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“Home Style Happiness” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Buddy's Clubhouse

Buddy's Clubhouse
2364 Washington St,, Dubuque, IA
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Ranked #5 of 170 restaurants in Dubuque
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Elmhurst, Illinois
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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
“Home Style Happiness”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2013

Truly the best kept secret in Dubuque! It looks like your corner neighborhood bar. Upon entering you'll see '70 era tables filled with locals eating and laughing. Behind the bar you'll find the owner who hand cuts the meats daily, and his wife in the back running the kitchen. The most friendly and efficient server Sonny will seat you, take your order and make you feel like family.

The night we visited there was a large party, so she wanted to let us know there may be a short wait, which turned out to be nothing at all. The entrees came with the soup and salad bar of which she offered our daughter to help herself even though she only ordered appetizers. My husbands broasted chicken was juicy on the inside with just the right crunch, it came with homemade mash to die for. My prime rib, one of the Sat. specials we so tender you could almost cut it with a fork .

This is the kind of place you get more then your moneys worth, great service. The owner even came over to talk to us. He has a train collection that actually runs on a track around the parameter of the place and drops candy down to the kiddies. What fun!!!

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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suburban Chicago
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Fabulous Food, Happy to please Hosts”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

With perhaps unexpected soft jazz music playing in the background, this is a wonderful and charming restaurant you'll instantly feel comfortable in. The menu is varied and outstanding. Both the Rib Eye and Prime Rib steaks are superb. Worthy of noting is the meat is cut by owner and proprietor Bud Spiegelhalter. I had the Smothered Chicken a couple of weeks ago and found it savory and extremely moist and tender.
Have Bud run the delightful miniature trains for you!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Dubuque, Iowa
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“Great small friendly "Supper club"”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

Excellent drinks. Draft beer on tap, mixers. No drink we had was over $5.50.

Atmosphere - very nice, extremely friendly, excellent wait staff.

Food - Outstanding and reasonably priced.

Visited April 2013
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Dubuque, Iowa
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“Local spot, Great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2013

Wanting a true local experience while visiting on business, I followed the previous review and my GPS to find this neighborhood restaurant. It was just what I was looking for - terrific steak, comfortable surroundings, and genuine folks. The food is simple home cooking done extremely well. Service was prompt and friendly.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“THE don't miss hidden jewel in Dubuque!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

Old Dubuque resident recently returned and looked for those local favorite spots
with outstanding home cooking and friendly atmosphere I remember from earlier days. Here is a real jewel! Run by Buddy and Terri (sp?) who you will meet because they tend bar and wait table - now we beginning to understand why every detail is so well attended. Buddy carves the fresh beef resulting in a steak dinner that beckons back days I remember when we would go to the Dubuque Packing house to pick up fresh beef cuts for a special dinner. Add to this that a local fisherman catches the catfish served here (ask about catfish 'collars'), Terri makes homemade the salad dressing, and there is homemade liver pâté at the salad bar. This is a family friendly restaurant located in a residential neighborhood- oh, yes, ask Buddy to run the train around the entire perimeter of the ceiling - a nice touch.

Dennis

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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