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Rubaiyat Restaurant

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American, Wine Bar
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117 West Water Street, Decorah, IA 52101
+1 563-382-9463
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wed - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: At Rubaiyat, we feature a seasonal American menu, emphasizing straight...
At Rubaiyat, we feature a seasonal American menu, emphasizing straight - forward, approachable cuisine that both looks and tastes clean and composed. This means simply but skillfully prepared ingredient - driven dishes that reveal our commitment to using the highest quality products, in season, and local when available. The inspiration behind Rubaiyat's menu reflect Chef Andy's classic and diverse culinary influences. Yet he's consistently led back to creating food that is distinctly contemporary, and as our name would have it, dishes that are "food for thought". As a result, Rubaiyat's refined seasonal American dishes combine four of the qualities that we value most: integrity, style, restraint, and playfulness. That is found in our personal mission to shape the dining experience around culinary delights from beginning to end. We insist on honoring the smallest details underlying the very rhythm of the restaurant, including our service. Come find out for yourself just why our staff is second to none. Cheers!! Andy & Kim Bonnet, Proprietors
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  • 76
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Amazing.

First time visit, everything was close to perfect. Loved the decor, the drinks and the food. Service was top notch and dessert to die for!

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
JudithLSM
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Waterloo, Iowa
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
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Waterloo, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

First time visit, everything was close to perfect. Loved the decor, the drinks and the food. Service was top notch and dessert to die for!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

I haven't stopped in for lunch or dinner, but the Sunday morning breakfast is out of this world! I had the Ben Franklin. Toast, eggs, breakfast meat. There wife had the Belgian waffle and I had some that. It was great! Highly recommend!

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Tama
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The wife and I dined here for the second time on Aug. 19th. The food was excellent and on Wed. wines are 1/2 price. The wife had the pasta and I had the rib-eye. The next time we're in Decorah, we'll dine here again. The prices are very reasonable for the quantity and quality of the food.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Don't go to the Rubaiyat if you are looking to eat a burger! This really isn't your typical menu, but the food was fantastic. Great combinations of flavors and beautiful presentation of the food. The waitress was extremely friendly and helpful, and very knowledgeable about the various menu items. They stress the use of local ingredients. This is a great... More 

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

A friend and I were visiting the area for the first time and chose the Rubaiyat based on an online recommendation. The dining experience was first class from the time we entered the restaurant. The Sunday brunch choices all sounded wonderful. I had the smoked chicken quiche with kale and tomatoes and my friend had the smoked salmon benedict, both... More 

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northbrook, United States
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

we went here for a special dinner and the food was good, but the experience was not. first if you pay by credit card there is a surcharge. when you are taking six or seven people you don't alwyays have that much cash with you. second we had six people and they brought out a small round loaf of bread.... More 

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rubaiyat117, Owner at Rubaiyat Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We are sorry your experience did not meet your expectations as we strive for excellence each and every day. Not sure the date of your visit, but we eliminated our credit card processing fee in March 2015. Our staff is trained that 2 breads are to go to tables of more than 5 assuming all... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

I've never, ever had anything but excellent food here! The staff (every once in a while) has been iffy but the food is great and for the most part we're always well taken care of by the wait staff. The prices and portions are very good as well.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 via mobile

Really enjoyed our meal. Took my wife and kids for dinner. The food options were good for my family, the food was prepared well and tasted great. My son's steak was cooked perfectly and could be cut with a fork. Dessert and coffee followed and was not disappointing. The best part was getting the bill and looking at it to... More 

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Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We were immediately welcomed by hostess and wait staff although we didn't have a reservation on one of the busiest weekends in town. Accommodations were made for our seniors and a fabulous meal of fresh greens, homemade dressings, crunchy, warm bread loaf and the most delicious homemade tomato basil avocado soup I've ever had! I would have licked that bowl... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

Had a delicious dinner of blackened salmon topped with peach & green chili creme freche and accompanied by a pesto risotto and grilled vegetables. Service was attentive and very informative. Decor was pleasant. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 117 West Water Street, Decorah, IA 52101
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Decorah
  • Phone Number: +1 563-382-9463

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups

Description

At Rubaiyat, we feature a seasonal American menu, emphasizing straight - forward, approachable cuisine that both looks and tastes clean and composed. This means simply but skillfully prepared ingredient - driven dishes that reveal our commitment to using the highest quality products, in season, and local when available. The inspiration behind Rubaiyat's menu reflect Chef Andy's classic and diverse culinary influences. Yet he's consistently led back to creating food that is distinctly contemporary, and as our name would have it, dishes that are "food for thought". As a result, Rubaiyat's refined seasonal American dishes combine four of the qualities that we value most: integrity, style, restraint, and playfulness. That is found in our personal mission to shape the dining experience around culinary delights from beginning to end. We insist on honoring the smallest details underlying the very rhythm of the restaurant, including our service. Come find out for yourself just why our staff is second to none. Cheers!! Andy & Kim Bonnet, Proprietors
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

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