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Catfish Charlies

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1630 E 16th Street Ext, Dubuque, IA 52001-2306
+1 563-582-8600
09:00 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went in for a brunch buffet this morning. The brunch started at 9 a.m. To 1 p.m. We arrived at 11:30 a.m. The place was relatively empty with the exception of very noisy and obnoxious patrons in the bar area. They were horribly loud and disturbing. We asked our server if we could move to another table where it... More 

Thank Ginny F
Dubuque, IA
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184 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The menu is diverse. Choose sandwiches, Ribs, chicken, steaks, Pasta, shrimp etc. A little for everyone. I usually get the pork tenderloin sandwich. I consider this one of the best in the state. Burgers are good and the hand cut fries are excellent. Brews their own beers and all coctails available. Great service. Can't go wrong with Charlies.

Thank Goodscout
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has a subtle nautical decor located on the river by the marina and ice rink. Was pleasantly surprised they have a very inviting 55 and older menu with many choices and most meals less than $10.00. We ordered off the main menu. Those prices were very reasonable as well. We had the blackened catfish meal and the bourbon... More 

Thank Becky W
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

I ordered the Fried Grouper which was excellent. Fairly limited choices for fresh fish and sea food but it's hard to get here in the Midwest. Sides could be more exciting. Wish they'd expand on a few more entree's.

Thank Petra's P
Cascade, Iowa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017

Their food is amazing and varied do not let the name fool you this is not some just fish place! Although they do have a wonderful seafood Alfredo that is second to none. But the steaks are marvelous too!

Thank julianasjem
Dubuque, Iowa
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295 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

Atmosphere, design, friendly staff are fantastic. Food selection consistent, but 2016 saw some new pleasant changes in menu for the good. Management is involved and attentive to customers, and not just to placate you. Dubuque has shortage of good service, and only ones that are good seem to have active involved owners or managers. We keep coming back for the... More 

Thank Robert F
Scales Mound, Illinois
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

To start off our server, Keion, was excellent. We never had to wait for a drink or refill and they seemed decently busy. The food came out very quickly and I thought the prices were very reasonable. I had the Blackened Grouper and my wife had the Chicken Alfredo. She said the Chicken Alfredo was good, not great. The Blackened... More 

Thank eywagga
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

My mother-in-law suggested this place and it was such a pleasant surprise. Great looking place and very nicely decorated inside with very pleasant people. A delight to be with family and friends here. The menu is indeed a pleasant surprise with good seafood and a Cajun selection. I had the try the Cajun platter. See pictures. It was amazing and... More 

Thank Alex T
Qrendi, Malta
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108 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

It is a lovely spot to sit, beside the Mississippi river. The food was ok. The fried fish was very heavy fried, so you couldn't really taste the fish. Our waitress was friendly, but made a lot of little error with our order and bill.

Thank JenniMalta
Holland, Michigan, United States
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

I selected Catfish Charlies based on reviews and it's location. I couldn't have been more please. Our group of 39 were seated in a separate room with plenty of space. The wait staff was very attentive to our needs and we also met Charlie. Service was very prompt and we had a great meal. Our group highly recommended the NY... More 

Thank David N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
View, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1630 E 16th Street Ext, Dubuque, IA 52001-2306
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Dubuque
  • Phone Number: +1 563-582-8600

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