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Escape the Ordinary


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Escape the Ordinary


Welcome

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David Niño-Liu and Dennis Willhoit became the proprietors of Appanoose Rapids in July of 2018.  They believe that every great community deserves a great dining experience and are committed to creating a new standard in Midwestern hospitality. They bring a global perspective to the gastronomy at Appanoose Rapids; fresh ingredients, hand-crafted cocktails, and music guide every decision to make your visit not only memorable, but something to celebrate.

Join us in downtown Ottumwa for your next date night, family event or business lunch.

 

-David Niño-Liu and Dennis Willhoit

 
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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

The location is a step back in time. The big original bar is lovely and the very oversized brightly colored ads hung on the walls are a lot of fun. Definitely check it out!
— Ruth Morrill, 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 corporate presentations, 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


literally..., we're on main street!

Community Centered


literally..., we're on main street!

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

At Appanoose Rapids, we welcome each opportunity to engage with our community through the support of local non-profit organizations. We believe that we can win together by investing financially and personally in the community. 

For more information and to submit a request, please click the button.

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JOIN OUR TEAM


 
 

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
Closed