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Rubaiyat Restaurant

117 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1805
+1 563-382-9463
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  • Excellent77%
  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (25 reviews)
“pasta” (13 reviews)
“house salad” (5 reviews)
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American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
££ - £££
117 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1805
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1 - 10 of 227 reviews

Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Food is always perfect, great tap list, great wine list. If you're going for a nice meal in a casual environment, you can't do better.

Thank Jon W
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We liked this restaurant because it was casual but still elegant. Pleasant atmosphere, good service, and excellent food (We shared the Chicken Caprese).

Thank microman103
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yummy salad, bread and pizza. Seafood pasta was a bit heavy/rich. Very accommodating for kids with separate menu and activity box. Good selection of beer and wine. Decent value for the quality and experience. Make a reservation or be prepared to wait.

1  Thank Elisha K
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

Outstanding service always. Food is always good and changes with the seasons. A must eat at while in Decorah.

Thank Kelly B
Reviewed 10 April 2018

What a great dining experience after a long, cold day of fishing. We arrived on time with our reservation, and were promptly seated. The owner is the hostess and we quickly learned that we are both wine geeks, an affectionate term. The mussels were excellent...More

Thank BDG6610
Reviewed 5 April 2018

I’ve wanted to eat here since they opened and finally had the chance while in town. There menu changes seasonally I hear. The food can tend to be unique. I did like every thing I had. Service was great! Quiet comfy and reasonably priced.

Thank LaVon M
Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Our group felt disappointed with Easter brunch: the biscuit gravy was lukewarm rather than hot, despite at least four trips to the buffet bar by two people in the hope the gravy would heat up. Entree choices seemed limited compared with other brunches offered at...More

Thank Lisa F
Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

Our last evening in Decorah we ate at this restaurant. They have lovely servers- kind and welcoming, lots of wine selection and an excellent cheese plate. Even tho there were a lot of people the place was quiet and we were able to take our...More

Thank duluthmystery
Reviewed 3 March 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick bite. Waiter recommended the shrimp wraps and I was not disappointed. Great sauce- white balsamic lingonberry shallot - accompanies the lightly crusted shrimp. Very tasty. Will be back to explore the menu more.

Thank Makemeabeliever
Reviewed 25 February 2018

Both had seafood. Very good. Loved the chocolate lava cake and the fresh sourdough bread. I really like the kale ceaser salad.

Thank rdallager
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Questions & Answers
Cyndi M
5 October 2015|
Response from rubaiyat117 | Property representative |
We host wedding reception parties all the time. We always have steak and seafood options on the menu. As well we always have a children's menu with things ranging from pasta with marinara or butter, chicken fingers a plain... More
2 September 2015|
Response from rubaiyat117 | Property representative |
We have people in biking clothes in here almost on a nightly basis. No problem at all. We would love to have you join us! Chef Andy
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Dinner, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Romantic, Groups, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 13:00
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 117 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1805
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Decorah
  • Phone Number: +1 563-382-9463
  • E-mail
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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