Artful Food With A Local Flair

117 First Street W, Mt. Vernon IA 52314 / Tel: (319) 895-4041

Hours: Tue, Wed, Thu: 11:30-1:30, 5-7:30ish; Fri & Sat: 11:30-1:30, 5-8ish

  • Great Food = A Great Experience

    Great Food = A Great Experience

    That's why we work hard to make even the simple sublime.

  • Fresh Fare for All

    Fresh Fare for All

    Palisades Cafe specializes in creative food with a local flair.

  • Delightfully Different Dishes

    Delightfully Different Dishes

    We source many of our ingredients locally for the freshest taste.

For the safety of our patrons, our employees, and our community, we remain open for dine-in at 50% capacity. Reservations are recommended. Masks are required when you are not seated, and we will continue to follow enhanced sanitation protocols. We hope to reopen the dining room to full capacity in June!

May is full of good news!

This month is off to a great start with a blockbuster (no pun intended) Chalk the Walk weekend. Plus, all of our staff has now had their vaccinations, so we're just waiting two weeks to make sure everyone's fully covered. Speaking of 'covered', our Burger of the Month is topped with muffaletta - mortadella, provolone, and spiced olives.

The big news: barring any unforeseen setbacks, we are hoping to reopen the dining room to full capacity when we return from vacation in early June!

We will also have several small tables out front for guests to dine while they enjoy the weather, (though no alcohol is allowed out on the sidewalk).

Our Summer Break is May 31st through June 7th. We will reopen on June 8th.


We are still serving lunch from 11:30 to 1:30, Tuesday through Saturday. Dinner will still be served from 5:00 to 7:30ish, Tuesday through Thursday; and from 5:00 to 8:00ish, Friday and Saturday.


You can still call in your orders to (319) 895-4041.

May Menu


served with roasted baby potatoes, broccolini and herbed horseradish butter.


with black beans, rice, cilantro pesto, mango salsa and chipotle.


almond-crusted and stuffed with prosciutto and gruyere with quinoa taboulleh.


with artichoke brandade, lemon garlic vinaigrette and haricot vert.


with olives, sun-dried tomatoes, capers. Add shrimp for a bit extra.


Check out our creme brulee French toast or bloody Mary mussels, along with the rest of the great menu. Lovin' it! Sunday 10 am - 1 pm


Something for everyone

Reservations accepted: Online at or call 319-895-4041

Palisades Cafe - artful food with a local flair

Sandwich/Salad Menu




(with burger, veggie patty, grilled loin, or grilled chicken. Served with chips, substitute fries - extra)

Our burger of the month is topped with muffaletta - mortadella, provolone, and spiced olives

SOUTHWEST - Black bean, avocado, salsa, sour cream

PALISADES - Pickled beets, chevre, horseradish aioli, arugula

GREEK - Cucumber, tomato, feta, Kalamata olives

JAMAICAN - Jerk rub, mango salsa


Choice of burger, grilled chicken breast, grilled loin, or veggie patty
Cheeses: American, cheddar, provolone, Swiss, chevre, blue, ghost pepper
Bacon, egg, avocado, salsa, grilled mushrooms/onions

All sandwiched served with chips. Hand-cut fries or mixed greens available.


(add chicken, extra)

CAESAR - crisp romaine lettuce, Parmesan cheese, and savory croutons

MIXED GREENS - w/ buttermilk, balsamic vin, blue cheese

SPINACH-ARUGULA - w/ fennel, feta, red onion, pomegranate vin

SMOKED SALMON - w/ mixed greens, chickpeas, cucumber, lemon caper dill


GRILLED PORTABELLO SANDWICH- w/ spinach, peppers,grilled onion, red pepper aioli

HAND BREADED PORK TENDERLOIN SANDWICH - w/pear slaw and gorgonzola

BLT - yep, a timeless favorite with only the best bacon, fresh, ripe tomato and lettuce w/ mayo

SPICY CHICKEN SANDWICH - w/grilled red onion, spicy mayo


Please see the board for daily soup and desserts

Beer and wine list available


(12 and under, please)

Noodles w/ butter and parmesan



All beef hot dog

Grilled cheese


Sandwiches served with chips.
Fries may be substituted for slightly more.

