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Rubaiyat Restaurant

117 West Water Street, Decorah, IA
+1 563-382-9463
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Ranked #1 of 35 Restaurants in Decorah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wed - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Eclectic
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The name "Rubaiyat" derives from a collection of poetry written over 1,000 years ago. The poems are a testimony of living life to the fullest with the help of good food, fine wine and together the joy they can bring to life. Owners Andy & Kim Bonnet invite you to share in their love of great food and wine as you experience fine dining at its best in downtown Decorah. See you soon!
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Iowa
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46 reviews 46 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

We, our daughter and fiance and my husband and I walked into Rubaiyat at my daughter's behest because she was famished after having had her engagement pictures taken earlier in the day. Rubaiyat was almost full, on the bar side, but we sat there, after two men moved over so we could line up in four chairs, as the young... More

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Fort Atkinson, Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We love this restaurant, but it seems that their menu has changed the last several times we have been there. We always enjoy their changing menu but the last several times we went we took along friends and told them how much we loved Rubaiyat. Well our guests were meat and potato types, the new menu does not have an... More

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Des Moines, Iowa
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54 reviews 54 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed an outstanding dinner at Rubaiyat on a recent Saturday night. We were warmly welcomed upon our arrival. Service was excellent. Atmosphere is comfortable, warm and laid back. Try the Greek chicken!

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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18 reviews 18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Just like the poem that the restaurant is named after, it was excellent in all ways. "Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough, A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse - and Thou Beside me singing in the Wilderness - And Wilderness is Paradise enow".

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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

We chose this restaurant based upon the positive trip advisor reviews and were not disappointed. We were greeted warmly the moment we walked in and you knew that everyone there was glad to have you visit their establishment. Everything we tried from the menu was excellent and reasonably priced. They were very kid friendly (our waitress went out of her... More

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Waukon, Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Food is terrific, made with seasonal items locally grown. Therefore an always changing menu. The place makes you feel high class, (and believe me I am far from it!) Staff were warm and welcoming greeting you as you arrived and thanking you when you left. If in the beautiful town of Decorah I would recommend a nice evening out to... More

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Lakewood, Ohio
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40 reviews 40 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Very nice menu with several unusual entrees. We really enjoyed this place. Service was great, plenty of brews on tap and great onion rings

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Waukee, Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

The Rubaiyat has a diverse menu so there is something for everyone. The staff is very pleasant, plate presentation is beautiful, and the tempo flows with YOUR tables pace. You do not need to really dress up for this restaurant but most people will have long pants and a collared shirt for men, or women, or a dress. A jacket... More

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St Andrews
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

My wife and I showed up for our meal 40 minutes early to enjoy a bottle of sparkling at the bar. Kim was super friendly. The bar experience was superb. The wine list is worth the price of admission alone. Once at our table, we enjoyed a delightfully paced meal. The starter was delicious, the main course was delicious, and... More

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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

Where the locals go for a perfect night out. Chef, Andy, an artist in his field surprises us every time with wonderful flavors and visual appeal of our meals. Kim, his wife, keeps the front running beautifully with satisfied diners. Great support team is well-trained and well-versed in their food and beverage options. If you love good wine, this is... More

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Additional Information about Rubaiyat Restaurant

Address: 117 West Water Street, Decorah, IA
Phone Number: +1 563-382-9463
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Decorah
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Thursday 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Friday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
Cuisine: Eclectic

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