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Rubaiyat Restaurant

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117 West Water Street, Decorah, IA
+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, Late Night, 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!
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  • 65
    Excellent
  • 22
    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
Great food, excellent service

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

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
mwb32
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Illinois
Good for:
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

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

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St Paul
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46 reviews 46 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Wonderful service, great atmosphere, wine room, excellent menu choices. I look forward to my next visit!

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Decorah, Iowa
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

RUBAIYAT in Decorah is one our favorite places to go. The Pasta Rubaiyat is one of the best pasta dishes that I have had!! Kim and Andy change the menu often so there is always something new to try! Service is always top notch. If you have room,the desserts always look soooo good,too! You will not find a better place... More 

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Eden Prairie
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We had brunch here and thought the food was good but nothing special. We would probably look for another restaurant to try before going back here. The decor and building were quite charming.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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670 reviews 670 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
203 helpful votes 203 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Was here with my now wife. I ordered pheasant. It was delicious. Restaurant is on a main street and in a beautiful building. Interior is clean and spacious. Not noisy. We were quickly seated and waited upon. Nice choices in wines. Really great food.

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Decorah, Iowa
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Rubaiyat brings a fine dining experience to Decorah, Iowa, a small college town that has somewhat limited dining options. The food is outstanding but the service is even better. Owned by Andy and Kim, Andy is the head chef and Kim acts as hostess, and there is no one better at making you feel welcome and special. If you are... More 

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

One of my favorite "fancy" places to eat. We save it for special occasions as it's more expensive. Everything tastes fresh and homemade, because it is! They change up the menu seasonally, so there's always something new to try. They also serve this amazing cheesy bread...wonderful atmosphere also with local artwork on the walls. Love it.

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Decorah, Iowa, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

Very good food and service - a step up in dining experience in the area. Noise can be a factor if you want to visit with your friends. Very pleasant experience.

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iowa
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17 reviews 17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015 via mobile

I've known Andy and Kim for a few years and their attention to detail to deliver a culinary experience is unmatched in the area. We enjoyed a bottle of Kim Shepard and the Hawaiian pizza to start. Our entrees included the blackened swordfish, pasta rubiyat, salmon with pasta and sirloin steak. We topped off supper with a couple of desserts... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

The Rubaiyat has great service, tasty food, and a nice wine and beer selection. Only negative is it could use more vegan and/or vegetarian choices.

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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 - 20
  • Cuisine: Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions, Large groups, 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

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