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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%
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“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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 3 weeks ago

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

Thank rdallager
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The atmosphere and food was Great! Service really good. Clean friendly. Great with kids, and has a great kids menu

Thank Emily W
Reviewed 3 February 2018 via mobile

My partner and I checked out reviews, while in Decorah for my birthday weekend and the Rubiyat really caught our eye. The atmosphere was very cozy and loved the servers. Ended up having the salmon Eggs Benedict. The eggs were cooked perfectly and the potatoes...More

Thank DylanRGIL
Reviewed 22 January 2018

Great food and pleasant friendly atmosphere . The staff are helpful and no one pushes you to leave your table.

Thank Sylvia C
Reviewed 22 January 2018 via mobile

I’ve been here for brunch and dinner. Both are outstanding! The food leans toward a Napa Valley influence. I’ve had steak here, as well as chicken. Both were awesome. For Sunday brunch I usually get the Swedish waffle. It’s pretty darn tasty

Thank Jason R
Reviewed 21 January 2018 via mobile

Sunday brunch is out standing at this Main Street restaurant. This time I tried the Norse omelette which included shaved prime rib, fresh mushrooms and onions smothered with country gravy. Delicious! Of course you can't not have the their huge cinnamon roll to share before...More

Thank digger
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Service was good. We had a fairly large group and did get our food in a timely manner. Atmosphere could have been better. It was hard to hear people talk and there was a lot of noise from other customers.

Thank 956kathleenj
Reviewed 16 December 2017 via mobile

We stopped at Rubaiyat after reading reviews on TripAdvisor. There were 3 in our group and all of our food was very good. The front of house was very responsive and attentive. Our wait person was average, at best. We will give Rubaiyat another chance.

Thank Porknbeans99
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Reservations are necessary at popular times. Waiting lists are not uncommon. We found the beers very interesting and unusual. The food is fresh and out of the ordinary. The pace of service is attentive without being rushed. Not a place to run in and out...More

Thank Glenn M
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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
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
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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