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Jake & Walt's The Fort Diner

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801 Avenue H, Fort Madison, IA 52627-4516
+1 319-372-1949
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good49%
  • Average6%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“burgers” (5 reviews)
“tenderloin” (7 reviews)
“rhubarb pie” (2 reviews)
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6:00 AM - 8:00 PMAll hours
American, Diner
801 Avenue H, Fort Madison, IA 52627-4516
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Reviewed January 4, 2018

We love to drop in for a meal there. Small seating diner charm with a few tables and bar stools. Daily specials are homemade and delicious. You can't beat their homemade tenderloin sandwiches!

Thank sumthuns
Reviewed December 20, 2017

My teenage son has declared the Fort Diner as having the best biscuits and gravy on the planet, so there's that. I liked it too. It is a classic greasy spoon, with the waitress/cook/busboy doing everything. Friendly service, home-cooked food, not especially cheap or expensive....More

Thank AZwanderlust
Reviewed October 8, 2017

I love small Ma & Pa diners. They usually have the best food at the most reasonably prices. I've heard that The Fort Diner had good burgers. I may stop and give it a try one day. The day that I had gone in there,...More

2  Thank Derrick A
Reviewed September 25, 2017

My nephew came for a week's visit, so each morning of our stay breakfast at The Fort was first in our daily routine. It meant good fresh food to kick us into high gear. Great tenderloins and hamburgers are also available. Sick of the run...More

Thank Rick B
Reviewed August 11, 2017 via mobile

The place was not clean... They dont wear gloves... I saw the cook touch raw meat then dig in the cheese and the fries... I was really shocked when i saw him eat a piece of ham off the grill and it wasn't for him....More

1  Thank DebbieL52803
Reviewed July 10, 2017

Great food. Small place. Not the cleanest place, but the food and prices are great! Also, a great review of the Mississippi!

Thank Ken B
Reviewed March 8, 2017 via mobile

Best Steak and eggs breakfast in a very long time! My husband and I also had lunch at The Fort and I had the Tenderloin sandwich and my husband had the 🍔. It was delicious.

Thank Bonnie H
Reviewed February 25, 2017

Agree with all reviews here about The Fort Diner. Husband had Wally Jr burger & fried, I had breaded tenderloin with onion rings, both recommended by the friendliest waitress and both excellent. The tenderloin was handmade and breaded. Perfect thickness with the perfect, crunchy crust..not...More

1  Thank r0ads0ng
Reviewed October 13, 2016 via mobile

Went with Mum n Brother (who lives near by) on visit to Fort. Great little diner, mostly locals when we went. Had the large burger, it was absolutely fabulous. Good location, well worth the visit.

Thank Tony M
Reviewed September 24, 2016

The burgers are that good. There's even a big one for $10. My friend got catfish and was pleased. Gets really crowded at lunch.

Thank mark m
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
6:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 801 Avenue H, Fort Madison, IA 52627-4516
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Fort Madison
  • Phone Number: +1 319-372-1949
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