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Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar

4.9
4.9
209 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar serves comfort food with local flair in a historic building on Main Street in Grinnell, Iowa. Prairie Canary was opened in September 2012 and is currently owned by Chef, Paul Durr. Located in the city of Grinnell, also known as “The Jewel of the Prairie” and home to Grinnell College, Prairie Canary provides a gathering place where guests can enjoy Midwestern flavors in an inviting, understated atmosphere that speaks to the colors and textures of the Iowa prairie.
Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar is all about being local. From the name of the restaurant to the dishes on which the food is served, effort was taken to showcase local talent and area producers. Enjoy your meal on hand-thrown plates and bowls. Sit at hand-made hickory tables. Savor farm-fresh produce grown just miles away. Sip on an Iowa wine or pint of beer. We look forward to seeing you!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table, Comfort Food

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (641) 236-0205

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Paul Durr

  • Neighborhood

    Des Moines

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 209 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.9
4.9 based on recent ratings
  • 4.9Food
  • 4.9Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Best Overall

  • Iowa

    Best Food

  • Iowa

    Best Service

  • Iowa

    Best Ambiance

  • Iowa

    Best Value

  • Iowa

    Great for Brunch

  • Iowa

    Fit for Foodies

  • Iowa

    Great for Lunch

  • Iowa

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Iowa

    Outdoor Dining

  • Iowa

    American

  • Des Moines

    Best Overall

  • Des Moines

    Best Food

  • Des Moines

    Best Service

  • Des Moines

    Best Ambiance

  • Des Moines

    Best Value

  • Des Moines

    Fit for Foodies

  • Des Moines

    Good for Groups

  • Des Moines

    Great for Lunch

  • Des Moines

    Neighborhood Gem

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  1. I

    Iromom

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and the service was great! Our server was attentive. She gave us recommendations and kept our beverage glasses full!
  2. PS

    PaulS

    Des Moines

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful dinner on the patio. It was hard to choose which craft cocktail to start with (no generic cocktails here). The cocktails were just the right size and no cheap alcohol or mixers. We ordered the spring rolls for appetizer and they did not disappoint. The parchment salmon was the best I have had since moving to Iowa City 5 years ago. The chicken was perfectly cooked a top the tasty dish of mashed potatoes with the Dijon sauce. The staff was friendly and attentive. Our waitress did say it was a bit more energetic inside vs. outside.
  3. AR

    AbbyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our experience at Prairie Canary was outstanding! The brunch was fantastic with a wide array of options. Staff was extremely friendly and helpful - especially our server, Shannon!
  4. SV

    SVOFarmer

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gem! Great food, knowledgeable staff (kudos to Taylor; she was very helpful and energetic), and a good value. We will definitely be back!
  5. M

    Mona

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great meal, service and atmosphere with friends. Loved our night out!
  6. C

    Charlie

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Lovely pre-college drop off dinner! Warm and friendly staff and delicious food!!
  7. SA

    SusanA

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Enjoyed the staff, food, the drinks - great ambiance!
  8. SW

    ShannonW

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always enjoy eating here. Food and service are consistently good, and your food comes out quickly.
  9. DP

    DenaP

    Denver

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server was so attentive yet gave us space for conversation. Food and atmosphere was amazing! One of us had special dietary needs and that was not a problem at all. Great to have a “big city” quality restaurant in a small town!
  10. SH

    StacyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent selection of unique appetizers! Main course was delicious and served quickly.
  11. j

    jerryw

    Charleston

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    All we could ask for and more
  12. KZ

    KathiZ

    Des Moines

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food was outstanding, the service was professional and friendly, and the atmosphere was welcoming and comfortable.
  13. BK

    BarbaraK

    Orlando

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Came from ohio on our way to Des Moines to do the art show. Adventure to Grinnel, had a wonderful experience at restaurant and walking to our van we noticed a movie was just starting at the cute and old theater. Went To see Top Gun
  14. G

    Ginger

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious. Service was excellent. Mint to be cocktail quite tasty.
  15. B

    Bimbike

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very extensive menu, it would hard to not find an entrée that peaks your interest! We were a party of six having lunch and all found the service excellent and the food exceptional. It was pretty much a full house the day we where there and the acoustics make it a little tough to carry on conversation. That being said it will not deter us from coming back again to enjoy the great service and food!
  16. e

    eefdg

    St. Louis

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    Server seemed to know nothing about the menu. We did small plates and the courses came out in two waves, waited a long time for the second wave. Venue is super loud.
  17. CR

