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“Bland sports bar food. Fantastic service!”
Review of Okoboji Grill - CLOSED

Okoboji Grill
Cuisines: American
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Reviewed 4 November 2014

We went here for a family outing and had 6 people in our party. There was a icky smell in this bar that needs to be addressed. Husband almost bailed and I just put perfume on before going out so could not smell anything, but my perfume. They have giant tv's everywhere and country music playing over the PA.The menu is not what is is online so be aware. They are printing new menus and making the selections much more manageable. We had the app sampler which has spinach artichoke dip w/tostitos, onion rings, cheese balls, and boneless chicken bites. All were bland. Cooked properly just no taste. The onion rings and cheese balls were "homemade" and they were again no taste. I had chicken strip basket with boji fries. Again no taste even the seasoned fries. Hubby had the cheese burger which was fantastic! The buns were home made from a local bakery and the meat fresh and cooked to perfection. One daughter had the nachos which were spicy and tasty but no black olives, guacamole, beans, or jalapenos. Daughter's boyfriend had the burbon burger which also was cooked to perfection and very good. My mother had the crispy chicken salad which again had the bland chicken on top of it.and other daughter had chicken bits which were very dry tossed with honey BBQ sauce. I would not go back just because there are better burger places in Ames, the icky smell and bland food. The servers here were very attentive and thoughtful though. They worked hard and were very friendly.

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1  Thank dragonfeathr
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Reviewed 16 October 2014

Me and my mother went here tonight and we were not impressed. Food was okay but bland. service was okay-ish when we finally got seated which took 10 mins to do but what really didn't make this trip worth it was the food choices and how all the choices we loved were gone and we were left to look at a 3 page food page of mostly pizza. So in conclusion we don't think it was worth the trip and won't being coming back and I assure you the decision to shrink the menu will hurt them a lot.

3  Thank Kevkevhanrot
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Reviewed 10 October 2014

Visited Okoboji Grill for a Saturday evening out with my family. Had a guest with us that warned us that their menu had changed -- no kids options anymore -- and the items were pricey. When we arrived, we were seated quickly (a bad sign for a Saturday night in Ames). Menus turned out to have a limited number of items, none of which were inexpensive, and there were no kid-friendly options for the four kids with us. Kids had to order adult options. Food took 45 minutes to arrive; beverage orders were forgotten; total bill was what I would have expected had we gone to a fine-dining restaurant.

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1  Thank DrGuyH
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Reviewed 9 September 2014

Okoboji had notoriously slow service, but we figured for a mid-Sunday dinner they'd be able to get us in and out in a reasonable amount of time. When we got there, there were more employees than patrons as they prepared for the dinner crowd. In two quick visits to the table our server had our orders, and served us our drinks. Unfortunately, that's the last time we could get help for the next 45 minutes.

I will no longer give this restaurant the benefit of the doubt. It is truly one of the consistently slowest restaurants in town. The food quality is inferior to similar choices (Applebees, Wallaby's, Dublin), I've found nothing other than quantity of TV's to make it worth my time. They were barely apologetic or contrite when we walked out after an hour having only been served one soft drink, no food, and not even a refill.

Horrible!

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2  Thank Keo_05
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Reviewed 6 September 2014 via mobile

We have been patrons of Okoboji Grill in Ames for the past 20 years. At our most recent visit, we found the menu has been downsized, which in many cases is a positive, as too many options tend to lead to a reduction in the quality of food. However, in this case some of the tried and true items that have been bringing customers like us back are now missing. Tonight we went to dinner with our two daughters 7 and 10. It was clear from the start that they were under staffed. We waited 1.5 hours for some of our food to arrive. We were told about 10 minutes later that the pizza my husband and daughter ordered was stuck to the pan and needed to be made again. Respectfully our server said the pizza would come at no charge. She was very apologetic and it was completely out of her control. We were not going to "kill the messenger". While we waited there were several other tables nearby that left before their food arrived. One family of 5 put a $20 on the table for their drinks and walked out. Another table asked their server to pull their order as they weren't going to wait any longer. After waiting another 10 minutes we left without our pizza as the second had stuck to the pan as well. We overheard many comments by servers to nearby tables about the menu change and how they needed to change back. We don't come to Okoboji Grill for their pizza , but were willing to give it a try. Not a wise decision! Overall, their current menu makes it hard to find something you order, rather than making hard to choose between so many good options. Unfortunately, this is now a place that will be on the bottom of our list unless we hear that some significant changes have occurred.

4  Thank SusanJSmalley
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