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Shorts Burger & Shine

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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18 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240-3912
+1 319-337-4678
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Manchester, IA, United States
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25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Shorts has the largest variety of burgers that I remember seeing. I had the Maynard, which has bacon and avocado; it was a great burger, very unique... and be sure to ask for the Shorts Sauce. I'll definitely go back again to try another burger.

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Thank Thomas S
lawrence
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

If I only have time for one stop it's Shorts. I still love the place but each experience is dwindling. 3x in a row now burger overcooked. Unless I just don't know what medium is. The girl serving the after lunch crowd at the bar was much more interested in chatting with her friend than providing any type of service.... More 

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Thank alawrencetraveller
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is solid if you're new in town and want a good, tasty burger. It won't blow you away and they don't take risks with their menu. It is a small bar setting that gets uncomfortable when busy. The cost, is a bit high too for what you get. For the adventurous types I would recommend walking a few... More 

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Downers Grove, Illinois
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53 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had heard from people in our group that this place had great burgers and fries. Everyone agreed that our meals were honestly, awful. The buns were dry and stale and the meat wasn't any better. I was completely disappointed and am not sure if I will give it another shot. It was that bad.

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1 Thank Todders728
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 7, 2016 via mobile

Don't come to this restaurant if you are in a hurry. The service is terrible! Took over 25 minutes to get just a burger.

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1 Thank Seth V
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2016

Nice friendly staff, good service, good burgers, and good fries. Asked for mediim rare burger and xtra crispy fries. Burger was perfect and fries better than perfect.

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Thank Jim F
Los Altos, California, United States
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507 reviews
374 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

If you want an expansive beer list, good pub food, and close to campus with indoor/outdoor seating, this is your place. Great to meet friends after the game or after class.

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Thank Rhett L
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

It took the bartender 20-30 min to refill my water. I'm sitting at the bar and he's right there in front of me. He finally refilled my water. Instead of putting my food order into the computer, he tells one of the waiters my order and then to tell the kitchen staff what I wanted. I waited for 15-20 min.... More 

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Beirut, Lebanon
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364 reviews
253 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 19, 2016 via mobile

It closes late...you can have a late dinner...I tried a cheeseburger and it was fair...it comes with French fries...we had beer too...the service was good...atmosphere it's nice...not a great experience for me...

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North Liberty, Iowa
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016 via mobile

An impressively large selection of unique burgers and great local Iowa beer on tap. Noisy like a bar, of course, because that's what it is. If you want the best service, sit at the bar. I ordered the Essex burger, which has great brie cheese on it, which you can really taste. The fries are very plain in a good... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240-3912
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-337-4678

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?