    CRHL76

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food was delicious. Heirloom carrots were awesome. Service was outstanding!
  18. SS

    SandyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We always come to dinner when we are traveling from CO to IL! Excellent service and food!
  19. b

    bbenscho

    Des Moines

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was a great meal. Had not been to Prairie Canary for a couple of years. Stopped on the way home from Iowa City. Tomato feta soup was just as I remembered. Steak salad was huge and tasty. My date had Pad Thai and says it was the best he had ever had. (This is high praise.)
  20. KO

    KevinO

    Washington DC

    5 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The best food you are going to find in sixty miles in each direction. The menu is full of fresh and inspired dishes. On this visit I had a salad with shrimp that was zestier and better seasoned that most anything I have had in the Midwest. The servers are always warm, knowledgeable, and enthusiastic. There is a reason I always come back.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience4
    Met our Grinnellian here for dinner. Had a nice but not outstanding steak salad and some very good clam chowder. Husband had grilled cheese with jam that he liked plus the chowder. Son had a burger with fries; fries are hand cut and pretty good. Good to have a solid farm to table restaurant here in Grinnell.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience!
  23. LB

    LowellB

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent, staff were friendly and helpful
  24. LQ

    LizQ

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Salads are AMAZING and the grilled cheese & jam is to die for. Fries with truffle oil and garlic aoli are a perennial favorite and the service was great. Highly recommend!
  25. WM

    WayneM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent, tasty meal, served promptly, with good service throughout
  26. S

    Smort610

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything tasted wonderful. I didn't think I liked tomato soup... Their tomato feta bisque was amazing. Loved every delicious spoonful.
  27. MA

    MarkA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was outstanding. They were friendly and helpful. I look forward to going back!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and loved that the owner checked in on our meal.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly local spot with good food and friendly staff. Great for satisfying dinner or good drinks and interesting appetizers.
  30. DM

    DebraM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Our server Jessica was fantastic! She stayed on top of things even though it was fairly busy. Everything we ordered was great. The asparagus soup with sausage was better than I hoped, and the steak on my salad was cooked perfectly. Even the kids' meals were varied and great.
  31. J

    Jinxed

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Ryan , our waiter, was most attentive. We enjoyed the meal immensely and asked a few questions which were responded to by the su chef and owner. The food was a delight to see as well as consume.
  32. KE

    KariE

    Chicago

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on March 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous as always! Feel fortunate to have this quality of food this close to home. Thanks for taking reservations!
  33. JW

    JuliaW

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Well-cooked food in a pleasant environment. The Prairie Canary never disappoints. Many healthy choices on their abundant menu.
  34. KS

    KSCLIL

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great menu options, something for everyone. We eat here every time we come to see our son at Grinnell College.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dining experience every time we’ve eaten at Prairie Canary. We appreciate the menu variety, the food quality, and the service attentiveness. Highly recommend.
  36. TK

    TaraK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, service and experience. Nice variety to the menus as well.
  37. JM

    JimM

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Cajun shrimp appetizer and Bayou Pasta was great. Cajun Shrimp had sausage balls in it that were amazing. Shrimp were cooked perfectly. Server, Mollie, was great! Always checking on us making sure we had everything we wanted. We had the strawberry shortcake dessert. The sauce was the best thing I ever ate! It was so good. Perfect Valentines dinner!
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tulsa

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a fabulous meal that began with crab stuffed mushroom caps, followed by Bayou Pasta and Almond Salmon as entrees. The chocolate torte with berries was a magnificent finale to the meal! Thank you for a lovely evening!
  39. JF

    JoFos

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great Food Phenomenal Service- Thank you Jessica!
  40. MD

    MaryD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was perfect. Our server was friendly and so helpful. The food was incredible. Such a great experience. The drinks were also wonderful. Would highly recommend.

FAQs

Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar is rated 4.9 stars by 209 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Prairie Canary Restaurant & Bar

924 Main Street, Grinnell, IA 50112

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Des Moines

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Tue–Sat 11:00 am–2:30 pm Dinner Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Farm-to-table, Comfort Food

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Street Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Paul Durr

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Beer Garden, Cafe, Cocktails, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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