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Linn Street Cafe

121 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2141
+1 319-337-7370
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Ranked #24 of 206 Restaurants in Iowa City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $29
Hours:
Mon - Thu 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Wine Bar
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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!
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English first
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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437 restaurant reviews
147 helpful votes 147 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 

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

How in the world can we thank you for this wonderful review? It sounds like our menu carries quite a few favorites for you. We hope you'll visit us again the next time you're in Iowa City. All the best, Linn Street Café More 

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19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Frank B, Owner at Linn Street Cafe, responded to this review

Happy to hear you're loving the lobster bisque. It is a favorite of many of our guests. Thanks for the feed back on prices, we have been working on reducing the prices on menu items. We will continue to do our best to keep the highest level of food quality at reasonable prices. All the best, Linn Street Café More 

Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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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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 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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Additional Information about Linn Street Cafe

Address: 121 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2141
Phone Number: +1 319-337-7370
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
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
Average Prices: USD 10 - 29
Cuisine: American, Wine Bar

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