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Rubaiyat Restaurant

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117 West Water Street, Decorah, IA 52101
+1 563-382-9463
17:00 - 20:30
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Sun 09:00 - 13:00
Wed - Thu 17:00 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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Decorah, Iowa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

8 of us popped in without a reservation and we were welcomed with open arms. I do recommend getting a reservation but our schedule was changing so we took a chance. The service and the food was excellent, as was the selection of craft beer.

Thank Clark L
Moline, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We visited here for Sunday Brunch by a recommendation of a friend. Great offerings for brunch solid bloody Mary bar. Friendly service everything was wonderful and reasonably priced. We will be back again.

Thank 356jamiem
Calvert City
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a fun night so the restaurant was really full. We were waited on right away and got our drinks right away. The soup was wonderful and the ribeye was so big I had to take some home A great evening.

Thank Michael F
Decorah, Iowa
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Christmas party held there was most enjoyable. Service was friendly and prompt. The hors d' oeuvres and meal were tasty. There was plenty of room for everyone. And for those who like a glass of wine or drink of their choice could be found at there bar area. Once again most enjoyable time.

Thank Ty H
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Oh, my - where to start? First of all, I wish we lived closer to Decorah because we would absolutely be 'regulars'! Every December we make the drive for the Luther College Christmas concert and finish up the evening with dinner at Rubaiyat. All I can say is that their food is simply the best! From the appetizers to the... More 

Thank Kathy D
West Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

I had heard good and bad things about this restaurant but decided to try it for ourselves. The meal was good, the atmosphere enjoyable and the service impecable.

1 Thank lauriec1667
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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71 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

I loved everything about this meal. I had the Pistachio Encrusted Chicken. My only regret was that I couldn't finish my meal and I didn't have room for dessert. I will go back to Decorah just to eat at this restaurant. Make a reservation!

1 Thank HBR2000
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We had appetizers and drinks. Staff was friendly. It was very busy so we didn't think we could get a table for dinner.

1 Thank Mary M
Fulton, Missouri
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

This place has the most unique, delicious food! Locally sourced and seasonal. Great apps and entrees, stuffed quail, pork ribeye, pork belly and octopus w/black noodles, beef ribeye, chicken, salmon, scollops, etc!!! This is some of the best food I've eaten. The waitstaff is tremendous! Friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, on and on and on..... They have 250 wines, 30+ beers on... More 

Thank robk9531
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42 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I had heard of this restaurant several years ago, as far away as Des Moines, IA. It lived up to my expectations! As you enter the restaurant, you are greeted and warmly welcomed to your seat. I would recommend a reservation, as we were there on a Thursday night at 6:30 and they were full. Luckily, we had one! Our... More 

Thank Angie A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
09:00 - 13:00
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 West Water Street, Decorah, IA 52101
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Decorah
  • Phone Number: +1 563-382-9463
At Rubaiyat, we feature a seasonal American menu, emphasizing straight - forward, approachable cuisine that both looks and tastes clean and composed. This means simply but skillfully prepared ingredient - driven dishes that reveal our commitment to using the highest quality products, in season, and local when available. The inspiration behind Rubaiyat's menu reflect Chef Andy's classic and diverse culinary influences. Yet he's consistently led back to creating food that is distinctly contemporary, and as our name would have it, dishes that are "food for thought". As a result, Rubaiyat's refined seasonal American dishes combine four of the qualities that we value most: integrity, style, restraint, and playfulness. That is found in our personal mission to shape the dining experience around culinary delights from beginning to end. We insist on honoring the smallest details underlying the very rhythm of the restaurant, including our service. Come find out for yourself just why our staff is second to none. Cheers!! Andy & Kim Bonnet, Proprietors

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