Maxwell's on the River LogoDistinctive Local Dining

From Muscatine native Executive Chef Tessa Crookshanks, the artful cuisine of Maxwell's On The River is poised to please. With an emphasis on fresh, local, and sustainable fare, the new classic American food and drink menu showcases the finest dining in the heart of downtown Muscatine. Enjoy the sweeping Mississippi River views gathering with friends or meeting other like-minded travelers and locals for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or cocktails in our inviting dining room or enjoy al fresco dining at Maxwell's On The River.


Monday - Friday 6:30am - 11am

Saturday & Sunday 7am - 11am

All Day Dining
Sunday - Thursday 11am - 9pm

Friday & Saturday 11am - 10pm

Room Service
Monday - Thursday 6:30am - 9pm

Friday 6:30am - 10pm

Saturday 7am - 10pm  

Sunday 7am - 9pm  

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New Classic American Food + Drink

Muscatine native and Maxwell's On The River Executive Chef Tessa Crookshanks focuses on using simple ingredients and an eloquent dining experience tailored to fit the local palate.

Beginning her culinary journey at age 16 in Muscatine, Chef Tessa holds a culinary degree from Le Cordon Bleu Chicago. With 14 years of experience in the industry including Hy-Vee Muscatine and Geneva Golf & Country Club, she has developed a unique but approachable culinary style.

Complimenting Chef Tessa is Sous Chef Ryan Caussé, also a Muscatine native with seven years of experience in the industry and coming from a Country Club background. He is down-to-earth and brings a fun edge to the sophisticated menu.

Ryan is a cyclist and avid outdoorsman and, combined with Tessa’s love for adventure and nature, the two bring a passion for locally sourced ingredients and farmer’s market produce. The specials and menu at Maxwell’s On The River pushes towards modern American fare that maintains consistency and flavor that patrons have come to know and appreciate.

Elevate Your Special Event with a Custom Menu

Create a custom menu with Executive Chef Tessa Crookshanks that is sure to delight your family and friends at Maxwell's On The River.

Maxwell's On The River Pays Homage to Muscatine History

Maxwell's On The River restaurant's name is a tribute to Maxwell Stanley — manager, childhood Scoutmaster, and Sunday School teacher to Stanley Merrill Howe.

Stanley Howe began working at Hon Industries under the management of Maxwell Stanley in 1948 and for 36 years they worked together while developing a close bond. Howe looked up to Stanley and considered him to be one of the pivotal role models in his life and career. Working his way up the corporate ladder, Howe eventually took over as Chairman and CEO upon Stanley's passing in 1984.

Their friendship was one of respect and admiration. Under Stanley's management and guidance, Howe flourished and went on to become one of the most prominent and respected members of the Muscatine, IA, community to date. Howe and his wife, Helen, were incredibly selfless. They cared deeply for their community and for others, as did Stanley. It is with great pride that we chose to call our restaurant inside The Merrill Hotel & Conference Center, Maxwell's, as a tribute to the late and great Maxwell Stanley.

We are Muscatine and Muscatine is The Merrill. We hope to capture the stories of this Iowa town through everything from the Boy Scouts to Mark Twain sunsets. For those seeking a genuine experience, The Merrill shares our heritage and culture.

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