Where to Eat in Clarinda: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Matilde Konrad

Clarinda is a city in and the county seat of Page County, Iowa, United States. It is located in Nodaway Township. The population was 5,572 in the 2010 census, a decline from the 5,690 population in the 2000 census.

1. J Bruner's

1100 E Washington St, Clarinda, IA 51632-1961 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible American Dinner, Lunch +1 712-542-3364
Excellent
71%
Good
22%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 57 reviews

J Bruner's

Reviewed By 447chip - Paducah, Kentucky

The food and service was great. The steak I had was as good as any other I have had. My wife had grilled shrimp and she raved how good it was. The menu was fairly extensive. A great restaurant in a small town. Would recommend!

2. Ice House Restaurant & Sports Bar

1515 S 16th St, Clarinda, IA 51632-2909 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 712-542-4010
Excellent
53%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 46 reviews

Ice House Restaurant & Sports Bar

Reviewed By lesliedburns - Corvallis, Oregon

While visiting Clarinda we ate at the Ice House twice, ordering burgers, salads, and beer both times. Food was consistently good and service was excellent! Bar and restaurant areas have several TV screens if you are looking to watch sports.

3. Garrison House

On the Square, Clarinda, IA Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Cafe Breakfast, Lunch
Excellent
77%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 13 reviews

Garrison House

Reviewed By MadridIAtraveler - Madrid, Iowa

Traveling through and found the ratings on trip advisor this place exceeds the ratings that it was given. The architecture here is awesome, chairs and sofas are very comfortable. Lots of variety of reading materials, puzzles & games I had the chicken salad it was very good and so was their tea for the day. Will definitely be back!

4. J's Pizza & Steakhouse

108 E Washington St, Clarinda, IA 51632-1611 Steakhouse, Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 712-542-2000
Excellent
60%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

J's Pizza & Steakhouse

Reviewed By mlheerenwordsmith - Breese, Illinois

We ate at J's three times when in Clarinda for the Glenn Miller Festival and had good food all three times. They were busy so service was a bit slow but overall good choice. Our waitress was accommodating with refills, etc. I'd question the 8 pm closing weekdays during the festival since so many people are in town.

5. Robin's Nest Cafe And Bakery

112 E Washington St, Clarinda, IA 51632-1611 (Formerly Vaughn's Cafe) Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout American, Cafe, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +1 712-542-3323
Excellent
29%
Good
56%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 31 reviews

Robin's Nest Cafe And Bakery

Reviewed By Grover74 - Council Bluffs, Iowa

stopped in for an early morning breakfast - seated myself - was promptly waited on - got some coffee and ordered a meat omelet , hashbrowns, wheat toast - food arrived quickly and was hot - hashbrowns were a large amount (which i liked) and...MoreThank you for your feedback, we appreciate it, and we hope to serve you again in the future!

6. Runza

1108 S 16th St, Clarinda, IA 51632-2917 Lunch, Dinner +1 712-542-1542
Excellent
44%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Reviewed By VfromIa - Des Moines, Iowa

I was in the area visiting family, and they suggested lunch at this restaurant. They were very enthusiastic about it (a small chain out of Omaha) and it does seem to have a good local following. As most chains now have some type of vegetarian option I was happy to try them out.

Once we got there I realized that I would not be eating a full meal. None of the sandwiches were vegetarian and all the salads were full of meat as well. I could have ordered one, but hate to pay $6-7 for a salad when half the ingredients are missing. I ended up eating onion rings (not bad) & a few of my mother's curly fries (average). My Mom did have a sandwich, but didn't finish it. She said it was "ok, but too many onions".

As there aren't a lot of options in this small town I can see why the locals enjoy Runza, but as a vegetarian I won't be back.

7. Down Right Delicious

120 S 15th St, Clarinda, IA 51632-2243 +1 712-542-6319
Excellent
100%
Good
0%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 4 reviews

Down Right Delicious

Reviewed By Grover74 - Council Bluffs, Iowa

In the morning , I had the Pigy 3 omelet w/ hashbrowns, toast and coffee for about $8.50 Staff was quite courteous and service was good - I picked my seating and quickly recieved a cup of coffee .i had missed the morning crowd and had the place about to my self - food arrived promptly and was delicious - i was able to ask plenty of questions as this place is also a bakery and everything is made from scratch - I picked up some homemade bread, strawberry / lemon muffins couple packages of some cookies and some donuts

They are open 6-2 Tues-Sat for breakfast and lunch. I had breakfast but came back fro lunch as they had a special burger of the month that intrigued me - The Italian Mozzaroni Burger - consisted of 1/3# burger , pepperoni, spaghetti sauce, mozzarella sticks and spinach $7 or $9 w/side - It was quite different and excellent - service was good and prices comparable.

They had a new lighter option sandwich today. It was the week's special and included a grilled chicken sandwich on a fresh made-from-scratch wheat hoagie with lettuce, tomato, and mayo and a hearty serving of homemade soup for only S 7.50.

8. J's Pizza & Steak House

Clarinda, IA 51632 Steakhouse
Excellent
44%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 7 reviews

Reviewed By plush74 - Melbourne, Australia

My friend and I stopped in Clarinda whilst driving though south-west Iowa on a road trip. We stopped for lunch at around 2pm and the only place open was J's. I had a burger which was fresh and tasty and reasonably priced. The lady serving was extremely friendly and helpful and chatted to us for some time, answering our many questions about the town and the area and providing advice about things to see and do locally. I thoroughly recommend J's and would happily eat there again if i'm ever in Clarinda.

9. Hua Yung Buffet

822 E Washington St, Clarinda, IA 51632-1853 Chinese +1 712-542-5156
Excellent
33%
Good
67%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Hua Yung Buffet

Reviewed By David_MD2713VH - Centerton, Arkansas

Nice buffet in SW Iowa. Two kinds of crab Rangoon, very good, egg rolls, 2 soups, rice, general's chicken, salt and pepper breaded shrimp was really good, beef and broccoli, several desserts, lots of good choices.

10. Subway

1324 S 16th St, Clarinda, IA 51632-2921 Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 712-542-2211
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By Chris G - Oshkosh, Wisconsin

As Subway's go, this restaurant is typical. Service is good, and the folks are friendly. Easy access to two nearby motels and the hospital. Great for people on the go, especially when attending the Glenn Miller Festival!

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