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Maxwell's on the River, Muscatine, IA

Maxwell's on the River

4.5
4.5
53 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American

From Muscatine native Executive Chef Tessa Crookshanks, the artful cuisine of Maxwell's at the River is poised to please. With an emphasis on fresh, local and sustainable fare, the Modern American menu showcases the finest in Muscatine dining in the heart of downtown. Enjoy the sweeping Mississippi River views gathering with friends or meeting other like-minded travelers and locals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or happy hour.

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Booked 3 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Breakfast, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (563) 770-7005

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Tessa Crookshanks

  • Catering

    From Muscatine native Executive Chef Tessa Crookshanks, the artful cuisine at The Merrill Hotel is poised to please. With an emphasis on fresh, local and sustainable fare, your event menu will showcase the finest in Muscatine dining while catering to special dietary needs including kosher meals, gluten-free, and vegetarian options. Let our team of highly skilled event planners craft the perfect menu for your next event.

  • Neighborhood

    Davenport

  • Cross street

    Chestnut and West Mississippi

  • Parking details

    Free parking in our garage behind the building or an open lot to the West of the property

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Smooth

  • Power Green Smoothie$7.00

    Kale, Melon, Cucumber, Avocado, Apple, Flax, Honey

    • PB Banana Smoothie$7.00

      Peanut Butter, Banana, Oats, Flax, Almond Milk

      • Berry Smoothie$7.00

        Strawberry, Blueberry, Blackberry, Banana, Orange Juice, Greek Yogurt

        Simple & Sweet

        • Granola Bowl$9.00

          Greek Style Vanilla Yogurt, Fresh Berries, House-Made Granola Mix

          • Pancakes$7.00

            Lemon Zest Cakes, Stewed Blueberry Compote, Vanilla Bean Cream

            Savory

            • Egg Plate*$10.00

              Two or Three Eggs Your Way, Choice of Meat & Toast, Crisp Herb Breakfast Potato

              • Omelet$12.00

                Choose Four: Honey Ham, Smoked Bacon, Pork Sausage, Peppers, Onion, Kale, Spinach, Mushroom, Tomato, Asparagus, Goat Cheese, Cheddar Jack With Crisp Herb Breakfast Potato

                • CB Hash*$13.00

                  House Braised Brisket, Caramelized Onion and Mushroom, Crisp Fried Eggs, Fried Herb Potato

                  • Burrito$12.00

                    Sausage, Peppers, Onions, Fluffy Eggs, Crisp Potatoes, House-Made Queso, House Red and Green Sauces, Cilantro

                    • Steak & Eggs*$22.00

                      Grilled Flat Iron Steak, Two Eggs Your Way, Crisp Herb Breakfast Potato, Choice of Toast

                      Last updated: February 1, 2022

                      What 53 people are saying

                      Overall ratings and reviews

                      Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                      4.5
                      4.5 based on recent ratings
                      • 4.6Food
                      • 4.5Service
                      • 4.7Ambience
                      • 4.4Value

                      NoiseModerate

                      Loved For

                      • Quad Cities

                        Most Booked

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                      1. SH

                        SteveH

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 7, 2022

                        overall3food3service5ambience4

                        Food was ok. Mushroom sandwich was too over-spiced. Little mushroom taste left. Overall service was very good.

                      2. LS

                        LataS

                        San Francisco

                        4 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        4 reviews

                        Dined on April 1, 2022

                        overall4food4service3ambience5

                        Best place to dine - breakfast, lunch or dinner, in Muscatine, Iowa - with a stunning view of the Mississippi River, just a block away from the famed Mark Twain Overlook.

                      3. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Atlanta

                        4 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        4 reviews

                        Dined on March 21, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Outstanding as always with the most breathtaking views!

                      4. L

                        Larry

                        Des Moines

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 13, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        We came over from the Quad Cities, having seen great reviews for this place and looking for a new adventure. This was well worth the trip. The food was fresh, well prepared, and tasted great. The chef brought together some flavor combinations I hadn't had before and they were well crafted. My steak was actually cooked to a perfect medium rare (unusual around here) and my wife's salmon had a great cook as well. Nice experience and would definitely recommend it.

                      5. ME

                        MrEat

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 13, 2022

                        overall4food4service4ambience3

                        Food was good and arrived promptly. Everything was on time regarding our reservation. Will definitely dine here again.

                      6. AH

                        AnthonyH

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 12, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Excellent experience and the food was fantastic! The scallops and beet salad were both amazing!

                      7. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on January 30, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The food was wonderful as always!

                      8. EB

                        EvaB

                        Unspecified

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on January 16, 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Beautiful, elegant, yet cozy atmosphere. The food and flavors were exquisite. Service was attentive without being overly present. The quality of the food is well worth the price. It is the only restaurant in Muscatine that will provide that kind of experience of fine dining.

