Most Popular Restaurants in Grinnell

April 14, 2018 Madelene Haan

Grinnell in United States, from Nouth America region, is best know for Takeout. Discover best restaurants in Grinnell with beautiful photos and great reviews from traveller around the world here!
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1. Pagliai's Pizza

816 5th Ave, Grinnell, IA 50112-1652 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner, Late Night SGD 10 - SGD 28 +1 641-236-5331
Excellent
62%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 117 reviews

Pagliai's Pizza

Pagliai's Pizza is a 3rd generation Family owned restaurant. We've been serving Iowa families since 1957! We use premium toppings, custom blended mozzarella, fresh beef/ sausage (spiced in house), and receive fresh produce almost daily!

Reviewed By agnewre2016 - Marion, Iowa

Great pizza and pasta restaurant with good service. Full bar and very busy place. Lots of carry outs being picked up indicates a great pizza

2. Saints Rest

917 Broad St, Grinnell, IA 50112-2047 Takeout, Seating Cafe, American Breakfast
Excellent
64%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 37 reviews

Saints Rest

Reviewed By skywaker9 - Portland, Oregon

I've been coming to this place off and on since I first visited Grinnell in 1999 and was a frequent visitor through my time at Grinnell College. It has moved slightly, changed owners but remains the same amazing place. You won't find a better espresso place within 50 miles.

The coffee is top class, the pastries are very good but what really makes it special is the setting. Its a perfect place to meet, study or just spend a lazy afternoon. There is a reason it is the first place I visit whenever I find myself in Grinnell.

3. Candyland Station

831 West St, Grinnell, IA 50112-2111 Takeout, Seating Diner, American, Cafe Lunch +1 641-236-1956
Excellent
80%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 20 reviews

Candyland Station

This is a "new" buissness in an old location wonderful little sandwich/salad shop

Reviewed By elrea - Chicago, Illinois

Small, but cozy and full of old newspaper clippings and throwback advertisements. The menu is limited, but makes up for it with quality. Double check the hours before you go, and grab an old fashioned soda and Candyland Sundae while you're there. Prices are reasonable: $3.50 chicken salad sandwich with chips, $1 soda fountain drinks and $0.50 coffee.

4. Relish

834 Park St, Grinnell, IA 50112-2148 Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Contemporary, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Dinner, Lunch
Excellent
61%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

Relish

Reviewed By Hoosier1959 - Columbia, Missouri

We were in Grinnell for a college visit and intended to go elsewhere for lunch, but the other place was closed. We arrived as soon as Relish opened at 11:30, and we were alone in the lovely dining room with white-linen covered tables. Very soon others began to arrive, and it filled quickly for a rainy Monday. I ordered a salmon/crawfish bisque and the lamb bratwurst. The soup was fabulous; the brat was a bit dry but flavorful; it was served with three thick, crispy, fried potato slices, a bit of sauerkraut, and a pickle. My friend had the Egyptian-style falafel platter, which was generous and fabulous. We had coffee served with very thick cream. The server was attentive and friendly. I'd love to come on a nicer day and sit outside where a patio has several tables. The restaurant also features a nice little bar in the front room.

5. The Prairie Canary

924 Main St, Grinnell, IA 50112-2048 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 641-236-0205
Excellent
49%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 138 reviews

The Prairie Canary

Reviewed By Work2vaca - Chicago, Illinois

This hip restaurant find could be in Cambridge, MA or Northhampton, MA or New Haven, CT (other great college towns). Yet it sits in downtown Grinnell, IA, the quaint little college town for Grinnell College.

The cocktail menu is great and I was happy to see that this is one of the few restaurants that has a whisky flight.

I had the grilled cheese and jam. It was perfect in the way that makes your eyes roll into your head and you need a moment of silence. The flavor took me back to when I was eight years old and when grilled cheese was the best thing in the world. It was a unique experience.

My son had the Dirty Canary burger and he too needed a moment of silence.

My wife had the Almond Salmon and said it was spiritual.

If we have the opportunity to dine in Grinnell, IA again this is the first place we will go.

