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Mark Twain Dinette

Diner, American
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400 N 3rd St, Hannibal, MO 63401-3302
+1 573-221-5300
06:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 21:00
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

Thank casabuenainvestments
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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!

Thank Laurie M
Shoreview, Minnesota
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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
Jefferson City, Missouri
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96 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

First, the staff is great! We went at 11am and had both breakfast of pancakes, eggs, bacon BUT also had the infamous made rite sandwich and a tower of homemade onion rings with a homemade root beer. Love the food!

Thank RhondaK49
Columbia, South Carolina
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1,269 reviews
463 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 510 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016

The food and service at the Mark Twain Dinette was well short of our expectations. . My smoked brisket ($11.20) was mediocre at best. One of my dining companions, a gentleman who was raised in the region and has eaten a LOT of pork tenderloin sandwiches, rated the one he was served here as no better than so-so. Our server... More 

Thank Citallwic
kennabogue, General Manager at Mark Twain Dinette, responded to this review

I'm sorry to hear that your meal did not live up to its billing expectations and that the up-charge for the onion rings was not mentioned. The smoked brisket was a special for the Folk Life Festival and is not a regular menu item we serve - though we got raving reviews of it all weekend and are sad to... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

The staff was great. We ate lunch a little after noon and it was busy but staff was very efficient. We had Texas burger and regular burger. Both were great and the fries and onion rings were ample. Their specialty is home made root beer and it is well worth it

Thank xplorer07
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50 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

You might want to try the homemade root beer. I had the Horseshoe Tenderloin which is a regional dish (originating in the Springfield, IL area). Texas Toast with a breaded tenderloin on top followed by fries and all covered with a house cheese sauce. Very good. Very bad for you.

Thank L A
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

To be fair I did not order the loose meat or horseshoe everyone raves about. Good food, hamburger type fair. Was a great alternative for large group lots to choose from - recommend. FYI parking can be hard to find.

Thank Monica S
kennabogue, General Manager at Mark Twain Dinette, responded to this review

That's unfortunate that you were unable to review us before trying what puts us on the map. We hope you visit again and have the opportunity to try a Maid-Rite or horseshoe! We are also know for our fried chicken, homemade root beer, tenderloins, and stacks of onion rings. We certainly have hamburger type fare as we have been an... More 

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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, 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 N 3rd 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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?