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The Waterfront Grille - Okoboji, Arnolds Park, IA

The Waterfront Grille - Okoboji

4.7
4.7
162 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
The Waterfront Grille is a restaurant on the shores of Lake Okoboji with indoor/outdoor seating boasting stunning lake views. Just steps away from Bridges Bay Resort, Waterfront Grille offers steak, seafood, pasta, pizza, burgers, specialty crepes, entrée salads, appetizers, and more! You will also find an extensive Gluten-Free menu available upon request. We look forward to serving you!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Seafood, Pizzeria
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (712) 220-3200
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Catering
    www.WaterfrontOkoboji.com/catering
  • Private party facilities
    Private Dining Rooms from 16 people to 400 people.
  • Neighborhood
    Cedar Falls / Waterloo
  • Cross street
    Linden and 240th
  • Parking details
    Lots of Boat and Car parking available
  • Entertainment
    Live Music and Entertainment.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 162 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

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

NoiseModerate

162 Reviews
  1. HarrisB

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful and great - Appetizers were so tasty - We all loved our entrees - Service was above and beyond - Isabel was our waitperson - And the bartender Isaiah is always so friendly to us - Great waitstaff all around. Teriific food and fun drinks - Great atmosphere -

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  2. TroyS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Went out for my wife’s birthday and I thought since the price was expensive the experience and food was going to be great. We were disappointed. Appetizer came out same time as our salads and the main course right away after. My wife’s steak was not cooked to the temp she asked and the drinks were not made correctly. Overall it was an expensive dinner without the quality. Maybe it was a bad night for the restaurant but there was not many people so I don’t think it was that. We were disappointed.

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  3. KarliD

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had wonderful service and the food was excellent!!

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  4. JoeJ

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was excellent and our server did a great job!

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  5. TAMIJ

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were seated at the back were the staff goes in and out so there was a lot of beeping going on from the kitchen. Did have a server that walked by us a few times that had a cart with bins for dishes. We had empty plates that he could have taken but didn't offer to take them. Had the crab and artichoke appetizer and it was very fishy. Tasted like they used tuna instead of crab and I am not a fan of tuna. But otherwise everything was wonderful. Waitress was dead on!

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  6. JonathanR

    Des Moines

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    When you request a table in the dining area, you may still be seated at a high-top overlooking the bar. A request to sit at the bar places you at the bar proper.

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  7. Michaeld

    Des Moines

    21 reviews

    3.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    Don't know how the supposedly new green beans can be cold and weren't wok beans or spicy was served in Asian zing sauce that u put on your wings horrible ,prime rib was warmer than beans. And service subpar for only being 4 ppl in place sounded like they were too busy playing on expo line

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Chris Gross came out to our table to say hello and asked us about our food and told us about the new menu items, we tried the steak tenderloin sandwich and it was awesome and the appetizers of Bang Bang Brussel Sprouts and Garlic Cheese bread is the absolute best and enough to eat if you are looking to eat lighter! Our server Max found out we have an instagram account called Yucatán Dan last summer and called him a legend! 🤭

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  9. DeanJ

    Des Moines

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Including the host, the server, the bartender, the meal and the ambience, everything was fantastic!

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  10. IngridB

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good food and service was amazing! The price a everything was perfect.

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  11. SaraV

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The service was good. We sat in the room off the bar and it was very loud. The food wasn't quite up to par. We were disappointed.

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  12. LauraN

    Omaha

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful meal with a wonderful waitress Overall experience A+

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dinner as always. We sat at a table with a lake view and got to see a gorgeous sunset. We had the queen prime rib with baby wedge and baked potato and the seafood medley with salmon, shrimp and scallops with baby wedge and cooked veggies that had an orange glaze. Perfect date night! 💕

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  14. LoriS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant with a lake view. Staff is always friendly and efficient. Menus offers a good variety.

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  15. RandyM

    Oklahoma City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Sat outside for a view of the Lake. Beautiful site for our anniversary dinner together. Great service and food. We were treated very special. Thank you.

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  16. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Well worth going to!!! Excellent venue, fun places to seat either inside or outside

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Milwaukee

    2 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Unfortunately our filet mignon steak was undercooked and tough & gristley

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  18. StevenB

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It is a great location on Lake Okoboji! We were seated outside. Had cocktails and dinner. Very good. Relaxing dinner. Holly was our server. She was very knowledgeable about the menu.

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  19. justaddwine

    Minneapolis

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    We are traveling and decided to give this a try. Sadly it was chilly and windy so outside seating was not appealing. Ordered the pesto cheese bread, it was delicious. Glad we waited to order dinner as we were pretty full after that, and opted for a sandwich/salad. Waiter, Isiah was amazing, fun, and attentive!! Heard it was our anniversary and brought an amazing dessert…sadly we were too full to enjoy much of it. Would definitely come here again if in the area

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  20. DavidA

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were here on the evening of our 5Oth wedding anniversary. We had a wonderful table near the lake. Our server Courtney was very pleasant and efficient. Our meals were excellent. We had the Smores for desert and the plate had an anniversary greeting. It was a perfect night for us.

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  21. FrankP

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 18, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Beautiful setting , but for the price the food is quite awful. Waitress was nice . The wine was good because it was not made there .

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Good food and service. My group had fun and drank lots of cocktails

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  23. AngieB

    Omaha

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great service, lovely restaurant, most of the food was good but our expensive Walleye Dinners were bad. Extremely fishy and salty. Manager was very kind: gave us $100 in gift cards. Hoping for a better experience next time. We have been here in the past and it was outstanding! However not sure I can recommend it at this time.

