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“Cozy spot in a college town”

Joseph's Steakhouse
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Ranked #23 of 262 Restaurants in Iowa City
Price range: $40 - $60
Cuisines: Steakhouse
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Fine Dining
Cross street: Burlington
Description: Joseph's Steakhouse of Iowa City offers the highest quality steak and seafood in a luxurious atmosphere. We serve only vegetarian organically fed Angus beef, our seafood is always fresh. Complement your entree with one of our signature martinis or choose from our extensive collection of fine wines.
Reviewed November 5, 2012

I never expected a restaurant of this caliber in a college town, but I was pleasantly surprised. Don't worry, the students can't afford it, so it's a nice quiet spot.
We ordered prime rib, medium rare and two rib eye steaks, rare. Everything was perfectly prepared. We ordered boursin potatoes to share and they were fabulous!
This is an A+ in my book.

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Thank Gail R
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

My wife and I went to Joseph's for a very special dinner because we had heard people raving about the place. From the moment we arrived there, we were treated with disdain by the waiter. He was condescending to the nth degree. He was the most unpleasant waiter we have ever had. He was slow with our orders, and acted as though he were somehow superior.

The food was also awful. My "steak" was full of cartilage. I've had better meat at McDonalds, and also may I add, have been treated far better.

We will never return to this pretentious bastion of affluenza. We left a penny tip to make our point.

Horrible, horrible, horrible! DO NOT GO HERE. Save your money, unless you love pretentious, highbrow, condescending waiters, and rubbery steaks.

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Reviewed September 16, 2012

Iowa City has a number of good restaurants but very few top-of-the-line places. This is among the very best. It's fairly expensive for a college town, but worth the extra dollars. Have had dinner here several times, the service has always been good. It would be a little less than stellar in New York City, but for Iowa City, it's quite good. The bar puts out truly excellent cocktails and the wine list is fine, with good selection at a number of price points.
The menu is essentially a la carte. Main courses come with soup or salad, but vegetables and potatoes are extra. Everything is very well-prepared. The side dishes, in standard steakhouse fashion, are large enough for anywhere from 2-4 people to share. They do well with both the steak and the seafood sides of the menu.
A small quibble - on our most recent visit, it took a rather long time to clear and re-set a couple of adjacent tables. Granted, no one was seated at those tables the remainder of the evening, and that's probably why there was no rush to reset them, but an empty tabletop just is not appealing in a place where one expect to spend in excess of $60 per person. This won't keep me from going back again, however - there just isn't any other place in the downtown area in the same league as Joseph's.

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Thank BettendorfTraveler
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Reviewed August 23, 2012

Nice to have a steakhouse like this in Iowa City. Great apps and seafood too. Sides are ala carte but are great. YOu DO get a salad/soup included with your steak. Great atmosphere.

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Thank Lauren H
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Reviewed August 19, 2012

Not a big steak eater, but when you want a special night out - this place fits the bill. And you do get a bill - quite a hefty one. But if you have someone that you want to impress with the food and service - this is a must go to place in Iowa City.

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