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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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9:00 am - 1:00 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, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
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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  • 95
    Excellent
  • 27
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 4
    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
A real gem

Have eaten at the Rubaiyat a number of times; indeed, our last trip to Decorah was in part to have a chance to return yet again. This is a very special restaurant and in our experience, one of the best in Iowa. We say this for a number of reasons. First, it has a very, very extensive wine list... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
chillin51
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Ames, IA
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Ames, IA
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Have eaten at the Rubaiyat a number of times; indeed, our last trip to Decorah was in part to have a chance to return yet again. This is a very special restaurant and in our experience, one of the best in Iowa. We say this for a number of reasons. First, it has a very, very extensive wine list; it... More 

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Thank chillin51
Madison, Wi
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55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Pasta Rubaiyat was heavenly...seafood very tender and the sauce with flavor! Dessert was the round chocolate fare. Yum! Very gracious service,

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Thank lovethebayarea
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188 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I haven't taken advantage of the dinner or lunch menus here, though I've heard the food is outstanding. I have, however, been here for Sunday morning brunch more than once. Two things...1. it's as tasty as it gets. 2. The price is rather affordable. I've gotten the Belgian waffles once, and the meat platter (or something like that) once. Both... More 

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Thank Jason R
Lanesboro, Minnesota
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We keep going back to this restaurant and overtime we've had an excellent experience. - Fun atmosphere with a great wine list and freindly service.The menu changes frequently, Innovative exciting selections made with fresh local ingredients. Our "bar" is high and we've never been disappointed.

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Thank finnridge
Madison, Wisconsin
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82 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Both of us had different dishes and both were very satisfying. It was a very busy night, but our food came in a timely manner and our waitress was attentive.

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Thank Hope556
Minneapolis
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59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Had dinner here. Excellent food & service. Decided to come back the next day for brunch. Also excellent. The salmon eggs benedict was fabulous. If ever in Decorah again, this restaurant will be on the list

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Thank SHCH4
Decorah, Iowa
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

We came here for Sunday brunch and it was quite good! Good service, good food, and I liked the use of so many wine bottles for decor!

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Thank 174leahn
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Spent the day in Decorah today, and had planned on eating at A different restaurant, but it was full with people waiting, so we went into Rubaiyat on the recommendation of TripAdvisor. They were only serving brunch on Sunday, but we decided to try it anyway. To both of our surprise , this was the best food we have had... More 

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Thank Sara R
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015

Decorah is full of interesting places to visit and good places to eat. Our favorite restaurant is Rubiayat. The food is splendid, and the staff is very friendly. Everything we have tried has been delicious and we just keep coming back to try something new. The menu changes with the season and consequently there are always new entrees to taste.

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Thank Richard L
Minnesota
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

On a romantic escape to Decorah, we chose a downtown bed & breakfast so we could truly experience downtown. Rubaiyat was a jewel amongst the quaintness of Decorah. Only open 5-9PM, which worked well for our early dining style. We had 7:30PM reservations, but arrived early. We were taken to the bar area where we enjoyed a perfect tall table... More 

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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: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic

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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