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“One of the very best restaurants in Dubuque/Galena area”
Review of Pepper Sprout

Pepper Sprout
Ranked #8 of 210 Restaurants in Dubuque
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Galena, IL
Level 4 Contributor
22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“One of the very best restaurants in Dubuque/Galena area”
Reviewed November 15, 2009

We've eaten dinner at Pepper Sprout many times. They have the absolute best salmon I've ever eaten anywhere in my life- so I have a very hard time not ordering the salmon when I go there. My husband is more adventurous and he enjoys all of the entrees he has had there. The chef is very creative and usually has a couple of wild game type entree items on the menu. The menu changes seasonally and she does a great job of utilizing local farmer's market in season foods to the extent possible. The wine list is better than many restaurants in the area. The staff consists of people who have been working at the restaurant for many years and they are very friendly and provide excellent service. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who is willing to pay a couple of extra bucks for some awesome food. There is also always at least one really tasty looking vegetarian item on the menu.

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Thank Pelgie
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  • English first
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English first
Cornwall, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Food overrated. Service chilly and slow”
Reviewed July 20, 2009

Title says it all really. Rather disappointing. Desert chocolate cake was wonderful but didn't make up for the first two courses and the careless service.

1 Thank DBQDiner
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Granger, Iowa
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Always Good”
Reviewed June 6, 2009

The food is always good at The Pepper Sprout. It is a small restaurant so you'll need reservations and it doesn't work well for a group. One of the two best restaurants in Dubuque.

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Thank Cindy H
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Yum! Yum!”
Reviewed October 28, 2008

This restaurant sits in the cute little downtown of Dubuque. The owner of the restaurant is also the chef and the food is AMAZING! The menu changes every season, and it was hard to choose just one item off the menu!

The service was excellent, the server recommended a bottle of wine that was not disappointing.

If you are headed to Dubuque - GO TO Pepper Sprout!

Thank babibirdee
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Dubuque, IA
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Worst Service Ever”
Reviewed July 24, 2008

My wife and I went to the Pepper Sprout for our anniversary on the advice of some co-workers and we received the worst service I have ever had in my life. We made reservations at 8pm because we heard it could be busy. We showed up a little early to get drinks and we did not get set at a table until a little after 9pm. When asking the hostess why we were not being sat at one of the 6-7 empty tables, she just ignored us and acted like she was busy. If the wait was not bad enough, then we got sat at the same time as a large party and had the same waitress. Even though while we were waiting to be sat the hostess told a waitress it was fine to go home because they were not that busy. Our service was so bad that it took my wife 45 minutes just to get a soda once we got our seats. It got to the point that the people around us were clapping when we got our salad and bread. One very nice couple actually gave us the rest of their wine because our waitress was not serving us. Once we actually got our food it was pretty good for Dubuque but we will never return because of how awful the service was. We asked to talk with a manager but the waitress said that she was busy. Instead she said that they would give us free dessert for the terrible service. At this point it was 10:30 and we just wanted to leave. You have to decide whether this terrible service is worth the marginally good mid-west cuisine.

6 Thank DenverGuy06
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