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“Up, down ...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Class Act

The Class Act
7725 Kirkwood Blvd SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
+1 319-848-8777
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Ranked #4 of 317 Restaurants in Cedar Rapids
Price range: $15 - $30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: 76th St SW
Transit: Kirkwood Blvd and 76th St SW.
Description: The Class Act Restaurant, located within The Hotel at Kirkwood Center, is eastern Iowa's newest and tastiest gourmet restaurant. Just minutes from popular attractions in downtown Cedar Rapids and Iowa City, The Class Act Restaurant provides great food and outstanding service in a hip, yet friendly and comfortable environment unlike any other in Cedar Rapids. In addition to offering an outstanding menu featuring the very best locally-grown produce and select fare from around the country, The Class Act also serves as a real-time, real-world teaching environment for Kirkwood's groundbreaking Culinary Arts program. Our menus are designed differently, far more creatively, in response to our teaching responsibility, and to provide the dining experience you and your family and friends expect. The Class Act offers the premier spot in Cedar Rapids whether you're looking to celebrate with friends and family, invite your clients for a great meal while in town, or just enjoy a romantic evening for two. From haute cuisine to home cookin', The Class Act offers dishes designed for just about any appetite - and just about any budget. Whether you seek light bites such as our gourmet small plates, savor culinary delights like the Iowa-cut pork chop or seasonal risotto, or simply prefer to dig into the juicy, farm-fresh flavors of the signature Class Act Burger, our seasonal breakfast, lunch, weekend brunch, and dinner menus offer something to suit your tastes. Or stop in and enjoy one of the tasty cocktails or wines from the restaurant's bar and extensive wine cellar. And don't miss the sweet delights our award-winning dessert menu to provide the perfect finish to your day. You have very high expectations for what is prepared here. And rightly so. Enjoy amazing gourmet food, unmatched service and a surprisingly agreeable check. Together with our breathtaking decor and quiet ambience, we've created a flawless experience that is truly a Class Act.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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“Up, down ...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Others have already pointed this out: it's a cooking (they say culinary arts) school. That being the case, you have to expect some variability. I first ate at the new school about two years ago. The service was slow, the food mediocre. That was for lunch. A year ago my wife and I tried it for a Saturday morning brunch. The food was better, but the service was worse: 40 minutes to get a cup of coffee. My wife talked me into trying it one more time, for a Valentine's Day dinner. The pix fixe menue was interesting, and the food was very good. I had tomato basil soup (delicious), we shared the sweet potato gnocchi (unusual flavors and texture, but really good, and the not-too-bitter kale was a delightful surpise), and I finished with the rack of lamb over polenta. Lots of places try to do polenta - The Class Act can actually bring it off. And for once the server didn't ask how I would like my lamb, a sign of a restaurant that doesn't know how to cook lamb; it just arrived perfectly medium rare.

The service has improved. We were able to substitute chocolate cake for the advertised pavlova. In fact, I had only two complaints: the food arrived so rapidly that we felt a little rushed, and didn't really have time to savor each dish; and the server kept saying things like, "How are we liking the lamb?" First, "liking" isn't a verb; second, "we" aren't eating this meal, unless you're offering to pick up part of the tab. But neither of these complaints is serious enough to keep me from trying the place again.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lee B, Manager at The Class Act, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
Dear Valued Guest,

Thank you for taking the time to write a response about your experience in our restaurant. Feedback both positive and negative is a gift as it helps us continuously improve. I am saddened to hear that your first two experiences were less than stellar but am glad to hear that you gave us another chance, something that is often unheard of in this industry.

Even though we are a teaching institution it is our standard to teach "best practices" and your experiences were certainly not within our standards and will be addressed with both our professional staff and our students.

We value your business and your opinion and hope that you will visit us again.

Best,
Melanie Ewalt
Director of Food and Beverage
319-848-8705
mewalt@kirkwood.edu
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Hiawatha, Iowa
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“A Surprise for Iowa”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We have had lunch, dinners and the plated brunches here since The Class Act first opened. You MUST remember that this is a restaurant for the students in culinary arts. Sometimes you are going to get something not quite right. That being said, you will often have amazing food too. The staff try very hard to give you an exceptional dining experience in every aspect. Definitely worth a try. Great place for those special events because it's not impossible to get a last minute reservation.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Lee B, Manager at The Class Act, responded to this review, February 21, 2013
Dear Valued Guest-

Thank you for taking the time to share your opinion of The Class Act restaurant. Receiving feedback, both positive and negative is valued and appreciated as it helps us improve our standards.

Even though we are a teaching institution it is our standard to teach "best practices" and consistency is certainly one of them. We certainly strive to provide the best experience possible and will share your comments with both our professional staff as well as our students.

We look forward to serving you in the future.

Best,
Melanie Ewalt
Director of Food and Beverage
319-848-8705
mewalt@kirkwood.edu
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“Unlike Iowa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

This is a sophisticated Iowa gem. Rarely can you find such diversity in menu options and taste in Cedar Rapids. A little light on energy and needs some music, but the food totally compensates.

Visited February 2013
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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“I didn't want to write this review, but...”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

As a member of the Cedar Rapids community, I want our local eateries to do well. And that is why it hurts me to write a bad review for The Class Act.

Once upon a time, The Class Act was a little known lunch spot on campus at Kirkwood Community College. The food was served in Linn Hall in a very open area. It was a relatively cheap, elegant lunch spot. A few years ago KCC built a beautiful new hotel and The Class Act was moved to the main level of the hotel. The digs are beautiful. The food can be upscale and pricey. The value is just not there. I ordered the shrimp and lobster with risotto for $20. I was served a bowl of grayish, unappetizing risotto which was heavily salted. The shrimp were great. The small bit of lobster was overcooked.

My husband ordered the spinach salad with chicken. He specifically asked for vinegar and oil on the side. When the salad arrived it was beautifully presented and coated in dressing. He asked for the salad to be remade without the dressing. 10 minutes later the salad arrived, thrown on the plate with the chicken.

A few things to note with this restaurant:
1. All the staff are students. They are learning. Some of these kids are really trying hard to make your experience wonderful.
2. The dining room is amazing to look at. I would not sit at one of the regular tables. It appears that KCC has reused the old tables from Linn hall. The table we sat at was wobbly, which made a bad evening worse. When you are being seated, ask for a booth on the far wall or one of the taller tables on the left. For a romantic dinner, try the curtained booth near the front. There are options for large groups too.

I was glad to read reviews from other readers. Some reviewers had excellent visits. This restaurant has a lot of potential. I'm hoping that the managers of the restaurant will read this review and make changes to oversee the food a little more closely. The dishes we ordered should not have left the kitchen without being checked for accuracy and taste.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Old Hickory, Tennessee
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“Excellent!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2013

Great food. Charcuterie plate was very good. I got the duck, which was very good (and I am a harsh critic, especially when it comes to duck). Bacon bloody better sounded much better than it actually was. Service was just acceptable. Waitress was kind enough, but she wasn't sufficiently familiar with the menu to answer any of our questions, e.g. any details about the cheeses on the charcuterie plate, the ingredients in sauces (even though they were generally on the menu, which she had taken at the point we asked), etc. Food was outstanding, ambiance was good, service was average. The average service is the only thing keeping me from giving this place five stars.

Visited January 2013
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