Where to Eat in Estherville: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Merry Kessler

Estherville is a city in Emmet County, Iowa, United States. The population was 6,360 in the 2010 census, a decline from 6,656 in the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Emmet County. Estherville is home to the main campus of Iowa Lakes Community College.

1. Don Jose Mexican Restaurant

600 Central Ave, Estherville, IA 51334-2241 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 712-362-4534
Excellent
72%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
0%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 31 reviews

Don Jose Mexican Restaurant

Reviewed By David J - Texarkana, Texas

The service was inattentive and I had difficulty finding the waiter for a salsa or drink refill or for the check. The salsa is fine but they only give you a few teaspoons at a time. The carne asada was well prepared but the portion was skimpy. The place is clean enough and locals seem to go there. Of all the Mexican place I have eaten at this is ranked in the bottom half.

2. Central Perk Coffee House

12 S 6th St, Suite a, Estherville, IA 51334-2218 +1 712-380-1300
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 1 reviews

Reviewed By maggieminn - Minnesota

The coffee house recently opened. It is connected to a little gift shop. The three of us each ordered something different. The soups, salads and sandwiches were all absolutely delicious. I ordered a Reuben....yummy! Very friendly staff. We loved the atmosphere. It was very comfortable; very relaxing.

3. Dairy Queen

102 S 6th St, Estherville, IA 51334-2326 +1 712-362-4818
Excellent
14%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
44%
Poor
14%
Terrible
14%
Overall Ratings

3 based on 7 reviews

Reviewed By Aalarsen - Armstrong iA

Stopped at the Dairy Queen for a treat. It is Total filth--sticky booths, dirty floors, etc. they only fill blizzards half way.

4. One and One

516 Central Ave, Estherville, IA 51334-2239 Chinese +1 712-362-5595
Excellent
89%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 9 reviews

One and One

Reviewed By jamietrosin - Estherville, Iowa

Our family enjoys eating Chinese food and tried this Chinese restaurant once it opened up where the old one was and we really enjoy the food. Everything comes out steaming hot and the service is Excellent. We love eating lunch or dinner there and it's one of our favorite restaurants. My husband doesn't care for Chinese that much but will eat it and he found a dish that he likes too. ☺

5. Woody's Pizza

9 W 1st St N, Estherville, IA 51334-1846 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Pizza, Bar, Pub Lunch +1 712-362-5610
Excellent
42%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
9%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 22 reviews

Reviewed By Burns57777 - Galena, Illinois

I stopped in for dinner. They have a nice selection of sandwiches and pizza. I opted for a pizza. The pizza has a thin, crispy crust. Service was okay. Not the friendliest people in Estherville. Decent beer selection.

6. Mother Nature's Restaurant

1027 Central Ave, Estherville, IA 51334-2216 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 712-362-9004
Excellent
45%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
8%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 23 reviews

Reviewed By lavonnemy - Palm Springs, California

Mother Natures was recommended by another business. We were told the burgers were good, as they were. I agree that the name is a bit mis-leading as one would think this is a "healthy" eating establishment. It is not, but it is good. I had the patty melt which was good, my friends both had a different burger. Our lunches came with a salad which was a bit of a disappointment; iceberg letteuce with a slice of tomato and bottled dressing. The service was spot on. We would probably go back and try something else next time.

7. Hardee's

1736 Central Ave, Estherville, IA 51334-2439 American Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 712-362-7415
Excellent
60%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Reviewed By Ron C - Bunker Hill, West Virginia

We stopped as we were passing through Minnesota and had a great dinner with excellent service. The restrooms are very clean and the person waiting on us was very friendly and brought our meals to our table.

8. Cocanana's

710 Central Ave, Estherville, IA 51334-2243 71223624246
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By Jeff6900 - Estherville, Iowa

This small authentic Mexican restaurant is over shadowed by its amazing service and exceptional food. You may drive right on by it on the main drag, but stopping in to explore this gem is very worth hitting the brakes. The atmosphere, service, and food is like stepping over the border for a true Mexican experience. The bigger places may have well known names and appeal, but for a true Mexican experience stop right here.

9. Hy-Vee

1221 Central Ave, Estherville, IA 51334-2432
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Reviewed By sjett76

We went into the supermarket to get a couple things and noticed the restaurant inside. It was the best decision we made during our business trip to Estherville. The burgers are fabulous! Try the Hy-Waiian burger. Also the pepperoni pinwheels appetizers. The staff were the most friendly people!! And they sang happy birthday to my colleague upon request. In three nights here in Estherville, we ate here twice. Next time, we might make it all three nights here.

10. McDonald's

2510 Central Ave, Estherville, IA 51334-2771 +1 712-362-3871
Excellent
40%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 5 reviews

Reviewed By Brian P - Evansville, Minnesota

Not a lot to say about the food - it's McDonald's - so it's the same everywhere! The staff is what put it over the top. Place was dead quiet when I stopped in - the guy at the counter struck up a conversation (rare for many McD's). Made it a good experience.

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