6. Frontier Cafe

831 Main St, Grinnell, IA 50112-2147 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 641-236-0630
Excellent
36%
Good
46%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
3%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 91 reviews

Frontier Cafe

Reviewed By travelerKolkata - kolkata

This restaurant is quite popular among the locals. The service is prompt and friendly. Food quality is average. Rates are moderate. Free wifi is available

7. The Peppertree

1014 3rd Ave, The Depot Crossing, Grinnell, IA 50112-2112 Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Television, Wheelchair Accessible American Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 20 +1 641-236-6886
Excellent
44%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
4%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 75 reviews

The Peppertree

Reviewed By Katherine C

We went with a group of 15. The place is beautiful, our waitress was delightful, and the food worth every bite. It was my daughter's fourteenth birthday, and instantly when we mentioned it, they asked "Vanilla or chocolate?" We didn't say anything more about it, and after dinner the waitress asked if it was ok to bring her cupcake! A lovely decorated cupcake with a candle was served, and we all sang happy birthday! The evening was perfect!

8. Grinnell Steakhouse

2110 West St S, Grinnell, IA 50112-8109 Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations American, Steakhouse Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 39 +1 641-236-0555
Excellent
34%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
13%
Poor
10%
Terrible
5%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 100 reviews

Grinnell Steakhouse

Reviewed By Donald C - Hadley, New York

We were driving cross country and wanted something other than your typical fast food and we wanted steak, so we decided to stop here.

It was earlier in the evening, around 5 P.M. when we stopped in, so they were not really that busy. As we walked through the doors we saw what looked more like some sort of meeting hall that had tables set up for a dinner. When the waitress came by to seat us, we were taken past the bar and brought into a much smaller eating area and seated at a booth. We were given the menu's and she left after taking drink orders.

As we looked at the menu's we were a little taken aback at the prices. Pretty expensive to begin with, and it was a cook your own meat type of establishment. You could have them cook the meats for you for an additional $3 charge, per order. they had a charcoal bbq pit where you could cook your dinner or they would cook it in the kitchen if they had to do it.

Our waitress was friendly and explained the cooking options for us. I ordered one of the cheapest items on the menu (a steak sandwich) and my wife and niece ordered two of the other cheaper items on the menu (soup and salad, if memory serves me), Our total bill came to $52.98 (No alcohol).

To say we were disappointed would be an understatement. The food was good and tasty, but way overpriced (even with the high cost of beef nowadays). There really wasn't much atmosphere to the place. Bare bones decorations, a couple of TV's to watch, no background music that I recall.

It is situated just off the interstate and just outside a small farming community, so it is convenient for people traveling I-90 and there didn't seem to be much in the way of eateries in town that we saw as we were passing through, so possibly that is why they are still in business with the prices they charge.

Unless you have extra money to burn and like cooking your own food, I would not recommend eating here. (We went to Hawaii and ate at a steakhouse where you cooked your own, but they had plenty of atmosphere, music and friendly wait staff. The prices there were comparable to this place, but it was on Waikiki on the boardwalk!)

9. Solera of Grinnell

829 Broad St, Grinnell, IA 50112-2108 Seating Wine Bar, Spanish Dinner, Drinks +1 641-236-0141
Excellent
77%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 13 reviews

Solera of Grinnell

Reviewed By Missy P - Laurel, Iowa, United States

This place is fabulous! First of all, the owner is a one-woman dynamo and absolutely the best hostess you could ask for! She is incredibly knowledgeable and carries a WIDE array of wines. Only place I have found my all time favorite- Pinot Meunier. Order a bottle- it is well worth the $50 price tag. Solera's selection of small plates is awesome. If you're lucky you will be there on a night when mushroom tarts are on the menu. Visit Colleen and tell her hello from "Hot Dish"!

10. Chuong Garden

915 Broad St, Grinnell, IA 50112-2047 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 641-236-9900
Excellent
55%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
4%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 24 reviews

Phone number is : (641) 236-9900, zip is 50112

Reviewed By FoodLady60 - Grinnell, Iowa

Our entire family has been eating here since 2004. The service is superb. The food is great. Lunch is the best value - like most Chinese restaurants. They will alter a dish to suit you, which I love. Carry out or eat in, always great food and timely service.

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