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Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar, Grinnell, IA
Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar, Grinnell, IA
Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar, Grinnell, IA
Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar, Grinnell, IA
Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar, Grinnell, IA

Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar

4.6
4.6
297 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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2 people

7:00 PM


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

What 297 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Best Value

  • Iowa

    Innovative

  • Iowa

    Neighborhood gem

  • Iowa

    American

  • Des Moines

    Best Service

  • Des Moines

    Best Value

  • Des Moines

    Innovative

  • Des Moines

    Neighborhood gem

297 Reviews
  1. 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.

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  2. 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.

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  3. 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!

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  4. swwarrio

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The risotto was gritty. The cow au vin wAs so tough it was difficult to cut with a knife.

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 27, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Great experience. Enjoyed the Speakeasy downstairs.

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  6. MattK

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Pleasant, fast, intimate, menu was disciplined and deliberate, price was reasonable. Winner winner (chicken dinner ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️)

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  7. JohnT

    Tampa

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My wife and I stopped for dinner after making a reservation through OpenTable. The staff were very friendly and knowledgeable about the different choices. Cocktails were very good and dinner was outstanding.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a last-minute reservation, and Prairie Canary made it a perfect night out! Great food great service. 

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  9. GabeG

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was good, atmosphere was good…Obviously it’s a small place and it was NYE and super busy, but our reservation was at 8, we didn’t get seated until around 9.

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  10. ErinS

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of our favorite places! Great menu - always some thing unique to try.

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  11. NadineF

    Columbus

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A nice dinner to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Great service! Beef Wellington was excellent, melt in your moth.

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  12. MichaelR

    Columbus

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Great food and service (Isabell). Smoked flank steak was awesome. Only downside was noise level.

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  13. JamieS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Very good food. First time visiting with family, nice location. Wait staff were very friendly and attentive.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and fun with friends at Prairie Canary in Grinnell!

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  15. ToddH

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 1, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    A lot of great things about the restaurant but a hidden gem is the Speakeasy in the basement. Great atmosphere and wonderful cocktails, need to check it out.

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  16. Wells

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best food in Grinnell! We always have a great experience with the lovely staff. They are usually busy and I love the ability to reserve a table online.

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  17. KariW

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We really enjoy being apart of this wonderful community. Our server was Wonderful and welcome us to the area which made us happy! Thank you PC- we’ll be back!

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  18. PatriciaH

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Our server was excellent. The noise level was terrible. We could not hear each other talk.

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  19. BradB

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a nice sit down restaurant in downtown Grinnell. We were able to make reservations online. We were seated within a few mins. So glad to see Prairie Canary busy and people enjoying themselves. Waitress was very attentive thru the evening. Was able to explain the nights specials. She was also able to share her experience with several of the entrees. Our table ordered 4 different entrees and all were delicious. I had the midwest porkchop. It was 2" thick. We really enjoyed the ambience and will be back again.

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  20. PhilipB

    Lake of the Ozarks

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overnight stay in Grinnell, IA. Enjoyed a great experience at Prairie Canary. Wife had pasta dish. I had chicken. Food was good. Served fast and great service. Nice surprise.

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  21. MarinH

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal, great service! We are repeat visitors, just usually don’t make a reservation:)

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  22. CassandraH

    Philadelphia

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful place for a family dinner while dropping off my son at college. Great food, good ambiance, terrific service!

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  23. jerryw

    Charleston

    51 reviews

    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Superb service, environment and food. Always an outstanding experience

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  24. Troy

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great experience as usual! It is one of our favorite places to eat!

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  25. Maralyn

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to eat! They have a wonderful menu, the food is presented beautifully, tastes fantastic and the service is awesome. I highly recommend eating here, once you do, you’ll definitely come back!

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  26. StacyH

    Jacksonville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The atmosphere here is fantastic. The food is always on point and the service is exceptional.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love prairie canary! 10/10 for the last 7 years we’ve been going

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  28. Vicki

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great meal as always. Love the burgers. Nothing more to add.

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  29. MFoodie

    Dallas

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food and service is great! Wonderful staff. You will enjoy!

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  30. dinnerfor2

    Houston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great food. Great place in Grinnell for fine dining without the drive back to Des Moines.

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  31. JulieS

    Washington DC

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Waitress Ella was great. Food was spectacular. Would come back.

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  32. NanisaP

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The salads were fresh, and the soups were very flavorful. Our server was incredibly attentive!

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  33. JamesH

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was a great dining experience. I recommend it highly.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Cute place - best in Grinnell. Love the atmosphere though a little loud. Pastas were good as were the truffle fries and the artichoke dip but the sous vide chop was almost inedible. Great hangout with uneven food.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Antonio

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 2, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Excellent service but the food is not nearly as good as it was a year ago. My salmon was overcooked, the salad was wilting and the pasta in the short rib bolognese was dry.

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  36. JamesC

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    We split an order of Vodka pasta to start and it was good. For entrees, my wife ordered the Iowa pork chop and I the bacon wrapped sirloin. We waited nearly an hour from the serving of our first course to get our entrees. My wife's chop was flavorful, but overcooked, she finally asked for steak knives, which should have accompanied our orders. My steak was tough and I suspect it was actually bottom round they were grinding for their hamburger. Moreover, the bacon was burned on one side of the steak and nearly raw on the other side. And I ordered the "loaded" baked potato (a $2 upcharge) and received a lukewarm, very small spud with some crumbled bacon and a hint of cheese, no butter, no sour cream, no chives! The bottom line, this is a small town diner that probably serves decent burgers. If you go expecting more, you will likely be disappointed!

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  37. Bigbubbabbq

    Des Moines

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The service was slow. The food was disappointing one steak was tough the other one was cold, the baked potatoes were cold and under cooked . The asparagus was bland and overcooked. We also ordered the salmon in parchment, it was over cooked and bland as well.

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  38. JoeN

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 15, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and good overall experience on a nostalgic small town main street.

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  39. DaveV

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always fun and food is delicious. Staff is excellent!! Thanks Shannon and Kalyn!!!

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  40. IndyRocks

    Indiana

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have dined at the Prairie Canary the last 2 years while we have been in Grinnell for the Indy Car races over in Newton. Ambiance, food, service, everything is outstanding. Wish we were closer to enjoy them more than once a year!

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FAQs

Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 297 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


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
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