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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2019 Winner
RATINGS
Food
Service
Value
Atmosphere

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Special occasions, Romantic, Large groups, Bar scene, Business meetings

Menu

STARTERS​
Caprese
Heirloom tomatoes, fresh basil & mozzarella, olive oil, balsamic reduction
$7.95
Steamed Mussels
Red onions, diced tomatoes, swiss chard; white wine saffron broth
$8.95
Local Ridgetop Acres Chicken Salad
White figs, celery, red onion, sunflower seeds, cracker assortment
$7.95
Summer Napoleon
Driftless hills lamb, roasted sweet corn & peppers, ricotta & feta cheese, fresh mint, balsamic reduction
$8.95
Shrimp Wraps
Rice​ paper wrap; house made raspberry ranch dipping sauce
$8.95
SALADS​
Large House Salad
Changes daily, our own dressing
$6.95
Large Caesar Salad
House made caesar dressing w/ shrimp skewers, grilled salmon, or grilled chicken.
$6.95
With Shrimp Skewers, Grilled Salmon, or Grilled Chicken
$10.95
Soup & Salad
Our soup of the day accompanied w/ our house salad, caesar salad, or lettuce wedge
$8.95
SMALL PLATES​
All small plates are served w/ your choice of house salad, caesar salad, lettuce wedge, or soup
Pizza of the Day
Ask your server for details
$12.95
Gluten free crust $+2.00
Caprese Chicken Sandwich
Fresh​ mozzarella, fresh basil, tomatoes, balsamic reduction; steak fries
$13.95
Salmon BLT
Grilled salmon filet, apple wood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, guacamole; steak fries
$14.95
Local Rock Cedar Ranch ½ Lb Burger
Apple wood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, red onion, white American & cheddar cheese, whiskey barbeque sauce; steak fries
$14.95
ENTREES​
All entrees are served w/ your choice of house salad, caesar salad, lettuce wedge, or soup
Jumbo Shrimp Scampi W/ Spinach Fettucine Alfredo
$21.95
House salad
Caesar salad
Lettuce wedge
Soup
Grilled 8Oz. Flat Iron Steak
Fresh herb butter; smashed potatoes
$21.95
House salad
Caesar salad
Lettuce wedge
Soup
Parmesan & Panko Encrusted Catfish
Roasted cherry tomato jam, balsamic reduction; rice medley
$18.95
House salad
Caesar salad
Lettuce wedge
Soup
Spicy Chicken Sausage W/ Gnocchi
Edamame & sweet corn succotash, roasted red pepper puree
$18.95
House salad
Caesar salad
Lettuce wedge
Soup
Pan-Roasted Halibut
Swiss​ chard, fresh herb butter; rice medley
$21.95
House salad
Caesar salad
Lettuce wedge
Soup
Cedar Plank Salmon
Cucumber dill aioli; rice medley
$20.95
House salad
Caesar salad
Lettuce wedge
Soup
Pasta Rubaiyat
Our signature pasta dish; shrimp, scallops, & crabmeat in our house made alfredo sauce w/ linguine
$19.95
House salad
Caesar salad
Lettuce wedge
Soup
10Oz. Caribbean Grilled Iowa Pork Ribeye
Pineapple & mango salsa; smashed potatoes
$20.95
House salad
Caesar salad
Lettuce wedge
Soup
Raspberry Chicken
Raspberry & leek sauce, goat cheese; rice medley
$18.95
House salad
Caesar salad
Lettuce wedge
Soup
About
At Rubaiyat, we feature a seasonal American menu, emphasizing straight - forward, approachable cuisine that both looks and tastes clean and composed. This means simply but skillfully prepared ingredient - driven dishes that reveal our commitment to using the highest quality products, in season, and local when available. The inspiration behind Rubaiyat's menu reflect Chef Andy's classic and diverse culinary influences. Yet he's consistently led back to creating food that is distinctly contemporary, and as our name would have it, dishes that are "food for thought". As a result, Rubaiyat's refined seasonal American dishes combine four of the qualities that we value most: integrity, style, restraint,
PRICE RANGE
$10 - $20
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
American
FEATURES
Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had curbside pickup. Exceeded our expectations! We heard that the Pasta Rubaiyat has been on the menu the longest, and now we know why! Amazing! The Mahi-mahi and shrimp scampi were immediate fan favorites. The bread smelled so delicious and garlicy, I could hardly wait...More

Date of visit: May 2020
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Reviewed April 25, 2020 via mobile

Under quarantine, my husband and I have twice dined from Rubaiyat this month. Yesterday morning I called in our order of prime rib, baked potato, green beans, and Caesar salad for Scout. I chose the sweet and sour chicken with peppers and onions and gnocchi,...More

Date of visit: April 2020
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rubaiyat117, Owner at Rubaiyat Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 27, 2020

Thanks you so much for the kind words and supporting Decorah small business during these crazy times. It’s customers like you that make doing our jobs much easier! Cheers Kim & Andy

Reviewed February 22, 2020

Went expecting nice meal and prepared to spend a little more. Service was ok no complaints, menue is a little short of basic fare but I new that before hand. I had the house salad with blue cheese dressing and it was good, ordered veal...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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rubaiyat117, Owner at Rubaiyat Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2020

Thanks for sharing your feedback. We’re sorry your experience didn’t match your expectations. We will use your review to continue to improve and meet expectations of all who come through our doors - our #1 Trip Advisor rating is a testament to that.

Reviewed February 15, 2020

This was my first time at Rubaiyat's. My sister and I went here for some QT together. We started with delicious drinks. I had the pear martini and she had a moscow mule. They come in large cups- thank goodness because they're so good!!! Our...More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed December 28, 2019 via mobile

One of my favorite restaurants in Iowa. World class menu and cuisine. Who knew a town of this size turned out a restaurant like Rubaiyat?? Also fun to sit at the bar and have dinner since they have once again allowed full menu service there....More

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

This place never lets you down. Great service with top notch wine choices and wonderful food. I love the bar.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed November 24, 2019 via mobile

Dinner for 6 - 2 generations ---- something for everyone on the menu. Enjoyed the featured wine (both white and ready) - both were very nice; thanks for the recommendation. Hummus of the day was fabulous. 4 had the soup - and all said it...More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 13, 2019

Celebrating our anniversary (again) here. We always come back to dine again at this fabulous restaurant. This time we brought another couple to dine with us and they agree, simply fabulous. This really made our day, since we had a flat tire (ran over a...More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 12, 2019

We traveled to Decorah, Iowa from Chicago for the Iowa Arts Tour and wanted a nice dinner on Saturday night. Rubaiyat was an excellent choice. Our dinner experience was amazing including the atmosphere, food, service food and wine. We were warmly greeted by the owner...More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed October 9, 2019

I wanted something more than just bacon and eggs. They had a great breakfast bowl that was very good. Had steak and seafod in it. Would go again.

Date of visit: October 2019
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Ashlie D
July 17, 2018|
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Response from BDG6610 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, easily.
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Cyndi M
October 5, 2015|
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Response from rubaiyat117 | Property representative |
We host wedding reception parties all the time. We always have steak and seafood options on the menu. As well we always have a children's menu with things ranging from pasta with marinara or butter, chicken fingers a plain... More
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InterestedMarine
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Response from rubaiyat117 | Property representative |
We have people in biking clothes in here almost on a nightly basis. No problem at all. We would love to have you join us! Chef Andy
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