We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The Tripadvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Brown Bottle

COVID-19 Update: Local restaurants need your support! Purchase a gift card directly from them and make a difference. Purchase a Gift Card

Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Pizza, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Business meetings


Sweet Sausage Meatballs
sweet italian sausage meatballs in a rich tomato sauce
USD 10
Chicken Dip with Naan Bread
Sautéed Mushrooms
Cheese Bread
Goat Cheese and Baguette
with sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil
Shrimp Cocktail
USD 11
Pesto Flatbread
with prosciutto ham, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil and mozzarella
USD 15
Margarita Flatbread
with fresh basil, tomatoes, garlic and mozzarella
USD 12
salad dressings: parmesan peppercorn, raspberry vinaigrette, homemade vinaigrette, bleu cheese (gluten free), brown bottle italian (gluten free), thousand island (gluten free), ranch (gluten free), creamy garlic (gluten free), french (gluten free)
Soup of The Day
Dinner Salad
Your choice of: iceberg lettuce; spring blend
Herbed Goat Cheese Salad
spring blend topped with dried cherries and warm herbed goat cheese featuring chives and thyme; served with a homemade vinaigrette dressing
Greek Chicken Salad
mediterranean chicken, cucumber, red and yellow bell peppers, feta cheese, grape tomatoes, red onions and kalamata olives on a bed of lettuce; served with a homemade greek dressing
USD 18
Entrées are served with dinner salad and garlic bread. Herbed goat cheese salad may be substituted for $3
layers of pasta, beef and pork meat sauce and herbs, topped with mozzarella cheese
USD 18
Vegetarian Lasagna
layers of spinach pasta and cheeses in a creamy white sauce and marinara sauce, topped with mozzarella cheese
USD 18
Seafood Lasagna
layers of pasta, shrimp and scallops covered in a rich cream sauce, topped with parmesan cheese
USD 22
Fettuccine Alfredo
Butter, cream and parmesan cheese on fettuccine pasta. Gluten-free pasta available
USD 15
Add Chicken USD 4
Add Shrimp USD 5
Chili Pepper Penne
chicken sautéed in a creamy white sauce, tossed with chili pepper penne pasta
USD 19
Garlic Chicken Pasta
chicken, pea pods, mushrooms, pine nuts and roma tomatoes sautéed in a light broth and tossed with campanelle pasta
USD 19
Prosciutto with Mushrooms Pasta
prosciutto ham and mushrooms sautéed in alfredo sauce with a hint of garlic and tossed with campanelle pasta
USD 19
Roasted Garlic Pasta
sun-dried tomatoes, marsala and thyme sauteed in a creamy garlic sauce, tossed with campanelle pasta
USD 15
Add Chicken USD 4
Add Shrimp USD 5
Italian Sausage Pasta
Italian sausage, three cheeses, italian seasonings and a creamy tomato sauce, baked with campanelle pasta
USD 18
Chicken in Dill Butter Pasta
chicken sprinkled with bread crumbs, baked in a sauce of butter, garlic, dill and lemon, served over fettuccine pasta with parmesan cheese
USD 19
Gluten-free penne pasta available. Entrées are served with dinner salad and garlic bread. Herbed goat cheese salad may be substituted for $3
Meat Sauce
herb-seasoned meat sauce, made with beef and pork
USD 17
rich tomato sauce, featuring a subtle blend of spices and herbs
USD 16
Entrées are served with dinner salad and garlic bread. Herbed goat cheese salad may be substituted for $3
pasta stuffed with a blend of three cheeses and baked in a marinara sauce
USD 17
pasta stuffed with a seasoned beef mixture and baked in a marinara sauce
USD 17
portions of both beef and cheese
USD 17
Sandwiches are served with your choice of soup or salad
Roast Beef
roast beef and mozzarella cheese, baked on french bread and served with au jus
USD 13
Hot Italian Sausage
homemade spicy italian sausage, tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese, baked on french bread with garlic butter
USD 13
ham, salami, pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese baked on french bread with garlic butter
USD 13
Entrées are served with one side, dinner salad and garlic bread. herbed goat cheese salad may be substituted for $3
Prime Rib*
12-ounce portion, choice cut of tender beef, slow roasted to your specifications. Horseradish sauce available. (Not responsible for prime rib ordered above medium well)
USD 25
Chicken Parmesan
chicken baked in tomato sauce with ham strips, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses
USD 19
Chicken Marsala
chicken baked in marsala wine with fresh mushrooms and mozzarella cheese
USD 19
Sun-Dried Tomato & Goat Cheese Chicken
chicken stuffed with sun-dried tomatoes, goat cheese and fresh basil, baked with parmesan cheese and sprinkled with crumbled prosciutto
USD 19
Orange Roughy Parmesan
orange roughy baked in a sauce featuring butter, parmesan cheese and green onions
USD 20
Salmon with Peach Salsa
flaky salmon baked with our blend of seasonings, accompanied by a peach salsa featuring peaches, red peppers, green onions, ginger and jalapeños
USD 22
Toppings: green pepper, red pepper, black olive, green olive, onion, mushroom, jalapeño, sun-dried tomato, pineapple, pepperoni, salami, sausage, canadian bacon, beef, chicken, prosciutto, roast beef
1 Topping
9 Inch USD 10
12 Inch USD 13
14 Inch USD 16
16 Inch USD 19
2 Toppings
9 Inch USD 11
12 Inch USD 15
14 Inch USD 18
16 Inch USD 22
3 Toppings
9 Inch USD 12
12 Inch USD 16
14 Inch USD 20
16 Inch USD 25
4+ Toppings
9 Inch USD 14
12 Inch USD 19
14 Inch USD 24
16 Inch USD 28
House Special
green peppers, black olives, green olives, onions, mushrooms, pepperoni, salami, sausage and canadian bacon
9 Inch USD 14
12 Inch USD 19
14 Inch USD 24
16 Inch USD 28
All are 10" size (gluten-free)
1 Topping
USD 13
2 Toppings
USD 15
3 Toppings
USD 16
4+ Toppings
USD 18
House Special
green peppers, black olives, green olives, onions, mushrooms, pepperoni, salami, sausage and canadian bacon
USD 18
Roasted Sweet Potatoes
roasted sweet potatoes, shallots, sage, parmesan and prosciutto
Sugar Snap Peas
sugar snap peas tossed in olive oil with oregano, garlic, parmesan and fresh dill
Blended Vegetables
Twice-Baked Potatoes
Sponsored by: The Brown Bottle

Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Award-winning Italian
1. Award-winning Italian
"the Lasagna is to die for"
See reviews that mention italian
2. Top notch service
2. Top notch service
"The staff was incredibly friendly and helpful"
Kelly N
See reviews that mention staff was incredibly friendly
3. Surrounded by nature
3. Surrounded by nature
"enjoyed watching the flying birds, turkey, and rabbit along the river"
See reviews that mention family
A Cedar Falls tradition for more than 40 years, this family-owned restaurant offers a wonderful blend of classic Italian dishes like lasagna, chicken parmesan and manicotti, along with crowd favorites like chili pepper penne and garlic chicken pasta to tempt your taste buds. Come, relax and enjoy the delicious Italian scents and tastes of juicy tomatoes, melting mozzarella, sweet basil, crushed garlic and sauces made from scratch.
$8 - $20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Pizza, Italian
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Private Dining, Wine and Beer, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Gift Cards Available
Reviews (191)
Filter reviews
191 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Traveler rating
Show reviews that mention
All reviews lasagna twice baked potato salad ice cream drinks meat sauce spring mix italian sausage prosciutto shrimp cakes bird feeders cedar river iceberg lettuce half price bottle sun dried tomatoes wine menu is wooded area
Selected filters
Updating list...
Reviewed February 27, 2020 via mobile

We had a wonderful waitress and she was very attentive. Our food was absolutely delicious! The chicken marsala and twice baked potatoes word out of this world!

Date of visit: February 2020
Restaurant's Favorite
Reviewed September 8, 2019 via mobile

I've never had a bad meal here. The cheese bread appetizer is very tasty. The serving of lasagna is more than one person can eat. It is cheesey and perfectly balanced with meat sauce. Your taste buds will dance with delight! The adult beverages, particularly...More

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed December 24, 2019 via mobile

Excellent food and service. Good wine list. Seafood lasagna, garlic pasta with shrimp and pasta with mushrooms and prosciutto were all delicious! Wanted a special dinner with our son and his girlfriend and none of us were disappointed. Will definitely return the next time we...More

Date of visit: December 2019
Reviewed December 10, 2019 via mobile

Great food great dinning experience. This is a restaurant in a old four story home between the Cedar River and some creeks. Great location year round with lost of windows to see the river and animals. The food is Italian based with most dishes being...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 22, 2019 via mobile

I haven't eaten at The Brown Bottle for over 35 years. On a recent visit to Cedar Falls I had the opportunity to once again visit my favorite restaurant in the city. The food was as wonderful as I remembered with the lasagna being the...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed November 11, 2019 via mobile

We were in town from St Louis, it had been years since we'd been to Brown Bottle. I knew exactly what I was going to order at the first mention of going. Lasagna!! And Brown Bottle exceeded my memory! Their lasagna is perfection of meat...More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed October 13, 2019

Made reservations for a Saturday night and very glad we did as they were crowded due ti UNI homecoming. Staff was attentive, but our meals were mediocre. We all ordered different entrees and all 4 of us agreed the meals were fine, but “nothing special.”...More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 8, 2019 via mobile

Had excellent meal and service for birthday club!!! Staff very friendly and meal was delicious! 1/2 o ou rice bottles of wine always a plus!

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed October 8, 2019

Favorite dish is the "Shrimp in Dill Butter Pasta" - melts in your mouth. The atmosphere and staff are great!

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed September 28, 2019

This took a little driving to find, had a full parking lot, and more room inside that we thought when we arrived. Great service, an extremely large wine list, and excellent food. The margaritas were excellent also.

Date of visit: September 2019
View more reviews
Best nearby
Best nearby hotelsSee all
Hampton Inn Cedar Falls Downtown
34 reviews
.66 miles away
The Black Hawk Hotel
253 reviews
.72 miles away
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Cedar Falls, IA
487 reviews
2.52 miles away
Days Inn by Wyndham Cedar Falls- University Plaza
481 reviews
2.55 miles away
Best nearby restaurantsSee all
Scratch Cupcakery Cedar Falls
287 reviews
.84 miles away
284 reviews
.80 miles away
Whiskey Road
257 reviews
.87 miles away
Best nearby attractionsSee all
Big Woods Lake Recreation Area
50 reviews
.93 miles away
Ice House Museum
6 reviews
.60 miles away
SingleSpeed Brewing Co.
29 reviews
.74 miles away
Here's What's Poppin
7 reviews
.76 miles away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
Abbey W
October 12, 2017|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from linda1930 | Reviewed this property |
Tiffany B
January 16, 2015|
Response from melissammb | Property representative |
Hi there - Looks like you may have accidentally posted your question on the wrong site. The Brown Bottle is located in Cedar Falls, IA and is not associated with any resorts. But your trip sounds lovely - good luck and have... More
Is This Your Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim Your Free Listing