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“A culinary destination”

Rubaiyat Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 42 Restaurants in Decorah
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$20
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Romantic, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Free Off-Street Parking, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: 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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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A culinary destination”
Reviewed 9 August 2014 via mobile

Where the locals go for a perfect night out. Chef, Andy, an artist in his field surprises us every time with wonderful flavors and visual appeal of our meals. Kim, his wife, keeps the front running beautifully with satisfied diners. Great support team is well-trained and well-versed in their food and beverage options. If you love good wine, this is a must. Clean and relaxing atmosphere with local artistry throughout. Well worth the drive to beautiful Decorah, Iowa.

Thank Katrina B
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English first
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258 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Stop at the bar”
Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

Met up with friends at the bar and was super pleased with the large beer menu and friendly bartenders. Watch out for the hummus--- it has so much garlic, even a garlic lover will get heart burn.

Thank Urbanfarmgrl
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Didn't Actually Eat There!”
Reviewed 30 July 2014

Well, I am torn on this one....I have heard great things about this restaurant, and the menu looked appealing. We were there over the Nordic Fest, and it was busy. That I understand. (Although, we did eat at other restaurants, and still had kind and friendly service!) We walked in on Sunday morning and had a large party, and the hostess gave us a look and responded with a vocal "ABSOLUTELY NOT", and went on to tell us she had a party of 25 coming and one other large party, and we would have to wait until 12:45 for a table (It was just after 9:00), okay, so I understand that too, I find my issue in the tone and attitude of the hostess. We left feeling scolded and embarrassed by the volume of her voice as she went on about how there was no chance of us getting a table. If the restaurant is that busy, put a sign on the door saying parties of more than 2 REQUIRE a reservation. We had never been to Decorah before and were stopping due to the suggestion of a local resident. Or better yet, just smile, POLITELY say that you are fully booked and you apologize, but hope that we can come back another time.("SORRY, GOOD BYE", was her final response to us) I felt the hostess to be very rude and condescending, thus my rating.

Visited July 2014
4 Thank rockery
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Leeuwarden, The Netherlands
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52 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Awesome restaurant in a smooth Midwest town”
Reviewed 24 July 2014

Enjoyed an awesome dinner. Great food, great flavors, neat value for money, great variety of wines and beers. Creative menu. Enjoyed:
- Baked Garlic Cheese from Brunkow Creamery
- Gazpacho of tomato and water melon
- Mojito Swordfish
- Crème Brûlée

  • Visited July 2014
    • Value
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    • Food
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Oak Park, Illinois
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95 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Great restaurant in a somewhat surprising location”
Reviewed 20 July 2014

Decorah, Iowa is a small community in northern Iowa. Yet there is Rubaiyat, right in downtown. American cuisine made with the freshest local ingredients, served with an excellent visual presentation. Service is first-class. An unexpected, but pleasant surprise in this part of the world. Memorable. Will return again.

Visited October 2013
1 Thank DANIEL M
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