We were in Davenport for a business event and rather than go "chain" we were told about this wonderful place in nearby LeClaire, which is 15 miles north. The drive up was great --- all along the Mississippi River and the restaurant itself has quite a history. Built as a riverboat captain's residence in the 1800s it has a nice view of the town of LeClaire and the river from the dining rooms. After the captain moved out it was later a funeral home, then bought a couple years ago and redone inside and out to become the Crane & Pelican....which is nothing less than fantastic food with a very efficient and fun staff. The night we visited it was crowded, but even then they made room when we called for reservations (we were five) and they did a super job keeping us in food and drink despite two of our group being delayed by a late arrival in town. The menu here is very wide-ranging and we at our table did everything from the fresh oysters on the half shell appetiser to a steak, beef wellington, meatloaf (got raves!) and then fruit pie (this was a mixed one of four hedgerow fruits) ala mode and more. Everything came out as ordered and promptly but not so fast that at any time we felt rushed --- all the marks of a truly fine restaurant. We did not drink (they do have a full bar) but we did feed five "soup to nuts" for $159 which we also felt was VERY reasonable for such fine food and service. Now all we need to do is find an excuse to go back to the area soon just so we can dine here agin!
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