Jerrys Main Lunch
501 S Main St, Burlington, IA 52601, United States

Review №1

They have amazing food, everyone should come here! I think they have the best home cooked food I've ever had. They were every friendly and polite people. :)

Review №2

Incredible breakfast! Worth it...

Review №3

I have to break character for this one. You need to try a Hot Mess. If you are reading this, go and order one as soon as possible. So good.

Review №4

Great food, great price and awesome people can't beat it. Best food in town!!!

Review №5

This is the oldest diner in Burlington and there's reason why they're still around. I feel like if you looked up the term "Hole-in-the-wall" you'd find a photo of Jerry's Main Lunch. Yes, it's not much of a looker, but this little spot is something special and definitely worth a visit.You walk in and there's a counter with stools, behind the counter is the flattop and basically the kitchen. The lovely woman that greeted me, waited on me literally cooked my Elk Burger (Locally Raised) right in front of me!I would have asked about some of the history but I was a bit too shy this time. I guess that just means I have to come back and try the breakfast!

Review №6

Came back into town for a visit from Colorado and I have to say this place is exactly how I remember it from my childhood. The food is amazing and the staff was friendly. Thank you guys for the memories.

Review №7

I haven't been there since I was a child but they had the best pancakes in town

Review №8

What a great place for lunch. Monday special meatloaf w/ mash potatoes!!!

Review №9

Amazing food. Wonderful employees

Review №10

Great food, though cook doesn't wear gloves.

Review №11

Good food good customer service

Review №12

Don't be fooled by the size of this place. You will get some of the best food in Burlington here! My family frequents Jerry's now since I discovered them this summer. I love a good Mess in the morning but you can get breakfast all day. Always something homemade and unique on the specials!

Review №13

Great food and very great prices

Review №14

I go there mostly for the lunch specials. awesome comfort food and a friendly atmosphere. AND THE DESSERTS!!! BEST LEMON MERINGUE PIE!!!! Other DESSERTS are great too! and great breakfast with fresh homemade hasbrowns!

Review №15

My grandfather took me here as a kid, and being from Iowa City I never thought I'd actually live in Burlington. The town is really progressing and I ended up buying a house in this beautiful gem of a town. Once I started coming back to Jerry's as an adult it's still the same as I remember. I love taking my kids here, and I love the interactions I have here with long-time locals and the staff.It's funny, the biggest complaint I hear from people about this place is something akin to, "I can get that same food at home." Well, evidently these people have had the darn point sail right over their head. A great meal is supposed to make you feel like you're at home, and Jerry's has this in spades. The only time I've ever left here disappointed was because there was no room at the inn and had to eat elsewhere. Trust me, you are ALWAYS in the mood for Jerry's.My advice is to try and avoid lunch time during the week due to its popularity with local workers. Also, GET. THE. SPECIAL. that day, and have a great piece of pie afterward. Jerry's Main Lunch is quintessential small town Iowa at its finest.

Review №16

Quaint little old style diner. Food is great but seating is at a premium. Watch as your food is cooked and staff is very accommodating.

Review №17

Very friendly staff and excellent food.

Review №18

Awesome everytime, clean n the service is great, down home atmosphere

Review №19

Good food great service

Review №20

This is the only place I want to eat at when I go to Burlington. Usually a tight squeeze to get in, totally worth it.

Review №21

I love this place! It's a small diner with great comfort food (especially breakfast) that makes you feel like you're at home or you went back to grandma's. Did I tell you I love this place? Best coffee I've had in a while. Good prices. But you have to come at the right time to get a stool at the counter!

Review №22

Staff is almost as awesome as their food! Limited seating. Great food. Dine-in or carry out!

Review №23

Homey nice! Good food nice staff. Home cooked meal. Need bigger place!

Review №24

Sit at the bar and have a front row seat while you watch your food be made with fresh ingredients! Everything we ordered was beyond delicious and the staff made you feel right at home. 20/10 recommend!!As for food, my fiancee got the hot mess (which they are known for) and I got french toast, sausage patties and hash browns! ALL of it was excellent!

