The Drake
106 Washington St, Burlington, IA 52601, United States
Review №1

Great ambiance, great people, good food. I really enjoyed the food that I ordered and I cannot wait for it to be summer so I can enjoy that patio. This is quite the gem of the city of Burlington. This is a must stop if you are passing through and want a good meal in a piece of Burlington's history.

Review №2

We enjoyed eating here. The atmosphere is simultaneously casual and formal. The ambiance has the right mix of low-key and upscale. You can wear a tie or shorts and fit right in. If you go on the right night there will be live music.My wife and I thought the food was great, but much of it seems to have a smoky taste. It is great if you are looking for that!

Review №3

Indoor and outdoor seating a plus given the pleasant temperatures of August 6. Meal prep a bit slow given the lack of patrons. Elk Burger perfectly cooked and extremely tasty. Fry's crispy with Excellence seasoning.

Review №4

On a road trip and found this restaurant. Nice ambiance, ok entrees and yummy dessert. Seared tuna salad had a healthy portion of tuna cooked to medium, sadly it was served on a bed of iceberg lettuce. It had 2 wedges of tomato, but a $13 salad needs to not be iceberg, that's a house salad. The creamy cashew dressing was excellent! Also ordered a rib eye dinner. Asked for medium rare and it came rare. The white chocolate, with raspberry sauce, cheesecake was excellent. As was the turtle cheesecake. Landry was an exceptional waitress. The antiques and ambiance give this place 4 stars.

Review №5

Food was good. Service was decent. Overall great eating option

Review №6

Outstanding food and service. Highly recommend BBQ Nachos and Drake Fritters for an appetizer.

Review №7

Real nice atmosphere. You can sit outside or inside. So many good options on the menu. I guess I'll have to come back for more.

Review №8

Excellent food, fabulous service. Great place for a nice date night

Review №9

Cheese burger soup was awesome.enjoyed the burnt ends while watching the Mississippi roll past. Great service

Review №10

The food and atmosphere are fantastic. It's a road trip but definitely coming back!!! We love it!

Review №11

Very nice inside. We sat outside for more atmosphere and there was a singer as well

Review №12

Delicious food and friendly waitstaff. Especially enjoy the outdoor patio overlooking the Mississippi River.

Review №13

Great view, great staff, great food, loved it

Review №14

My husband and I dined here today for lunch. We both ordered streaks, mine medium and his medium rare. Both steaks were cooked well done. Baked potatoes were hard as a rock. We had the burnt ends for our starter, they were awful. Had the rubbery consistency of being boiled instead of cooked on the grill. Waitress didn't stop by and ask how our food was until we asked for our check and I still had a full steak on my plate. My husband ate his steak but mine was so tough it was like jerky. Prices are way too high for the quality of food and service.

Review №15

Awesome barbecue sampler platter!! Good local brews to compliment the food.

Review №16

The food was fabulous. Garlic shrimp scampi totally unique flavor. Outside dining made it a beautiful night out.

Review №17

Making the trip there from Peoria IL for years, never disappointed. Drove over there today. Since the patio was closed (due to Covid-19) we parked in the parking lot across the street overlooking the Mississippi River. We ordered our food, picked it up and sat in our lawn chairs to enjoy the river view. The food was excellent, as always. We will be back!!

Review №18

The New York Strip and the salmon were cooked to perfection. We dine out often and agree this was the best meal we have had.

Review №19

Service was great and it was a fabulous night to be outside on their patio!

Review №20

Had the sampler, which consisted of burnt ends, brisket, ribs and shrimp with your typical baked beans, coleslaw and cornbread. Burnt ends had decent flavor but wasn't tender. Sliced brisket had better flavor and was tender. Ribs were fall off the bone but only tasted ok. Shrimp was the best part and cooked and seasoned perfectly. The sauce made up for the lack of flavors on the meat but wasn't anything special. I don't believe the beef was seasoned when cooked. For $35, I'm glad I got it but probably won't get it again. I will go back to The Drake and try one of their steaks. They looked delicious. Atmosphere was great; busy but quiet enough to hold a conversation with your group.

Review №21

Good food a service. Very well decorated.

Review №22

Cute restaurant with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. The restaurant is huge and the outdoot patio has a nice view of the river. The menu is pretty big with a lot of options. Not the healthiest menu ever but the food was good and came with a salad. I got the Mac n cheese with brisket which was very rich. They have a good selection of local beers. Food came quickly and was very reasonably priced. It seemed like one of the better options in the town.

