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Maxwell's on the River, Muscatine, IA

Maxwell's on the River

4.7
4.7
64 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 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

What 64 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Hot Spot

  • Iowa

    Scenic View

  • Iowa

    Special Occasion

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  1. Y

    Yogeros

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner at Maxwell's was wonderful! The manager was very nice and our waitress, Mercedes, was phenomenal. The food and the signature cocktails were delicious. We sat outside and the ambience was perfect. Highly recommend Maxwell's!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Lake of the Ozarks

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    The brussel sprouts are soooo delicious!
  3. SO

    ShellyO

    Las Vegas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Caesar salad was HUGE… a meal itself!! And the filet melted in my mouth. My husband LOVED his NY strip steak. Steaks were cooked to perfection.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were celebrating our son's birthday. He typically wants to grill food at home but requested Maxwells. We started with the brussels... Delicious!! We tried different items on the menu (my wife and I split our entree). We had the grouper... I must say that I've never had a better tasting piece of fish. We ordered a side of asparagus... WOW! So much flavor! The rest of our party had a salmon entree, a Big burger and the Rib... The reviews on these 3...Great! Our server (Kayla) was awesome!!! Kayla was very attentive and made some great suggestions for menu items. Thank you for a very nice birthday dinner! 👍
  5. KC

    KerryC

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely wonderful food, service, and ambiance.
  6. JS

    JasonS

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a great experience! Food and service was exceptional. Will definitely visit them again.
  7. NM

    NancyM

    Exclusive

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food & service! Would go back again anytime.
  8. HH

    HansH

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Just very good , reasonable prices and good service Did not speak Dutch?
  9. MP

    MikeP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The pork chop was over done but otherwise the food was terrific. We had fantastic service. Fantastic ambiance. Thank you so much.
  10. BW

    BookWormB

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience1
    Restaurant is directly within the lobby of the hotel. There is zero separation from diners and hotel guests. There were lots of softball families the night we dined. They were walking through with their ball bags, uniforms etc. For the expensive price tag, they do not police the atmosphere at all. Food was okay. Got our appetizer before we even got our draft beers.
  11. BC

    BrianC

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience1
    I ordered short ribs. Sauce and potatoes were cold. The meal lacked flavor. I don’t know how you can make short ribs that lack flavor but they managed. My fiancé ordered pecan crusted chicken. The chicken was over cooked. Her asparagus was the highlight of both meals. Not what I would expect for a $70 dinner. I will not go back.
  12. 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.
  13. LS

    LataS

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 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.
  14. 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!
  15. 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.
  16. ME

    MrEat

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Food was good and arrived promptly. Everything was on time regarding our reservation. Will definitely dine here again.
  17. 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!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was wonderful as always!
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. CC

    ChicagoChristopher

    Chicago

    46 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    46 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..
  23. 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!
  24. 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.
  25. 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!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely place for dinner
  27. 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.
  28. j

    julianan

    Chicago

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 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.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A friend back from AZ
  30. RL

    RochesterLocal

    Minneapolis

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 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.
  31. 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!
  32. 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.
  33. 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.
  34. C

    Chicagoguy

    Chicago

    90 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    90 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Solid dining experience. Really good food. Wait staff was outstanding. Will definitely return.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. 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.
  38. 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.
  39. D

    Dana

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Place! Awesome Location! The Staff Friendly and Amazing!
  40. 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.

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 4.7 stars by 64 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 2 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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