The Drift

Location: 112 N. 1st Avenue, Winterset (west side of the courthouse square)
Number of diners: Groups of 55 or fewer recommended
Price: $16.00 all-inclusive (entree, side, dessert, coffee/tea/water, sales tax and gratuity)

Newly opened, this taproom and restaurant features craft beer, wine, specialty cocktails, and comfort food, such as sandwiches, soups, salads, hot entrees, sides, and desserts. Available for lunch seven days per week (Saturdays and Sundays at 11 am only); dinners available upon request.

The Northside Cafe

Location: 67 E. Jefferson, Winterset (north side of the courthouse square)
Phone: 515-462-1523
Number of diners: Groups of 55 or fewer recommended at one time, but can accommodate up to 100 guests
Price: $16.00 all-inclusive (hot entree, side veggie or salad, dessert, coffee/tea/water, sales tax and gratuity)

Operating since 1928, the café offers Midwestern favorites such as Beef & Noodles, Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches and Hot Beef Sandwiches, alongside salads and homemade desserts.  The restaurant was featured in the movie The Bridges of Madison County. Available May 1st through October 9th, 2021. Wednesday-Saturday, 11:30 am – 7:00 pm. (Groups may book a reservation on Mondays or Tuesdays with a minimum of 40 diners.)

Henry Wallace Country Life Center

Location: 2773 290th Street, Orient
Phone: (641) 337-5019
Number of diners: 20 (min) – 60 (max)
Price: $11-13.50 (lunch); $16-18.50 (dinner) – Gratuity not included

Select one menu item for all guests. Program (or program/tour) can be added to any lunch or dinner menu option for an additional $3.00 per person. Programs and tours can be customized regarding Wallace family interests and time schedule – typical range 30-60 minutes.

Desserts and a program (or program/tour) are offered for $9.00 per person.

First Presbyterian Church

Location: 210 W. Green St., Winterset (one block west of the courthouse square)
Phone: (515) 468-2066 (Pat Dickerson)
Number of diners:  Groups of 55 or fewer recommended.
Price: $12 all-inclusive (hot entrée, salad bar, side potato and vegetable, bread/rolls, dessert, coffee/tea/water)

This is Midwestern home-cooking served with lots of smiles at an historic church with beautiful stained glass windows and a pipe organ. Choose from Swiss Steak with mashed potatoes and gravy, or Ham Balls with Cheesy Potatoes.

St. Paul Lutheran Church

Location: 2262 Hwy 169, Winterset (just over one mile from the Winterset courthouse square)
Phone: (515) 468-7780 (Pat Wetlaufer)
Number of diners: Groups of 55 or fewer recommended.
Price: $14 all-inclusive (hot entrée, potato dish, vegetable, salad dish, dessert, coffee/tea/water)

Choose from five hot entrée items, four potato dishes, several vegetable options, five salad options, and over seven dessert possibilities!

First Christian Church

Location: 103 W. Green Street, Winterset (one block north of the Welcome Center)
Phone: (515) 468-1275
Number of diners:  No minimum
Price: $12 per person

Choose from three options – Baked Potato Bar, a Salad Bar (with a variety of salads), or Grilled Pork Loin Sandwiches. All options include dessert and drinks (coffee, tea, water). There is outside access to an elevator and a handicapped-accessible bathroom.

First United Methodist Church

Location: 309 E. Jefferson, Winterset
Phone: (515) 462-4731
Number of diners:  Minimum of 20
Price:  $12 per person

The meal includes Smothered Tenderized Pork Loin, Hash Brown Casserole, green beans with bacon & onion, dinner rolls, cabbage slaw, chocolate cherry cake with ice cream, and beverages (water, iced tea, coffee).

Anything Sweet & More Cafe

Location:  52 E. Court Ave, Winterset (south side of Winterset’s Courthouse Square)
Phone: (515) 462-5986
Number of diners:  Groups of 35 or fewer recommended.
Price:  $9.99 per person, all-inclusive (drinks, dessert, gratuity and sales tax)

Choose from Hot Beef Sandwich with mashed potatoes and veggies, Herbed Lemon Pepper Chicken over pasta with veggies, Frittata or Quiche with salad, The Iowa Sundae (Mashed potatoes topped with roast pork, gravy and sprinkled with corn), Meatloaf with mashed potatoes and veggies, Lasagna with salad and garlic bread, or a Soup & Sandwich combo.

Pizza Ranch

Location: 1009 N. John Wayne Drive, Winterset
Phone:  (515) 493-1223
Number of diners: 290
Price: Buffet pricing is $9.99 plus tax for adults and $7.99 plus tax for seniors until 4pm during the week. Evening and weekend pricing is $11.49 plus tax per adult, and $10.99 plus tax per senior. Buffet hours are from 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM.

Madison County Winery

Location:  3021 St. Charles Rd, St. Charles (15 minutes from Winterset)
Phone: (641) 396-2220
Number of diners:  50 or fewer
Price:  $15 per person (includes wine tasting, tour and lunch)

Tasting includes six wine samples, tour of the vineyard and the wine production facility. Lunch includes a “Build Your Own” sandwich table, choice of 2 sides, chips, cookie and water or soda.