                      9. HS

                        HSfriends

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on December 13, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We visited for our girls-night xmas dinner and we had a great time. The food was delicious and the service was good. Would definitely recommend.

                      10. G

                        Gail

                        Des Moines

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on December 2, 2021

                        overall4food5service4ambience5

                        The menu is expensive; however, the food is worth the expense.

                      11. CC

                        ChicagoChristopher

                        Chicago

                        42 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        42 reviews

                        Dined on November 22, 2021

                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                        For breakfast we both had granola with bright fresh berries and yogurt with a mimosa & a smoothie to go. Everything was delicious & service delightful..

                      12. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Louisville

                        8 reviews

                        5.0

                        8 reviews

                        Dined on November 11, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Have dined at Maxwells twice now. Both experiences were perfect! Service was delightful, food exceptional!

                      13. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Phoenix

                        8 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        8 reviews

                        Dined on October 3, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great service and food! We are from the quad cities and was totally worth the drive. We will be back.

                      14. JH

                        JimH

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on September 18, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        What a great place for dinner in downtown Muscatine ... refined, comfortable, and conversation friendly. The charcuterie platter is a must have appetizer, entrees expertly prepared, local wine and local beer available. A fantastic addition to this historic Iowa river town!

                      15. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Chicago

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on September 18, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Lovely place for dinner

                      16. KG

                        KenG

                        Des Moines

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on September 16, 2021

                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                        We traveled from Iowa City on the encouragement of a employee of the Kirkwood Hotel and we were not disappointed. We will take friends there again.

                      17. j

                        julianan

                        Chicago

                        18 reviews

                        4.0

                        18 reviews

                        Dined on August 7, 2021

                        overall4food5service5ambience3

                        Good and service was excellent. Disappointed that the dining is open and adjacent to lobby check in. Didn’t feel special. Just not what we expected.

                      18. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on August 5, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        A friend back from AZ

                      19. RL

                        RochesterLocal

                        Minneapolis

                        18 reviews

                        5.0

                        18 reviews

                        Dined on July 24, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Great service, excellent cocktails. Food was outstanding, especially the bolognese and lodes mac and cheese. Prices were not outrageous for a hotel restaurant. Would definitely recommend and dine again.

                      20. D

                        David

                        St. Louis

                        3 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on July 11, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The food and service were both great! The restaurant is in the lobby of the Merrill Hotel, which has a nice view of the Mississippi River. My wife had the braised beef short rib and I had the halibut special. Both were excellent!

                      21. l

                        love2dine

                        Chicago

                        26 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        26 reviews

                        Dined on June 20, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Our first time eating at Maxwell's on the River. We were not disappointed. Our waitress was just wonderful. The bartender was also very good. The food was very tasty and the prices were within reason. We will definenly go again.

                      22. MC

                        MadCreek

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on June 8, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        I recommend the Muscatini, or two. We were there for lunch and it was quiet enough to have a conversation.

                      23. C

                        Chicagoguy

                        Chicago

                        89 reviews

                        vip
                        4.0

                        89 reviews

                        Dined on June 4, 2021

                        overall4food4service5ambience5

                        Solid dining experience. Really good food. Wait staff was outstanding. Will definitely return.

                      24. DN

                        DianeN

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on June 1, 2021

                        overall5food5service4ambience5

                        Such a creative menu! Out of the ordinary flair on common down to earth dishes. Our waitress was very busy yet very attentive. The atmosphere is very welcoming. This will be my go-to for special occasions.

                      25. K

                        Kiwisabroad

                        Des Moines

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on May 23, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Nice celebratory dinner after our son’s graduation. First time since COVID-19 halted out dining out enjoyment. Staff wore masks, as did most patrons moving around the restaurant. Nice views of the river from our table by the windows. The service was very good, and the food excellent. The menu catered well for our diverse dining preferences. The Charcuterie board was excellent as an entre (appetiser). My wife loved the spicy seafood and ribs Tacos combo, and my son and I both had the beef ribs (tender with a fantastic sauce), while my daughter enjoyed her chicken salad with side of marinated grilled vegetables. Very tasty. Will be back for sure.

                      26. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        Washington DC

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on May 7, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The brussel sprouts are THE best! All the food was delicious.

                      27. A

                        Anon

                        Des Moines

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on April 19, 2021

                        overall3food2service4ambience5

                        Good to try a fancy place, food was decent, a lot of the food items were bitter which isn’t my favorite.

                      28. D

                        Dana

                        Chicago

                        2 reviews

                        5.0

                        2 reviews

                        Dined on March 27, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great Place! Awesome Location! The Staff Friendly and Amazing!

                      29. JC

                        JimC

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 15, 2021

                        overall3food2service5ambience4

                        The manager is not very professional. If a guest is not happy with how the food is cooked, just fix it. He does not need to try to make the customer feel dumb. I have managed many places, and would never treat my guests like that. He alone made our night a bad experience. I will not return do to my treatment.

