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Linn Street Cafe

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121 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245
+1 319-337-7370
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5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Our menu is a combination of Midwest classics and internationally...
Our menu is a combination of Midwest classics and internationally influenced new American cuisine. We serve the finest cuts of choice Iowa meats, the freshest sustainable seafood and seasonal produce from local farmers. We put in hours of preparation each day in anticipation of the evening's guests. Great food, great wine, friendly and knowledgeable service are our specialties. Our menu includes items like grilled beef tenderloin with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and pecan crusted chicken with a Dijon cream reduction and Seared Diver Scallops served with vegetable stir fried coconut rice and a grilled pineapple pico de gallo. Wine Spectator magazine has recognized our extensive wine list as one of the best in the world. Locals have voted us as the best restaurant for a "Romantic Dinner" for 19 years. We are proud that our commitment to the art of fine cuisine comes through in every appetizer, entree, and dessert we serve. We invite you to join with us in savoring the Linn Street Cafe experience!
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  • 45
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
They did it

We were a party of mixed group of 11adults, 3kids, a couple of persnickety eaters, two professal restaurant people and two latecomers and still the server handled it all. Food was great - who has strawberry salad on the menu - and well-prepared. Nice wine list. A good time was had by all.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
rconnelly
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Tucson
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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Tucson
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

We were a party of mixed group of 11adults, 3kids, a couple of persnickety eaters, two professal restaurant people and two latecomers and still the server handled it all. Food was great - who has strawberry salad on the menu - and well-prepared. Nice wine list. A good time was had by all.

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Davenport, Iowa
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

We were drawn to the special appetizer of fresh morels with a garlic flan and asparagus--excellent! Went on to have the special appetizer of green tomato gazpacho, also very good. My wife asked about the recipe and the chef jotted it down on a slip of paper for her--very generous of him. The entrees--a duck panzanella and beef tenderloin were... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

We reserved Linn Street Cafe for our wedding dinner and it was fabulous. Service and food were awesome. Now we go back here once a year to celebrate our anniversary.

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Chicago
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8 reviews 8 reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

If you are looking for a semi-private space for a special occasion, this is the restaurant for you! Frank, the owner, has the best customer focus. It was so easy to communicate with him about our needs prior to to the dinner. He put together an amazing personalized menu for my mother's 75th birthday which included 20+ adults and children.... More 

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Frank B, Owner at Linn Street Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. It was truly a pleasure working with you and your family. Helping people celebrate is our specialty and its what we enjoy the most. More 

Ann Arbor, MI
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

Several years ago, I ate dinner at Linn Street Cafe. It was fine; not a gastronomic "wow," but solid. I have high expectations for meals, so this is a good thing. Then the time came to pay the bill, and the waiter lost my friend's (bright yellow) debit card, and just shrugged when we asked him about it. I swore... More 

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Frank B, Owner at Linn Street Cafe, responded to this review

Wow, this review had us speechless. It means so much that you'd write in, so thank you for taking the time! We look forward to bringing you your favorites for many years to come. Take care. All the best, Linn Street Café More 

Iowa City, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2014 via mobile

My husband & I were given a gift certificate to Linn Street Cafe for our 25th anniversary several years ago. It was a lovely, relaxing, romantic dinner! Since then we have taken his parents to Linn Street Cafe each year for their anniversary. I believe it is the best restaurant in Iowa City to celebrate a special occasion!

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Frank B, Owner at Linn Street Cafe, responded to this review

As we said on Yelp, Deana, it means so much that you'd share such a special occasion with us. This tradition is one we'll cherish for years to come! Thank you again, and have a happy holiday! All the best, Linn Street Café More 

Iowa City, Iowa
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

If you want to pay $19 or so for stuffed ravioli made with prefab egg roll skins, over aerated filling, and only ok sauce. Or $9 or so for a bowl of "Lobster" bisque made with a commercial base, too much thickener, tasting of canned tomato soup, and a little Langostino (Squat Lobster) for garnish. Or enjoy some from base... More 

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Frank B, Owner at Linn Street Cafe, responded to this review

It's extremely disappointing to hear you haven't been impressed with our fare, especially since you identify as a kitchen professional yourself. Just to clarify, we only use the highest quality ingredients, and we pride ourselves on beautiful handmade dishes. It's surprising and disheartening to read your descriptions, as that's simply not what we serve. That said, we do always welcome... More 

Iowa City, Iowa
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014 via mobile

Linn Street Cafe has been a fixture of the local dining scene for many years. It is easy to take it for granted, but don't. The have been consistently excellent for their entire run. Most recently, they have adjusted their prices to appeal to a broader audience. No entree is listed at more that $25.00. Normally that won't get you... More 

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Frank B, Owner at Linn Street Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful review -- you've really captured what we do to a tee, and it means so much that you'd reach out on our behalf. Hope to see you in soon! All the best, Linn Street Café More 

Iowa City, Iowa
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

this is one of that places that you just go back. Nice people, food always comes out quickly and they really mastered the cooking of meat, i like it medium rare and they never failed

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Frank B, Owner at Linn Street Cafe, responded to this review

Helen, it's wonderful to see you're such a loyal fan of ours! It sounds like our steaks are a real favorite, and we'd love for you to try our fall menu. Hope to see you in again soon! All the best, Linn Street Café More 

Seattle
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1,074 reviews 1,074 reviews
604 restaurant reviews
248 helpful votes 248 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

I visited Iowa City for a week while on business. This is the best restaurant I found while there. The service was solid, the ambiance nice, wine selection adequate, and the food very very good. It's continental style with a New American flair. My favorite of the night was a melon and prosciutto quesadilla with melon pico de gallo. Nice!

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Frank B, Owner at Linn Street Cafe, responded to this review

The best restaurant in Iowa City? There's a compliment we won't soon forget! Thank you so much for this kind review, and let us know when you're headed back our way -- we'd love a chance to thank you in person. All the best, Linn Street Café More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 121 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-337-7370

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 29
  • Cuisine: American, Wine Bar

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business, Romantic, Entertaining clients

Description

Our menu is a combination of Midwest classics and internationally influenced new American cuisine. We serve the finest cuts of choice Iowa meats, the freshest sustainable seafood and seasonal produce from local farmers. We put in hours of preparation each day in anticipation of the evening's guests. Great food, great wine, friendly and knowledgeable service are our specialties. Our menu includes items like grilled beef tenderloin with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and pecan crusted chicken with a Dijon cream reduction and Seared Diver Scallops served with vegetable stir fried coconut rice and a grilled pineapple pico de gallo. Wine Spectator magazine has recognized our extensive wine list as one of the best in the world. Locals have voted us as the best restaurant for a "Romantic Dinner" for 19 years. We are proud that our commitment to the art of fine cuisine comes through in every appetizer, entree, and dessert we serve. We invite you to join with us in savoring the Linn Street Cafe experience!
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?