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Rubaiyat Restaurant

117 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1805
+1 563-382-9463
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good17%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (14 reviews)
“pasta” (12 reviews)
“small town” (19 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
117 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1805
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Absolutely wonderful experience! Chef Andy prepared a fantastic meal using fresh, local ingredients and creativity! Loved the high quality dishes and attention to detail. Kim was a fantastic hostess - great wine recommendations. Relaxed atmosphere, extensive wine list, and outstanding staff!

Thank amarieb22
Reviewed 5 days ago

This place seems to get better each time I visit. On a recent weeknight with my mom, we had an outstanding meal yet again. My mom had tomato basil soup and a smoked salmon pizza on gluten free crust; both were crazy good. I had...More

Thank MNDoodles
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have NEVER gone to a tripadvisor #1 restaurant and had it be so bad! I cannot believe it is rated so well! I walked in and waited at the hostess table...for several minutes. She finally came over and said "oh you must have missed...More

Thank rmaperu2016
rubaiyat117, Owner at Rubaiyat Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for your feedback, we are sorry that we could not meet your expectations. Typically we are booked on weekend nights and run mostly on reservations. You may have seen empty seats when you arrived, but they were for people who had reservations in...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Rubaiyat is a gem, and clearly appreciated by a wide demographic of Decorah area residents. The beer and wine menu is large Scores of beer varieties are on tap. The cheese platter with five artisan cheeses was an excellent starter We had the pizza special,...More

Thank Doug C
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have got one of the best pizzas ever in this restaurant! Very good flatbread-pizza with very good flavours. The tomatosoup was very good, and we could really be pleasured over the ingredients. The service was also great, answered every questions in a good manner.

Thank Torvild S
Reviewed 7 May 2017 via mobile

This place is impressive! Great beer and drink menu. We had a flounder special, crab cakes and mussels. Everything was delicious including the salted caramel brownie for dessert. We went back for Sunday brunch and again had a fabulous meal. Surf and turf and a...More

Thank Schnauzerluv
Reviewed 25 April 2017 via mobile

Seriously the best restaurant in all of NE Iowa. Everything is top notch, the food 10/10, service 15/10, decor and vibe 10/10!! By far my favorite restaurant, Kim and Andy know how to run a business.

Thank Seth V
Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

Delicious! Appetizers, soup, salad & entrees were fantastic. I definitely recommend the cheese plate & mussels for apps. We'll be back.

Thank rsl1966
Reviewed 12 April 2017

A place on the main strip downtown that we enjoyed our evening meal. An un believable wine list and over thirty beers on tap and many others in bottle. Was able to get in on a Saturday night but may want to make reservations. Food...More

Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

My husband and I enjoyed a wonderful dinner here. The bread served with the meal was delicious, as was the salmon and house salad. The owner visited our table, and we took her advice, leaving with a piece of carrot cake to enjoy later. We'll...More

Thank ckfoss
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Cyndi M
Would this be an appropriate place to dine for a wedding reception of 18? Their menu seems to be a bit (specialty), we have children and want options for steak, seafood, etc.. Thank you.
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
We'd like to go here after we are done biking but don't want to dress inappropriate for the meal...very casual okay?
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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, 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 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1805
  • 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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