Review №23

My wife had the 8 ounce sirloin special. IT WAS AMAZING. The best cooked steak I have ever seen. We also have the sampler appetizer which was totally amazing. I have the elk pastrami sandwich with vinaigrette coleslaw on it, which was very good. We're not from this area but I checked marked it on my maps and we will be back if we're in this vicinity.

Review №24

Nothing like the beer garden

Review №25

Great good, GREAT atmosphere. Waitress last night was on her game!

Review №26

BEST happy hour and service. Hands down. Friendly staff and owner. Kid friendly. Great variety. Yummy appetizers! You can't go wrong!

Review №27

Beer was not cold. Steaks not cooked as ordered, did not have item that was on menu. Very disappointed.

Review №28

The atmosphere is nice but everything else...... Terrible to say the least I had the BBQ sampler and there wasn't anything on there that even tasted good and the price was rediculious for the poor quality of food. I will never be back this was my last chance for this place.

Review №29

Try the fish taco! Best I've ever had!

Review №30

Very nice, more upscale feel, restaurant. I'd definitely go back next time I'm in Burlington.

Review №31

Best Salad I EVER had. Got the Hudson Bay Maple Leaf Duck Salad with the Creamy Cashew dressing and it was AMAZING! I have been to The Drake a handful of times now and have thoroughly enjoy it each time. Love the atmosphere and service. My new favorite restaurant.

Review №32

Excellent food, excellent service, excellent atmosphere....great experience....

Review №33

Delicious! Would absolutely recommend this cozy restaurant for anyone visiting Burlington.

Review №34

Ate lunch up on the river on a beautiful day with Mama

Review №35

We sat outside and it was great, the food and the employees were also great. I will definitely eat there again.

Review №36

Always a hit and never a miss!

Review №37

Very large outdoor patio, great upscale bar food and great bands with outdoor live music on the weekends. If you are in Burlington then you need to go.

Review №38

Not ONE mask wearing employee, kinda scary watching wide open kitchen and ZERO employee masks

Review №39

Good food and nice place. I cant wait to go back and try other entrees.

Review №40

The outdoor seating area is superb. In fact, the entire experience of eating at the Drake is something I will not soon forget. There was something high class and nostalgic about eating here. Great staff and even better food. I wish I were from the area because I'd definitely be a frequent visitor.

Review №41

Great food, pleasant evening by the river

Review №42

Food was great. Service was slow. Nice view of the river.

Review №43

Take out is just not the best way to rate but grilled elk is a rare entree,. Loved it

Review №44

Looks amazing. Tastes good. Everyones friendly.

Review №45

A good place. I had the elk burger, which was good but overcooked. I asked for medium and it came out closer to well. It was seasoned nicely and the fries were great. Plenty of tables at lunch time. My coworker had the elk pastrami and he enjoyed it. Perhaps I should have ordered that. I did enjoy the place and the staff was attentive without being overbearing.

Review №46

Great service. Wide variety of food available. Historic setting.

Review №47

Great food. Nice outside on patio.

Review №48

Pretty good place to eat. The food was tasty but for us, how well it was cooked varied depended on what was ordered. The atmosphere was good but I kind of expected a better view of the river the way it sounded on the website. Service was average with no complaints.

Review №49

Girls night out for two of us. Lemon drop martini was delish! Order taken promptly, food arrived timely and was as ordered. Delicious salmon and tuna steak salad!

Review №50

What a awesome Experience. The food was amazing. The guy that seated us was awesome. He made the place amazing. The price of the food and the flavor was well worth it. I will recommend this place to anybody that want a very good meal.

Review №51

The view is beautiful right on the river.

Review №52

"Medium" filet mignon was rare, just okay despite being $33. Expected more from this place, food was alright.

Review №53

My boyfriend and I came for dinner here on a Wednesday night and even though the restaurant was relatively packed, we were seated immediately. Our waitress was pleasant and polite. We ordered little slider burgers and a sushi plate, both of which were amazing and served quickly. The servers and other waitstaff were just as polite as our waitress had been. Overall, our trip for this dinner date was an extremely enjoyable experience. We'll be back for our next anniversary.

Review №54

We had a fairly large (3 dozen) private party here, and I was pleasantly surprised at how good the "steam table" buffet was. Service was friendly and timely.

Review №55

The service was great and the food was very good. I was there for lunch with a large group and thought the waitress did a great job getting our orders and getting the food out to the correct people. I had their tenderloin, which was perfectly prepared, and the Drake fries. I thought the portion on the fries was really small, but didn't need more with the size of the tenderloin.

