Top 10 restaurants in Independence, United States

April 14, 2018 Darleen Reid

Independence is a city in and the county seat of Buchanan County, Iowa, United States. The population was 5,966 in the 2010 census, a decline from 6,014 in the 2000 census.
Things to do in Independence

1. First Street Deli

412 1st St E, Independence, IA 50644-2902 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Soups, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch +1 319-334-4225
Excellent
79%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 19 reviews

First Street Deli

Reviewed By tjnels - Independence, Iowa

First street Deli never disappoints. Foods are fresh, good size portion of meat on sandwiches, and everything can be made according to individual preference. The sugar cookies are very good. Last I knew they didn't take debit or credit cards, so bring cash.

2. Dairy Queen

807 3rd Ave SE, Independence, IA 50644-2802 +1 319-334-4811
Excellent
0%
Good
100%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 1 reviews

Dairy Queen

Reviewed By Bernardo F - New York City, New York

A nice representation of the brand. A good clean location, the service was nice and friendly and all the usual standard DQ fare. And a drive through!

3. Del Rio Restaurant

323 1st St E, Independence, IA 50644-2814 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 319-334-7001
Excellent
53%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
21%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 19 reviews

Del Rio Restaurant

Reviewed By Mark M - Independence, Iowa

Great service and friendly staff. We've been going here for years and just found out about "Jeff's Tacos". Their not on the menu and you have to request them (although the owner told us their in the process of adding them to the menu soon). Their a street Taco. Way more fresh and lean then the menu items. And don't forget to try the quest and guard with your free chips and salsa - both are very good and worth the extra cost. And the other great thing about this place is you don't have to worry about "tainted" alcohol like they serve south of the border!

4. Bill's Pizza & Smokehouse

201 1st St W, Independence, IA 50644-2604 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Delivery American, Pizza Lunch, Dinner 319-334-Bill(2455)
Excellent
37%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 51 reviews

Bill's Pizza & Smokehouse

Reviewed By Busy104

We went there in a Friday night around 7:00, surprised that they weren't busy. We were seated and waited 10minutes (three employees walked ladybugs during the wair) until I had to go ask someone where our waitress was. No apologies, just "where are you sitting". Ordered our food. French dip and chicken strips. Nothing to rave about. As we waited for our dinner I was looking around .... Spills in the blinds and booth, carpet filthy, told was disgustingly dirty. Everything was dated. Guess Bill doesn't take pride in his restaurant anymore. Disappointed and won't be back.

5. Okoboji Grill

1749 Golf Course Blvd, Independence, IA 50644-2381 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout American, Bar Dinner, Lunch +1 319-334-6576
Excellent
31%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
12%
Terrible
8%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 57 reviews

Okoboji Grill

Located in the club house of the golf course

Reviewed By Susan M - Cedar Rapids, Iowa

What a great way to wind down on a Saturday night. Live music and great food! The service was awesome and the shaded patio made sitting outside very relaxing. Hard to believe it was 90 degrees. We were very comfortable. The band was The Bluestone Jazz Collective. Check them out on Facebook!

6. Lucky Buffet

2335 Jamestown Ave, Independence, IA 50644-9791 Seating Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 319-334-3294
Excellent
26%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
6%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 15 reviews

Reviewed By Colleen B - Independence, Iowa

We prefer to go noonish or 5pm. Lots of variety and they refill empty slots quickly. Lots of choices from onion rings, to fish, many different chicken entrees ,crab ragoo, egg rolls, crab legs and shrimp, egg drop or hot and sour soup, cookies and cream puffs, a good salad fruit bar. Reasonably priced is good. Children can find something to eat and to finish with ice cream. We seldom have to wait for a table as they have many. Drink refills are quickly taken care of. And it's not to noisy so you can easily visit with friends

7. Arianna's Cafe

1008 1st St W, Independence, IA 50644-2312 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 319-334-4285
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 6 reviews

Reviewed By Robert F - Dubuque, Iowa

Dive means local owner operate, usually a family operation. Quaint hometown setting with flyers for auctions and events, handwritten menu specials, booths and tables. Menu was reasonable in selections and excellent in preparation and taste. Prices better than expected, with waffle on my plate and shrimp on my wife's, because they serve breakfast all day. Definitely worth the stop.

8. Buttermilk Cafe

1008 1st St W, Independence, IA 50644-2312
Excellent
64%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 8 reviews

Buttermilk Cafe

Reviewed By Wapsieyorkies - Quasqueton, Iowa

Great home town cafe with great food and service at very reasonable prices. Breakfast served any time and on Friday evenings have a great fish fry. Love their skillet meals and the best liver and onions anywhere.

9. Pizza Ranch

1900 1st St W, Independence, IA 50644-2328 Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 319-334-9000
Excellent
22%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
11%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 9 reviews

Pizza Ranch

Reviewed By Steven S - Oelwein

The food is good but will mainly be salad,pizza and chicken. On the down side sometimes you have to wait for someone to show up at the cash registar. Good food tho and unless it is super busy is stocked well.

10. Ariannas kitchen

1826 1st St W, Next To Rush Park, Independence, IA 50644-2326 American, Cafe, Diner, Soups +1 319-332-1325
Excellent
50%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
25%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By Justin H - Chicago, Illinois

Lenten Friday fish fry. My daughter really enjoyed the cod, she said the mashed potatoes and gravy were great. Both her and her brother said the chicken and dumpling soup was very good and you could tell it was homemade. One commented, "I'd love to have this soup if I was home sick from school".
My perspective: I stayed the Lent route and only ate the walleye fish fry. It was fair. I didn't think it was all that great. It came with a salad, which was nothing more than a plate of ice burg lettuce and ranch dressing. Did you run out of cucumber? Tomato? Shredded carrot? Seriously, iceberg lettuce only? Overall, I think I had too high of expectations.

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