Iowa City Restaurants

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Most Recent Restaurants in Iowa City

  • Skybox bar and grille: Awesome Deals/ Great food everyone will love!

    by Neeka Written Mar 1, 2007

    The restaurants food is great, it has everything that anyone would like. Wraps, Munchies, salads, soups, franks, sandwiches, burgers.....Everything is priced really cheaply. Their weekly deals are awesome! Monday: buy a dozen wings, get a dozen; Tuesday: $4 buffalo Chix Basket; Wednesday: half price on All munchies!; Thursday: $4 grilled cheese basket; Friday: $4 Burger Baskets; Sunday is super popular because of the $.25 wings! The staff is super friendly and nice, mostly all college students.

    Favorite Dish: *Spinach Dip, Mini Tacos, Skybox club wrap, and BURGER BASKETs on Fridays are my favorites.

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  • 126: Looks good from far, but is far from good!!

    by tee2003 Written Feb 2, 2007

    This restaurant is TERRIBLE. We've been there several times because the ambiance is very nice, admittedly. The lighting is dim, the decor is sophisticated, and the bar upstairs is attractive. But the food is laughable. It is incredibly overpriced, first. Second, the portions are TEENY-TINY. Third, the tastes are bland and safe. Last time I was there I ordered grilled asparagus for $9 as an appetizer, and I got eight of the most shrivelled, tasteless asparagus I've ever had. That same night a friend of mine ordered some sort of pasta with shrimp for about $17, and got TWO shrimp in a bowl of pasta! We just couldn't believe it. And the service is not great either. There's no special treatment for the prices you're paying. My husband and I have eaten the world over, and never have we had such poor quality service or food. The locals flock to this restaurant because it "looks" good (the choices in Iowa City are limited when it comes to "trendy" restaurants and this one APPEARS to be). Honestly, I feel like the butt of 126's joke when I eat there.

    Favorite Dish: Their beer.

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    Brown Bottle: WARNING

    by mommof4 Written Sep 30, 2006

    This place has been around for years and has been declining steadily. They won't take reservations for a party of 2, but ask when you arrive if you have one...DUH! The wait is painful and you are not seated as you arrive, reservations are seated first while you wait and wait and wait. THEN...when you finally get a table, the food is awful! Not sure if it is new management or what, but I won't go back...gave them 3 chances the past year and each experience was the same. This used to be one of our favorites....steer clear!

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  • Pagliai's Pizza: Best of Iowa City

    by ironclancy Updated Jul 6, 2006

    I've been to a lot of pizza places around the world and this is still my favorite. They cook the pizza differently here. The place was passed from father to son - you can still see Mr. Pagliai out front tossing pizzas. It's one of the places I make a point to visit whenever I'm in town.

    Favorite Dish: Any pizza here is good. I don't know if I've ever tried anything else, or if they even make anything else anymore. I suppose I usually get the mushroom. Watch out when you first get it, it's real hot. Plenty of people burn the roof of their mouths and feel it for a few days when they come here.

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  • Hamburg Inn #2: Best of Iowa City #1

    by ironclancy Written Jul 6, 2006

    This place has been around forever. Reagan, Clinton and John Waters ate here when they came into town (not all at once) - they're honored with tables. The place was mentioned in The West Wing. It's charm is the local service, the great american food and the atmoesphere. Plus, they serve pie shakes.

    Favorite Dish: I'm a vegetarian and I think they make a mean veggie burger here. Breakfast is always good too.

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    Pagliais Pizza: Best Pizza In Iowa - Period!

    by mikehanneman Written Jun 25, 2006

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    Don't miss this pizza place. Not much to look at inside or outside. I ate there when I went college at Iowa and it is just as good today as it was in the 70's.

    Thin pizza for about $12 to $13.00 for a large. When you approach Pagliais, you quickly notice through the window around 10 guys working at a fast pace to make all the pizzas. No messing around here!

    Best pizza in Iowa. Period. I live 75 miles away and stop to eat every chance I get.

    No credit cards - opens at 4 pm.

    Enjoy the great pizza.

    Favorite Dish: Any pizza you want you will love.

    Making the BEST Pizzas around! Outside of Pags Best Pizza In Iowa!!

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    Masala Indian Vegetarian: Yummy!

    by Bela_LUng Written Mar 23, 2005

    Buffet for cheap located near the University. How can you go wrong? The food is good but has a relatively small selection. The Eggplant "mush" was -Awesome-.
    If you need a quick fast fix of Indian food loving, do it here.

