There’s nothing better than outdoor dining with a picture-perfect view of the Mississippi River and its surroundings. Here are a few great recommendations from Great River Road travelers on where to grab a bite on the Upper Mississippi River.
Harborview Cafe in Pepin, Wisconsin, is located on the marina on the shore of Lake Pepin, a naturally occurring lake on the Mississippi River. Known for outstanding food made with fresh ingredients, Harborview’s atmosphere, views, and friendly service make it the perfect stop along the Great River Road.
Bayside Tap & Steakhouse in Red Wing, Minnesota, is a gem of a place for steaks, burgers, handcrafted martinis, and other cocktails. Take a seat outside and make sure to order the seasoned fries with gouda cheese.
Huck Finn’s on the Water in La Crosse, Wisconsin, is your go-to place for a classic Midwest fish fry—all you have to do is choose between walleye and catfish.
Reads Landing Brewery, located in a historic, two-story storefront building along the Mississippi River in Reads Landing, Minnesota, offers great views—you may just see bald eagles soaring above while you sample handcrafted beer and scotch eggs.
Grafton Oyster Bar in Grafton, Illinois, serves up unexpected Cajun and Creole cuisine from their unique floating restaurant. Check their live music schedule and pick a day to visit.
Crane & Pelican Cafe in LeClaire, Iowa, will fulfill your need for classic comfort food. It promises a one-of-a-kind dining experience in a historic 1850s home.
Circa 1888 is a Great River Road gem located in Savanna, Illinois. The menu promises something for everyone, and the outdoor deck offers a sunset to remember.
Go Fish Marina Bar & Grill in Princeton, Iowa, is a casual restaurant overlooking the Mississippi River where you can watch boaters while relaxing with good food and a fun atmosphere.
Finn’s Food and Spirits in Hannibal, Missouri is a family-friendly stop that offers outdoor dining, pub-style food, and live music.
The Cinder House, located in downtown St Louis, is the perfect restaurant for your next night out. It offers incredible views of the Mississippi River and the Gateway Arch from the eighth floor of the iconic Four Seasons Hotel St. Louis.
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