Saturday, October 26, 2019

Restaurant Review of Go Fish Marina Bar and Grill

A collage of views from the Go Fish marina Bar and Grill in Iowa

On the banks of the Mississippi River in Princeton, Iowa sits a delightful and delicious restaurant called Go Fish Marina Restaurant and Bar. Or simply “Go Fish” as the locals call it. 

The Go Fish restaurant in Princeton, Iowa

Go Fish is built up on stilts like a lot of coastal property due to flooding. It has a good size indoor seating area, a bar, and a lovely outdoor deck.  The deck has tables with umbrellas and a covered Cabana. The restaurant bar also opens to the outside deck. 

The outside deck overlooking the Mississippi River at Go Fish restaurant in Princeton,  Iowa

On warm days, the outside deck is an especially delightful place to eat ~ the food is very good and the scenery is charming.  Last week my son & I had a birthday lunch there. The sun was shining, the sky nearly cloudless, the temperature a warm Fall day, and the river mesmerizing to watch. A very pleasant and peaceful place to eat. 

Go Fish Menu

The Menu at Go Fish Restaurant
The menu has a wide variety of options with many items made from scratch with fresh and local ingredients. The dishes range from chicken to steak to seafood, and from pork chops to burgers.  

The Go Fish Cowboy Burger is a filling treat. It's a half-pound of flame-grilled Black Angus Iowa Beef topped with pepperjack cheese, crispy bacon, sauteed mushrooms and onions. 

The pork chops are wonderful. They are the Iowa Pork Chops our area is known for. I've never had better pork anywhere – not just that served in restaurants, but any you buy at the grocery stores. Iowa pork is terrific!  

On this particular day, I had the batter fried fish & chips and they were delicious. Their 'chips' (french fries) are listed as Crispy Battered Fries and they were outstanding! The fish consisted of two good sized Haddock filets and the batter was fantastic. Served with cole slaw, the fish & chips was a very tasty dish for sure. 

Oh, did I mention the desserts? Homemade ice cream and Key Lime Pie.

Check out the Go Fish Website here for more culinary delights. 

Go Fish Location

The Go Fish Marina Bar & Grill is located at 411 River Drive in Princeton, Iowa. They also state that they are located in Pool 14 of the Mississippi River at Mile Marker 502. That terminology is new to me (being a new Iowa resident), but I looked it up. The term Pool (or Navigation Pool) is used to describe the area between navigation dams on the Mississippi River. For instance, Pool 1 begins in the Upper Mississippi River at St. Paul, Minnesota. 

Boat docks at Go Fish Restaurant Marina Bar and Grill

Most probably the reason Go Fish specifies the river location on their website is because you can approach by river, dock your boat and walk up to the restaurant. 

Their operating hours are seven days a week year round. 

  • Mon-Thu : 11am-10pm
  • Fri-Sat: 11am-11pm
  • Sun: 11am-9pm 


Dockside dining at the Go Fish Marina Bar and Grill
So if you find yourself traveling through Iowa or taking a boat ride up or down the Mississippi River, consider stopping at Go Fish Marina Bar & Grill for lunch or dinner. The restaurant is only a few miles north of the Quad Cities almost straight over from Chicago. Dining on the banks of the Mississippi is a charming experience. 

If  you do not live near rivers, lakes or oceans where you can enjoy delightful 'dockside dining', create your own at home with the delicious recipes in these cookbooks on Dockside Dining.

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  1. Looks like a great place to eat and you got me at the Key Lime Pie! One of my favorites.

    1. You would enjoy eating here, Mary Beth. Stop by sometime and we'll go out to lunch.

  2. Great view and great food? Sold! It’s hard to find good restaurants with a water view that don’t focus mainly on fish and seafood (neither of which I eat). Sounds delightful!

    1. It IS a delightful place to eat, Margaret. Come visit and I'll take you there. :)

  3. It certainly looks like a wonderful place to dine! I'm sure I would enjoy the outside deck, eating & watching the river. The perfect place and atmosphere for a fabulous birthday meal. I'll be sure to stop in for lunch or dinner the next time I am in, or around, Princeton, Iowa.

    1. Go Fish is a really fun place to eat, Mouse, and the atmosphere is delightful.

  4. Oh this sounds like a delightful way to spend a birthday! I love watching rivers or lakes while dining. We have several really nice restaurants/dining areas on our lake. Watching boats make their way through the water is very relaxing and the birds are lovely to watch too! I will have to put this on my list of places to go and if ever in Iowa again, I will know where to stop for a great meal. Thanks!

    1. You're welcome, Olivia. Glad to add a good place to eat to your list when traveling.

  5. I'm overdue for a trip back to Iowa. Maybe I could take you out to lunch one day. How close do you live to Princeton? I love restaurants on the water where you can enjoy sitting dockside.

    1. Diana, I live less than 15 minutes drive from Princeton. And easy to get to place. Would love going to lunch with you there. It would be terrific just to meet you in person. DO let me know when you visit Iowa again and if you will be anywhere near this Mississippi River town.

  6. oh my that burger has me drooling. What a lovely spot it's located in. Handy to have these recommendations when you're traveling as well, and I bet the restaurant appreciates it as well.

    1. I hope the restaurant appreciates it, Barbara. Don't know how I'd let them know. My DIL asked me if I needed to get permission from the restaurant to write about them. I don't think so, especially since it's a very Positive review. :)

  7. As I live here, I can attest to Pat's review. I go there as often as I can. It is a great place to just hang out, have a beer and appetizer while watching the riverboats and barges float by. Weekends are quite busy on the deck but on good weather days, it's worth the wait.

  8. Love the name and sounds like my kind of place and perfect for outdoor dining!


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