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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
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Augusta, Georgia
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104 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I came to Shorts with some friends after visiting a best friend in Iowa City. This place has some of the best burgers I have ever tasted. Locally purchased meat with high quality, these burgers are cooked to order and come in various flavor makes. I got the Dundee special which included egg (one of my favorite types of burgers).... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Working my way through the burgers named after small towns in Kansas. Good local beer on tap to accompany unique burgers. Serve the bourbon by the same name.

Thank alawrencetraveller
Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was in Iowa City with my daughter for orientation at UI and we asked two people for a recommendation for somewhere to eat. We were told that these were the best burgers in Iowa City, so we went! First, it's a cute cute place with a very "college town" vibe. We were lucky to get seated right away because... More 

Thank 943sue
central Illinois
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43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Shorts was recommended by a hotel staffer as a good place open late for dinner. This was just what we wanted. The menu is limited to burgers, grilled chicken, vegetarian burgers, home made fries and a few other options. Meat is from a farm 26.5 miles away, according to the menu, so it's very local. The many burger options make... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A fantastic gustatory experience with fine local libations. Outstanding waitstaff. The burgers are the main draw and well worth it.

Thank 56out57
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53 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I often take my staff here for lunch. There are over a dozen types of thick and juicy burgers to choose from. Generous helping of fries on the side. You won't need dinner when you eat lunch here.

Thank Judy B
Carterville, Illinois
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Good local beer. Great burgers don't know how they do such a large menu so well. I work at another burger joint and would go to shorts everytime over where I work.

Thank L0ufa
Cincinnati, Ohio
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49 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

Although is nothing else than beers and burgers, I liked all the good options on the menu. I wanted to try the beef burger because is from a local source, the bun is also made locally, and the beer selection from local breweries was great. I think the portion is huge. The hand cut fries are good but not great... More 

Thank jmortis
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016 via mobile

Seeing the reviews we wanted to try this but left disappointed. The service was slow. Didn't have the beer option available and the burgers we greasy. Any flavors we lost to the amount of grease.

Thank Crbr S
Lincoln, Nebraska
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30 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016 via mobile

We're only able to visit Shorts once a year when in town. It's a must go to. Service, beer (Ruthie), and my Burnside are beyond good!!!! Wish this restaurant could be cloned and come to my hometown. Thank you Shorts and see you next year!!!

Thank Drury2019

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: 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?