Review №25

I watched my cheerful host take my order, make my omelet, make delightful small talk in this awesome small diner. Like a step back in time for some home cooking. Stop here!

Review №26

Good diner food, right across the railroad tracks. Serves locals and railroad workers, quick service and you get the old diner swing shift feel while dining in. Hot sizzling breakfast all day and Homemade desserts make this little spot the main attraction on Main St.

Review №27

This is my little get away spot for a home cooked meal like my mother or grandmother would make. I try to leave the kids at home. I sneak off here like some people do to the bars. Great workers &customers. Warm coffee&conversation

Review №28

Great place!

Review №29

Place was awesome. I love small divy places and this was it!! The girl cooking was SUPER friendly and does an amazing job. Small, quaint little gem on the great ol miss!! Will be back tomorrow before I leave town!

Review №30

Absolutely love everything about it and they have liver!

Review №31

Great food!! Great place to eat!!

Review №32

Best homemade and down home cookin I have had highly recommrnded

Review №33

Omg seriously the best place to get breakfast lunch or dinner. Always friendly and polite. If you leave here hungry it's your own fault. Also the food is just some damn good.

Review №34

The atmosphere was very inviting and the staff was super. Everything we ordered was fantastic.

Review №35

This place has good food. Has that at home mom and pop taste (and feel to it). I liked it a lot. The only thing that I feel they can work on is how long it takes. Dont stop unless you have about an hour - hour and a half to commit to it.

Review №36

Truly an institution!, friendly.staff, well worth a visit

Review №37

My mom would buy me Jerry's Main lunch as a kid,I was about 4 years old... always Great Breakfast and Good people til this day..I'm 39 now.

Review №38

This place makes you feel comfortable! Our breakfast was amazing, the small diner feel is hard to find anymore but this place nails it!

Review №39

It's our family favorite breakfast place! Love "the mess." Fun lil diner. Coffee is not good; but, that somehow adds to the charm of the place! We love it! Great place for teenage boys to get full. If you haven't been there, go! Your taste buds will thank you.

Review №40

Dont judge this book by the cover, a good diner, greasy spoon, comfort food place. Breakfast was amazing, elk steak was delicious! I'm thinking of driving 1.5 hours back just for breakfast.

Review №41

A local Gem. Great food and staff.

Review №42

Fantastic food at a good price and one hot waitress

Review №43

The elk burger was delicious and cooked perfectly. The customers were entertaining. The service was great!

Review №44

It was the best

Review №45

Good food, friendly staff

Review №46

Really great food n atmosphere

Review №47

Jerry's is my go to place. I know I can get a home cooked meal, quick if need be, and their breakfast is superb. Food is always fresh, sanitation is up to speed, and the gals that work there are great. THANKS JERRY'S!

Review №48

Excellent food and service

Review №49

Great little place to visit, and the tenderloins are what everyone including me recommend. I had it with onion rings and a shake, was not disappointed.Mostly diner-style food, but fun to watch from the counter. Service was great.

Review №50

This place is a gem. Looking for a meat and three or a good, home-cooked meal? They make it fast, and the price is right. Wonderful, family-owned establishment. Bar seating only. You can't find many places like this anymore.

Review №51

Excellent breakfast served quick and friendly staff!

Review №52

Fantastic diner, the breakfast burritos are amazing!

Review №53

3rd time here in just over a month. Lol great food. Great people. Even better prices. Keep up the great work ladies!!

Review №54

This is the single best place in town to eat.

Review №55

Amazing breakfast food and great friendly faces.

Review №56

Never had a visit I didn't enjoy. True comfort food!

Review №57

Love all their food cooked the way you want

Review №58

Excellent food and staff

Review №59

Daily breakfast and lunch. They are right next to the Mississippi River and at least once or twice, I stopped in and heard that the owner had been telling all the river guys about my unique name lol. Love this joint. GOOD burger. GOOD specials. All ladies.

Review №60

First time the old diner feel. Not many left like this......service was spot on and what a great breakfast!

Review №61

Wonderful place to and staff was excellent will be back for sure

Review №62

Food is great. Daily speicel are always good. The ladies are friendly just a nice place to stop and eat anytime.

