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Okoboji Grill

$$ - $$$
American, Bar
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8481 Birchwood Ct, Johnston, IA 50131-2782
11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 12:00 am
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Dubuque, Iowa
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107 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outdated menu, outdated decor, outdated food and poor service. I visited this place on a Wednesday evening a few weeks ago to grab a bite to eat after arriving at my hotel after a long drive. Just wanted a decent sandwich at a nice place with good service and got none of that.

Thank D24789
Seattle, Washington
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We should have realized something was wrong when the hostess could not recommend any favorites, even after repeated inquiries. We played it safe and ordered the French Dip sandwich and Oriental Salad. The appetizer of onion rings was very poorly made, with the rings and batter falling apart, impossible to even hold onto. When our orders came, the food was... More 

Thank Momx10
Lebanon, United States
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89 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went to this restaurant because of its location. If I had checked TA first I would not have gone. The food was terrible on almost every level.i had the "Spirit Lake" Ribeye which turned out to be 10 ounces of insult to Spirit Lake and everyone who lives in that region. The thin, tough, grizzled slab of previously frozen... More 

Thank Deborah M
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

The food was very average. The staff were fine, but it couldn't make up for the lack of atmosphere and sub-par food. Also, the side choices are very limited, aside from potato based ones. Very few vegetables.

Thank rapC3645ZK
Pleasant Hill, Iowa
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48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

The carpet is sticky when you walk on it. The bathrooms aren't super clean; the soap dispenser had fallen off the wall and was laying on the counter. The food is average. Even if they aren't busy, they put you right behind other people at the next booth.

Thank happyIAcruiser
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41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016

Use to frequent Boji all the time, but it has kinda been really getting average in all respects. Never was a fan of their entrees-mostly sandwiches, which used to be fairly decent. Seems lately, the burgers seem to be over cooked and the fries never seem to be crispy. Servers are courteous and generally efficient, although there have been a... More 

Thank 114bruceb
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27 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

We had dinner here while staying nearby. It was more than I wanted to pay but it was very good and everything got eaten up.

Thank cjespinoza
Urbandale, Iowa
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016

It's been about 6 months since we last ate at this Okoboji Grill location and I am not impressed with the changes in the food selection & quality. My husband was looking forward to shrimp and they were no longer on the menu. From what I can tell, the menu from what I can tell has been drastically condensed. They... More 

Thank JenCar515
Des Moines, Iowa
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

Had lunch with my mom and mother-in-law who are on the lookout for local restaurants to have lunch at. Restaurant was not crowded at lunch time. Got seated immediately. Service was very good. Menu has good variety. The moms had fish and chips and said it was very good. I had an Asian chicken wrap. Seemed more like a regular... More 

Thank Cheryl B
Central Iowa
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47 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 11, 2016

We live the Johnston area near this Okoboji Grill. They used to have great service & food, plus terrific "happy hour" specials. Now it seems the new ownership is all about the bottomline. The wait and bar staff has had a lot of turnover, and from the past couple visits, we think the cooks must be newbie's as well. They've... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $30
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
11:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8481 Birchwood Ct, Johnston, IA 50131-2782
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Johnston
  • Phone Number: 15152765255
Okoboji Grill strives to provide service of the highest quality while treating our guests to abundant portions of flavorful, homemade food in a neighborhood restaurant setting that fosters fun and excitement.

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