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  24. JoanK

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The view is beautiful, the food choices are quality with a nice variety

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  25. OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great time. Celebrating my wife’s birthday. She loved her prime rib. Garlic mashed was great. Our server was amazing. She also surprised us at the end with two big plates of cake decorated with “happy birthday” and “dirty 30” she really went above and beyond without being asked.

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  26. Jules

    Greater Boston

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    It was the big weekend up here so I feel kind of bad posting this but it was just very very average. My food took forever. There was a lot of people there granted, but a little disappointed. My steak was medium, not medium rare and the rice was dry like it had been sitting forever.

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  27. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a real nice Mother’s Day dinner. My wife had seafood combo and I had the walleye. Both were excellent!

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  28. DavidG

    Des Moines

    12 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Beautiful evening and dining outside couldn't have been better until our food arrived. Our meals were cold and my bone in pork chop was raw & our sides were cold to the touch on both of our plates. Our waitress was apologized and let us know the kitchen was discussing our meals and was surprised the raw pork and cold sides were not caught at the pass. She offered to re-fire but it took so long for our waitress to return my wife had finished her meal for quite some time and we were ready to go. I realize Restaurants have bad days but the manager never bothered to come out and talk with us and this is unacceptable. It was not our waitress fault and I tipped generously but I'm having remorse since the bill was nearly $100 and I have not eaten... Helpful 0 Thanks 0 Love this 0 Oh no 0

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  29. Suburbanogre

    Phoenix

    26 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Just a brief review. Our reservations were for a Saturday night at 6:30. We were greeted and seated timely, and our drinks came out on time and well made. The salads were fine. The entrees arrived, and that's where things broke down. A steak ordered "medium plus" arrived cooked to "old saddle leather." The waitress offered to replace it with the ominous warning that "it could take a while, we're getting busy." My wife made a game attempt at eating what was served, but its food value had long expired, so it was left mostly uneaten. A glass of wine ordered to be enjoyed with the entree arrived with the now complementary and long delayed dessert. By the time the check arrived, we felt as if we had been held hostage in a bad Denny's. Remembering that one is in Okoboji in the off-season, Waters Edge Grille is a perfectly adequate restaurant. However, well-run establishments don't overwhelm their kitchens and their wait staffs. They limit their reservations to match their capacity. Further, well-run establishments know how to remedy a kitchen error with alacrity.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2020

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

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  31. KenS

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Absolutely love coming here! The service is always super nice and timely and the food is great!

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  32. Natasha

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 11, 2020

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The waiter was attentive, but not very informative. The food was average at best and the prices were outrageous for the quality of food that was served. Unfortunately, not impressed.

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  33. GregJ

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 8, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    I would recommend Waters Edge but they did not have our reservation that I made thru open table. My reservation confirmation number was 2109786552. Since they couldn’t find my reservation we had to wait over an hour for a table for two. This greatly diminished our experience since we had other plans after dinner. I have used open table before without any issues so this surprised me.

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  34. SusanP

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Turn down the music. Is way too loud and the music is unnecessary

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  35. Jannymac

    Omaha

    53 reviews

    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Paige was our server and did an excellent job. She eww as very friendly and professional.

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  36. Lisa

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our waitress was wonderful! Friendly, helpful and patient with us. When she found out we were celebrating our parents' 60th Anniversary, she surprised them with a complimentary dessert, complete with writing around the plate in raspberry sauce and two glasses of champagne. Very sweet - and much appreciated on our special family night out!

    1 person found this helpful

  37. LarryF

    Omaha

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Dined on a busy holiday week-end. We were greeted and seated promptly, but took a long time to see a server. When we did the service was courteous and prompt. My husband had the baseball sirloin which was tender and flavorful. I had the Parmesan encrusted wall eye, which also was very good. The entrees are ala carte which quickly adds to overall cost . The room was a little noisy, but we were able to carry on a conversation. There is a beautiful view of the lake. I would go back, and would recommend

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  38. CJ23

    Minneapolis

    4 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Ordered walleye and told waiter it was not good and did not taste well. He asked my husband what he thought of it; as if my comment was not valid. He later offered to bring something else. Ordered a Beet salad. Was basically 1/2 bag of spring greens mix with about 6 mandarin oranges on the side, some sprinkles of goat cheese, a smattering of walnuts and few slices of beets. Dressing was good. Seriously, basically a bag of lettuce. Restaurant had been recommended to us; what a letdown.

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  39. JanisM

    Omaha

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 11, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The calamari was awful!!!! Greasy and over fried in a horrible seasoning. Tough as leather. The manager replaced with a different appetizer that was O K. The walleye was very good and the duck was top notch, especially the sauce. The highlight of the evening was our waitress Alix! She was fabulous!

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  40. SteveT

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 5, 2019

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The walleye was a little bland. Needed more dill sauce. Would not get this again.

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FAQs

The Waterfront Grille - Okoboji is rated 4.7 stars by 162 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 1 time today
Google Map for The Waterfront Grille - Okoboji

610 Linden Dr, Arnolds Park, IA 51331

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Linden and 240th
  • Neighborhood
    Cedar Falls / Waterloo
  • Hours of operation
    Lunch Daily 11:00 am–4:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Steakhouse, Seafood, Pizzeria
  • Dining style
    Casual Elegant
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Lots of Boat and Car parking available
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Entertainment
    Live Music and Entertainment.
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (712) 220-3200
  • Catering
    www.WaterfrontOkoboji.com/catering
  • Private party facilities
    Private Dining Rooms from 16 people to 400 people.
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