Review №56

Food was great, got a seat without waiting, great service

Review №57

If you are looking for a 5 star restaurant like those in Chicago, then make your way to The Drake in Burlington Iowa. With a view of the Mississippi you can enjoy an outdoor or indoor dining experience. The menu is robust offering seafood, steaks, pot roast dinners to sandwiches. The portions are large and the flavor unparalleled. They are a popular choice, so on a weekend definitely make a reservation. Dynamo food and atmosphere!

Review №58

Always a pleasant restaurant and good food!!

Review №59

This place is better suited for couples or very small groups. I went with a large group and we were smooshed against a wall. There was clearly not enough room. I'm not sure if the layout of the place didn't allow for other routes through the building, but a waiter told us to move and then implied that it was time to leave because they had more people coming in. The waiter seemed stressed and it showed. The gratuity is automatically added for larger groups. The price was okay. The food I ordered was really good. Some of the food other people in my party ordered was not as good.

Review №60

Great Food and Great Service

Review №61

The parking lot was full and there was a little bit of a wait because they were very busy. The waitress was pleasant. She didn't hover but was still very attentive which I loved. The food was good and they have a variety of options for everyone in your party. The prices were about average.

Review №62

Very good food, and very generous portions. A nice option when you are in Burlington. Menu is varied and extensive. Pleasant and efficient service.

Review №63

This place has pretty good food and they do a very good job. The prices were about average. It's a nice atmosphere and love sitting outside when its warm. The staff was courteous and friendly. They have good food selections and the atmosphere is very inviting. They have great drinks. This place has a good location near the river. It's not a fancy place just good food. This is the type of place that has a full parking lot of cars because the food is good.

Review №64

Great service, excellent food in a relaxed atmosphere! Great place for our Valentine dinner!

Review №65

I'm not one to give a place five stars. This place truly deserves 5 stars. If you ever get in this area it is a must stop. I live over an hour away and wouldn't hesitate to take my family out to eat there. Great food, very friendly service, an extraordinary ambiance. I'm not affiliated with this restaurant and I don't know any employees but what I do know is the last time I ate there it was delicious. A little pricey but not bad

Review №66

We went here for my birthday. We sat on the patio, to enjoy the late spring evening. What a great place! We ordered ribs & bbq shrimp. The shrimp were good, but the ribs were great! A half rack was more than enough for one person, because there was so much meat on the bones! I would have liked the option to choose different sides, but the baked beans & slaw were fine. The cornbread was good, with a caramel/toffee type glaze on it. The gnats were kind of annoying, but there really isn't much that can be done about that outdoors on the river. All in all, a good experience!

Review №67

Nice restaurant. Riverfront views. Little pricey. But overall nice place for lunch or dinner.

Review №68

Nice restaurant, good service.

Review №69

Great spot for dinner and drinks with a nice view of the River. Try the duck fritters. Get serenaded for a birthday. We're always happy with special events in the private areas. If you want wood grilled food, wild game or local brews, this is your place.

Review №70

The food was wonderful. The menu had traditional as well as unique dishes. The waitress and atmosphere were great. I look forward to going there again the next time I'm in the area.

Review №71

Good service but don't order crab cakes.... taste like hush puppies from Long John silvers utterly disgusting

Review №72

Really good! Great food, super staff!

Review №73

Sat outside had a wonderful time

Review №74

Great management and good wad delicious. Great view. What's not to like?

Review №75

Great place for reunions, receptions or just a family dinner

Review №76

The best location, just ok food.

Review №77

Love the outdoor patio!

Review №78

Great food amazing service and tranquil atmosphere.

Review №79

Amazing views of the Mississippi River with scrumptious food and drinks!! So worth the visit!

Review №80

Awesome view and good

Review №81

A great atmosphere and good food. I ordered the burnt ends and they were great. My wife ordered a half rack of ribs and they were huge. Good barbeque if that is what you are in the mood for. Our waitress was really good too.

Review №82

Very good prime rib and very good service

Review №83

The service wasnt good, food was overpriced and underwhelming and took a long time to arrive.

Review №84

The food we had (Walleye dinner and Ahi Tuna dinner) were very well prepared and tasted great. The place itself has an old-timey feel to it and our expectations were low. We were seated promptly and the service was good. This place is good for celebrations, date night and quiet conversations. Our expectations were exceeded. When we are in town again will visit this place again.

