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American, Norwegian, European
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120 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1802
+1 563-382-2558
07:00 - 15:00
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Sun 07:30 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 15:00
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Decorah, Iowa
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147 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

About 25 of us older folks went to our monthly luncheon. Great service, menu and food. We kind of too over the place since it might hold 50-60 people. I'm sure we will go back.

Thank DaveFmIA
Sturgeon Bay, United States
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016

Small, quaint restaurant, with the menu done on a chalkboard, or on mirrors! Not a fancy place- but very "local" in style. Very friendly waitress/owner, makes you feel right at home. Features the locally famous "Ronnie's Cinnamon or Pecan Rolls"- they are good, but not the best I've ever had.

Thank Dave C
Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

From the friendly greeting by Jo to the lovely decor, delicious Norwegian food, and pleasant atmosphere, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We ate meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy, salmon patties, butternut squash soup, Norwegian rye bread, and Rommegrot for dessert.

Thank Persnickety1125
Iowa City, Iowa
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99 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016

My husband and I stopped here for lunch on a Saturday. The service was excellent. Our waitress was friendly, attentive, and fast. We shared an order of the lefse, which is a very thin traditional soft Norwegian flatbread. We got four small pieces. I spread butter and brown sugar on mine, and my husband used the gravy from his meal... More 

Thank IowaIndigoGirl
Clinton, Iowa
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128 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

A nice little family owned operation that has some great homemade Norwegian rye bread. Had to pick up a loaf to take home. Breakfast was good and service was quick. Not much more to ask for a breakfast place!

Thank Jeff R
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2016

We popped in while passing through Decorah on our way to the Effigy Mounds based on the excellent reviews seen here and on other review sites. The service was great, very friendly people. My husband ordered catfish which was good and he was even given help getting it off the bone. Mum had the Norwegian meatballs which were great, sister... More 

Thank subissej
West Branch, Iowa
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016 via mobile

Claims to have been voted #1 best cinnamon roll in Iowa. Skip the cinnamon roll. Pancakes were good for $4.50 for two. $2.50 for toast. $9.85 for two eggs, hash browns and 2 sausage patties. Charge you 1.50 if you pay with a debit or credit card.

Thank Molly M
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2016

We enjoyed the wonderful homemade food and fast service. The bacon and eggs were cooked to perfection. The menu is extensive and all homemade.

Thank Jennifer A
United States
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107 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2015 via mobile

I think almost everything on the menu is homemade - from the sweet rolls to the pickled beets to the Norwegian meatballs. This is a locals favorite where everyone seems to know everyone else and that's part of the fun of eating here. Be sure to stop for breakfast or lunch if you're in Decorah!

Thank CrossgarDown
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17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2015

We visited yesterday with my cousin who is from the area because of reviews we saw. Although the people working there were friendly we were very disappointed in the food. Two of us ordered hot beef sandwiches and the bread and gravy were good but the meat was so tough I had to use a steak knife to cut it... More 

Thank trvlrs2

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Norwegian, European
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1802
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Decorah
  • Phone Number: +1 563-382-2558

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?