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Linn Street Cafe

121 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2141
319-337-7370
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Ranked #23 of 206 restaurants in Iowa City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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English first
Sonoma, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

And I live in Northern California, in Wine Country! The lobster bisque is to die for and all the food is good here and the restaurant has a charming, unpretentious ambience that is both romantic for couples and comfortable for singles. I am on their mailing list even though I only get to visit every few years for the U... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Love the lobster bisque soup... always a winning starter. Great food and layout/atmosphere seems to allow for a little privacy anywhere in restaurant. More formal dress. Prices are a little higher than most.

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Top Contributor
105 reviews 105 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

We enjoy a window side table. The food is good. The lobster bisque and their bread is excellent! Expensive! We spent $100 with no alcohol and no dessert and only one cup of coffee.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

We visited Linn Street Cafe for Valentine's dinner. We had an excellent meal and enjoyed fabulous service with Brittney! Looking forward to our next dinner date at Linn Street!

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Iowa City, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

there are 100 better places in Iowa City to spend $100 on two meals and a bottle of wine, our server reaked of cigarettes and seemed more interested in his iphone than our table! went to Devotay the next week and will definitely go back again, will never go back to linn st.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The food is always great. The wine list is excellent, and you feel very private even in the middle or the room.

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Iowa City, Iowa, United States
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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

Formal atmosphere and great food and wine to match. Excellent seafood! Wonderful for that special anniversary or birthday!

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Coralville
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28 reviews 28 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2014

Quiet, low-lit restaurant with white linen tablecloths and napkins, relaxed atmosphere with excellent service. Unfortunately, was a sub-zero winter's night and the restaurant was cold. We had crab cakes for an appetizer which were tasty but very rich, not to mention expensive at 2 small ones for $12. We'd wanted to try the arancini (fried risotto balls with peas and... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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29 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014

We've recently eaten at Linn Street Cafe, Devotay (next door) and Atlas (down the street). All are good choices. (long-time locals tell us that 25 years ago, Iowa City didn't have any good choices like this). But between the 3, I would go back to Atlas first. At Linn Street Cafe, I ordered the lamb rack - 4 arrived with... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2013

This is the tale of two great restaurants in Iowa City who share one entrance - Linn Street Cafe (to the right, just inside the entrance) and Devotay (to the left, just inside the entrance). Both restaurants have a sterling reputation in Iowa City. I've had the pleasure of dining at both. Devotay is a little more "off the beaten... More

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