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Shorts Burger & Shine

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18 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240
319-337-4678
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Very tasty

We went here as a group. A friend and I split 2 different burgers. They were both outstanding!! The French fries are good, too.

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Houston, Texas
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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We went here as a group. A friend and I split 2 different burgers. They were both outstanding!! The French fries are good, too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

Being from Chicago I'm food spoiled, most restaurants in Iowa City are horrible and I'd rather eat frozen pizza, this is the only spot in town that I frequent. Solid, consistent food and always a great locally brewed craft beer selection.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Have been here a few times with my other half and we absolutely love this place there food and staff make it great I would recommend people here any time

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

I am mostly vegetarian, and I still love Short's. Been there perhaps a dozen times. I have tried bites of the beef burgers - which feature local beef - and they are good. The bean burgers are homemade -- black beans, grains, spices -- and they are pretty good. All of the sandwiches are customized with topping and sauce combinations... More 

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Aurora, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This lived up to the Trip Advisor rating....this is great Iowa beef, exactly what I would expect. You don't need anything on this burger to savor the flavor. Fries are fresh cut and cooked perfectly....not mushy and half cooked but just right.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

This is my favorite place to go eat at in Iowa city Iowa. They have awesome burgers fabulous selection of great beers and spectacular service. My favorite is a young lady by the name of Carla. She is a great waitress who always knows the perfect drink pairing to go with whatever meal we are having. This is truly a... More 

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Chickasha, Oklahoma
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Great burgers, chicken sandwich, mountain of cheese fries. However, for this Southerner who is a BBQ aficionado, their BBQ sauce is terrible. If you get the burger with it, ask for it on the side. Other than that, food was excellent.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

We went for lunch and had a great meal. This place is small so don't be surprised if you have to wait. If there are only a couple of you, you may sit at the bar and eat. Meats are fresh and never frozen because they come from a nearby farm. They also make their buns daily. I had the... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

My husband and I stopped by for lunch the other day and each had a burger with fries. The burger options they have are all interesting and the two we tried were very tasty. The fries portions were huge!

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Sycamore, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015

Stopped in Iowa City specifically for a visit to Shorts. Right across the street from the college. Parking is kind of tricky. Can only feed the meter with enough coins for 60 minutes. Proved to be plenty of time. Place was crowded with the lunch crew. 2 open seats at the bar. Friendly bartender took our orders. Massive burgers with... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 18 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: 319-337-4678

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

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