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Catfish Charlies

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1630 E 16th Street Ext, Dubuque, IA 52001-2306
+1 563-582-8600
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Scales Mound, Illinois
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To start off our server, Keion, was excellent. We never had to wait for a drink or refill and they seemed decently busy. The food came out very quickly and I thought the prices were very reasonable. I had the Blackened Grouper and my wife had the Chicken Alfredo. She said the Chicken Alfredo was good, not great. The Blackened... More 

Thank eywagga
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 31, 2016 via mobile

My mother-in-law suggested this place and it was such a pleasant surprise. Great looking place and very nicely decorated inside with very pleasant people. A delight to be with family and friends here. The menu is indeed a pleasant surprise with good seafood and a Cajun selection. I had the try the Cajun platter. See pictures. It was amazing and... More 

Thank Alex T
Qrendi, Malta
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97 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

It is a lovely spot to sit, beside the Mississippi river. The food was ok. The fried fish was very heavy fried, so you couldn't really taste the fish. Our waitress was friendly, but made a lot of little error with our order and bill.

Thank JenniMalta
Holland, Michigan, United States
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016

I selected Catfish Charlies based on reviews and it's location. I couldn't have been more please. Our group of 39 were seated in a separate room with plenty of space. The wait staff was very attentive to our needs and we also met Charlie. Service was very prompt and we had a great meal. Our group highly recommended the NY... More 

Thank David N
Davenport, Iowa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 19, 2016

We stayed in the marina during a boat trip from the Quad Cities to Wisconsin and we were all very pleased with our dinners. I was in a group of 7 and we ate there both Wednesday and Thursday night. We had a variety of meals, catfish, jumbalaya, salmon and burgers. Also several appetizers: onion rings, jamacian jerk nachos, potato... More 

Thank Rhiannon N
Clinton, Iowa
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

If visiting the 3 state area, this the place for good food, situated in picturesque Dubuque Iowa. I recommend the ribs, and always a good idea to ask for their specials.

Thank Susan B
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Don't let the full parking lot detour you! We pulled up on a Saturday evening around 6pm to a full parking lot and assumed there would be a long wait but were pleasantly surprised to walk in and be seated immediately. This restaurant backs up to a boat landing/piers which must account for some of the cars in the parking... More 

Thank victoriah788
Grinnell, Iowa
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66 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

Dined on Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Was crowded but got a scenic table on the deck very quickly. Waiter was fast and courteous. And the catfish was perfectly cooked, crispy on the outside and flaky on the inside. My first visit here, but hopefully not my last.

Thank afrodiva2003
Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016

We were in Dubuque last week and decided to have dinner here. The Clam Chowder was good and my husband liked the double catfish dinner. I made the mistake of ordering the twin lobster tails. They had no taste and were over cooked and small. I'd say they were the 3 oz, size, I was very disappointed. Cheese potato was... More 

Thank LOUIEDEE1212
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81 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 via mobile

A good restaurant but nothing outstanding. The service was very good, the ambiance was fine, the food was good but nothing was particularly outstanding. Recommended for anyone who is in the area but not worthy of a special trip.

Thank ExperiencedWarrior

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $15
American, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Large groups
Open Hours
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1630 E 16th Street Ext, Dubuque, IA 52001-2306
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Dubuque
  • Phone Number: +1 563-582-8600

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