Clinton Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Clinton

April 14, 2018 Hector Krause

Clinton is a city in and the county seat of Clinton County, Iowa, United States. The population was 26,885 as of 2010. Clinton, along with DeWitt, Iowa (also located in Clinton County), was named in honor of the sixth governor of New York, DeWitt Clinton. Clinton is the principal city of the Clinton Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is coterminous with Clinton County. Clinton was incorporated on January 26, 1857.
Things to do in Clinton

1. 392 Caffe

216 S 2nd Street, Clinton, IA 52732-4263 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch SGD 4 - SGD 13 +1 563-484-0392
Excellent
87%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 59 reviews

392 Caffe

Craft Coffee Shop in Historic Downtown Clinton, IA | From Scratch Bakery | Market Fresh Panini/Sandwiches/Wraps/Burritos

Reviewed By tylerjC3580NQ - Mount Pleasant, Iowa

Excellent coffees made by excellent staff. The business offers a very warm and inviting atmosphere for a both an invigorating warm up in the morning as well as a refreshing and relaxing wind down in the evening. Give it a shot!Wow! What a great review! Thank you! That is exactly what we want you to feel when you experience 392! Thank you so much! Glad you enjoyed it! Hope to see you again soon!!

2. Candlelight Inn

511 Riverview Dr, Clinton, IA 52732-4184 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television American, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 33 +1 563-243-3200
Excellent
45%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
7%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 264 reviews

Candlelight Inn

Serving lunch and dinner 7 days a week. Additional locations in Sterling and Rock Falls IL

Reviewed By Joseph M - Harvard, Illinois

Great place to have dinner and relax on the Mississippi river. The price for margaritas was a great deal. Everyone should stop by and enjoy the river view. Great food, great drinks and great view of the river.

3. Krumpets Bakery and Cafe

1016 4th St, Fulton, IL 61252-1716 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 815-208-7143
Excellent
66%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 66 reviews

Krumpets Bakery and Cafe

Reviewed By Lynnette T - Warren, Illinois

We stopped here to "waste some time" before the antique stores opened. We were very pleased! The atmosphere, the service & the food were all great! The macaroons & cookie we grabbed to go were delicious! Those alone are worth the stop!

4. Sweetheart Bakery

245 Main Ave, Clinton, IA 52732-2239 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Breakfast +1 563-242-4105
Excellent
76%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 26 reviews

Sweetheart Bakery

Reviewed By W2FC - Brookfield, Wisconsin

The Sweetheart bakery has been around as long as I can remember and it never disappoints. You will be hard pressed to walk out of this place without buying some sort of wonderful bakery. Their homemade breads are "real bread" and the sweets will tempt you even more. The local folks love to meet here for coffee and sandwiches and will talk your leg off if you so desire! Check it out, you won't be disappointed.

5. Steam Anchor

1310 17th St, Fulton, IL 61252-2012 Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Seating American, Cafe, Soups, Delicatessen Breakfast, Lunch +1 815-208-7074
Excellent
95%
Good
5%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 18 reviews

Steam Anchor

Reviewed By OahuBound07 - Iowa

We just stopped for the first time today for lunch. I was very impressed with the atmosphere, the friendly greeting and information and of course, the food. We ordered the Mississippi Club and the Cuban and were very impressed with both. I also tried one of the soups of the day and the flavor was so good - Mexican Chicken, I believe. We really enjoyed the homemade bread/bun, one white and wheat/whole grain that the sandwiches were served on. The ingredients were quality and fresh.

The menu has many items that we will be back to try. Salads, soups, sandwiches, scones, muffins, ice cream, cookies, coffee, the list goes on and on.

Thanks for a fresh lunch option in our area!

6. Homer's Deli

241 Main Ave, Clinton, IA 52732-2239 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Soups, Delicatessen Lunch +1 563-242-3959
Excellent
71%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 52 reviews

Homer's Deli

Reviewed By Trisha E

I've been going to Homers deli since i was a kid. They have always had good food, sweets, bread and donuts. The food has lot of flavor and being a vegetarian, there was alot of cheese and vegetables on my sandwich that made it a very big sandwich. I highly recommend going here.

7. Red Rose Coffee Co.

2301 Manufacturing Dr, Clinton, IA 52732-6843 +1 563-242-0018
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 8 reviews

Reviewed By Deborah K - Savanna, Illinois

The coffee here is absolutely top notch. The chocolate covered coffee beans are a huge bonus lol. The owners are very friendly and are great conversationalists while you're waiting for your order. They also have grilled bagle breakfast sandwiches that are delicious! Cheese, egg, and your choice of meat...yummy! They have smoothies, teas and hot chocolate too along with green smoothies that are very good for a hot day or really any time. Will be giving them business for a long time :)

8. Rastrelli's Restaurant

238 Main Avenue, Clinton, IA 52732-2240 Takeout, Buffet, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards American, Italian, Pizza, Bar, Pub, Wine Bar, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Brunch SGD 12 - SGD 28 +1 563-242-7441
Excellent
55%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 139 reviews

Rastrelli's Restaurant

Reviewed By LoeffelholzA - Clinton, Iowa

I am a born and raised local, and Love Rastrelli's restaurant. Excellent and very tasty pastas, and the pizza is awesome...my favorite is the home made sausage (quite spicy)...even the large salad bar is a delicious feast! When our kids come back in the area,...MoreWe could not ask for a kinder review! Thank you for taking the time to comment not only about our pizza, pasta and salad bar but how your family continually chooses to dine at our 78 year old establishment.

9. Vitale Joe's

1134 Camanche Ave, Clinton, IA 52732-5829 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza Dinner +1 563-242-6140
Excellent
65%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
4%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 61 reviews

Vitale Joe's

Reviewed By davidlI5106MM

This is a great family operation. They stick to a limited menu and do it well. Their lasagna and other Italian dishes are good but the star is the pizza. Regular crust is good but we really like the Chicago style deep dish, it takes longer but is worth it. The service is always good, everyone working hard to cook and present a great pizza.

10. El Toro Restaurant & Cantina

701 N 2nd St, Clinton, IA 52732-3837 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 563-243-1473
Excellent
67%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 35 reviews

El Toro Restaurant & Cantina

Reviewed By Candice C

Restaurant itself looks like the funky, windowless dark bar it probably once was, and the amusingly deadpan waiter looked like he might have come out of a David Lynch movie. However, the Mamacitia was jolly and friendly and my dish was delicious, generous and reasonably priced.

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