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Kalmes Breaktime Grill and Spirits

Certificate of Excellence
American, Bar, Pub
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1097 Jackson St, Dubuque, IA 52001-5026
+1 563-582-8566
Sun 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Dubuque, Iowa
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295 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good service, efficient and timely, kept checking back in to make sure our drinks were filled, butter and other needed. Food was average, a little wilted on salad, but fried chicken was outstanding, and hamburger steak was fine, but garlic mashed potatoes were fantastic. Overall good night.

Thank Robert F
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56 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

Joined the Cub fans for a Saturday evening dinner during playoffs and were delighted to get immediate seating and prompt service. We took friends for their first visit and they were totally impressed with the excellent craft beer selections - a wide array on tap and additional ones in bottles. Very hard to choose a dinner selection - the prime... More 

Thank burdsa
Marshall, Minnesota
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 15, 2016 via mobile

I came in on Friday for lunch, out of state visit. I am here for the weekend. I had the Hawaiian Cowboy and the Zombie Monkie. It was so good, had to come back on Saturday for the Pizza Burger. Both burgers were great. Staff was wonderful. Great environment. I will be back in Dubuque in 8 months, will be... More 

Thank JPGhouse
Dallas, Texas, United States
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183 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick lunch and was pleasantly surprised. Shared a BLT with a generous portion of bacon. The sandwich was amazingly good. Nice hot fries and excellent slaw. Another had a fried fish sandwich that was very large and very tasty. The service was outstanding without being over bearing. Stop in and you won't be disappointed.

Thank Jim D
Dubuque, Iowa
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23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Kalmes has really good chicken. They also have a good selection of beers. They have friendly staff. There was plenty of parking nearby.

Thank 47of74
Oconomowoc, Wisconsin
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Have been here twice this summer. Good food, friendly waitstaff. Comfortable atmosphere. Have heard that it can be quite busy. Both times we went on a Sat. night about 8 and were able to sit right away.

Thank Lawnwife
Dubuque, Iowa
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125 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

There is a nice variety to the daily specials. A large menu to choose from if you don't want the daily specials. Tons of sandwiches, wraps, and burgers to choose from. The wait staff are cheerful and attentive.

Thank Linda Y
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51 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

It has been my experience that burger reviews differ on reviewer preference, some like thin parties others like an entire side of beef. I'm somewhere in between, like it about 1/2" thick. And Kalmes nailed it. I had the Gouda burger and it was quite delicious, just enough juice dripping into the basket that warranted fries to sop it up.... More 

Thank Jpfive
Coralville, Iowa
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016

We went here for lunch after the River Museum and a boat tour absolutely famished. Fast and friendly service. With burgers cooked perfectly.

Thank CoralRocks1975
Des Moines, Iowa
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

Loved the burger and fries! Our server, Julie, was very nice and quick. Relaxed atmosphere, clean and easily accessible while passing through.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$5 - $23
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Buffet, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Seating, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1097 Jackson St, Dubuque, IA 52001-5026
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Dubuque
  • Phone Number: +1 563-582-8566
Corner bar and restaurant with American style comfort food

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?