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Bluff Lake

9343 95th Ave. One Mile Outside Maquoketa Caves State Park, Maquoketa, IA 52060
+1 319-652-3272
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good26%
  • Average16%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible5%
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“catfish” (25 reviews)
“coleslaw” (15 reviews)
“prime rib” (7 reviews)
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American, Seafood
$$ - $$$
9343 95th Ave. One Mile Outside Maquoketa Caves State Park, Maquoketa, IA 52060
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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

This place is a very out of the way place that is fun to visit. Cool location down a gravel road and great for a group. There is a full bar, and large waiting area, as well as being surrounded by water, and there is...More

Thank cldeergirl
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

Had the shrimp and chicken. Fiancee had the seafood platter. It was just cheap fried food you can find in any bar and was overpriced for that matter.

Thank Brad F
Reviewed July 1, 2018 via mobile

I was looking forward to trying the fried chicken. I have been here for the haddock and it is delicious. I was very disappointed with the chicken. The pieces were very small and tough. The breading and/or batter lacked flavor. They definitely need to improve...More

Thank nchiafos
Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

This place is a bit off the beaten path but definitely worth going to if you are near the area and like the daily specials. We went mid afternoon for Father’s Day and it really wasn’t much of a wait. While we did wait, the...More

Thank bleutalefly
Reviewed May 17, 2018

They have improved the restaurant building over the past few years. The food and service remain excellent. It is in a remote area that is reached by a gravel road which leaves your car dusty or muddy depending on the weather. It is most enjoyable...More

Thank Iowaman
Reviewed May 13, 2018

My son took us here for Mother's Day. Our first visit. The restaurant is nestled back on property that has a couple houses along a gravel road. Once you pass those houses, you come to a large parking lot. The restaurant has a small gift...More

Thank victoriah788
Reviewed April 23, 2018 via mobile

Bluff Lake is a unique location next to Maquoketa Caves State Park with Friday, Saturday and Sunday catfish, chicken and fried shrimp specials. The staff is friendly and efficient. Note that access through the Park may be closed for a time. You will have to...More

Thank Harry S
Reviewed March 15, 2018 via mobile

This is a very casual, family style meal. Fried chicken and shrimp with french fries and cold slaw. Only on Sunday, the rest of the week is a menu

Thank Frances C
Reviewed March 5, 2018 via mobile

It's a busy place so plan on a possible wait, but so worth it. If you go during spring, summer or fall it's just beautiful.

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed August 8, 2017

Good food and a beautiful view! Had Chicken & Shrimp both very good. The wait was about a half an hour, but time went fast enjoying the surroundings.

Thank Jmk5s
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Jayne M
September 30, 2017|
Response from Jmk5s | Reviewed this property |
Not sure if take credit or debit as we pd cash.
Sheri R
July 7, 2017|
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Response from Iowan319 | Reviewed this property |
Not sure, It was a bar years ago that did serve food. You can drive by the Maquoketa Caves as you drive through what appears to be a farmers field to get to Bluff Lake. It is a beautiful setting.
October 6, 2016|
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Response from Kriskain | Reviewed this property |
Yes. There is a ramp to get in building, handicapped parking close to uilding.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9343 95th Ave. One Mile Outside Maquoketa Caves State Park, Maquoketa, IA 52060
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Maquoketa
  • Phone Number: +1 319-652-3272
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