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American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service, Highchairs Available
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Reviewed September 13, 2021

TripAdvisor has wrong hours for Crystal Cafe they don't close at 11:59 they close at 8 p.m. please update your hours

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed July 3, 2021 via mobile

Excellent food, great service. Do not miss this place! Clean, friendly people, chicken fried steak unbelievable! I believe you won't be disappointed

Date of visit: July 2021
Reviewed February 19, 2021 via mobile

We don't get here very often because we live 45 miles away but Crystal Cafe never disappoints. If you want something fancy don't go there but we love this small Cafe that cooks home made comfort food. We had breaded pork tenderloin sandwiches last time...and they were excellent. My favorite liver and onions and the hot beefs. I can not go there without getting the sourcream raisin pie to go. It's to die for!!! The servers are always are so nice and helpful and the young girl at the counter where you pay was extremely pleasant. Can't wait to go backMore

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed July 13, 2020

After being heavily lauded by on RoadFood, had to make a stop at Crystal Cafe in S. Sioux City NE. A truck stop diner famous for hearty food and homemade pie. Much smaller than I expected upon entry. After being seated it was apparent that...things had changed since the RoadFood review, possibly due to Covid. No coffee cups, water glasses, or pitchers of water on the table. And surprisingly slow at lunch. Typical diner menu of sands, burgers, salads etc. Both of us chose to order BLT sands but I chose to customize mine with a hard fried egg. Good bacon not overcooked, fresh veggies and plain wheat bread. Added egg a good call. Megan had fries while I upgraded to onion rings which were nothing special. Very average meal. So the reviews said the pie here was worth a detour and at first glance it certainly seemed so. Our chocolate cream pie was capped with an impressive mound of whipped topping. My kinda dessert. But alas on first bite it became a disappointment. Cream was somewhat rubbery, the chocolate cream was gritty not smooth, and the crust, while obviously home made, had seen better days. It was crumbly stale not flaky and bland and mushy. May have been real good first or second day but not now. Didn't even finish the piece. Major disappointment.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed December 1, 2019 via mobile

I’ve heard the commercial for years and today we made the trip which only added 5 minutes to our normal Sunday options. Seat yourself and a small setting connected to gas station was surprisingly clean and comfortable setting. Jessica was our waitress and she greeted...us with hot coffee and was vey great. No real option for an everything style breakfast so we added two pancakes as a six meal which seemed to be more costly than I expected. I liked my breakfast (#4 but over easy was a little runny)and my daughter loved her omelette. Not sure we’ll be back anytime soon.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed November 14, 2019 via mobile

The waitress informs me they don't make mashed potatoes after 9pm. It was 7:21. What restaurant doesnt make potatoes when their key item is a hot beef and mashed potatoes? Service was fair (new waitress but did well) place is really clean and offers a...good variety. Perks, it's one of the only places open 24 hours next to IHOP or Perkins and McDonalds. If you go, try pie. Nothing really above average here, but decent for a truck stop.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 4, 2019

Was placed on a work project down in South Sioux City and this was right next to my hotel. All the meals have a real home cooked vibe about them and are great value for money. The breakfast omelettes are really tasty with a vast...range of fillings. The Dinners and Sandwiches are huge and filling. The Chocolate Brownie Sundae is the best I've had anywhere.More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed September 15, 2019 via mobile

In town for work, ate here several times, big menu, good food! I wasn't sure about a restaurant attached to a gas station, but this really deserves all the good reviews it gets.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed August 23, 2019

We stopped in to visit based on some earlier reviews. Too bad we had breakfast earlier because the food portions were huge and appetizing. We opted for a cup or three of coffee. Although I had breakfast earlier, I couldn't pass on the pie. Generous...piece and delicious.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed June 7, 2019 via mobile

From atmosphere to food everything was wonderful! Our waitress was friendly and made sure drinks stayed full and food came out fast!! The ruben was mouth watering good and my grandmother LOVED the chicken fried steak. In addition to that, the sourcream rasin pie was...wonderful! I will definitely be coming here again soon with family and friends! Crystal Cafe-crazy good!More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Yes, Crystal Café offers takeout services.

Crystal Café is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5