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Rubaiyat Restaurant

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117 West Water Street, Decorah, IA
+1 563-382-9463
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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Romance
Large groups
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 62
    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
One of my best meals ever of 79 countries traveled

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
RandyKasal
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Des Moines, Iowa
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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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 NEW

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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617 reviews 617 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
123 helpful votes 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

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
2 helpful votes 2 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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Elkader, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

The food was good but the price was very high. I don't mind paying that price but I expected fantastic food and fantastic service. The food was good but not fantastic and our waitress seemed arrogant

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Iowa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2015

Very attentive service, relaxed atmosphere, great upscale restaurant with unique menu items, always changing art decor from local artists. Top restaurant in NE Iowa. Sunday brunch best pricing if you want a lower cost alternative manner of trying out this establishment. Need reservations almost always to avoid long waits or being turned away.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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81 reviews 81 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
98 helpful votes 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

This is a very popular place for Sunday brunch and reservations are recommended. They have an excellent variety of selections on their menu, a Bloody Mary bar and the food we tried was outstanding. They had cinnamon rolls to die for. I had the biscuits and gravy which were incredible.

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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: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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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