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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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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed April 4, 2016

Heather makes the best Cosmo and Moscow Mules. Ribeye sandwich, sweet potatoes topped with maple syrup, fish sandwich and burgers are great! They have the best homemade noodles but they go fast! So worth the stop!!!

Thank JanKWheeler
Nashville, Tennessee
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed March 24, 2016

I was in Dubuque for a gig and was looking for a cool laid back local bar grill.. I drove around the area from my hotel and found Kalmes.. Walked in and was immediately greeted by the bartender and there were a few people in the place.. She, didn't catch her name, had the whole place covered. Got to talk... More 

2 Thank Brian M
Woodstock, Illinois
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

I love this place! Huge assortment of burgers. I had the green olive burger with swiss served with fries. My buddy had the gouda burger with grilled onions and mushrooms. It was heaven! I also appreciate the flavored ketchup and friendly service. Charming space.

1 Thank Bonnie O
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed January 26, 2016 via mobile

Chicken is wonderful as are the burgers. Not very friendly staff but service is good. Located in the heart of the city and has a good selection of beers on tap.

Thank c s
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed January 10, 2016 via mobile

By far the best prime rib I've ever had! My husband liked the liver and onions and we enjoyed the large selection of draft and bottled beer and the atmosphere. Kalmes could become one of my favorites!

1 Thank llfie
Dubuque, Iowa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed December 31, 2015

Tuesday lunch special, cheap burgers. Regular burgers are even better, Hawaiian burger was messy but awesome.

Thank Jake H
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed December 26, 2015 via mobile

Consistently very good, the service is friendly and the price is right. I suggest to order the daily special, especially the pork tenderloin.

1 Thank adelio93
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed October 31, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here for supper and came back again later for night cap. Both times service was outstanding as well as the food and drinks. When we arrived for our night cap, the kitchen had just closed, however the staff still made us appetizers. If you are in the area, this is a must stop. Customer service and great food is... More 

4 Thank jwheels1990
Dubuque, Iowa
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464 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed September 24, 2015

Anyone who has lived in Dubuque knows the quality of Kalmes when it comes to cooking steaks at large gatherings. The company brings that quality to their restaurant which has excellent burgers.

2 Thank Randy L
Kingston Springs, Tennessee
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1,160 reviews
1,154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 340 helpful votes
Reviewed September 23, 2015

I arrived about 11:20am and the place was empty. Leaving at 12:15pm it was FULL. The lunch special today was a very good French Dip sandwich w/fries. Lots of other things to pick from. The crowd seemed to be mostly working folks on lunch hour and I am sure they appreciated the speedy service. Colorful decor was pleasing.

1 Thank 4bird1

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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
Families with children, Bar scene, Dining on a budget
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?