Gambling in a Renovated Barn: Diamond Jo's

Located directly off of I-35 in Northwood, Iowa is a casino that will catch your eye. A large silo and barn that is lit up with neon signs and lights that will make all casino lovers have to pull over to check it out. It is very conveniently located right as you exit off of the Interstate.


Diamond Jo's is located at 777 Diamond Lane in Northwood, Iowa. With an address like 777 it makes you want to gamble here… Lucky 7's all the way!


The casino has a nice mixture of slot machines, table games like Blackjack, Mississippi Stud, Roulette, Craps, Super Fun 21, Rabbit Hunter, Pai Gow Poker and Pitch Blackjack and they also have a small poker room.


The casino a few different places to eat at, either for a quick meal or for a nice sit down meal.

The Woodfire Grille- A cozy atmosphere with fireplaces that offers its' guests a romantic setting with earth toned colors, leather booths and large paintings hanging on the wall.

Examples from the menu-Jumbo Crab Cakes, Coconut Shrimp, Strawberry Goat Cheese Salad, Lobster Bisque, Macadamia Walleye, Cedar Plank Salmon, Applewood Bacon Wrapped Shrimp, Berkshire Tenderloin.

My Favorite: The Slash and Burn which is Jamaican Jerk rubbed Barramundi topped with pineapple chutney and served with roasted red bell pepper mashed. It is full of flavor and my top favorite entrée here.

Prices: $12-$40

The Kitchen Buffet- A smoke free café seating area that has about 5 different serving stations filled with food. This is one of the top 10 buffets I have eaten at; I was really surprised on what they all offered.

Examples of food on the buffet: BBQ pork, Surf and Turf Kabobs, chicken wings,

Price: For Lunch Adults are $9.99

For Dinner Adults are $14-18 (depending on what day you go) Kids 6-10 are $3.99 and under 5 eat free

Bakery To Go- This is the perfect place for a quick pick me up snack for energy to go back and gamble or just for those who have a sweet tooth.

Examples from the menu:

Price: $3-$10

Casino Dining- Inside the casino for those looking for a more quick meal, they offer its' guests a choice between Subway and Burger King.


This was a unique place being inside of a large barn that has been added to. It was unique from other casinos that I have been to.

I thought this casino was a lot of fun. We actually came out ahead in here playing the slot machines. The service is friendly, the food is excellent and the casino and restaurants were all full. We tried to make a reservation for the night and the lady at the front desk let us know that they were booked for the next month! The hotel, I believe it was a Holiday Inn, is located in the parking lot along with the casino, but they are not connected. So if you are looking to stay here, make sure you make a reservation plenty of time in advance.