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Rubaiyat Restaurant

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117 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1805
+1 563-382-9463
Sun 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Wed - Thu 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Fri - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had appetizers and drinks. Staff was friendly. It was very busy so we didn't think we could get a table for dinner.

Thank Mary M
Fulton, Missouri
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This place has the most unique, delicious food! Locally sourced and seasonal. Great apps and entrees, stuffed quail, pork ribeye, pork belly and octopus w/black noodles, beef ribeye, chicken, salmon, scollops, etc!!! This is some of the best food I've eaten. The waitstaff is tremendous! Friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, on and on and on..... They have 250 wines, 30+ beers on... More 

Thank robk9531
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had heard of this restaurant several years ago, as far away as Des Moines, IA. It lived up to my expectations! As you enter the restaurant, you are greeted and warmly welcomed to your seat. I would recommend a reservation, as we were there on a Thursday night at 6:30 and they were full. Luckily, we had one! Our... More 

Thank Angie A
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106 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were in town to revisit family home places and my fathers college days at Luther. Per TA reviews we found ourselves here for dinner. Our waitress, a statuesque blonde Viking princess, was lovely! She engaged my elderly parents in such a sweet way! Dinner was Devine. We enjoyed several creative cocktails when we arrived. We started with the kale... More 

Thank Margoes
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

With the rotating local menus, the beautiful setting and the superb staff, a trip here is always enjoyed whether it's for brunch or dinner. The bar side offers a great selection as well. Get a reservation for any special day in Decorah or at Luther, though!

Thank Sarah Z
Quad Cities USA
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254 reviews
164 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were here with friends after a day of trout fishing. Lots of brews on tap and decent wine list (or so my fishing companions told me). Numerous entrees prepared and served in non-traditional unique style. Prices seemed a bit steep (starting at just under $20 for pistachio-dusted chicken). We all opted for the flatbread chicken pizza, which was good... More 

Thank blandboy
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Awesome atmosphere, awesome food, awesome people! Always friendly, helpful staff and the owners are amazing. Food is always great and different. Bar food is just as wonderful as the dining area!

Thank Jill W
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is our favorite restaurant whether we have our kids with us, we are out on a date night, out with friends, or just want to stop for a drink. The atmosphere is great! Food is wonderful and the drink list is amazing! We are always treated with a friendly smile from the hostess and have great service every time.

Thank Josh Jennalee P
West Des Moines, Iowa
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

We had dinner here after Nordic Fest, so the restaurant was very busy. We had made a reservation and were seated a few minutes early. The food was fantastic! I had a tomato-artichoke soup and blackened salmon served over grains and vegetables. My husband had the house salad and pork loin with baked beans and mashed potatoes. Everything was delicious... More 

Thank lach_arvada
Galena, Illinois
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Made a quick trip to Decorah for a house project, decided to break for breakfast, and I am glad we did. It was FANTASTIC. I had the Isaiah's Chicken Bowl, and I don't know what was so yummy in this dish (besides everything, it blended well together), but I could have ate two of them!!!! Staff was beyond friendly and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $20
American, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Full Bar
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1805
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Decorah
  • Phone Number: +1 563-382-9463
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, and playfulness. That is found in our personal mission to shape the dining experience around culinary delights from beginning to end. We insist on honoring the smallest details underlying the very rhythm of the restaurant, including our service. Come find out for yourself just why our staff is second to none. Cheers!! Andy & Kim Bonnet, Proprietors

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