Where to Eat in Fort Madison: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Sachiko Swiger

Fort Madison is a city and a county seat of Lee County, Iowa, United States along with Keokuk. Of Iowa's 99 counties, Lee County is the only one with two county seats. The population was 11,051 at the 2010 census. Located along the Mississippi River in the state's southeast corner, it lies between small bluffs along one of the widest portions of the river.
Things to do in Fort Madison

1. Simple Table by Hitomi

617 7th St, Fort Madison, IA 52627-2908 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible American, Japanese, Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner +1 319-372-8824
Excellent
97%
Good
3%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 29 reviews

Simple Table by Hitomi

Reviewed By TravelingCircus1 - Illinois

My husband found this restaurant for us, and we made the 45-minute drive over from Illinois to try it, based on the rave reviews. We were not disappointed! Everything that we tried was delicious, from the Japanese dumplings, to the caprese flatbread, perfectly cooked and seasoned steak and shrimp entrees, and finally, yummy dessert. Everything is fresh, homemade, and has great flavor. The menu is small, but there are nightly specials which rotate depending upon what is in season. (There is also a fairly standard kids' menu, which you can also choose to up- or down-size, which is nice.) You can get small plates as starters or add a side and salad to make them a meal. Even the side dishes are fresh and inventive. The creamy sesame house dressing was delicious, too! It is a small, unassuming storefront restaurant, eclectic but not fancy in terms of decor. The food was expensive enough that we couldn't come every week, but I would like to! An absolutely delicious experience, which I highly recommend!

2. Hall's Ice Cream

2002 Avenue L, Fort Madison, IA 52627-4115 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible +1 319-372-7293
Excellent
53%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 23 reviews

Hall's Ice Cream

Reviewed By Derrick A - Altona, Illinois

On my way to work I had a hankerin for a tenderloin so I had stopped in at Hall's Ice Cream as it looked like a place that may also serve tenderloin's. Unfortunately they do not serve anything fried. However they do serve hot dogs, Coney Dogs, BBQ pork maidrites and pizzaburgers. So I had chosen a Coney dog since it had been ages that I had one.

What a wonderful choice. Their Coney Dogs are DELISH! It was also a reasonable price too. They have footong dogs if you are extra hungry. I definately recommend them. Fast food is getting so expensive anymore. Hall's has reasonable prices. I just may become a regular customer now, and you should too. Two Thumps Up!

3. Jake & Walt's The Fort Diner

801 Avenue H, Fort Madison, IA 52627-4516 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 319-372-1949
Excellent
43%
Good
49%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 48 reviews

Jake & Walt's The Fort Diner

Reviewed By mark m - Burlington, Iowa

The burgers are that good. There's even a big one for $10. My friend got catfish and was pleased. Gets really crowded at lunch.

4. Atlas Steak and Smokehouse

709 Avenue H, Fort Madison, IA 52627-2935 Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Highchairs Available American, Bar, Steakhouse, Barbecue, Pub Dinner, Lunch SGD 4 - SGD 70 +1 319-372-8299
Excellent
44%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
11%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 53 reviews

Atlas Steak and Smokehouse

Reviewed By LibraryLady_12 - Aurora, Illinois, United States

We stayed at the inn connected to this restaurant. The restaurant specializes in steaks. We had the ribeyes which were excellent although my husband ordered medium rare and had to send it back for a little extra cooking. Waitress was very pleasant and helpful. This restaurant is right downtown and has a great view of the Mississippi River and of the trains that rumble through town. All added to the great experience we had.

5. Chuong Garden

712 9th St, Fort Madison, IA 52627-4505 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 319-372-6666
Excellent
65%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 28 reviews

Chuong Garden

Reviewed By kjhoewing - Danville, Iowa

We have been looking for a good Chinese restaurant and finally found it. Looks a little rough on the outside. Clean! The service was fast and courteous. Definitely the best Chinese food in this area. My boyfriend would have liked it spicier. Overall we were both beyond satisfied and found the restaurant we have been looking for. We are looking forward to many return trips!

6. Palms Supper Club

4920 Avenue O, Fort Madison, IA 52627-9678 Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Steakhouse Dinner +1 319-372-5833
Excellent
46%
Good
35%
Satisfactory
11%
Poor
2%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 45 reviews

Palms Supper Club

Reviewed By bryonia2015 - Brisbane, Australia

The Receptionist at the Boulder Inn and Suites recommended this restaurant. Outside is a large, basic carpark and everything seems a little drab. Remember, this is snow country and winter had just finished when we visited. Open the door and you are greeted with a huge restaurant with a bar in the middle. The food was tasty, the service was with a smile, the cost was reasonable. What more could you want? Oh yes, a local beer was very palatable.

7. Fort Colony Restaurant

Business Highway 61, Fort Madison, IA 52627 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 319-372-5759
Excellent
38%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
6%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 30 reviews

Fort Colony Restaurant

Reviewed By Michael C - Medway, Massachusetts

Went for business on a lunch break and the menu is huge. Plenty of options for anyone. At the table there were skillets, sandwiches clubs, soups, and salads ordered. Reasonably priced and all around great food. I had the corned beef skillet which was a heap of hash browns, peppers, onions, corned beef hash, eggs, and cheese sauce. The waitress did warn me it was cheese sauce but it mixed in well. I enjoyed it and would definitely go back. The desserts looked awesome we were all too full to get any for lunch.

8. La Casa Salsa

4821 Avenue O, Ste 1, Fort Madison, IA 52627-9604 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Mexican Lunch, Dinner +1 319-372-0220
Excellent
26%
Good
53%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 26 reviews

La Casa Salsa

Reviewed By Michael A

Great Mexican food for a good price . I spend time in LA and Chicago and am excited this small gem is better Mexican food than I can find in any of those cities

9. Lost Duck Brewery

725 Avenue H, Fort Madison, IA 52627-2935 Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol American, Bar, Pub Dinner
Excellent
36%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
12%
Terrible
10%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 40 reviews

Lost Duck Brewery

Brew pub

Reviewed By FormerHoosier - Council Bluffs, Iowa

We were on a road trip back from a stop in Nauvoo, Illinois and decided to check out the Fort Madison riverfront. It is there that we stumbled onto the Lost Duck Brewery. What a pleasant surprise! Great craft beers, excellent sandwich options including Elk and Bison. Friendly staff and great decor with a perfect view of the Mississippi River. Highly recommend!

10. Horan's Cabaret Irish Pub

1337 Avenue G, Fort Madison, IA 52627-4425 Seating Bar, Pub +1 319-372-2556
Excellent
76%
Good
16%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 12 reviews

Reviewed By Sam F - Kingman, Arizona

Family friendly, great bar food, full service bar, always accommodating. Try to go on Thursday Taco Nights for the bests tacos in Fort Madison. When we lived in Fort Madison this was our Friday night go to spot for a good burger and a couple drinks. Now that we live out of the area we always make it a point to stop in one night when we're back, usually with a group of old friends - they're very accommodating.

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