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Rubaiyat Restaurant

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117 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1805
+1 563-382-9463
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 stars 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 

Thank ljbedmonds
Waukee, Iowa
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2016

The atmosphere is very welcoming and we were seated promptly by very friendly staff. The wine list is one of the best I have seen, especially for a small town, with something for everyone's taste & budget. We were informed of the daily specials, we ordered our appetizers and entrees, and the various wines. Everything was timed beautifully. We were... More 

Thank Brent V
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2016 via mobile

Even the bathrooms are nice. Moderately priced for a generous serving of well prepared, flavorful food. Highly recommend. Excellent brunch on Sunday. Try it.

Thank Margaret B
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59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

Stopped on short notice hoping to get in. Fortunately there had a no show and seated us very quickly. Thanks go out to Kim for making our anniversary supper wonderful. The menu is eclectic and offers variety for meat eaters, non-meat eaters and gluten free. Great seafood pasta - with a large amount of seafood and great sauce! 3 salad... More 

Thank LindaRIowa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

We were surprised to find such a fine dining restaurant in a smaller town. The menu was extremely interesting with a gourmet twist to everything at reasonable prices. They accommodate splitting for a small charge and increased the starch and added a spectacular salad. We enjoyed a superb flatbread pizza as an appetizer, were "wowed" by our entree and selected... More 

Thank Jill B
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

We had a great experience at this restaurant. The staff are all very friendly and well-informed and the beer/wine selection is very good. Try the shrimp wrap appetizer! I can't explain it well, but the shrimp is wrapped in layers of the lightest, crispiest tempura I've ever had, with a wasabi cream sauce for dipping that is just the right... More 

Thank Jeaniy02
austin mn
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

Wonderful selection of beer and wine compliment the fantastic food they serve. Both the wait staff and the bar staff are very knowledgeable in the food and are happy to answer any questions you have.

Thank jennifertJ3705AX
Decorah, Iowa
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016

Wonderful food with great service. Very interesting menu ranging from appetizers, main dishes all the way thru desserts.

Thank Virginia K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
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
Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups
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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