Enable JavaScript to run this app.
Skip to main content
OpenTable logo
  1. Home
  2. United States
  3. Iowa
  4. Des Moines
  5. Des Moines
Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar, Grinnell, IA

Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar

4.5
4.5
301 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar serves comfort food with local flair in a historic building on Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa. Prairie Canary was opened in September 2012 and is currently owned by Chef, Paul Durr. Located in the city of Grinnell, also known as “The Jewel of the Prairie” and home to Grinnell College, Prairie Canary provides a gathering place where guests can enjoy Midwestern flavors in an inviting, understated atmosphere that speaks to the colors and textures of the Iowa prairie.
Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar is all about being local. From the name of the restaurant to the dishes on which the food is served, effort was taken to showcase local talent and area producers. Enjoy your meal on hand-thrown plates and bowls. Sit at hand-made hickory tables. Savor farm-fresh produce grown just miles away. Sip on an Iowa wine or pint of beer. We look forward to seeing you!

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 12 times today
Experiences are available.

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Farm-to-table, Comfort Food
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (641) 236-0205
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Paul Durr
  • Neighborhood
    Des Moines
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Experiences

  • Chef’s Table

    $100.00 per person

    Jun 30 - Jul 1, 2024
    We are pleased to announce the exclusive "Chef's Table" experience at the Prairie Canary. This special event consists of a seven-course meal with a seafood theme. The price for this experience is $135 per person, which includes wine pairings. For those who prefer not to have wine pairings, the price is $100 per person. Please note that there are only 50 seats available for this event. Our space is very limited and we are expected to sell all tickets; a credit card will be required to hold your reservation. If you do not cancel at least 72 hours prior to the event, then you will be charged for your full reservation. Please indicate whether you prefer the wine pairing, or without the wine pairing, when making your reservation.

What 301 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Kid-friendly

  • Iowa

    Healthy

  • Iowa

    Neighborhood gem

  • Iowa

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Des Moines

    Great for brunch

  • Des Moines

    Good for business meals

  • Des Moines

    Healthy

  • Des Moines

    Neighborhood gem

  • Des Moines

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Des Moines

    Romantic

301 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service helps to make the meal!! Ours was outstanding.

    Is this helpful?

  2. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always love Prairie Canary. Highly recommend the Brussels sprouts appetizer.

    Is this helpful?

  3. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I really like this restaurant. The Asian noodles are not as good as their other options and I don’t recommend that option, but the other menu items are great. The brussels and artichoke dip off the appetizer menu, delish. Service and vibe are great. If you are in Grinnell it’s a great option.

    Is this helpful?

  4. OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was generally very good, especially Iowa Chop. However, we were confused into thinking it was happy hour and even asked to confirm before ordering but apparently only for Speakeasy so it was so loud that our server didn’t understand so the bill was quite a bit more than expected, be warned.

    Is this helpful?

  5. OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent service, staff was very friendly. Food was excellent

    Is this helpful?

  6. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    First time there and will definitely be back! Our waitress was Awesome and food was Delicious!

    Is this helpful?

  7. BarbaraL

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    The food was just okay - especially for the price. With tip, our order was $114. We were the first table in the door when they opened, but it took quite awhile to even get our drink order. The bartender came to our table to get our drink order, but when it was finally delivered only 1 of the drinks came, and the waiter had to ask what the other drink was. We have eaten at the Prairie Canary several times over the years, and have enjoyed it - but this time the food and service was off. We will have to decide if the price is worth going back.

    Is this helpful?

  8. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Was awesome for Easter Brunch. Restaurant was totally accommodating when we needed to add a few extra diners.

    Is this helpful?

  9. Momof7

    Des Moines

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 23, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Had great tomato/feta soup. Could have been a little warmer. The fried Brussels were amazing. Gluten free pasta with Vodka sauce was much enjoyed as was the rigatoni primavera. Apple salad was great. Final member of our group enjoyed bacon wrapped sirloin. Our server was great! We really enjoyed our experience.

    Is this helpful?

  10. Troy

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Prairie Canary is one of our favorite restaurants and we go there often and are never disappointed! Highly recommend!

    Is this helpful?

FAQs

Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.5 stars by 301 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 12 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar

924 Main Street, Grinnell, IA 50112

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Des Moines
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $30 and under
  • Cuisines
    American, Farm-to-table, Comfort Food
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Street Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Paul Durr
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
OpenTable
  • About Us
  • Blog
  • Careers
  • Press
More
Businesses
  • Restaurant reservation software
  • Industry insights
  • Hospitality resources
  • Marketing resources
  • Operation resources
  • How to open a restaurant
  • For restaurants
  • For restaurant groups
Join us on
  • Privacy Policy
  • Terms of Use
  • Cookies and Interest-Based Ads
  • Do Not Sell or Share My Personal Information
  • Cookie Preferences
Copyright © 2024 OpenTable, Inc. 1 Montgomery St Ste 500, San Francisco CA 94104 - All rights reserved.
OpenTable is part of Booking Holdings, the world leader in online travel and related services.
Booking Logo
Priceline Logo
KAYAK Logo
Agoda Logo
OpenTable Logo