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“Very nice bar area” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Rubaiyat Restaurant

Rubaiyat Restaurant
117 West Water Street, Decorah, IA
+1 563-382-9463
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Ranked #1 of 36 Restaurants in Decorah
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Eclectic
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Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The name "Rubaiyat" derives from a collection of poetry written over 1,000 years ago. The poems are a testimony of living life to the fullest with the help of good food, fine wine and together the joy they can bring to life. Owners Andy & Kim Bonnet invite you to share in their love of great food and wine as you experience fine dining at its best in downtown Decorah. See you soon!
Iowa
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Very nice bar area”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2012

We've had many good meals in the dining room at Rubaiyat and recently have discovered what a great little bar scene they have. If you're just 2-4 people I recommentd the bar area for dining. It's casual, fun, and delicious.

Visited November 2012
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English first
manchester, MD, US
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Best meal we have had in years”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2012

We enjoyed a superb meal here after recommendations from two Decorah townspeople we met while on a recent drive from Minnesota to Maryland. We travel a lot for business, and it is a rare occasion to hear us both rave over our restaurant dinner. The highlight was the lamb sausage; juicy and full of flavor. They make it in house, and I so wish I could buy some to take home. The pork fillet was tender, cooked just right and covered with local apple compote. On the side "just right" steamed vegetables and bourbon smashed sweet potatoes. Yum! Our two salads were different depending on dressing, each one delicious. They must care about the food they serve. You could tell other dinner guests were enjoying the evening. Good atmosphere. The wait staff was friendly and provided excellent service. I would go out of my way to eat at Rubaiyat again!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Iowa City, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Exquisite cuisine tucked away in a small Iowa town.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2012

Highly recommend. We'll be back in our next visit to Decorah for sure! The only thing that would make it better is if they made there desserts in house..

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Iowa City, Iowa
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Will not go back.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2012

The only thing edible was the bread. Will not go back. No flavor, cold when food arrived and waited a VERY long time after placing order.

Visited September 2012
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decorah
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Great on thirsty Thursdays.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

Great food and wine list. Excellent service and would recommend this restaurant to anyone coming to Decorah. The lettuce wedge salad is a favorite of many!

Visited September 2012
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