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“Best atmosphere & italian”
Review of The Brown Bottle

The Brown Bottle
Ranked #4 of 137 Restaurants in Waterloo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Description: The Brown Bottle is located in the grand lobby of The Historical Russell Lamson Building. At 5th & Commercial Streets, just one block east of the Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in downtown Waterloo, this old hotel was built in 1913, the largest in its day West of Chicago, offering 250 rooms. The Brown Bottle in Waterloo has been a dining tradition in The Russell Lamson since 1974. Family owned and operated for generations, The Waterloo Brown Bottle offers dining nightly 7 days a week at 4 pm with a full service bar, one of the area’s most extensive wine lists, and family recipes prepared fresh daily. Enjoy entrees of pasta, beef, poultry, seafood, and our classic pizza, all pleasantly served with Iowa hospitality, in a rustic casual atmosphere. Enjoy a relaxing drink at the bar; dine in a quiet booth, or group dining up to 150 guests, The Brown Bottle in Waterloo will provide you with an exceptional experience; from our family to yours!
Reviewed November 11, 2012

First class restaurant. A pleasant surprise and terrific value. Lasagne is world class. Wine selection is surprisingly diverse.my date had baked cod and couldn't stop talking about it.

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Reviewed October 31, 2012

Very romantic atmosphere, but the food was average. Not bad. I would return, but I've had much better Italian food for the money. Lasagna tasted like it was made with bottled spaghetti sauce. The chicken picatta had an unusual-though not bad--flavor. However the chicken breast was overcooked. Adequate wine list.

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Reviewed October 16, 2012

Another local favorite I don't get. Everything tastes like it comes from a package, mix, freezer, or can. Nothing tastes fresh or made from real, whole-food ingredients. At this price-point, I expect REAL food.

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Reviewed September 6, 2012

The Brown Bottle is always good.

We like the Lasagna,spaghetti with meat sauce, Veal Marsala, Eggplant, and pizzas.

The place just keeps getting better!

Their sanwiches are very good too.

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Thank Kent M
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Reviewed August 7, 2012

I was at an outdoor event that had food from here. It was great, we had Salad,Lagsagna,cheesy bread and garlic bread. All of it was great.

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