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Big Steer Restaurant & Lounge

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$$ - $$$
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1715 Adventureland Dr, Altoona, IA 50009-9418
+1 515-967-6933
17:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 14:00
16:30 - 20:30
Mon - Thu 17:00 - 21:00
Fri 17:00 - 21:30
Sat 16:30 - 21:30
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

I was torn between Good and Very Good, so I gave it the benefit of the doubt. The steak was cook just the way I like it, medium but lacked the flavor to give it a very good rating. The bread and salad was a great complement to the meal. I will say the service was very good along with... More 

Thank FLJ_11
Bellingham, Washington
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went here because we heard they had great steaks and were not disappointed. Be prepared for a wait even if you call and get on the list especially on weekend nights. Bar small but quaint. Service great and the food rocked!! Great onion rings,and steak melted in your mouth. Will visit again

Thank lindaBellinghamWa
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 April 2017 via mobile

Very cool place to visit. We had the brunch on Sunday. Staff was very friendly, the biscuits and gravy were amazing. The French dip was good. And the French toast was pretty good too.

Thank Britton M
Urbandale, Iowa
2 reviews
Reviewed 17 April 2017 via mobile

Big Steer reminded me that "family restaurants" could serve more than fried chicken by hurried waitresses. This unplanned stop was more than I expected--a Bloody Mary with fresh horseradish and lemon, ribs that were soft and the right amount of sweet and saucy. The co-owner Sherry helped my kids pick out coloring pages and our waiter Cole was pleasant and... More 

Thank M_Hikiji
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22 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 April 2017

We visited Big Steer for the first time last week. It was wonderful. We had ribeye and filet tips deburgo. Both were perfect. Our salad and warm bread were wonderful as well. Next time I will try to house dressing which I hear is wonderful.

Thank GroceryManAndGirls
Ankeny, Iowa
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We love the big steer, have been coming here for 20+ years! You can't go wrong eating here. Crisp tasty salads, hot bread with butter and the best steaks around!

Thank Melinda S
Chicago, Illinois
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2017 via mobile

We stayed at the Comfort Inn just down the road & the front desk lady sent us to Big Steer for dinner. We split the Tomahawk Rib Eye steak & it was exceptional! Perfectly cooked & the salad & sides were delicious. Our waitress was lovely & the restaurant itself was quite busy but we didn't feel rushed - just... More 

Thank DebM369
Henrico, North Carolina
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 March 2017

I have eaten there twice so far. Prime rib once and Filet the other time. Prepared exactly as requested and great service. Small place and the décor is quite retro but, it was delicious.

Thank rcrqtrmile
Pleasant Hill, Iowa
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 February 2017

This is one of the better places to eat in the Des Moines area. Great steaks, ham, and other things as well. Try the "house" dressing on your salad. It's the best in town.

Thank DON E
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 20 February 2017 via mobile

Place is great for steak, plus other entries. We have been there with family and as a couple. Very accommodating to those with physical challenges. Great service but busy on Friday night

Thank Joanne H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Steakhouse
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 14:00
16:30 - 20:30
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:30
16:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1715 Adventureland Dr, Altoona, IA 50009-9418
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Altoona
  • Phone Number: +1 515-967-6933

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?