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“Lovely Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Caroline's Restaurant

Caroline's Restaurant
200 Main Street, Hotel Julien, Dubuque, IA 52001-6942
563.556.4200
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Ranked #6 of 172 Restaurants in Dubuque
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Des Moines, Iowa
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Lovely Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

We were the first to arrive at 4:30pm (opening time.) We received a warm welcome and our choice of seating. The restaurant is elegantly decorated with light classical music playing softly in the background.

Our waitress Sherry greeted us promptly and offered us two wine tastings: a red and a white. I instead chose the Chardonnay listed first on the wine menu, and it was delicious.

Sherry delivered my wine with some homemade bread a herb-infused olive oil for dipping. I ordered the chicken Cordon Bleu Florentine with roasted rosemary potatoes and "chef's vegetable," which on this particular day was broccoli, red and orange bell peppers. The sauce on the chicken was not slathered on-just the right touch, but I wanted to lick my plate;) Potatoes and vegetables were seasoned perfectly and perfectly cooked. The chicken was juicy, tender and flavorful, but there seemed to be only one lone spinach leaf inside: so much for the "Florentine,,,"

My husband ordered the 8 oz. tenderloin filet-medium-with mashed red potatoes and chef's vegetable. The filet was perfectly cooked with a great tenderness and beefy flavor; mashed potatoes were excellent.

Each entree was accompanied by soup or salad; all dressings are made in house. We had salads with ranch and one with balsamic vinaigrette-vey good. (They also offer mango and raspberry vinaigrette, along with many other choices.)

Too full for dessert, we were delighted to be presented with a little loaf of banana bread with a pretty gold twist and a restaurant sticker as a "thank you" for dining with Caroline's-a nice touch. Parking is plentiful both in front of the restaurant as well as the hotel's upper lot.

Visited May 2014
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HJDMananger, General Manager at Caroline's Restaurant, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
Dear PlainJane23,

Thank you for the detailed and kind words expressed about your recent dining experience at Caroline's! The kitchen staff will be thrilled to read of your enjoyment of their cooking! Sherry will also be very appreciative of your recognition.

We look forward to having you dine with us again very soon!

Thank you.

Team Caroline's
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“Great lunch!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

I had the spaghetti squash with parmesan and roasted tomatoes with a very crisp chardonnay for lunch. I would highly recommend this. The breadsticks were to-die-for good. And the service was impeccable.

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HJDMananger, General Manager at Caroline's Restaurant, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
Dear Tina P,

Thank you for the kind words expressed about your recent lunch experience at Caroline's! The kitchen staff will be thrilled to read of your enjoyment of their cooking! Glad you enjoyed the spaghetti squash selection!

We look forward to having you dine with us again very soon!

Thank you.

Team Caroline's
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“Great food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

We went in for breakfast. The menu is limited, but the food was wonderful. Our server was very professional and extremely friendly!

Visited June 2014
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HJDMananger, General Manager at Caroline's Restaurant, responded to this review, June 18, 2014
Dear aurore Y,

Thank you for the kind words expressed about your recent breakfast experience at Caroline's! The kitchen staff will be thrilled to read of your enjoyment of their cooking! If there is something particular that you were looking for, please do not hesitate to ask.

We look forward to having you dine with us again very soon!

Thank you.

Team Caroline's
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“Great Food at Fair Price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2014

This place used to be a dump about 5+ years ago. Since then the atmosphere is a great deal better and so is the food. It's a slightly upscale restaurant but the prices are reasonable. You could go here for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and will be pleased. Give it a shot and I don't think you will be disappointed.

Visited March 2014
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HotelJulienDubuqueGM, General Manager at Caroline's Restaurant, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Dear mgiese84,

Thank you for the kind words expressed about your recent dining experience at Caroline's! The kitchen staff will be thrilled to read of your enjoyment of their cooking!

We look forward to having you dine with us again very soon!

Thank you.

Team Caroline's
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“Excellent breakfast, waitstaff spot on”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2014

We stayed in the Hotel Julien and went to Carolines for breakfast. The prices were similar to what you would pay for a sit down breakfast in any restaurant. Our waiter did an excellent job. There when you needed him gone when you didn't. I had the eggs benedict, which I normally only order in one other restaurant because I don't trust it will be done right. They did an excellent job on the eggs benedict. The eggs were poached without having any runny eggs whites. The hollandaise sauce was just right. Hash browns were browned perfectly. My breakfast partner had the Iowa breakfast. Again cooked just as ordered and very tasty. The restaurant was very tastefully decorated with cloth table cloths and cloth napkins.

  • Visited June 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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HotelJulienDubuqueGM, General Manager at Caroline's Restaurant, responded to this review, June 11, 2014
Dear Pat S,

Thank you for the incredibly kind words expressed about your recent breakfast experience at Caroline's! The kitchen staff will be thrilled to read of your enjoyment of their cooking! The eggs benedict is one of the most popular selections.

We look forward to having you dine with us again very soon!

Thank you.

Team Caroline's
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