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American, Steakhouse
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Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Table Service
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Reviewed August 18, 2022

Now THIS is what steak is supposed to taste like! A big thank you to Rube's for taking care of the four of us - college friends who hadn't seen each other since we graduated from Drake. (Sorry if we were a little too excited!)....It was a perfect reunion, made even better due to outstanding service, literally the best steak I've ever had, and a fun time at the grill. The cocktails are amazing, they even had a fancy no-alcohol cocktail for my pregnant friend, her husband had the My Pal Oma. My boyfriend had the smoked old fashioned, it was wonderful. The wine list is concise but excellent. I had a surprisingly good red wine, I think it was called High on the Hog? I've been living in California (near San Francisco) for three years, this place rivals any fancy steakhouse steak there. This was just pure fun. Our server told us that they have another location in a tiny town about 90 minutes away. We are going to try to get over to that one sometime this week when visit my parents in eastern Iowa.More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed October 12, 2020

Waiter/ess's are fantastic! But that's where it stops. Very very poor experience with management and ownership. Inconsistencies and unappreciative of business I have done with them in the past. Have spent THOUSANDS on holiday gift cards with them in the past and met a very...rigid force when trying to redeem the "give back" cards. Would not recommend doing business with them. Waitresses talk about high level of turnover which more times than not is a reflection of ownership. 1 star because I cannot give 0. Owner was going to follow up with me to establish how they could handle the prior commitments one of the managers had made regarding these cards and never did. Went in not knowing what to expect, and once again it was a mess. Red headed manager on staff making false claims. Obviously I wasn't happy after the series of poor experiences Id had. I took to google reviews. Owner follows up with blatant LIES and false insinuations "At least once you didn't leave a tip, or left a tiny tip". Which is it if you know so well??????? (i could walk in and point out the waitresses that served me and I guarantee they will forwardly express that i tipped generously). Owner is also intentionally leaving out that this mess has been created by THEM. It's clear that the leadership here fails to take accountability for THEIR messes and has very little drive be fair to their clientele. Passed out the cards that I had on hand to couples that were already eating at the restaurant, and will be going back to hand out the rest of my cards to people in the parking lot. At the end of the day, they will be redeeming the cards that they were making hard for me to, to customers that are already going to do business with them anyways. And have lost my current and future business. I wonder how many people spend thousands a year at this restaurant? Can't help but assume you'd need to retain people like to me to have a thriving business. But just wait for the response, It will be a dodgy series of jabs at me and how poor of a customer I am and how hard of a customer I am to get along with. SAVE YOUR MONEY, GO TO TEXAS ROADHOUSE, AND HAVE YOUR STEAK COOKED FOR YOU!!!More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed March 16, 2020

Came here with a group and I really didn't want to eat here because I heard mixed reviews. I don't enjoy spending 50.00 and I gotta cook my own food? Not happening. Hated cooking around a bunch of drunks touching everyone's steak but their own....Lamest place to eat.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed November 6, 2019 via mobile

This steakhouse is a favorite of ours! This is a cook your own place with awesome ambiance and DELICIOUS food! You choose your meat and sides to cook from a well stocked cooler! Staff is very accommodating and friendly! Great for couples, families and large...groups! Definitely will become a favorite when your in the area!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed June 11, 2019 via mobile

Our group arrived with six people and we were told it would be a 90 minute wait. There was a group of 12 already waiting and another group of 12 with reservations ahead of us. We had just arrived from 10 hours on the road...with several hungry teenagers. They allowed us to be seated and start with our salads, sides, and drinks while we waited. Not long after, they squeezed us ahead of the second group who hadn't arrived yet. All our food was incredible, and our server Tessa checked on us frequently making sure we had everything we needed. It was a great dining experience... wish we could take this Rube's back to Ohio with us.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 4, 2019 via mobile

You pick your steak out here. Taste amazing which ever your choice is. Staff is great and helpful. Nice place for romantic night out or any special occasion.

Date of visit: November 2018
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Reviewed April 13, 2019 via mobile

Met my husband for dinner. Our waitress was on top of things and prompt. We weren’t sure about cooking our own steaks after a long day, but it actually made the night more fun. They have a great selection and tasty seasonings to use. Would...definitely stop again!More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed March 27, 2019

The locals will not tell you about this place as they don't want you to take up a seat they want. Rube Steakhouse in Waukee is an old school, cook it yourself if you want, steakhouse. Fresh cut Iowa beef in a display case YOU...pick, along with a variety of sides, and take it to their huge grill where a variety of spices and butter are available to use in grilling your steak (non steak options are available to). In addition you have an all you can eat salad bar and potato station as part of your meal. GREAT place when you have a group; having drinks around the grill, having a good time. Have been here twice in the month of March due to taste of food, great atmosphere and priced for what you get (Prices are not on the over price side, but not a chain steakhouse prices)More

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed January 20, 2019 via mobile

Visited Rube's for the first time tonight. What a fun and interactive establishment. Grab a drink at the bar, pick your choice of protein frim the beautiful counter, cop a squat at one of the many tables, throw your protein on the grill, and chat...it up with friends around the aromas of grill and drinks. We will be back with more friends! Thank you for a great experience.More

Date of visit: January 2019
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Reviewed December 21, 2018

Chris and his staff couldn't be better! The food is amazing! I would recommend Rubes to anyone that wants a great steak and awesome service.

Date of visit: December 2018
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Reviewed December 6, 2018

My husband and I visited friends in Iowa as we were winding our way back home from vacation in ND & SD. Our last night in Iowa they took us to Rube's Steakhouse. We had so much fun selecting our entrees and sides then on...to the grilling it yourself. I don't do the grilling at home, so I was a little leary. I lucked out and my ribeye was perfect - yea me! Their potato and salad bars were awesome. Their desserts are to die for - yum. We got our dessert to go as the main course was more than filling. If you're into having a wonderful dining experience Rube's is a must.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Reviewed August 12, 2018

My wife and I stopped in for pick and cook your own steak. She hadn't been here before. We live in NE Tennessee now all though I grew up in Earlham. I did the Rib eye and she had the New York Strip. If you...haven't been there it is fun to stand besides complete strangers, strike up a conversation, while your cooking. Butter and cook or in my case burn the Texas Toast. There is plenty of room, chicken, pork some fish ( are you kidding ) This is Iowa baby. Steak, Steak and more Steak That's what I'm talking about. Rachael our server was on top of her game, pleasant and did make sure our time at Rubes was one to remember and make sure we would come back. Rachael you did that and more. Shout OutMore

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed July 30, 2018

Great little place off of I-80 near Waukee, Iowa. This was our second trip to this restaurant. The steaks were excellent, very tender and tasty. You grill your own and they have a salad bar and potato bar that goes with each meal. You can...also choose from some other sides (stuffed mushrooms and peppers, asparagus, mac & cheese, etc. Good for large or small groups and kids are certainly welcome also. I had the bacon wrapped filet, which was excellent. I only needed my fork to cut it. Our server was not the best, as she appeared to be new and had to go ask someone else with questions we had. Other servers seemed to be very good. We will go again for sure.More

Date of visit: July 2018
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Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

The cook your own steak was good but expensive. Everything was buffet style. The salad bar was poor quality. The caramel apple dessert was very good. If I'm going to pay that much for a steak dinner,I'd like a chef to cook it and have...a quality salad with varied greens and better choices of veggees etc.More

Date of visit: June 2018
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Reviewed January 28, 2018 via mobile

Delicious steaks, too big for normal people, but memorable experience of grilling and socialising with my colleagues.

Date of visit: January 2018
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  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
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