Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar

4.8
148 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!
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Roxysue
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food here was delicious and the staff was very friendly, courteous, and accommodating. We enjoyed our experience and would definitely go back!

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Terry2127
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Prairie Canary always pleases. It's innovative within the farm-to-table rubric and given what is available in central Iowa at the moment. It has a nice college town vibe that is relaxed and inviting. Service is always pleasant.

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Lulu
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Amazing food and awesome service! We’ve tried different dishes and never get disappointed! It’s really a jewel in the prairie!

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vipSue62
New England
14 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We had a nice meal during graduation week - everyone enjoyed their meals- salmon, seafood pasta dish and the Brussel sprout app fed a party of 6 with some leftover!

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Lulu
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tasty and reasonable price. Service is awesome! Best food in town!

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KimB
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great Mother’s Day brunch! The menu offers great, unique choices paired with good beverage choices. Good ambience. A nice time all around. Highly recommend the salmon avocado Benedict!

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Came to Prairie Canary for their special Mother’s Day brunch. The service was fantastic (per the usual) and the menu was incredible. There were so many excellent choices and everything was delicious!

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BruceM
Denver
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience3

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Spokane
Seattle
1 review
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed our evening at the Pararie Canary. Apple salad was amazing.

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TonyD
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thursday night was pasta night, and it was delicious. Spacious/safe.

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Bell
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Everyone enjoyed their food. The water was served at room temp - no ice. I didn't care for that. Otherwise all was good.

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StacyM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service as always when we are in town!

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Alaska
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! Perfect for a date night.

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PhilipS
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

An excellent place for great food, wait staff and selection of specials daily. The beer cheese soup was really one of the best! No shortcuts here.

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vipKristenW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friendly service and yummy food in a welcoming atmosphere. The Brussels sprouts were so delicious. The portions are large. We couldn't finish the sprouts. We could have easily split a large pasta. We'll be back!

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Rich
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Molly was a great server. Was attentive without being pushy. Would love to have her wait on us always.

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JeffN
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Burgers! Very nice place to meet for dinner, quite and excellent food.

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SaraR
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Highly recommend, yet another wonderful meal with great service!

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AliciaB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and wonderful service! We will be back soon!

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LoganR
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very concise but varying menu. Absolutely delicious and fresh ingredients. We ate the generous portion of brussell sprouts like they were candy .Clean interesting decor. A great stop on a trip through downtown Grinnell.

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JillB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food, service and atmosphere. The perfect place for a much needed date night!

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ColbyL
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and amazing experience overall for their Valentine special.

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Brooks
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious and beautiful food along with great service make a perfect combination.

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OpenTable Diner
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The menu needs to be upgraded. Please add more or different entree’s. Things like:

Smoked Turkey Reuben
Soups say Corn Chowder with chicken
Bring back the crab cakes
A good panini with bacon and maybe chicken
Steak medallion plate with pasta in cream sauce
Maybe a cajon pasta with shrimp

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Rich
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was excellent. Our server, Sienna, was terrific. She was knowledgeable about the menu, gave us great service without hovering and had a wonderful sense of humor. Definitely will go back.

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ElizabethP
1 review
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants around. The food is always delicious and the service is always fantastic. Can’t wait to go back!

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ThomasV
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Prairie Canary.
The service was excellent and efficient.
My wife had the Almond Salmon with the super food salad and I had the Duck special.
Both were very tasty.
We finished off our meal with a berry cobler and it was a real treat.
We will be back!

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KathrynD
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, wonderful atmosphere. So glad we went.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing place in little Grinnell, Iowa. We are locals and regulars at Prairie Canary, often a few times a month. We love the staff, especially Alex's attentiveness and sense of humor. This reservation was our last visit before social distancing, but it has not stopped us from enjoying the food at PC! They are doing take out, and were very prompt, respectful and helpful with our order tonight (3/28). We are so pleased that we can still dine "with" them even while at home.

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ThomasM
Seattle
1 review
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have visited many times and love the place. It was our first time for brunch and it was excellent as well. (Wish they would add bacon to the menu)

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RobertaH
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed Prairie Canary. Our server was wonderful in guiding us through the menu; our reservation was honored early and the food was delicious! Highly recommend.

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Jamie
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Mediocre food but great atmosphere. Service was great!

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vipBluersky
Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a gem of a restaurant in Grinnell. The service is friendly and the food is fantastic. We stop here for a meal p we are in town

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Simi06
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Extremely nice dining experience both lunch and dinner. Great non standard menu options and excellent specials. Chicken Wellington a few weeks back was awesome. Falafel is very tasty. Every time we go it is an outstanding meal.
Truffle Fries and the Apple Salad are perfection to both myself and my wife.
Only issue I have is what happened to the Risotto Balls?
We love the place and it is very much worth the drive.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Our Open Table reservation was missing but we were graciously and quickly seated. Our server/waitress was friendly, efficient, and professional, and our meal was delicious- although the chocolate cake did not have the same “home made” quality as the rest of the meal.

We had a great time and hope to return soon.

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MarkD
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great menu and I love the simplistic modern style! A fantastic option for a romantic dinner for two or a gathering place for a group of friends!

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DaveS
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Great specials. Varied Menu. Really good service the night we were in. Super place to have a romantic dinner.

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vipyummy
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Nice place with open seating and very friendly staff. We had 3 of our 6 orders incorrect and one simply had too much of one seasoning. When they fixed it all the food was good. Enjoyed the lunch.

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ElizabethH
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

We had reservations at 6:45 and tickets for a show at 7:30. I arrived a little early (6:37) and let them know that I was in a bit of a rush. They took our orders immediately and offered to bring us the check early. We managed to make y it to our show on time. The food was great--especially the fruit cup which came with the kids meal and the soup that came with our burgers.

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Frustrated
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience1

We had 4 adults and 2 children, ages 8 & 11. Of the 6 meals, 4 orders were not correct. My sandwich didn't come with a side. My younger son asked for fruit and got cold fries. My older son got a pizza instead of a cheeseburger. We didn't get our sauces, like ranch or ketchup. When they finally brought the ketchup, it was two small cups for 5 servings of fries. We had a reservation. The restaurant wasn't busy until well after we should have gotten our meals. Our drinks weren't refilled, until we flagged someone down.
We will not be returning.

FAQs

Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.8 stars by 148 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.