. Extensive menu. Good seating area. Great for lunch or even dinner. Very casual, like an old 50'-60's soda jerk bar.

Thank Kco0054

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 100 W Maple Ave, Independence, MO 64050
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Independence
  • Phone Number: 816-833-2046

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
6:00 am - 9:30 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm

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