We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Dim Atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of The Prime Rib

The Prime Rib
Ranked #1 of 41 Restaurants in Spencer
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 712-262-4625 Has been in business for many years.
Chicago, Illinois
Level Contributor
117 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Dim Atmosphere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2013

I ate at the Prime Rib on a recent trip to Iowa. Ate late night on a Wednesday and got seated right away. A Neon sign outside lights up saying "Immediate Seating".

I ordered a salad and one of the smaller 10 ounce prime ribs. The prime rib was very good, soft & juicy. The meal only came with some kind of wedge cut potato's that were well seasoned No veggies. 3 Rolls and some mushy, melted butter were brought out before the salad which was a warm lettuce salad with one sliver of carrot, a shaving of radish peel and a few croutons and less than an ounce of dressing.

There were no lights above my table nor anywhere close to where I was seated. The 3 pot lights on the other side of the room seemed to be dimmed way down, I wanted to read some brochures, but it was too dark. The furniture & carpet were brown. The wood tables felt grimey and damp, kind of like when humidity levels are high. The leather bound menus were grimey feeling too.. Some of the tables were backed up to long padded benches with chairs on the other three sides.

The serivce was ok. The restaurant is within walking distance to 2-3 hotels nearby.

The parking lot is very dark and there are no painted curbs or driveway openings to indicate where the curb or exit driveway is. I ended up driving off the curb scraping the bottom of the car.(Muffler maybe??). Driving toward the south exit I had no idea how far down it was, so I just turned and drop off a 4" high curb...

Meal with one cocktail and tip came to $30.00

  • Visited August 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank ParkAvenueMOOSE
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

69 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Level Contributor
83 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Good food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2013

This place has pretty good food. I think it is a little too dark in there for my taste though. The service is very helpful and the place is very clean. Perfect place for a couples night out!

Visited December 2012
Thank AndreaPost
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Marietta, Ohio
Level Contributor
14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
“Good Service”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2013

The outside of this restaurant is totally non descript but the actual dining area is very nice. Good service and good food. Prices were average for the offerings.

Visited July 2013
Thank JBMMarietta_Ohio
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Milford, Iowa
Level Contributor
30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“always good”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 14, 2013

We usually go here about once a month. I eat prime rib or steak. Others have had the pasta or burger. We have never had bad food or service. The salad bar generally has a nice selection of items, Service is very good as is the food.

  • Visited June 2013
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank sharon m
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Peoria, Arizona
Level Contributor
70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Cannot understand why this is a local favorite.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

The food is mediocre at best and be prepared to have your steak not cooked correctly. My boyfriend ordered his steak rare and it was served medium. He sent it back and they cooked it longer and presented it well-done. They catered my company holiday meal last year and served prime rib. We had 2 to choose from, supposedly rare and medium-rare. They were closer to done and well-done. Flavor was good, but the texture was tough. The decor in the restaurant looks like it hasn't been updated in at least 20 years. I can cook a better meal at home.

Visited December 2012
2 Thank NicoleK945
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed The Prime Rib also viewed


Been to The Prime Rib? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing