L. May Eatery
L. May Eatery

L. May Eatery

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.lmayeatery.com/
  • Phone: 5635560505
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Open for private groups or catering
    Dinner: Sunday, Monday and Thursday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Contemporary American, Pizzeria
  • Executive Chef: Tony Joos
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 10th & Main
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from L. May Eatery
A new romantic bistro on the historic 1000 block of Main Street in Dubuque IA. L. May Eatery serves fusion cuisine and pizza in Dubuque, Iowa in a romantic candlelit atmosphere. Enjoy our impeccable service table side or at our full bar. We also have an extensive wine list with anything from a quality glass of pinot to a great special occasion reserve bottle.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
L. May Eatery reviews from OpenTable diners
187 reviews since May 5, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.6
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.3
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (112)fit for foodies (105)neighborhood gem (104)notable wine list (75)romantic (73)hot spot (55)great for outdoor dining (51)good for groups (34)vibrant bar scene (24)late-night find (14)great for brunch (13)great for lunch (10)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (2)Show More
  • foodlover
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Our table was very crowded for 7 people but the food was fantastic and the service was outstanding. We enjoyed our visit very much and recommend L. May for a food fantastic time!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a lovely experience!
    FoodiesUnite
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I love L. May. My favorite restaurant in town! It's a great date night spot and occasionally we take the kids on a weeknight for gourmet pizza. Great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TCK2014
    Dined on 8/25/2014
    This is a must go to place if you like food & wine
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Mack
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    I was here with a friend I had not seen for awhile. We wanted to have a nice meal and a good conversation. We enjoyed both!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great atmosphere and a nice meal.
    Bilzbmr
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    My wife and I both had the Pork Flank with Portabella mushrooms. It was very good and I would consider ordering it again. The restaurant had an extensive wine and beer list.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great restaurant downtown Dubuque
    Savvyfoodie
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Very good food and wine list. The pizza was excellent and the atmosphere fun. Would definitely recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • dinner with family
    Auheart
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Great place to enjoy a nice dinner with family. Quiet enough that we could enjoy a nice conversation. Great food selection and food that a family with many different tastes could find something on the menu that they could enjoy. Service was very good and staff were friendly and welcoming.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Osso Buco!
    BonVivant
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Not the best start. Our reservation was for 8:15, but we had to wait at the bar for half an hour, where we watched tray-laden staff labor up a narrow flight of stairs between the bar and the dining area. Would love to see this place remodeled. Eventually we were seated in a comfortable area, where our waiter sold us on the featured wine, an old-vine Garnacha (we loved it!). I ordered the osso buco, and my husband got the campanelle with chicken. The osso buco was tender and delicious, garnished with braised dried Bing cherries—memorable! My husband's pasta was great (although I would have preferred it without chicken). In spite of the bumpy start, this was by far the best dining experience we had in Dubuque.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful food and service.
    grab
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The only compliant I have and it is a small one, was the salad. The greens were a little soggy from to much dressing and the dressing was very vingery. Otherwise perfection. Also a very professional bartender. We had reservations at 6:00 and was nice and quiet, but I did notice as we were leaving the noise level had gone up.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The best in Dubuque!
    yesilleatthat
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Fine dining with a casual, non-pretentious feel. The sea scallop and tenderloin dishes were well executed. The multi-layer mousse cake was divine. A little work to be done on the mussel appetizer and mashed potatoes. The flavor of the broth was good, but our mussels were a bit overdone and rubbery. The mashed potatoes were a little too lumpy and needed more seasoning. Overall this was a very positive experience for my boyfriend and I celebrating an anniversary.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Visit to Dubuque
    MojitoMary
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Only went on info from the Dubuque visitor guide & Tripadvisor and ened up at L May. What a lucky find! Restaurant was beautiful with a French Bistro Vibe. My husband's steak was suberb and the dessert delicious. This was a perfect dining experience to end our visit to Dubuque.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful evening!
    2oldies
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We had reservation for 4. Both couples celebrating their wedding anniversaries. The wine, the meal and the service was great, Chris was our server. What a nice surprise when he came with a special dessert for us! A nice touch to a wonderful evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • ITS ALL GOOD
    lobeetle
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Love the fact that they keep mixing it up Love the salads and the pizzas are always a hit. Lots of desserts to chose from :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    CBee
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    My friend Patti and I meet at L. May once a month. We love it! Great service (this time by Nate), wonderful food. I've never had anything I didn't like. In fact, five of my friends and I are going there tonight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Food & Outdoor Dining
    GalenaDiner
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Dinner was fantastic. All of our entrees were perfectly prepared. Tea Poached Salmon melted in my mouth. Pork steak with Mushrooms & Grilled Peaches, and the Osso Buco with Cherry sauce were also delicious. The outdoor dining area could be slightly bigger but was still very nice and quiet. Enjoyable area of the restored Main St. in Dubuque.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday night dining in DBQ
    TSW5
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    We were looking for a place for a nice family dinner on Sunday night and realized some of our 'go to' places are closed on Sunday evening. We decided on L. May, The kids (age 18-23) and my husband & I, all found something on the menu we were excited to try and not one of us was disappointed. From the summer salad with salmon to the Cuban pizza, tenderloin filet (which includes potatoes and asparagus), & lasagne - everyone was very pleased with the meal. We are a chocolate loving family, so we had to try the S'mores dessert and browine w/ice cream. Perfect ending to a delicious dinner! I shouldn't leave out, the Moscow Mule and Ginger Mojito were very tasty too!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Dubuque Gem
    Phil
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    As always, the service and food were impeccable. We were fortunate to have a corner table near the front so the noise level was not a major distraction to our anniversary dinner. The German Riesling paired well with the deep sea scallop dinner, which both my wife and I had.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • saturday
    magic
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    WE have been dining at Le may for some time. Overall the service and food is great. The menu keeps changing. We like more fish and chicken food selections. The wine list is good, but a bit pricey. We usually have a beer because the bar mix drinks are a bit weak.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • An okay experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    The service was excellent. The food was fine, but not stunning enough for me to return. We had a nice evening and I have no complaints, but there are other restaurants where I would prefer to eat in the future.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good stuff all around.
    IndianaBrewer
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    We liked L May so much we ate there on consecutive nights, and not because Dubuque's downtown dining scene is otherwise lackluster. The Eatery deserves it. Apps, entrees, salads, pizza and desserts all were wonderful. Beer and wine list first rate. Service was friendly and attentive. Great experience, and we're happy we found it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Often our FIRST choice
    enjoygetnout
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    When we step out as a couple or with friends we often consider several options as possible destinations for dinner. L.May continues to rise to the top time and time again. We have never been disappointed. The wait staff, the menu options, the proximity...we can recommend it all. We look forward to returning again!
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great dining experience
    MaryB
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The food was very good and the service was outstanding. Our first visit there. I'm sure we will be back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dinner
    lmaymay28
    Dined on 7/28/2014
    Super service. Super menu. I had a shrimp special & my date had trout --super. Decent price. Bar tender was a little quiet & shy, but decent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Luv2relaxndine
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Great food and awesome drinks. Took family in from out of town and they loved it. Our waiter was very helpful. Would recommend to anyone
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place great food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Just a little too loud for my liking but that will not keep me from going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing food and waitress
    Smitty
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Rachel did an amazing job explaining anything we had questions on and making sure we truly enjoyed our meal!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Experience
    Mick
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    on arriving the place was packed and the greeter was stressed. After a short wait we were brought to a tiny table which made me worry. It quickly got better. Our waiter Mary Kay was great from start to finish. Pleasant but efficient and knowledgable about the wine and food. WE had an amazing spanish wine called slate to start with. The food was just great quality through the whole experience. The place got quieter which is a blessing as it really was crowded and unpleasant on arrival. Anyways it ended up being a great food eexerience.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Not The Best, Not The Worst
    mungkei
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Food: Good, but it is pricey, you can get equally as good food at most restaurants for way cheaper. Service: Very Good, the server that we had was on top of us often making sure everything was going well. Though, it also felt as though we were being rushed through our meal. Ambience: Fair, the tables are very close together so it was hard to have a conversation with the person that I went with, as the groups on both sides of us were within arms reach, I was just as close, if not closer, to them as I was my date. Overall: Good. A little pricey for me, as I expected the food to be better based on the cost. A little more space would have went a long way in helping improve my review. I will not be returning to this restaurant.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dubuque's best table?
    CookingOrganistVIP
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    I live in Chicago, and haven't spent much time in Dubuque, but knowing that a day of sightseeing in green, hilly NE Iowa could end with a meal at L.May makes the tedious drive through the endless suburbs of Chicago seem worthwhile. Cocktails were interesting, the menu broad enough to warrant repeated visits without spreading itself too thin. I thoroughly enjoyed the strawberry glazed roasted duck, perfectly prepared and Oh! so scrumptious. The sweet potato mash only made me swoon more. And all this accompanied by a very fine little mixed salad with an unusually good house-made parmesan vinaigrette. The house-made bread was great, as was the red pepper compound butter. And then I had the house-made raspberry-mint sorbet. Fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Shawna's review
    love2dine
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We are friends with the owners brother - Randy Dressler who has highly recommended L May Eatery to us. We finally had the chance to try and it was wonderful, we took our son and his girlfriend who live in Ankeny, IA and they also enjoyed the restaurant. Menu has interesting selections and the wine is great!!! We all had after dinner martini's which were awesome, too. We will highly recommended the restaurant to friends and family. It is just a great place.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LMay
    tfoto
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Its great that LMay has expanded the restaurant and has out door seating in the summer. They have also changed there menu and added some new items as well as dessert! There pizza is amazing!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great place to eat
    HilaryB1
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    We have been here several times. We love the food and the service is always good. We will be back again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • All Around Amazing
    foodiegal
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    From the moment we walked in the door we felt that they were excited we were there. Our food looked so good that we had to share. The Chocolate martini would have been desert enough if we hadn't seen the dessert tray. I had been there before and my friend had not. She said it is now one of her favorite places to eat. The atmosphere could be friends or family getting together or a romantic date. Top notch in every way.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all around!
    EatsandDrinks
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Friends in from out of town and wanting a good steak dinner. We tried this place for the first time. Perfect all around. Good space, relaxed, quiet enough for conversation. Fillet was amazing, the accompanying stout beer butter is out of this world! Also had the lasagna which was very well done. Wine and beer selection was good. Price was toward the top end for what I like to spend but the portions were ample and easy to share and it was a nice place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great local restaurant
    Sam50211
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Cozy neighborhood restaurant in Dubuque. Filet was melt in your mouth and parm potatoes were succulent. Server was wonderful and friendly. Great place for a first date or special occasion.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • osso buco
    CBee
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Great dinners - osso buco for two of us and salmon and trout for two others. Good wine too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Top Shelf restaurant
    KABBB
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    L May's is a awesome place to enjoy good company and awesome food. The menu changes and has many choices. We enjoyed the pork flank steak. My Caesar salad was probably the best I have ever had. Service was impeccable.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food
    dbqirish
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We have come to LMay on several occasions, and the food is always superb: fresh, seasonal, delicious. Service has always been good as well, and we have particular wines that we enjoy here which we have not found other places. The noise level is "energetic", as they say, but this did not impair our enjoyment of the evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Still one of the best
    SummerInDubuque
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Every year, when we are in Dubuque, we dine at L May restaurant. The owners, Lea & C.J., are usually there to greet you. This trip we tried the Pizza & it was fabulous ! We also had a bottle of wine for $18 which is $10 off the normal price. I notices Duck & Osso Bocca on the menu as well so we will have to go back next month.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First Time Guest
    dbqtransplant
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    My husband and I have never been there and decided to go for our 1st Wedding Anniv. The lovely hostess brought champagne to our table. My husband enjoys a good steak and this one was by far the best. It was cooked to perfection, tender and juicy. I had the salmon and that was also very tasty. For dessert, I had the turtle cheesecake and he had the Millstream Rootbeer float. Both were very good. To top it off - on Sunday nights they have a special if you buy 2 entrees or 1 large pizza you get $10 off any bottle of wine and if you pay with cash you get 5% off your bill. Score! If you like red wine I recommend the Volver tempranillo. We will definitely be back! :) Thank you for making our first anniversary a memorable one.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.