Maxwell's on the River

4.8
43 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 43 people are saying
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vipChicagoChristopher
Chicago
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..

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OpenTable Diner
Louisville
8 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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JimH
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!

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place for dinner

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KenG
Des Moines
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.

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julianan
Chicago
12 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.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A friend back from AZ

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RochesterLocal
Minneapolis
16 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.

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vipDavid
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on July 10, 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!

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love2dine
Chicago
23 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.

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MadCreek
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.

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vipChicagoguy
Chicago
88 reviews
Dined on June 4, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

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

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DianeN
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.

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Kiwisabroad
Des Moines
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.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
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
Chicago
2 reviews
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.

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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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BrentonS
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.

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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!!

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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!

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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!

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DouglasR
Chicago
8 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!

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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.

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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.

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 4.8 stars by 43 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.