Review №63

This place is the best place in Burlington for breakfast.

Review №64

Fantastic homemade food cooked right in front of you by friendly welcoming staff. Really small place but so delicious. Accepts cash and cards.

Review №65

The ultimate Burlington dining experience. If you want some good ole style American cooking, Jerry's is the place to go. Love the cozy atmosphere.

Review №66

Betsy is amazing

Review №67

I've eaten there numerous times and the food is good and the service good and the atmosphere is good

Review №68

Great place, been going for many years

Review №69

Love Jerry's mess!

Review №70

Very clean, very welcoming and always fast to get your food precisely how you asked.

Review №71

Great place friendly and good.

Review №72

VERY FRIENDLY! Awesome little place the good was very welcoming and tasty! Love it! If back in state/ town will vist again!

Review №73

Love this place

Review №74

I love this great little dive. I think the place has like 13 stools around a belly up counter. Almost ALL the food is prepared fresh, not frozen. The portions are good and the ladies that work three place are always welcoming. If you are close you must try this local icon!

Review №75

Comfy atmosphere and delicious food cooked right in front of you, however you want it.

Review №76

I ordered Biscuits and gravy with an orange juice. The Biscuits and gravy was decent. But the biscuits tasted like a little too much flour. The gravy need a little bit more spice. But other then that not to bad for a small place.

Review №77

Best breakfast in Burlington! Staff is very friendly and the food was very good! Will definitely be our spot to eat at in this town!

Review №78

This is the breakfast spot. Amazing!!

Review №79

Go to place for early risers,or hung over nite-lifers

Review №80

Jerry's main lunch is the best food in town

Review №81

It was a really cute cozy Cafe. Food was pretty good. The pie was great

Review №82

Feels like home

Review №83

Good food, cheap

Review №84

Best breakfast mess this far west of the Mississippi.

Review №85


Review №86

Great place to eat

Review №87

Flat top grill..can it get any better?

Review №88

This is not fast food , its good food. Great people as well

Review №89

You better come hungry, the portions a big

Review №90

Friendly small town atmosphere. Great service and food. Had the biscuits and gravy which were excellent.

Review №91

Jerrys is always good freindly people good sevice and food.

Review №92

Quality experience, food, customers and the employees. Great place to catch up with friends and local news.

Review №93

Love there cheese burgers and fries good price too

Review №94

This place is awesome. Great food and great staff

Review №95

Great food--fast service--- nice menu--- convenient hours.

Review №96

My favorite place in Burlington to eat, great home cooked food, reasonable prices and fun atmosphere, really feels like home whether its your first stop or you hundredth.

Review №97

Awesome breakfast and lunch

Review №98

Good food at a great price. Like an old time diner. You sit at the counter to eat

Review №99

Great food. Not real cheap but quality is definitely worth paying for.

Review №100

Great burgers!

68 Photos
4.8 Rating
  • Address:501 S Main St, Burlington, IA 52601, United States
  • Site:
  • Phone:+1 319-752-3750
  • American restaurant
  • Breakfast restaurant
  • Brunch restaurant
  • Diner
  • Hamburger restaurant
  • Takeout Restaurant
  • Restaurant
Working hours
  • Monday:4AM–7PM
  • Tuesday:4AM–7PM
  • Wednesday:4AM–7PM
  • Thursday:4AM–7PM
  • Friday:4AM–7PM
  • Saturday:5AM–4PM
  • Sunday:5AM–2PM
Service options
  • Dine-in:Yes
  • Takeout:Yes
  • Delivery:No
  • Great coffee:Yes
Popular for
  • Breakfast:Yes
  • Solo dining:Yes
  • Coffee:Yes
  • Comfort food:Yes
  • Quick bite:Yes
  • Small plates:Yes
Dining options
  • Dessert:Yes
  • Good for kids:Yes
  • Casual:Yes
  • Cozy:Yes
  • Historic:Yes
  • Tourists:Yes
  • Checks:Yes
  • Debit cards:Yes
  • Credit cards:Yes
Similar organizations