Brunch Menu

House Favorites

Ribs and eggs with home fries

Bloody mary mussels with baguette

Shrimp, grits and eggs

Biscuits and gravy

Huevos rancheros with mango salsa


Served w/ white or whole wheat toast

Florentine: spinach, provolone, tomato

Denver: prosciutto, peppers, onion, cheese

Palisades Poutine: cheddar,hash, sausage gravy


Crème brulee French toast


Waffles with whip and berries

We use Great River Maple Syrup – Iowa

Ala Carte

Eggs - local Sparboe Farms


Home fries

Toast (white or whole wheat)


Spicy chicken



Build your own:

Choice of: beef, chicken, grilled loin, or veggie patty

Cheese: american, cheddar, provolone,swiss, chevre,

blue, ghost pepper

Bacon, fried egg, avocado, salsa, grilled mushroom/onion

*served with chips, home fries substitution available.

Something extra

Bloody Mary

Irish Coffee

Beer, wine, and craft cocktails are also available

Kid menu

(12 and under, please)

noodles with butter and parmesan



all beef hot dog

grilled cheese


Sandwiches served with chips.

August 2020

They have the best salad I have ever had. Including salads from all across the country! It is a Spinach Arugula salad with Pomegranate Vinaigrette. There is a hint of fennel and red onions are finely sliced. Then they top it off some wonderful feta cheese. Enough for two people at only $10. Crazy good.

Shelby K.

July 2020

"We got lunch as takeout, and it was wonderful! Could have eaten in using social distancing-lots of space for that-but got the catfish P.O.' boy with home fries, and the Jamaican jerk burger with salad. Substantial portions too. We will be back!"

Jim G. - West Branch, Iowa

March 2020 - Fun cafe! Excellent service

"Fun cafe! Excellent service and tasty food. Check out the ceiling fans! The creme brûlée was especially good and the coffee is delish."

~ edal2012

October 2019

"Where to begin? Our friend took us here. We had heard really good things about this place but we were in for a very pleasant surprise. Everything from the beginning to dessert was amazing! Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu. The place is casual but their food is off the charts. My hat is off to the Chef & staff. If you are anywhere near this place, please indulge yourself & get ready for a treat! The food is exceptional."

Hope K. - Melbourne, Florida

May 2019

Stopped in with my mom looking for coffee, but ended up ordering food. Super nice staff and the food is AMAZING.

Michelle R.

March 2019 - Wow! That was Incredible!!!

"We stopped by Saturday night because the specials in the email looked so interesting and delicious. We split two: the special burger and the pheasant. Both were off the charts good!! This meal was pretty much the same as the old Lincoln Cafe. Everything was perfect!!!"

~ Tr0pez

February 2019

"Love this place. Menu changes every month and the specials are fantastic. Great atmosphere, service, drinks, and food."

Terry S. - San Francisco

November 2018 - Quaint and cozy, food is excellent

"Though we are locals, we only manage to eat here occasionally. The service is always great, their monthly menu has a unique and very tasteful choice of entrees. Always look forward to going back!"

~ Brent S.

November 2018

"This is my favorite local café! I make the drive from CR every few months just to visit it. The atmosphere is super cute and cozy, and the food is always fantastic. The monthly special menu items keep things interesting and are always worth looking forward to.

I also think that there's something for everyone. I love how they offer simple and classic lunch items, but they also have more gourmet menu items with fancy ingredients that I can't pronounce! I also love their vegetarian options, despite being a meat eater.

I think Palisades makes the perfect spot to get lunch and catch up with a friend. I would recommend it to anyone"

Bailey B. - Cedar Rapids, IA

October 2018

"I haven't had anything less than amazing here. The atmosphere is lovely, there are options for vegetarians, and one of my favorite places in town all around."

Natalie B. - Mt. Vernon, IA

June 2018

"I'm a little late to post this but I ate here when I returned for a college reunion a few years back. By myself I sat at the counter near the grill and watched them make simply the BEST Iowa Beef burger with bleu cheese! I've told hubs about the crunchy sear, the grilled bun and creamy melted bleu so many times, he may just take me back! While I'm sure my love affair with Iowa Beef may have me dreaming of eats I can't get in Nashville (where we live), I'd say this was the best Burger of my life! (And I've had a few...). Yum!"

Michele S. - Franklin, TN

March 2018

"This place is definitely a good place to eat in the Mount Vernon area. Their menu changes every month so you have to go in every month to see what the new menu is. I really like their hamburgers. You can build your own custom burger or order one of their specialty burgers as well."

Paul F. - Mount Vernon, IA