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“frozen vegs, dry sandwich, dull chicken, tasteless salad”
Review of The Brown Bottle

The Brown Bottle
Ranked #8 of 116 Restaurants in Cedar Falls
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: Pizza, Italian
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Good for: Kids, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: A Cedar Falls tradition for more than 40 years, this family-owned restaurant offers a wonderful blend of classic Italian dishes like lasagna, chicken parmesan and manicotti, along with crowd favorites like chili pepper penne and garlic chicken pasta to tempt your taste buds. Come, relax and enjoy the delicious Italian scents and tastes of juicy tomatoes, melting mozzarella, sweet basil, crushed garlic and sauces made from scratch.
Cedar Falls, Iowa
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3 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“frozen vegs, dry sandwich, dull chicken, tasteless salad”
Reviewed March 28, 2013

Our lettuce salads were more white than green. Our chicken was just plain dull. The Italian sandwich was dry and the marinara was no better than what you might get in a jar. The shrimp dish was just a puzzle - the panko was burnt and tasteless. The vegetables had been frozen. We don't get it - what makes this restaurant such a favorite? Mediocre, at best.

  • Visited March 2013
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Waterloo, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Best service in the Cedar Valley area.”
Reviewed February 20, 2013

Our waitress last Monday night, Makenzie, was fantastic!! She was very knowledgeable about the menu and wine list. Service was top notch and the food was fantastic! All 6 people in our dinner group had wonderful meals cooked to perfect. This is going to become our monthly dinner location hands down.

  • Visited February 2013
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Lawler, Iowa, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Too Much”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

great food, but to spendy. Would go again, if the prices went down a little bit. Love the location, downtown, easy access, but...... $$

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Old faithful for a nice meal out”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Have been eating at the Brown Bottle for years. Food is always very good, service is excellent.
Large enough menu and plenty of variety. Great wines too! Go on Monday night - for a half price bottle of wine!

  • Visited January 2013
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Waverly, Iowa
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2 reviews
“Great Italian food!”
Reviewed January 7, 2013

Been going here a couple times a year for about 30 years. Nice atmosphere, great selection, reasonable prices, good service. I don't like it quite as well the last 10 years or so, but that may just be my changing tastes.

Visited September 2012
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