Maxwell's on the River

4.7
28 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
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
What 28 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.7
food
4.8
service
4.6
ambience
4.5
value
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95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Anon
Des Moines
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.

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Dana
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JimC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 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.

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OpenTable Diner
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.

DB
DavidB
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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AdamS
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OpenTable Diner
Seattle
1 review
Dined on January 2, 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.

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janric
Phoenix
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.

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vipIndyFoodie
Indiana
18 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The best food that I have come across in Muscatine.

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Friend
1 review
Dined on September 17, 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.

KM
KelsieM
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

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KerriH
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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BambiB
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.

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GlennB
Phoenix
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!!

KL
KristenL
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great! I loved the river view. Service was fast and friendly.

MK
McKenziG
Omaha
1 review
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

The food and service was amazing! We really enjoyed it! The only problem was that there was some construction right next to us that made the noise level quite loud and took from the atmosphere. Otherwise it would have been perfect!

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LisaS
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great as always!

They had a great selection on their menu and a few specials that we were able to try! Can’t wait to come back!

KY
KarY
1 review
Dined on July 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very quiet, not busy. Nice view of the river. Food was good. Had the short rib, it was very tender and tasty along with the mashed potatoes. A bit on the pricey side, but worth it.

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SusanK
1 review
Dined on July 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great View, Fantastic Food, Service was Awesome... but once the food showed up, we wished we had gotten a table inside, the flies were terrible (but what do you expect on a summer day by the river?) Would Definitely eat there again!

DR
DouglasR
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Personnel went out of their way to be outstanding.....from service, recommendations, to
trying to procure a liquor they didn't have in their bar! I will go back even though it is an
hour of driving time!

OT
OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was wonderful, a great take on midwestern fare. Staff and service was some of the best I’ve experienced

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Benjamin
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Very nice server, excellent food. Ambiance is slightly off since it's part of a hotel lobby.

LB
LeeB
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting. Great Reuben sandwich. Quick and professional service despite the fact the restaurant was very busy.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Steak was ice cold and service was really slow considering there was only 10 people in there. Other then that the food was good.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Reviewed on July 7, 2019
Overall5foodserviceambience

It's a Must! When in Muscatine, Iowa, please make time for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner at This amazing restaurant. Chef Tess is wonderful but her food is better. The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center is where you can find all the action.

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AnthonyH
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We went to Muscatine for the holiday train. The restaurant and hotel are beautiful, but you’re effectively eating in the lobby with all the other visitors. Loved the openness, but it could use a glass wall around it or something to separate it out a little. Food was good, not great for the price, but those cookies were unbelievable. Best sugar cookie ever?! Baked potato wasn’t quite fully baked, steak was a little more charred and done than expected. Service was phenomenal, especially considering the large number of guests visiting the event and in our party of 11. Definitely a place we’d like to try again on a quieter evening and would definitely recommend it to others.

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vipDougA
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Staff is very nice. Just very inexperienced. They have a wonderful venue, good food. Again, just very inexperienced. If I ran the hotel, the team needs training, not different people, just training. A bunch of good hearted people that need culinary and hospitality trains. I will definitely be back and I'm sure they will be great.

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 28 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.