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Palisades Cafe

117 1st St NW, Mount Vernon, IA 52314-1602
+1 319-895-4041
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good33%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
“burger” (8 reviews)
“fries” (7 reviews)
“wine beer” (3 reviews)
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American, Cafe
$$ - $$$
117 1st St NW, Mount Vernon, IA 52314-1602
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Reviewed May 4, 2018 via mobile

Great little local cafe with very tasty dishes. Crispy fries, juicy portobello, and huge pork tenderloin sandwiches. Don’t miss the fried beans!

Thank Christiana D
Reviewed May 1, 2018

My wife an I have dined here many many times, and it is one of the "Go To" places for us when we want a great meal. The foods are fresh, and prepared with care and always unique. You have got to try the onion...More

Thank Mark L
Reviewed April 15, 2018

Top notch food, atmosphere and staff-this gem has it all! Great burgers and don’t get me started on the fries! Menu changes monthly and there’s something for every palate. Make room for dessert-you won’t be sorry!

Thank Loves2travel52328
Reviewed October 7, 2017

I visited this restaurant for lunch with others for a business visit. The service was great and the servings were large. The onion rings are very good too. The only negative is they did not have yellow mustard (need it for tenderloins!). The burger had...More

Thank Jamie G
Reviewed October 2, 2017 via mobile

One of the cozy dinner spots in the area. Regular menu and nightly specials that are great. Very personal staff and attention to detail. Bring your own or wine/beer available. Nice dinner spot.

1  Thank Richard52314
Reviewed October 1, 2017

We visited the Palisades Café twice in September and are frequent diners whenever we are in Mount Vernon. The food is delicious. Our favorite sandwich is the Hand Breaded Pork Tenderloin Sandwich with its inspired pear slaw and gorgonzola topping. Dinner entrees change every month....More

1  Thank mbmcgrane
Reviewed August 22, 2017

The cute little downtown of Mount Vernon houses this delightful restaurant. I visited on a recommendation from a Cornell Faculty member and it is clear why. The place is charming, the service spot on and the portabella sandwich had all of the yummy extras to...More

2  Thank Jessica C
Reviewed July 27, 2017 via mobile

Just had lunch. Everyone was happy which is a miracle with ages 6 to 75. Homemade lemonade was great. I had the Palisades Sandwhich, a veggie patty with beets arugula horshradish sauce. Very good and im not a vegetarian. Will go back

1  Thank karenjae
Reviewed June 14, 2017

Excellent food! Good fast service and accurate did not have to wait long for food! Very clean ! Nice location!

1  Thank Mike D
Reviewed April 27, 2017

What a nice small café and restaurant. The people were so friendly and it was such a nice comfortable atmosphere. Great small menu, and the service was so friendly and nice.

1  Thank Bernardo F
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$7 - $30
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 1st St NW, Mount Vernon, IA 52314-1602
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Mount Vernon
  • Phone Number: +1 319-895-4041
Featuring sandwiches and salads, as well as innovative specials created by a Le-Cordon Bleu chef and inspired by seasonal, local ingredients. Beer, wine, and from-scratch desserts round out an approachable menu in a casual, funky, family-friendly environment. Lunch 11-2 and dinner 5-9, Tuesday through Saturday. Sunday brunch 10-2.
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