We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Rubaiyat Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$
International
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
117 West Water Street, Decorah, IA
+1 563-382-9463
Website
Today
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Closed now
See all hours
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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations
Description: The name "Rubaiyat" derives from a collection of poetry written over 1,000...
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!
read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 107 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 72
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    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
Always Amazing

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
KatherineNoel
,
Iowa
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
Add Photo Write a Review

107 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Any
English first
Iowa
Level Contributor
167 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Level Contributor
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Madison, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
124 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

We went here with friends based on Trip Advisor reviews. The food is excellent! I had the sea bass and my husband had the salmon. Both were delicious! Our server readily made some substitutions based on allergies and preferences. She also checked back several times to see if all was okay and one of the owners checked on us too.... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Decorah, Iowa
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Menu offerings are excellent. Preparation is outstanding and service is great. A great dining experience.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Stillwater, Minnesota
Level Contributor
146 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Everything about this restaurant is excellent. Service, ambiance, price value, food quality and presentation, wine and beer selection, it's all great. On my last visit the burger I ordered was juicy and delicious. I was amazed they even had a gluten free bun available. You can't go wrong here; it's a winner.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Clear Lake, Iowa
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

Fantastic food - well prepared and delicious. This downtown restaurant was a big surprise for a small town. The Sea Bass meal was perfect. Good wine selection and an attentive staff. We will be back. Try this restaurant and you will be back too!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Iowa
Level Contributor
16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Relaxed setting in heart of beautiful downtown Decorah Iowa. Great tap selection! Award-winning wine list! Their salted caramel brownie dessert - WOW! I LOVE the Kale Caesar Salad with a good Cab. No reservation? No problem! They have a 'community table' available! Just ask about it! You can also order a nice menu in the bar area.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Illinois
Level Contributor
13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

Definitely eat here! Great for business, couples, etc. The service was impeccable, and the food was excellent!

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Rubaiyat Restaurant also viewed

 

Been to Rubaiyat Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

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 to $20
Cuisine: International

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD $10 to $20
  • Cuisine: International

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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!
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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Rubaiyat Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?