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“It's okay. Don't kid yourself thinking it's really great fine dining!”

Maxwells Beach Cafe
Ranked #3 of 35 Restaurants in Arnolds Park
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 27 July 2014 via mobile

Unfortunately, in Okoboji you do not have many choices for fine dining. This place finds itself among 2 to 3, maybe 4. We love to eat out so we have been to this restaurant frequently. The menu is the same it's been for the last several years. The specials are the same that they have had for the last several years, as well. I highly doubt there is anything farm to table fresh. I pretty sure the fish is not. Its certainly not sustainably caught fish. It's all just "okay." There's nothing that a traveled foodie would write home about. It's an OLD "establishment" that doesn't really have to work on staying relevant and fresh. I guess they did bring in new drinks this year but make sure you bring a credit card for the copper cup! You might try to steal it!!! Also, I'm not sure you'd say it's a good customer experience. It's incredibly loud. The owner goes around and greets only the people he knows. Don't be late or you'll lose your reservation!!! And if the waitress spills your wine glass, well, they'll replace it with a half glass. How generous!!!

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Reviewed 24 July 2014

We were at Arnolds Park Amusement Park and went to Maxwells for dinner. We didn't know what to expect and had 20 in our group. They quickly found space for us, gave us quick and friendly service and shared with us the features of the day and favorites of diners. We received our food fairly quickly, I ordered the burger, a favorite of diners and would highly recommend it! Total bill for 20 was $300 (not including tip) which we thought was reasonable. I'd highly recommend Maxwells!

Thank Jim S
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Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

This is considered upscale in Arnolds Park. The menu is good. Calamari was yummy. Salad was good. Overall, the food is very good here. Our service was not near the level of the food. Nice enough, just not around enough to serve well. We ordered 2 drinks, an appetizer, a salad, and a main dish (to share) - total bill $85. Great view of the lake. Nutty bars next door for dessert!

Thank omahajg
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Reviewed 1 July 2014

One of Okoboji's finest restaurants. Ben going there for years and I do think that this year is by far the best food we have ever had there. Chose it to celebrate my wife's son becoming a Dr. in dentistry.

Thank Tomjul777
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Reviewed 22 October 2013

Run by Louis and Julie for approximately 100 days of the summer lake season, this lake view eatery and watering hole is the best there is on Lake Okoboji. Gourmet food at reasonable prices is a great meeting spot for locals and tourists alike. Food is always fresh and the wait staff, mainly students with summer jobs is very very good.

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Thank Gary W
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