Review №85

Food was very good.

Review №86

This place has great fire grilled dishes to choose from

Review №87

Fun place to eat! Beautiful building. Wonderful service!

Review №88

Decent food. Definitely better than majority of food in this town. Sam is a really nice guy. A bit eccentric, but that is his charm and what makes you want you want to.come back...oh ya. The steaks are really good too.

Review №89

Great atmosphere in the bar. Enjoyed the views of the Mississippi.

Review №90

The waiters need to listen and tell the public about spices being put in the baked potato and there steaks. And the boss man needs to do as he says instead of getting P. Off when you tell him how you didn't like the food I'll never go there again the food stinks.

Review №91

We enjoy The Drake a lot! We always have yummy food and great service!! This restaurant has become one of our favorites!!

Review №92

Great food. The day before Thanksgiving and the wait staff was very fast and helpful.

Review №93

Food was excellent! Reuben, grouper sandwich, tenderloin, nacho soup were all delicious. Our Server was fantastic!! Well worth our 3 hour ride for lunch.

Review №94

The corn ball appetizer was out of sight. The elk steak was good, however, I ordered it medium it was a little overcooked and dry. I had looked at the menu online and the Catfish was removed & I believe the elk went up &2.

Review №95

They have a lot of really small decorations everywhere that really set the mood of an old Burlington vibe. I got the sirloin special (medium done), it was a top sirloin steak with a baked potato and green beans. It was some of the best food I'd had in a while. I also tried my brother's crab wrap, which was was also very good. The burnt ends are very delicious, recommended by the great service. By the end of the meal, the owner came up to greet us. Overall, a very good experience.

Review №96

We enjoy going there quite often. Good food and service

Review №97

Great food and staff that made our large business luncheon happen fast. The expansive menu includes wild game that is cooked to perfection and the portions were ample. Great place!

Review №98

Food was excellent, amazing atmosphere, great beer/drink selection. Our server was very prompt and courteous.

Review №99

Amazing food. Great service. Eloquent atmosphere suited for a river front restaurant.

Review №100

Outstanding options and wonderful staff that is very knowledgeable of menu!! Have been to this restaurant several times and love everything we have ordered. Favorites include the spinach artichoke dip, burnt ends, and lobster pizza. Their custom salad dressings are delicious! Would love to buy it by the bottle. Kid friendly atmosphere too, but don't let that discourage you since most tables seem secluded.I can't get enough of this place, there's always something different that I want to try.

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4.5 Rating
  • Address:106 Washington St, Burlington, IA 52601, United States
  • Site:
  • Phone:+1 319-754-1036
  • American restaurant
  • Restaurant
  • Banquet hall
  • Bar
  • Bar & grill
  • Catering food and drink supplier
  • Caterer
  • Delivery service
  • Italian restaurant
  • Takeout Restaurant
Working hours
  • Monday:11AM–9PM
  • Tuesday:11AM–9PM
  • Wednesday:11AM–9PM
  • Thursday:11AM–9PM
  • Friday:11AM–10PM
  • Saturday:11AM–10PM
  • Sunday:Closed
Service options
  • Curbside pickup:Yes
  • Outdoor seating:Yes
  • Takeout:Yes
  • Delivery:No
  • Great beer selection:Yes
  • Great cocktails:Yes
  • Great coffee:Yes
  • Great dessert:Yes
  • Great wine list:Yes
  • Live music:Yes
Popular for
  • Lunch:Yes
  • Dinner:Yes
  • Solo dining:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible entrance:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible parking lot:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible restroom:Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible seating:Yes
  • Alcohol:Yes
  • Beer:Yes
  • Cocktails:Yes
  • Comfort food:Yes
  • Happy hour drinks:Yes
  • Happy hour food:Yes
  • Hard liquor:Yes
  • Healthy options:Yes
  • Kids' menu:Yes
  • Late-night food:Yes
  • Small plates:Yes
  • Wine:Yes
Dining options
  • Lunch:Yes
  • Dinner:Yes
  • Catering:Yes
  • Dessert:Yes
  • Seating:Yes
  • Bar onsite:Yes
  • Good for kids:Yes
  • High chairs:Yes
  • Casual:Yes
  • Cozy:Yes
  • Historic:Yes
  • Romantic:Yes
  • Upscale:Yes
  • Groups:Yes
  • Tourists:Yes
  • Dinner reservations recommended:Yes
  • Checks:Yes
  • Debit cards:Yes
  • Credit cards:Yes
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