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2023 7th Ave N, Clear Lake, IA 50428-2103
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Algona, Iowa
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112 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We stopped to eat at 7:30 pm on a Tuesday evening. Only about 1/3 of the tables had diners. We were seated and waited, and waited, and waited. After 10 minutes my husband got up to go ask to be waited on...we waited another five minutes to no avail. No one ever came to our table. Out of frustration, we... More 

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Cairo, Egypt
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7 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Found ourselves there unexpectedly and were pleasantly surprised. Very good restaurant, much better than we expected to find.

Thank Foulan
Lakeville, Minnesota
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530 reviews
353 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 182 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped at this exit to buy gas and have dinner so went here we got our drinks & ordered and waited & waited and the place was almost empty!( watched 3 races at olympics before food came) I had half a club sandwich & a salad and my wife had sliders ( called pub bites I think) they were a... More 

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Waukee, Iowa
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

Ate here because we arrived late to check into the Best Western that is attached, and not much else open. The waitress was new overly giddy to help, but she was sweet. The food was over salted and even though we told them we were staying at the hotel, we didn't get our discount we should have. The music was... More 

Thank Tammy S
Des Moines, Iowa
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315 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

We met my parents here at the end of their RV trip. It was easy to meet there, just off the interstate. Our waitress was fantastic. She didn't even write our orders down and just remembered them all(4 adults & 3 kids) and everything came out right! We all loved our food. The Haystack onion rings appetizer has shrunk significantly... More 

Thank Guitarjess
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

The food was absolutely wonderful, as well as the staff. The manager, (Derek) was very accommodating and charming. Derek seemed to care deeply about his restaurant and staff. Everybody seemed to be happy working there. The restaurant was extremely clean and the food was amazing, I have never had anything quite like this food. I am in disbelief about the... More 

Thank Nathan B
Kansas City, Missouri
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32 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

I ate here several times over the course of my 8 day stay at the Best Western and no matter what I had, it was always great! The service was wonderful and the food always met my expectations.

1 Thank jeskap
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145 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016 via mobile

We stopped one afternoon for a cool drink and some appetizers. We were a bit disappointed with the menu choices. All we wanted were chips and queso, but the queso had bean dip in it so not tasty. Asked for just cheese dip, and they did not have such a thing so they just melted cheese on chips. Probably try... More 

Thank Marlys V
Derek F, General Manager at Bennigan's, responded to this review

Marlys thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant online. I apologize for your unsatisfactory experience but our restaurant is an Irish themed Restaurant with a menu that is controlled by a corporate office. We don't even have queso dip on our menu. It sounds like our staff was willing to go the extra mile and make you... More 

Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin
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52 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

This restaurant is attached to the Best Western with very reasonable prices for good food. They have some unusual dishes that are tasty. The place is clean with friendly, courteous and efficient staff.

Thank Wayne P
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

BEWARE !! ~ My husband & I went to Bennigans in Clear Lake, IA to have a nice meal. Everything seemed to be going great until I went for a 3rd bite of my salad. I saw in my salad what appeared to be a shiny gray swirly piece of metal. I waived for the manager. I asked him "what... More 

1 Thank 20TravelCouple09
Derek F, Manager at Bennigan's, responded to this review

I'm sorry you had a less than favorable experience at a restaurant. I do remember speaking with you and I do remember offering to make you something else.I did also speak with my kitchen staff and then let you know that the object in your salad was a piece of plastic from the bag the salad mix comes in.I do... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $16
American, Irish, Contemporary
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2023 7th Ave N, Clear Lake, IA 50428-2103
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Clear Lake
  • Phone Number: 16413572366
Bennigan's restaurant and bar at the Best Western hotel off I-35 in Clear Lake, Iowa is an upbeat and relaxing place to kick back and experience
the genuine spirit of Irish Hospitality! Enjoy craveable, crowd-pleasing food, ice cold beers,
specialty drinks and wines. Our restaurant offers longtime Bennigan's favorites like our Kilkenny’s Country Chicken Wrap and decadent Monte Cristo with innovative new American fare selections and famous Burgers! Check out our daily Food and Drink Specials!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?