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River Rock Kitchen and Tap

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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  • Socially distanced dining tables
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Updated 06/30/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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$5 - $30
American, Bar, Grill, Pub, Wine Bar
Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
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Reviewed December 30, 2019

We ate here the other day for morning breakfast. Thankfully it wasn't busy since there was only one server for few people eating. I had the buffet while my wife ordered from the menu. It was your typical hotel food, warm, filling but nothing note...worthy.More

Date of visit: December 2019
781riverr, Owner at River Rock Kitchen and Tap, responded to this reviewResponded December 31, 2019

Hello Gary, Thanks for the review. We at River Rock understand the concerns you have with the staff we had on that day and we are looking into it. We are making some changes to our buffet soon and we hope to see you the...More

Reviewed December 19, 2019

We stayed at the hotel, we got a coupon to use at the restaurant for breakfast. It covered the cost of the buffet, or you can order off the menu. We walked in, we were offered the buffet, we accepted without looking it over. It...was much lower quality than what is normally offered as a complementary breakfast in a mid price hotel like this Holiday Inn. The OJ was warm, the eggs were very powdered, no bread, bagels or toaster. The sausages and bacon was good. Coffee was decent also. After the fact we checked out the menu, most of the other guests ordered off the menu, their food looked good and was covered by the voucher. That would have been the better way to go, live and learn.More

Date of visit: December 2019
781riverr, Owner at River Rock Kitchen and Tap, responded to this reviewResponded December 20, 2019

We appreciate letting us know that it wasn't up the standards that we should have, the next time you are here we do offer fresh toast and bagels on request and make egg's to order. All of our products are fresh even the ones we...More

Reviewed November 9, 2019 via mobile

Coffee, tea and English muffins. Multiple choices of teas and jellies. Service was very good. Problems with the card reader caused by hotel system malfunction. See my hotel review.

Date of visit: November 2019
781riverr, General Manager at River Rock Kitchen and Tap, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2019

Thanks for taking the time to let us know about your experience. I am aware that we had some system issues that kept us from accepting credit cards. We have now resolved those, so your next trip should be flawless.

Reviewed May 7, 2019

We ordered off the menu, the food was great and the breakfast server was awesome! She took the time to visit and answered all our questions about the property and the area. A true asset to the hotel. She said she had been serving for...40 years! Wow, great lady!More

Date of visit: May 2019
781riverr, Manager at River Rock Kitchen and Tap, responded to this reviewResponded May 22, 2019

We at River Rock appreciate your review and are very happy that you had a great time. I will let the her know that you Appreciate a great job she did. Thanks again. Looking forward to seeing you back soon.

Reviewed April 7, 2019 via mobile

I was going to visit another location for breakfast but they were packed so I stopped by River Rock in the Holiday Inn downtown Dubuque. Though somewhat busy I was seated right away. I ordered two eggs scrambled, potato hash, and bacon. Food came timely...and it was hot when placed in front of me. Potatoes were not greasy as they seemed to be baked, very nice. Eggs were plentiful (likely more than two) and bacon was crisp without burnt. All had a nice flavor. Service was pleasant and there when needed but didn’t hover. I’ll go back when looking for breakfast out in town.More

Date of visit: April 2019
781riverr, General Manager at River Rock Kitchen and Tap, responded to this reviewResponded April 10, 2019

Thank you for the nice comments. I am so glad you enjoyed your breakfast. I hope you stop in next time you are eating breakfast in downtown Dubuque. Come and say hello so I can thankyou in person. Michael P.

Reviewed December 23, 2018

Great service good drink selections menu somewhat limited you can get a steak but they do not have baked potatoes

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed November 24, 2018 via mobile

I normally travel around the country on business, this was a getaway quick trip, this is a super hotel bar that has really tasty burgers and great staff. The hotel and restaurant stack up with any of the nice Holiday Inns I have stayed at...over the years. I work close by and always send my clients here to stay as well, and a great bar to entertain them in.More

Date of visit: November 2018
781riverr, General Manager at River Rock Kitchen and Tap, responded to this reviewResponded November 27, 2018

I am so glad to hear that you love our bar and grill. The menu is new at River Rocks, and I am glad to see that our longtime customers are enjoying the new menu as much as our newcomers. I hope to see you...More

Reviewed November 13, 2018

We have been dining at the various restaurants at this location for many years but will not be back! Menu has no real entrees anymore. It's strictly bar food now which is not what we want. I feel sorry for the very personable and efficient...wait staff having to deal with people like us who want a real meal, not a hamburger or a chicken sandwich. We talked to the manager a month or so ago and he said he'd see what he could do. What he did apparently was take off what few entrees remained then. There are a lot of nice dining places in the area. We won't be back to this one.More

Date of visit: November 2018
781riverr, General Manager at River Rock Kitchen and Tap, responded to this reviewResponded November 14, 2018

I am the person you spoke with on your last visit. As I said when I responded to your Facebook review, I am truly sorry we can't hang on to more entrees. I did my best as we still have our Sirloin, our Hawaiian Salmon...More

Reviewed July 31, 2018

Located inside the Holiday Inn in downtown Dubuque, this restaurant is very convenient to those staying in the hotel. It is also very clean and nicely decorated with TV's throughout. As guests of the hotel and just coming in from a day of hiking and...sight seeing (8pm on a Saturday night) we were ready for some light fare and a few beverages. The place wasn't that busy at all and we seated ourselves in a comfortable booth. We were greeted by our server Elaina, who stated she was new here at the River Rock. My wife ordered a Malibu Bay Breeze, which she said was perfect. I imbibed in the local craft beers, which I enjoyed very much. Hot Wings and Iowa Cheese Curds were our appetizers of choice for the evening. Both items were brought out in a reasonable amount of time. The Wings tasted excellent and hit the spot. The Cheese Curds were very good. And all the while, Elaina, with her delightful smile and personality, saw to it that we had whatever we needed to make our experience enjoyable. We also enjoyed chatting with Jason, the manager, who took the time out to share with us some of his experiences and to make sure things were going well. Knowing that I was able to just walk to my room after a few drinks in the River Rock was a bonus within itself. Add to that good food and friendly staff and there was no need for me to go to a casino. I hit the Jackpot here. Thanks again Elaina. Your service to us that night was greatly appreciated.More

Date of visit: July 2018
Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

Had dinner, fish and onion rings. Bring out the food the fish had bones in it. Broke the onion ring open to have grease run out of it. Told the barkeep and either she or her boss says, yes we order and supposed to be...bone free, but we have been having problems lately with our vendor. Why are you still serving it? AC doesn’t work right, might as have been sitting outside.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Response from 781riverr | Property representative |
Dale, Do to the Covid-19 Virus restrictions, we are discontinuing buffets for the remainder of 2020. We are open for carry-out and room service on a select menu of fresh daily items. To here what todays offerings are call... More
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Frequently Asked Questions about River Rock Kitchen and Tap

  • Yes, River Rock Kitchen and Tap offers takeout services.

  • Yes, River Rock Kitchen and Tap offers delivery services.

  • Yes, River Rock Kitchen and Tap is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

  • River Rock Kitchen and Tap is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 3.5
    • Service: 4
    • Value: 3