                      30. OT

                        OpenTable Diner

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 14, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Fantastic meal and drinks. Wife had the Berry Burger. Said it was the best burger she'd ever had. I did the short rib. Super tender and flavorful. Unique drinks as well. Loved it.

                      31. DB

                        DavidB

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on February 13, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Outstanding experience! Tessa is the best chef. Can't beat the river view!

                      32. AS

                        AdamS

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on January 18, 2021

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Modern and exquisite tastes that are completely authentic and original. The Pasta Bolognese was a delicious and very well curated taste.

                      33. BS

                        BrentonS

                        Seattle

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on January 3, 2021

                        overall3food5service2ambience5

                        The food was amazing and checking in was easy! Had a great time the only flaw was nobody waited on us for 20ish minutes and had to go find waitress after several others were served before us. It seems to be a fluke incident and will be going back as the prices and quality of food were perfect.

                      34. j

                        janric

                        Phoenix

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on December 25, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Maxwell's on the River was our choice for Christmas Dinner....the huge open lobby and restaurant overlook the Mississippi River where we watched bald eagles soaring and diving for fish. The Christmas decorations were gorgeous and the service was terrific. The spicy shrimp and pasta dishes were delicous. We will be back.

                      35. IF

                        IndyFoodie

                        Indiana

                        19 reviews

                        vip
                        5.0

                        19 reviews

                        Dined on December 17, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        The best food that I have come across in Muscatine.

                      36. F

                        Friend

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on September 18, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Enjoyed my first dining experience at Maxwell’s! Food was amazing - my two favorites were Brussel Sprouts as an appetizer and Key Lime Creme Brûlée for dessert. Will frequent often.

                      37. KM

                        KelsieM

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on September 11, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        The food was amazing and worth the price but it is pricey. Amazing place to go wish I could afford it more often. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the food and drinks and very friendly and funny to not just our table but other tables around. Very clean and quick as well

                      38. KH

                        KerriH

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on August 30, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Appropriate social distancing and masking and really nicely curated wine list and menu. Delightful.

                      39. BB

                        BambiB

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on August 15, 2020

                        overall3food3service2ambience4

                        We were there to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. We ordered the NY Strip Steak. The dish for the memory of Mike Furlong. We were seated immediately and our waitress was there very quickly. The steak was delicious, the sukatash was bland the the mashed potato was tasteless. After checking with us twice, the waitress just seemed to disappear. We waited for awhile after we completely our meal and then went to the host and asked for our bill. Right after we did that our waitress appeared and said she would get the bill. The host communicated to her that he had already printed the bill. I paid with cash. Since we split the meal, our bill was only approximately $55.00. The waitress brought back approximately $45.00 ( two twentys and a five) I had to go to the host to break one of the twentys so I could leave an appropriate and reasonable tip. I hope this all makes sense. I think our waitress may have been new. I would recommend Maxwell's as a fine dining restaurant and hotel. I might tell them to avoid the sukatash and the mashed potatos.

                      40. GB

                        GlennB

                        Phoenix

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on August 4, 2020

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Beautiful spot on the river!! Food, service and ambiance are on par with major cities Thank you Merrill!!

                      Safety precautions

                      • Cleaning & sanitizing

                        • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
                        • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
                        • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
                        • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
                        • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
                        • Contactless payment available
                      • Physical distancing

                        • Limited number of seated diners
                        • Distancing maintained in common areas
                        • Extra space between tables
                      • Protective equipment

                        • Waitstaff wear masks
                      • Screening

                        • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

                      FAQs

                      Maxwell's on the River offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (563) 770-7005.

                      Maxwell's on the River is rated 4.5 stars by 53 OpenTable diners.

                      Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

                      Make a reservation

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                      Booked 3 times today
                      Google Map for Maxwell's on the River

                      119 W Mississippi Drive Muscatine, IA 52761

                      Dining areas

                      Additional information

                      • Cross street

                        Chestnut and West Mississippi

                      • Neighborhood

                        Davenport

                      • Hours of operation

                        Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:30 pm Dinner Mon–Thu, Sun 4:30 pm–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm

                      • Cuisines

                        Contemporary American, Breakfast, Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service

                      • Dining style

                        Casual Elegant

                      • Dress code

                        Smart Casual

                      • Parking details

                        Free parking in our garage behind the building or an open lot to the West of the property

                      • Payment options

                        AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                      • Executive chef

                        Tessa Crookshanks

                      • Additional

                        Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Kosher, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                      • Phone number

                        (563) 770-7005

                      • Catering

                        From Muscatine native Executive Chef Tessa Crookshanks, the artful cuisine at The Merrill Hotel is poised to please. With an emphasis on fresh, local and sustainable fare, your event menu will showcase the finest in Muscatine dining while catering to special dietary needs including kosher meals, gluten-free, and vegetarian options. Let our team of highly skilled event planners craft the perfect menu for your next event.

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