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The Brown Bottle

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209 W 5th Street, The Historical Russell Lamson Building, Waterloo, IA 50701
+1 319-232-3014
04:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 04:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 16:00 - 22:00
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We always love the character and style of this place in the The Historical Russell Lamson Building. The food is excellent and prices are reasonable.

Thank wheedance
Hudson, Iowa, United States
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Inside the beautiful historic Russell Lamson hotel you will find the Waterloo Brown Bottle. A local upscale Italian restaurant. You can find delicious dishes from past to seafood. There is a lot to choose from. They make their wonderful salad dressings from scratch, you can even buy a pint to take home. Be sure to complete your meal with their... More 

Thank Donna D
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58 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The range of quality restaurants in Waterloo is limited as most of the restaurants are typical fast food outlets. The Brown Bottle is a local institution and has been around for decades. It has now been joined by a sister restaurant in the adjoining town of Cedar Falls. The Waterloo restaurant is located on the first floor of an old... More 

Thank Shillong21
Waterloo, Iowa
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Brown Bottle is a well known, local favorite in Waterloo. The entrees are consistently delicious and the servings are generous.

Thank Deb B
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

A group of us went there. I love the feel of the place Anna the did is totally fantastic. It has been a couple years since I had been there and was surprised that we were charged extra for so many things that normally come with the meal.

Clarion, Iowa, United States
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10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

This was a neat old hotel turned into a restaurant and other businesses. Menu was extensive and reasonably priced. Service was superb. Waitress cheerfully split meal for teenage girls. Loved the round table they put our group of nine. Much easier to converse with the whole group. Food was very tasty, but servings were large. This restaurant was recommended my... More 

Thank Judy K
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Historic Italian restaurant that was here long before the franchises came to town. Love the lasagne. Very thick with lots of tasty sauce. Also enjoy the pizza. Very tasty and original. My favorite traditional Italian restaurant in Waterloo. I've been coming here since the 1970's so yeah this place is a real treat.

Thank Kevin S
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016 via mobile

Had the veal marsala, cut it with a fork. Wait staff is super. Still hands down the best restaurant in Waterloo/Cedar Falls area. Keep up the standard you've kept for many years, thank you.

Thank Dennis S
Waterloo, Iowa
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52 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 December 2016

This is a nostalgic place to eat in the downtown Waterloo district. Great food and atmosphere. Fast Friendly wait staff to host your family or business outing. Their tops for their lasagna dinners here but have much more to serve you than that.

Thank tjschell
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Was here Sunday after a concert at UNI campus. Everybody in our group enjoyed their meals and we had great service. Interesting old building where the restaurant is located and the ambience inside is terrific.

Thank hawkeyes4

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Open Hours
04:00 - 21:00
04:00 - 21:00
04:00 - 21:00
04:00 - 21:00
04:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 209 W 5th Street, The Historical Russell Lamson Building, Waterloo, IA 50701
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: +1 319-232-3014
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!

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