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“We'll absolutely be BACK!”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Graze

Graze
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Ranked #34 of 249 Restaurants in Iowa City
Cuisines: American, Bar, International, Contemporary, Pub
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Good for: Bar scene
Dining options: Drinks, Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Cedar Rapids, IA
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90 reviews
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“We'll absolutely be BACK!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 29, 2014

Had not before patronized Graze. But we will absolutely be back. Met the spouse after work for dinner. Had an 'auction certificate' from a local radio station which discounted our meals.

My first impression was that I might have been dressed down- this place is very nicely decorated and looks almost too hipster to accept us. BUT our host and server was prompt and quite friendly. He seemed to take extra care when we mentioned we were new to their establishment.

We selected the "Amazing Grazing" for two. Turned out to be perfect. Three courses with a total of seven different items from their menu. Started with a surprisingly delicious pretzel fondu, then a tuna sushi roll and some teriyaki ribs. (I'm not usually a fan of 'teriyaki' but these were fantastic!). Final course was their chicken lips, a steak on bruschetta, and flash fried green beans. All the items were high quality and intended for an experienced, discerning diner.

Yes, it appears that a big part of the business is the bar. The front 70% of the place is a Bar. There's a long, long list of martinis (of which I'm just not a fan across the whole dining industry...). But I was happy to see several good selections of beer (I had the Backpocket Dunkel).

Finally, it is true that we had an 'auction certificate' from a local radio station. But I also wanted to patronize Graze due to a recent social media brouhaha over someone who brought their loud baby-- this is NOT a kids' facility. I found the staff to be quite sensitive to making sure each client and each table was being cared for. This is an ADULT venue.

And I will be happy to return this Sunday for the brunch buffet!

  • Visited April 2014
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“Great food and service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 24, 2014

I ate lunch and dinner here today. Lunch Buffet was a great variety of their unique menu. For dinner I had steak tacos and they were very good. I also met the owner by chance in a hotel and he went out of his way to help me which I think shows he's got good character.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Jeremy C
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Moorhead
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73 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great Lunch Spot”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 3, 2014

I love the lunch buffet which features most of their menu items. The food was fantastic and healthy choices prevailed. The staff were beyond wonderful and welcoming. I will be back for sure.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank Frosty987
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Delicious Martinis!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 26, 2014

My boyfriend and I decided to eat at Graze the last night before we were to go home. What a great place for a fun dinner and drinks! Our waiter was friendly and explained some of the drinks. The martini list was so long and we tried several until we were both tipsy. The chef was talented and we really enjoyed the dishes we picked. We always remember the good time we had at this restaurant and if we are ever in Iowa City, Graze is where we will be!

  • Visited June 2013
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Thank Marale G
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Dubuque, Iowa
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“Good experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2014

While we have eaten at Graze in the past, we took a group of seven on this visit. Our server was attentive and the food was excellent. The specialty drinks were also very good. We will be back soon. The Amazing Grazing was a good way to try new things and we appreciate that now as few as two people can order this for a meal.

  • Visited February 2014
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Thank Josh W
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