Casual Dining

Type of Dining
Casual Dining, Pubs
Casual Dining, Pubs
Looking for a restaurant off the beaten path? This hidden gem is found in Ossian, just a 15 drive from Decorah. Home of the BEST BURGER IN IOWA (per The Best Burger Battle, sponsored by Iowa council and New York Beef Council) Bambinos Bar and Restaurant is a great place to enjoy a full plate of food, a bowl of soup, full bar and a game of pool. And if that wasn’t enough, your head chef is also an author. Not only do Sue’s stories come to life on the page, but ask to see Cindy the dog or Ruford the eagle creatively displayed using the cheese on your burger! With an at home friendly environment we put the comfort back in comfort foods with home cooked meals the way Grandma used to make it! Come visit us and enjoy the beauty of a scenic drive along the way!
Casual Dining, Outdoor Dining
Casual Dining, Outdoor Dining
Indulge your taste buds at Don Jose. We are an authentic family Mexican restaurant full of craving satisfying choices of appetizers, salads, tacos, enchiladas, tostadas, chalupas, quesadillas and more. Add on a daiquiris or try the best margaritas in town! Your first round of chips and salsa are on the house, and the kids menu assures there’s something for all ages in your party. Stop by the restaurant for a taste or call 563-382-6052 for more information.
Breakfast + Brunch, Casual Dining
Breakfast + Brunch, Casual Dining
The town’s classic diner-style restaurant. Best part? Breakfast food served all day long! From the biggest pancakes you've ever seen, to eggs any way you like them, Family Table is that home cooked meal you're looking for when you're away from home, and the prices can't be beat! It's impossible to leave hungry with the generous portions and extensive options. The Family Table started as a root beer stand 65+ years ago. No one knows for sure when it began, many say, "It's just always been there." In 1972 the existing building was built and it became an A&W, but the franchise was dropped in the 80s and “Family Table” was born. In November of 1993 Scott and Stacey Gossling purchased the restaurant and continue to own it to this day. Through the years the concept has always been the same," nothing fancy just good food.” Great spot for daily specials, pie, and catching up with the locals.
Casual Dining, Pizzerias
Casual Dining, Pizzerias
High, Wide & Handsome has a wide variety of classic and specialty pizzas, toasted sandwiches, Monster Wings, pasta, salads, swirls and desserts. Haven’t tried our swirls? Think cheese bread, but rolled up and bursting with rotating flavor combinations such as Garlic, Pepper-Popper, Spinach & Artichoke, Lasagna and VIKING (meatballs and lingonberry jam-a classic Decorah combo). All of our sauces, dressings and bread are made in house, putting a personal flair on every order. Complete your meal with one of the local beers on tap or choose from our wine list. Head to High Wide & Handsome! It’s the perfect place for the perfect meal.
Bakeries + Sweets, Casual Dining, Coffee
Bakeries + Sweets, Casual Dining, Coffee

We are a third wave coffee bar & roaster featuring our own custom roasted coffee, pour overs, espresso-based drinks, loose leaf teas & Nitro Cold Brew Coffee on Tap!

Our coffee is roasted right here in Decorah!

470 million years ago an asteroid, as big as a city block, burst through the Earth’s atmosphere smashing into northeast Iowa leaving behind a crater that would later become Decorah, Iowa.

Fast forward a few years to the year 2014. Decorah was impacted by another blast as Impact Coffee burst into northeast Iowa.

Local business owners, Jeff, and Anja Brown had been operating their custom frame shop, The Perfect Edge, for over 25 years, when they were struck with the idea of opening a coffee bar and roastery. With the help of many fantastic friends and family members the coffee bar now shares it’s space with The Perfect Edge, while the roaster has taken over their two-stall garage.

Jeff and Anja hope their coffee bar and roaster will leave a lasting impact on the town of Decorah, just as the asteroid left it impacts 470 million years ago.

