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Escape the Ordinary


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Escape the Ordinary


Welcome

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"As two people who have grown up in rural Iowa, we have always valued the connection that small town business owners develop within their community. Our personal journeys have taken us on a variety of experiences, and we have enjoyed the connections created along the way.  

We are proud to say that Appanoose Rapids has given us the chance to bring quality dining and a bit of the “big city” atmosphere into the heart of our home, Ottumwa. We care about the experiences that our guests have from the moment they step through our doors. Each day brings a new adventure as we continue to meet intriguing people on their journeys from various places around the world.

We look forward to your visit and the memories you create from joining us at Appanoose Rapids."

-Dale and Natalie Dommer, Owners

 
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Handsomely Crafted Cuisine


Handsomely Crafted Cuisine


real chefs. real ingredients. real good.

We don't employ microwaves.

Delicate

Fresh ingredients are the key to any great dish. Be sure to try our Shrimp Bisque, Tuna Nicoise, Chicken Caprese, or Grilled Salmon for a light, yet flavorful meal.

Decadent

Treat yourself to a juicy New York Strip, fresh Tomahawk Pork Chop, spicy Cajun Pasta, savory Chicken Marsala or Beef & Parmesan Pasta. We're certain you won't leave hungry.

Delightful

Iowa comfort food -- with a twist! You'll love our Bacon Lollipops, Garbage Burger, Pork Tenderloin Salad (we have a sandwich too, don't worry), and our Iowa Mac & Cheese. 

 

DAILY SPECIALS

We are proud to offer a variety of daily specials each week for both lunch and dinner.
Please ask your server or check our Facebook page for updates. 


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Award Winning Experiences


Award Winning Experiences


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voted best of southern iowa

2017 Best of Southern Iowa - The Ottumwa Courier

-BEST RESTAUrANT-

-BEST BUSINESS LUNCH-

-BEST PLACE TO TAKE OUT OF TOWN GUESTS-


It wasn’t just the fantastic food, the courteous staff...it was the atmosphere, the “experience” was end to end endearing. Four hours from home and I’d drive it again. Thanks!
— Christopher Eaton, Google Review

 
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events

From private parties and receptions to business meetings and lunches, consider Appanoose Rapids for your next event. 

Our private dining room is adjacent to the restaurant and comes with access to convenient parking and our beautiful back patio. Your guests will enjoy the historic and elegant atmosphere carried over from the dining room along with the peace and quiet of a separate space. The private dining room can accommodate guests in a variety of seating arrangements; from banquet to reception styles, our friendly staff will work with you to create a layout that works best for you and your guests.

To inquire about event space or availability, please give us a call at (641) 954-9818.

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Community Centered


no, literally. we're on main street.

Community Centered


no, literally. we're on main street.

 

connect with us

Join us on social media for daily specials, upcoming events, and announcements.

 

HOURS

 

Monday - Thursday
11 am - 9 pm

Friday - Saturday
11 am - 10 pm

Sunday Brunch Buffet
Begins Sunday after Labor Day
10 am - 2 pm