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Gingham Inn & Colonial Lounge

100 Hill Ave, Spirit Lake, IA 51360
+1 712-336-2347
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good41%
  • Average8%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
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100 Hill Ave, Spirit Lake, IA 51360
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We had a wonderful meal here on Easter! Large servings (had to take half of it home to eat another meal), great service (friendly, fast, efficient, courteous folks), pleasant home style atmosphere, and great prices!

Thank Brian F
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Prior owners always had salad bar which was excellent. Well new owners have eliminated the salad bar. Our waitress was very slow at bringing out our drinks, she never brought out our salads which we asked that they be brought out before the meal. Meal...More

Thank Dutch1
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It has been operating in the same place for many many years. We had fast service and a friendly waitress.

Thank Deb T
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

Like stepping back in time. The interior is definitely circa 1960-70s. The fried chicken is excellent. Portions are large, most will find plenty on the plate.

Thank jennifer l
Reviewed 24 October 2016

Years ago when I was but a young man, we would drive to the north edge of Spirit Lake, Iowa to a café that was famous for pan fried chicken. the best in the whole area in the Lakes area bar none. .And now the...More

Thank Virgil H
Reviewed 20 September 2016 via mobile

What a find in spirit lake. The food is so good. It reminds me of the food my grandma used to make. The Fresh bread with your meal is to die for. Service is great and people are very friendly. The world needs more restaurants...More

Thank Eitzy820
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Locals rave about the fried chicken at the Gingham Inn, but I'll happily stick with KFC, thanks. Chicken was pretty hard, dry and overcooked. Salad bar is OK. Mashed potatoes and gravy were very disappointing.

Thank damcfa
Reviewed 28 July 2016

We have been here many times. The food is always good. They are known for their excellent chicken dishes but the steaks are terrific as is everything we have had. The service is exceptional and friendly. And only one block away from the largest natural...More

Thank Brian F
Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Great place near the lake for really good home cooked meal. Try the fried chicken! Comes with salad bar, homemade bread and real mashed potatoes and real chicken gravy just like my moms.

Thank mhelmick2016
Reviewed 25 July 2016

The chicken is the star at the Gingham inn. It was falling off the bone, delicious. I loved the mashed potatoes., the chicken gravy was superb! They accommodated our group of 20 and did it well. Definitely recommended!

Thank spawithlisab
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Restaurant Details

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Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Buffet, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 100 Hill Ave, Spirit Lake, IA 51360
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Spirit Lake
  • Phone Number: +1 712-336-2347