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Mark Twain Dinette

Diner, American
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400 North Third St., Hannibal, MO 63401-3302
+1 573-221-5300
06:00 - 21:00
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Hannibal, Missouri
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There are pro's and con's. The pro's are the location is handy if you a visiting downtown Hannibal and living around the downtown area. The famous Maidrite is very greasy and the staff need to pay attention to the customer service.

Thank Linda U
Hannibal, Missouri
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23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

What I love most about Mark Twain Dinette is their fantastic homemade root beer!! While you are at their restaurant it is all you can drink for $1.95 - and you can purchase a gallon to take home for about $5. Their root beer is my favorite - and it doesn’t burn your throat like Barq’s or A&W root beer.... More 

Thank Fellow_Truth_Teller
South Louisiana
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94 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this dinette in downtown Hannibal, MO. It was here that I discovered the "Maid-Rite", the loose meat sandwich of the Midwest. Back home in Louisiana, a loose ground meat sandwich has always been comfort food to me, but nobody serves these in restaurants. But they can be found in every town up here. Cooked ground meat seasoned solely with... More 

Thank CampingJan
Kansas city, mo
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65 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As you walk in the main part of the diner looks clean but I'm the back section which is where I sat it was filthy. It smelled like a port a potty. The bathroom was dirty and filthy and I think this is where the smell was coming. The food was average but the thought of the dirty establishment made... More 

Thank kansascitynative
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Kids loved the onion rings, fries, burgers, homemade root beer . . . . Waitress was great, very attentive and quick service. We will be stopping again!

1 Thank Brian P
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2016

We made a quick casual stop at this dinette and were pleasantly surprised with the food, the environment and the service. The chicken took 25 minutes because they cook it after you order it. The root beer had free refills and came in a chilled mug. We stopped on a quiet November Sunday afternoon and enjoyed our stop.

Thank Jo D
Vancouver, Washington
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

We found out about this place, from the local visitor center. always ask the locals where to eat. This place is about 60 years old and food was delish -- did not disappoint. Also, a hint was to eat a meal during the "off hours" -- so we went in about 3 pm and totally missed the lunch time crowd.... More 

1 Thank casabuenainvestments
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

So enjoyed this place. The food was amazing, and that's the best homemade root beer I've ever had. Would absolutely recommend!

1 Thank Laurie M
Shoreview, Minnesota
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016

Homemade Root Beer was pretty good. Don't try the tacos, should have known it would not be a specialty. Good service.

Thank jrbrandt7
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016 via mobile

This restaurant is right across the street from the hotel we stayed in. We ate there several times and tried something different each time. The food was great, as well as, the service.

Thank Ken K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Diner, American
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 400 North Third St., Hannibal, MO 63401-3302
  • Location: United States  >  Missouri (MO)  >  Hannibal
  • Phone Number: +1 573-221-5300
The Mark Twain Dinette has been a Hannibal tradition and must-stop destination since 1942. We are known for our Maid-Rites, homemade frosty mugs of root beer, famous breaded onion rings, and tenderloins. There was a transfer of ownership as of April 1st, 2015.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?