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Maxwell's on the River, Muscatine, IA

Maxwell's on the River

4.9
4.9
102 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 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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 102 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Best Overall

  • Iowa

    Best Food

  • Iowa

    Best Service

  • Iowa

    Best Value

  • Iowa

    Great for brunch

  • Iowa

    Great for fine wines

  • Iowa

    Great for scenic views

  • Iowa

    Good for special occasions

  • Iowa

    Lively

102 Reviews
  1. LadyDi

    Chicago

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Worth driving 2 1/2 hours just for a terrific dinner at Maxwell’s. Everything just wonderful. Sensational Merrill Hotel also! And breakfast is just as great.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The best Brussel Sprouts I’ve ever tasted. The minimalistic ambience with a view of the river is enough reason to try the restaurant.

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  3. Berni

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Maxwell’s never disappoints! We have filet which was cooked to perfection, asparagus & seasoned fries. We’ll definitely be back!

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  4. Janice

    New York City

    49 reviews

    3.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Maxwell’s is in the lobby of the Merrill hotel, very pretty and bright across from the Mississippi River which is slightly visible. Onion soup was good. Garden salad with grilled chicken was ok - the chicken was cold. My husband had sesame crusted ahi which he enjoyed. Our server was attentive and pleasant.

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  5. ScottH

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service was excellent! Moderately noisy with bar in close proximity to dining area.

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  6. JamieW

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a wonderful experience! Chef Tessa and her team are amazing and Molly is always so accommodating!!

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  7. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fabulous dinner! Wait staff was excellent and food was delicious!

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  8. ShawnC

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food, good drinks and good service can ask for much more!

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  9. CherylC

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing for drinks in the bar and breakfast brunch. Great food and service. Loved the featured White Russian.

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  10. CynthiaW

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The baked goat cheese and Caesar salad were extraordinarily good, my husband actually tried the goat cheese and loved it. That was a first! The ribeye was perfectly cooked and such a large cut there was enough for two meals. I had the Ahi, also a large portion, and the sauce and glaze served with it put it over the top. Everything, including the service, was perfect. One minor detail I would mention, if you’re a party of two and you plan on ordering multiple sides for the table you might request a larger table. The two top was very small so when the main and side dishes came out it was like a game of Tetris, but a colorful and delicious game of Tetris!

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  11. 25thAnniversary

    Key West

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We ordered a variety of foods to share and it was all amazing as usual. Chef Tess and her crew do an amazing job along with the servers.

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Lake of the Ozarks

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Really great food and drinks!

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  13. AdrianM

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent food and service. The Brussels sprouts were exquisite.

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  14. MollisaK

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious and the service was great. My spouse got the filet, the Brussel sprouts, and the cheesecake. I got the grouper, sweet fries, and chocolate torte.

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  15. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great cocktails, great food, great service. We enjoyed our dinner very much

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  16. DennisD

    Des Moines

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I ordered the rib eye steak rare plus. Came med well and was like leather. There were also small bugs flying around our table. The waitress was polite and attentive.

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Celebrated our anniversary here on a Sunday evening. It was our first time at Maxwell’s & the food, service & ambience all exceeded our expectations. We had short ribs, the beet salad, tacos, brussel sprouts & the chocolate torte - yum, the food was amazing, ingredients were so interesting & super fresh. We highly recommend this classy hidden gem on the Mississippi.

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  18. MichaelS

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very elegant restaurant, food was awesome, service was fantastic

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  19. StephenF

    Houston

    28 reviews

    4.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I had a very good business dinner last night, all went very well. While I only ordered a burger, it was perfectly made and was juicy.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nice place to eat overlooking the river, good food and service.

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  21. MelindaE

    Chicago

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We had a lovely meal. The flourless chocolate cake is a gluten free standout and a work of art!

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  22. JimA

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was delicious . The service was spot on. Would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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  23. REdwardLake

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The website said that dress was smart casual. When we entered the restaurant there was a group of people who thought they were in a sports bar - talking loud, dressed in summer casual attire - shorts, t-shirts, etc. I was there with my wife celebrating a wedding anniversary and the group gave us a good stare-down. Our table was very small. We had to keep moving things around and had to be very careful not to knock over a wine or water glass. The food was excellent however, but did not make up for the overall experience, especially for the price we paid. Overall somewhat disappointed. Probably won’t return for a special meal, like an anniversary.

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  24. KJKnox

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 9, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    A great view of the river and great food to go with it. Plus it's close to all the downtown events.

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  25. CathyL

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and service were excellent. Our view of the river was great and we walked to the river afterward. Great ambience!

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  26. Trenay

    Montana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best mac and chz ever Even tho your staff said they were short on help they were amazing kind and professional

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  27. Bennett4

    Indiana

    8 reviews

    2.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Maxwell’s has a great location and excellent ambiance. Unfortunately, the service was slow, due to understaffing, and the food, an over-cooked pistachio chicken dish and under-flavored short ribs, were less than satisfactory and served cold.

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  28. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service and delicious food!

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  29. Yelof

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent food - best steak I've had in a long time, and the crab cake was fresh and perfect. The Muscatini and Blue Button cocktails were great! Very professional service - always a treat to dine here.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Stopped in for lunch and had an outstanding selection of salads, sandwiches and sides! The Ruben and Berry burger were delicious. Both served with a side salad. The salads was excellent, fresh and flavorful. We had sides of clam chowder, sweet potato fries and wings. All were delicious with nice presentation. Service was excellent as well with nice views from the large windows overlooking the river. Definitely recommend!

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  31. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food and atmosphere! Always a very pleasant dining experience. Have never been disappointed!

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  32. DanaS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always enjoy how delicious the food is prepared no matter the season. Service was excellent. Recommend my favorite: Berry burger with Berry salad! Reservations online are easy! Keep up the great experience.

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  33. KathyS

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Restaurant was beautiful and the food we had was absolutely unreal.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    A small family gathering. Beautiful ambiance! They were out of a few items on the menu that were chosen when our order was taken….the waitress came back to change our orders for those items.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Rsvp through OpenTable: a first time user. Arrived and was promptly and pleasantly led to a reserved table. Service was excellent, food was outstanding! Great atmosphere! Everyone looked like they were having a good time. Great place especially for an anniversary celebration (ours) or any occasion deserving of a memorable level meal or just an outing to enjoy a great restaurant.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    St. Louis

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and very friendly staff. Definitely somewhere to stop in at if you’re in the area.

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  37. KentK

    Pittsburgh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was great, server was professional, hotel stay was wonderful. The ahi appetizer was both delicious and well presented. My filet was cooked to perfection and there were no leftovers, where there usually are. The Brussels sprouts were to die for! Dessert, though not needed, was super! Can’t wait to come back again! It was a nice mini staycation/belated anniversary celebration away from our dogs and the Quad Cities.

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  38. LadyDi

    Chicago

    58 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on October 9, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    What a delightful meal and experience! Exceeded all my expectations. First time but it will not be our last. The Merrill Hotel where this is located was also exceptional. Certainly worth the 2 hour drive. We will be back! Husband had the short ribs and I had the grouper both were wonderful. Lovely servers at dinner and breakfast, which also was great. He had the steak and eggs which included a small filet cooked perfectly. I had a terrific fluffy omelet. Love this place. Could not be happier.

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  39. Yogeros

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    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!

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    Lake of the Ozarks

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The brussel sprouts are soooo delicious!

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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 4.9 stars by 102 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 4 times today

Order delivery or takeout

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
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • 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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