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Rubaiyat Restaurant

117 West Water Street, Decorah, IA
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Ranked #1 of 34 Restaurants in Decorah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
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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77 reviews from our community

88% Recommend
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English first
Waukee, Iowa
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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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Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Met up with friends at the bar and was super pleased with the large beer menu and friendly bartenders. Watch out for the hummus--- it has so much garlic, even a garlic lover will get heart burn.

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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Well, I am torn on this one....I have heard great things about this restaurant, and the menu looked appealing. We were there over the Nordic Fest, and it was busy. That I understand. (Although, we did eat at other restaurants, and still had kind and friendly service!) We walked in on Sunday morning and had a large party, and the... More

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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Enjoyed an awesome dinner. Great food, great flavors, neat value for money, great variety of wines and beers. Creative menu. Enjoyed: - Baked Garlic Cheese from Brunkow Creamery - Gazpacho of tomato and water melon - Mojito Swordfish - Crème Brûlée

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Oak Park, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Decorah, Iowa is a small community in northern Iowa. Yet there is Rubaiyat, right in downtown. American cuisine made with the freshest local ingredients, served with an excellent visual presentation. Service is first-class. An unexpected, but pleasant surprise in this part of the world. Memorable. Will return again.

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SF Bay Area
Top Contributor
80 reviews 80 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

We made a dinner reservation based on its high TripAdvisor rating, but decided to settle in the bar for appetizers and wine. The decor and atmosphere are quite nice. The dining area is in the left half of the restaurant, while the front right half is for a bar seating 12 and 6 round high tables comfortably seating 4 or... More

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Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
149 helpful votes 149 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

This may well be Decorah's best restaurant. The loaf of cheesy bread delivered hot to the table with a knife to cut it is out of this world. All beef and pork dishes are first rate as is the wedge salad. The piña colada cake is a must. All is well priced to boot.

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Decorah, Iowa
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

But here it is, right downtown on Water St. in Decorah, Iowa. Creative and consistently great food, friendly owners, ambiance galore. We feel fortunate to have The Rubaiyat in town!

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