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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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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
great burgers, but beginning that college town slide...

Great burgers, even better service.. But it is starting to show a little wear around the edges, buns are a little past and the facility could use a very good scrubbing. Granted it is a burger joint, but it could use a once over on the management side to give it a new pep. Still worth the wait.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 30, 2014
Matthew L
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Minneapolis
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Madison, Wisconsin
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115 reviews 115 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

Don't get me wrong, this is still one of my favorite spots in Iowa City. However, a few changes of late has me a little peeved. First of all, they have raised their prices $2. On one particular burger it's gone up $3. Second of all, they used to let you try beers before ordering a pint. Iowa beer doesn't... More 

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Minneapolis
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

Great burgers, even better service.. But it is starting to show a little wear around the edges, buns are a little past and the facility could use a very good scrubbing. Granted it is a burger joint, but it could use a once over on the management side to give it a new pep. Still worth the wait.

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Nice laid back atmosphere. The burgers and fries were great, the service was friendly, and it was reasonably priced. I would definitely go back next time I'm in Iowa City.

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kansas city, mo
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We ate here on a trip to the University. We all had a different burger and each of us was very happy with our choice. Will visit again when we go back

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San Diego
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We hail from San Diego, which means we have In n Out, Five Guys, Hodads, Slaters 50/50, and several other burger joints. Each are great but for different reasons. On our trip to Iowa City, my mother and I stopped in to Short's for an early dinner, and to try their burgers, on the first day of classes at UI.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

After traveling back from Lincoln, NE, my wife, son & myself searched tripadvisor for a place to eat in Iowa city. The rave reviews were right on for Shorts. Great burger & fries all around. Atmosphere was delightful and the college atmosphere made it all the more enjoyable. Wish we had more time to visit the city on our way... More 

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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I stopped in on my way through town thinking I'd grab a quick bite to eat. I'm glad I did as this was a very interesting and unusual sandwich. Walking down the street, this placed looked small, but once you get inside, it seems even smaller. Don't worry though, there's plenty of seating and a good size bar to hang... More 

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Jupiter, Florida
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Exceptionally pleasant waitress, offered helpful suggestions for our first visit. We were all pleased with out food...prepared as ordered and tasted great!

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Moline, Illinois
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122 reviews 122 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The Essex burger with brie cheese was fantastic. They cook the burgers perfectly. The quality of beef was exceptional. You cannot miss the cheesy fries with bacon.

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Hiawatha, Iowa
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

We visited Shorts today and were very pleased with the food. My wife had a black bean burger while I had the "Melrose" burger. Both were served just right and were very delicious. The fries were seasoned just right with just the right crispness to them - no grease at all. Our server was polite and friendly and attentive to... 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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