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“Excellent food and great atmosphere”

Caroline's Restaurant
Ranked #2 of 210 Restaurants in Dubuque
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Level 4 Contributor
35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Excellent food and great atmosphere”
Reviewed April 25, 2013

We hosted a wedding at the Julien and were able to eat a few meals at Caroline's. The food is very good and not overpriced. Breakfast..the oatmeal was almost too much to eat and the bacon was some of the best we have every eaten. There are side rooms that allow you to have a private area for a larger group. We made use of that and were all pleased. The staff is professional and excellent to work with. We will return to Caroline's!

Visited April 2013
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Thank Mary H
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HJDMananger, General Manager at Caroline's Restaurant, responded to this review, April 27, 2013
Dear Mary H,

Thank you for your comments regarding your recent visit to Caroline's Restaurant.

We truly appreciate your kind words.

Thank you,

Team Caroline's
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Dubuque, Iowa
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Always a wonderful evening”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

My group has enjoyed Caroline's several times a year for over 3 years. The menu changes and they always offer interesting specials, along with a complementary wine tasting (red and white) before we begin the evening. Our waiter (Sherry) is extremely knowledgeable about wine, the specials, and menu items. Sherry and all the staff at Caroline's always make us feel very special and provide great service, even remembering food and beverage orders from prior visits.
If making a reservation for 6-8, ask for the round table, it is great for conversation!

  • Visited April 2013
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HJDMananger, General Manager at Caroline's Restaurant, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Dear Ann M,

Thank you for your comments regarding your recent visit to Caroline's Restaurant.

We truly appreciate your kind words. Sherry will be thrilled to read of your recognizing her service work. Whether it is one guest dining or a group, we welcome everyone to dine at Caroline's.

Thank you,

Team Caroline's
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Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“It was great”
Reviewed April 22, 2013

Two night stay at the Julien-great hotel also. Food and service at the resturant was 1st class. Jicole our server and Scott our host couldn't have been more cordial and helpful. Main course was delicious and enogh for the following nights meal in our suite. My wifes appetiser, the catfish cakes were as good as any crabcakes we've ever had. The dessert was also amazing-we had it togo, so they prepared it with all the Room Service trappings-very luxurious. Again-couldn't find one thing to gripe about.

  • Visited April 2013
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HJDMananger, General Manager at Caroline's Restaurant, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Dear speedo2001,

Thank you for your comments regarding your recent visit to Caroline's Restaurant.

We truly appreciate your kind words. Scott and Jicole are thrilled to read of your recognizing their service work. Glad we were able to get dessert "to go" for you.

Thank you,

Team Caroline's
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Elmhurst, Illinois
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Anniversary trip”
Reviewed April 17, 2013

M y husband and I ate at Caroline's three times while we stayed at Hotel Julien. We had excellent food and service all three times. Our servers were Katie, Shelley and Diane and they were all friendly and fun to be around. The kitchen was prompt, the food was hot and very good. We would highly recommend this restaurant even if you are staying in Galena or some place else close.

  • Visited April 2013
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HJDMananger, General Manager at Caroline's Restaurant, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Dear dalelyn a,

Happy Anniversary!

Thank you for your comments regarding your recent visit to Caroline's Restaurant.

We truly appreciate your kind words. Katie, Shelly, and Diana are thrilled to read of your recognizing their service work.

Thank you,

Team Caroline's
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Crystal Lake, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
209 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Could Be Outstanding”
Reviewed April 16, 2013 via mobile

I agree with the previous review concerning the service. It could be much better and it's a shame because the chef really knows her way around food. My wife and I had dinner here on a Monday evening. It was not crowded. We were seated promptly and first noticed that both water glasses on our table were filthy. How can this be missed when prepping the dining room? The service was slow and not up to par reflecting the great quality of the food. This chef deserves a better effort from the rest of the staff here. However, I do recommend trying this when in Dubuque. We are from Chicago and the food presentation and flavor are as good as many of the fine dining places we have tried in Chicagoland.

Visited April 2013
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Thank chitown73
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HJDMananger, General Manager at Caroline's Restaurant, responded to this review, April 23, 2013
Dearchitown73,

Thank you for your comments regarding your recent visit to Caroline's Restaurant.

Our sincere apology for the service level and glassware that occurred; there is zero reason for the inattentiveness and for the room presentation not to be crisp at all times.

We truly appreciate your ongoing support and willingness to return. Kayla and Lisa will be thrilled to read of your recognizing their cooking efforts.

Thank you,

Team Caroline's
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