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Rubaiyat Restaurant

117 West Water Street, Decorah, IA
563-382-9463
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Ranked #1 of 35 Restaurants in Decorah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Hours:
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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English first
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

We chose this restaurant based upon the positive trip advisor reviews and were not disappointed. We were greeted warmly the moment we walked in and you knew that everyone there was glad to have you visit their establishment. Everything we tried from the menu was excellent and reasonably priced. They were very kid friendly (our waitress went out of her... More

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Waukon, Iowa
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Food is terrific, made with seasonal items locally grown. Therefore an always changing menu. The place makes you feel high class, (and believe me I am far from it!) Staff were warm and welcoming greeting you as you arrived and thanking you when you left. If in the beautiful town of Decorah I would recommend a nice evening out to... More

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Lakewood, Ohio
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Very nice menu with several unusual entrees. We really enjoyed this place. Service was great, plenty of brews on tap and great onion rings

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Waukee, Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
89 reviews 89 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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Minnesota
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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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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
16 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
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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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