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“The nicest restaurant in town - hands down.” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Iowa River Power Co. Restaurant

Iowa River Power Co. Restaurant
Ranked #3 of 118 Restaurants in Coralville
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
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28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“The nicest restaurant in town - hands down.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2012

We live in the area, but only visited this restaurant for the first time this christmas season. On the outside, it's a little intimidating - a big brick building that says Iowa River Power Company. We went with the kids and in our work clothes...only to find that the inside was fantastically upper-scale, with views of the river and beautifully decorated with red and gold christmas trees and traditional christmas music. We felt a little under-dressed, but no one paid any mind to that (this is still Iowa City afterall, there really aren't dress codes). The prime rib was perfect, the kids meals even came with a plate of fresh grapes and cantaloupe that wasn't even in the menu description, so a nice surprise. The bleu cheese salad was amazing. The kid's meals were enormous, we had leftovers for another whole meal for them. The service was perfect. The prices are about what you'd expect - a lot more expensive than McDonalds, but not so pricey that you feel ripped off. We had two large prime rib orders, a crab rangoon appetizer (which are huge and filled with creamy crab meat), two kids burgers, 2 glasses of wine and two beers, everything came to about $100 before tip. Absolutely a must for special occasions or anyone just wanting a great meal in excellent atmosphere.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Siren394
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Iowa City, Iowa
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468 reviews
244 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
“Sunday Brunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 15, 2012

Sunday brunch is pretty amazing. There is a good variety of food at multiple stations. Our only "complaint" is the dessert table - the cakes were dry but that may have something to do with pre-cutting the cake and having it set out (which we get). Maybe they should have a cake cutter like they do for the meat they carve - yes, I'm trying to figure out how to get a job at the dessert table. Normally a very nice view of the river but the city (I believe) is doing some work so we had a nice view of an ugly construction crane (not the restaurant's fault). The atmosphere inside is very nice and the food if very good. Will definitely go back.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank Bountiful-IA
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Iowa
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Excellent Brunch!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

The food was wonderful along with the service and it was clean. To me, those are the things that are most important.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Iowa07
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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77 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Good Steaks and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

I ate here twice in one week while in Iowa. The prime rib was great. Even took a client to eat dinner here. They were excited because they knew the place was awesome

Visited July 2012
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Hinsdale, Illinois
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137 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“In need of a spark”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2012

This was our first time at Iowa River Power Co. Restaurant. It was Parents' Weekend at the Univ. of Iowa. We had a reservation but was told we had a 10-15 minute wait for our table. The bar/lounge was closed for a private function. We were told to go to a neighboring pub (down the hallway) and they would come to get us. That part worked fine and the pub (Flannigans) was actually quite nice. We came to our table which was rather "sticky" with no tablecloth or placemats. The place was dark wood and uninviting. Our waiter told us the kitchen was busy so our food may take awhile. However, the waiter and the kitchen recovered quite nicely and we experienced no delays with our dinner. The salads were skimpy, uninteresting and bland. Our entrees were average. I'm giving the restaurant 3 points because our waiter was personable, diligent and hardworking.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Marianne C
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