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“Great food, adorable French place full of frogs.”
Review of La Rana

La Rana
Ranked #14 of 42 Restaurants in Decorah
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$20
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 5 Contributor
57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Great food, adorable French place full of frogs.”
Reviewed 2 December 2013

We made a special trip to Decorah to eat lunch here on our way through Iowa.
So glad we did!

My son absolutely loved his burger! Done perfectly with great topping combos.
The quiche specials- one veggie, the other with bacon were good. Made with local organic eggs.
The side salads that came with were perfectly dressed in a delicious herb vinaigrette.
My daughter had the crab cakes but asked for the avocado salsa on the side.
The crab cakes were crunchy on the outside and tender on the inside.
Only thing we would change would be to have the aioli on the side.
The crab cakes were on a thick bed of it that was too much. If you weren't careful making your bite, it overpowered the delicate, lovely crab.

Would love to come back!

  • Visited November 2013
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English first
Decorah, Iowa
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great little bistro”
Reviewed 26 November 2013

They serve great food and use locally sourced products as much as possible. Good wine and beer list. The food is very good but the portions are small and ala carte. It is a small restaurant so reservations are recommended. Great late night stop for appetizers and drinks.

Visited November 2013
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1 Thank Edie108
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Excellent dinner!”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

An early bird dinner - 5:30 - prior to seeing a concert in Decorah. A glass of wine for my companion and a local beer - Toppling Goliath for me. A canoe of olives - a few too many was followed by the Escolar with bacon and leeks special for me and a crab and spinich pasta for my companion. Both dishes were very good. At first I found the sauce for the fish to be a bit too salty but changed my mind midmeal as I thought it complimented the mild fish very well. Portionis were a perfect size - not to big but not skimpy. Las Rana was recommended by a friend from the Decorah area. I too would recommend it.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Phil L
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La Crosse, Wisconsin
Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“A Pleasant Luncheon”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

Coming from out of town, we enjoyed a leisurely lunch with friends we'd not seen for a long time, and our pace was readily accommodated. The food was very good, but we thought the amount was a bit on the light side. We look forward to a return visit one day.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Glenn B
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 6 Contributor
99 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Lunch with lots of character”
Reviewed 16 November 2013

We had a reunion with friends in Decorah, and chose La Rana for our get together. The manager/waiter/bartender was extremely helpful and on top of things, guiding us to excellent food and drink choices. Really nice wild rice soup with clear broth, excellent quiches, delicious burger, good fish special. Desserts were superb -- creme brulee, key lime pie, cranberry crisp -- all shared, all excellent. The food was all on a good to excellent level.

The restaurant has a casual, colorful, intimate and fun ambience. I hope to return to charming Decorah and La Rana.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank RJNJR
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