    Even thought it's called "Masala Indian Vegetarian" there was some meat dishes.

    Favorite Dish: Eggplant mush and the spinach in batter stuff! WOOO!

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    Iowa River Power Restaurant: Romantic-ask for seat by window!

    by jodssmile Updated Jan 21, 2005

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    This is the original power company building. They turned into a restaurant. Make reservation and make sure at time you do that you request window seat. The window seat is the key.
    You watch the water flow and often fishermen trying to catch those catfish while you eat.
    Food is yummy, a little pricey.
    Atmosphere at night is romantic.
    Do not let older building red brick exterior fool you, is very warm and modern inside!

    Favorite Dish: I love the filet mignon--okay so I like steak.
    My husband likes the duck.
    They have warm bread and some nice wines.

    warm inner atmosphere
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    Ox Yoke Restaurants: Real German Cuisine

    by jodssmile Written Oct 23, 2004

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    Get your own plate or do the typical family style. German cuisine is like mom makes. Yummy.
    The staff are friendly and the food is good.
    Is located in Amana Colonys.
    In 1855 a group of Germans came here seeking religious freedom. Had communal life until years back. But the shops are still up and down the streets with unique gifts and homemade wines.So eat here and then go shopping down the many streets of stores.

    Favorite Dish: Roast beef, Kasseler Rippchen Chop, Knackwurst

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  • Z'mariks: Noodles!

    by PahaPlace Written Oct 17, 2004

    This place serves noodles of all kinds and with many kinds of sauces. I think they may have branched out into varieties of rice as well. They have a fun window seat to watch the goings on in downtown Iowa City.

    Favorite Dish: I like the peanut noodles with extra vegetables. It is like pad-thai, but quicker.

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  • Taste - Bistro on Melrose: Grocery Store Turned Gourmet Restaurant

    by PahaPlace Written Oct 17, 2004

    A nice restaurant that is actually in the small town of University Heights (in the middle of Iowa City). It used to be a grocery store, but they've dressed it up while still keeping a utilitarian ambiance. Outside of the downtown area so it is easy to park right outside. They offer half portion entrees for those with small apetites or wallets.

    Favorite Dish: The best thing they make is their bread salad. It has large crusty pieces of bread, slices of ripe tomatoes, and cubes of fresh mozzarella; all soaked in a flavorful vinagrette. The bread they serve at the beginning is also not to be missed because of the flavored butters they offer with it. They have a good molten chocolate cake and sometimes they have fresh banana ice cream.

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  • The Red Avocado: Incredible Organic Vegetarian Food

    by kgonyea Written Jan 1, 2004

    Iowa City's only all organic vegetarian restaurant. Great food at reasonable prices. Friendly and conscious environment. Outdoor and indoor seating, weekend lunch buffet, full lunch and dinner menus. Daily specials, locally produced ingredients, fresh squeezed juices, no genetically modified foods, no TVs.

    Favorite Dish: Cashew Coconut Stir Fry - Truly Awesome! Great spicy sauce and fresh veggies with either tempeh or tofu (they're both great).

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  • Pagliai's: Pizza Pie

    by PahaPlace Written Nov 22, 2003

    Excellent local pizza establishment. The best pizza in Iowa in my opinion. Their homeade sausage is really good. They also make the pizzas on a counter in the front window, which is fun to see. This is a non-smoking restaurant. They serve a few types of beer. They don't deliver.
    I would finish your meal by walking south on Linn St to the video store on the corner and buy a chocolate malt from their soda fountain.

    Favorite Dish: Palace Special is my favorite pizza. It is sausage, pepperoni, onion, and mushroom.

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    One Twenty Six: Wolfgang Puck is jealous

    by icywngs Updated Sep 18, 2003

    126 is a great Bistro that offers a lot of taste for the money. One of the most expensive restaurants in town, but worth it. Lunch is actually not too expensive. The ambiance is wonderful, and on nice days they open essentially the entire exterior wall so you can enjoy the fresh air.

    Favorite Dish: Hmm.. I actually haven't dined there enough to have a favorite dish, but everything I've tried has been wonderful. If they have fish, order it without hesitation.

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  • The Bread Garden: The Bread Garden

    by victophile Written Aug 24, 2002

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    It has a great cafe atmosphere. When you enter you drool over the fine desserts and breads in the display cases. The deli food is extremely reasonably priced, and the desserts and breads are very cheap for how wonderful they are.

    Favorite Dish: I have something different every time: it's all fabulous!

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