Casual Dining
Casual Dining
You will find your favorite traditional Japanese dishes and original menu items created by our chef. Start with incredible appetizers, but save room because our hearty entrées will fill you up and satisfy your appetite. Feel like dining out? Join us in house to enjoy our lovely atmosphere, but if you prefer to eat at home, we offer a smooth take out service that will get your order in your hands and you back out the door in no time. And if you’re looking for a little extra excitement, one of our meals even comes with a side of flames. Stop in and see it for yourself today!
Bakeries + Sweets, Casual Dining
Bakeries + Sweets, Casual Dining
We’re more than just a bakery, we’re also a full service restaurant! We put the focus on sourcing local ingredients and providing sustainable wages and lifestyle for all of our employees. What started in our kitchen and selling at farmers markets, has since expanded into renting space at the local spectrum commercial kitchens and finally, as of January 2022, we’ve launched an online store with local pickup and delivery AND our first storefront! Now you’ll find our sweet pies (whole and by the slice), accompanied by our full plates of food for in-house dining and to-go options, right in downtown Decorah.  Located in the former Angry Pickle, we look forward to serving you soon!
Casual Dining, Pizzerias
Casual Dining, Pizzerias
In 1953 Mabel opened a small lunch room for many to enjoy, in 1968 Mabel paid tribute to the item that attracted overwhelming attention and renamed her restaurant Mabe’s Pizza. Over a short time, Mabe’s Pizza (locally referred to as Mabe’s) grew a reputation for delicious square-cut pizza with made-from-scratch crust and sauce. Paired with sincere customer service, it’s a Decorah staple for community members and tourists alike.  And for those in your group who aren’t interested in the pizza side of life, chicken, appetizers, salads and desserts to round out your stay. We recommend the cheese bread and wings. (Kids Menu also available.)
Bakeries + Sweets, Casual Dining, Coffee
Bakeries + Sweets, Casual Dining, Coffee
Mill Street Mocha is a locally owned Drive Thru/Walk-up only Coffee Shop located in Decorah, IA. We offer specialty drinks, baked goods, breakfast and lunch. Not a coffee drinker? Not a problem! Try a flavored lemonade, plant-based energy drink or a hot chocolate. We’re also known for our chili + cinnamon roll combos and our incredible caramel rolls. Stop by & see us via our drive-thru lane, or try out our walk-up window as you stroll around town.
Casual Dining, Outdoor Dining
Casual Dining, Outdoor Dining
Old Armory BBQ in Decorah is home to slow smoked meats and homemade sauces. We prepare BBQ at its best! All of our food items are made in house and served fresh daily, and we prepare a special menu on a weekly basis. Enjoy our casual dining atmosphere with counter service. Smoked meats include beef brisket, pulled pork, baby back ribs, smoked turkey, chicken, and salmon. We offer vegetarian options as well as fun appetizers and burgers. You’ll definitely want to try our mac and cheese and cornbread, each is unforgettable!  Have a big event coming up? Call ahead for catering or large party options. Your complete satisfaction is our top priority here at Old Armory BBQ. We welcome you to our cozy and comfortable environment to enjoy a meal that’s finger lickin’ good!
Casual Dining, Pizzerias
Casual Dining, Pizzerias
Pizza Ranch is a family-friendly buffet restaurant offering pizza, chicken, salad bar and dessert. We also offer a full menu for carryout and delivery. Come in for a legendary buffet experience with Ranch Specialty pizzas, the Country’s Best Chicken®, salads and sides, and our signature Cactus Bread®. We’re the perfect spot for a fulfilling meal in our casual American West restaurant. Our central location is on College Drive, minutes from Luther College and many city parks. Have a party or a fundraiser? Host it in our community room that seats up to 35! Ask about our Community Impact nights with a portion of proceeds donated to local organizations. Or have us cater your next event—and we’ll deliver your favorites with convenient online or call-in ordering. Visit pizzaranch.com for more information on menu, hours, deals, and services available.
Casual Dining, Pubs
Casual Dining, Pubs


Located off the lobby of the Hotel Winneshiek, this restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy an evening with a front row, floor-to-ceiling view of downtown Decorah on Water Street!

Visit today and enjoy a relaxing evening of culinary excellence!

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