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“The Comfort Food Go-to Place”
Review of The Brown Bottle

The Brown Bottle
Ranked #8 of 117 Restaurants in Cedar Falls
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: Italian, Steakhouse
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
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
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76 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“The Comfort Food Go-to Place”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

Whenever we want a dependably delicious Italian meal, we go to the Brown Bottle in Cedar Falls. Their pizza and eggplant casserole are our favorites but the menu is diverse enough that everyone can find something. The quality has been incredibly consistent over the years and the service and ambiance are excellent. They have an outdoor patio for the months when Iowa is bearable outdoors.

Visited July 2013
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Des Moines
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140 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“One of my favorites”
Reviewed July 18, 2013

We try to come here when we are in town (about once a year) and have always had a wonderful experience. The restaurant is broken into smaller dining rooms which provides for a cozy atmosphere. When we ate here in May we had a window table looking out at the Cedar River. During dinner we saw a large assortment of birds and other wildlife (the staff puts birdseed and fruit out for them.) My husband had the prime rib and I had a pizza. We shared the hot lava cake for dessert. We usually try a different dish each time we come and have never been disappointed. If you are dining here while UNI is in session you may want to make reservations as it gets busy with the college kids.

  • Visited May 2013
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Dubuque, Iowa
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55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Never been disappointed”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

I occasionally get to eat here when visiting family In waterloo and have never been disappointed. The food is consistently good and i have tried several choices on the menu . The atmosphere is always classy and quiet enough to have a conversation. Wait staff is friendly and pleasant and so is the owner who is almost always there. We have actually ordered prime rib as carry out for a holiday from them and it was fantastic

  • Visited June 2013
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Waverly, Iowa, United States
2 reviews
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“Cozy Italian”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

The Brown Bottle has been a tradition in my family for several years. We love the food - lots of choices for everyone (from their famous lasagna to seafood to prime rib). It has a cozy setting with small intimate rooms and great decor. It's perfect for all occasions (date night, out with friends, or a family night). Two larger rooms give way for a perfect rehearsal dinner/company christmas party or any other large gathering. You can't go wrong with the Brown Bottle!

  • Visited March 2013
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Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States
2 reviews
“Little piece of heaven”
Reviewed April 1, 2013

The Brown Bottle is such a great place to dine. I enjoy the tables looking out to the woods near by, the updated atmosphere is very urban. The food is always great! I love so many dishes I can't describe them all, from the classic meat spagetti to the seafood selections. There is something for everyone here. I only wish they would bring back the seafood ravioli!

Great for weddings, business, or just a night out.

  • Visited February 2013
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