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Bluebird Diner

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330 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2171
+1 319-351-1470
07:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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103 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A very open and family friendly setting with a good variety of dishes for any occasion. The food is really good but nothing overly special. If you're planning to come by for dinner or breakfast, be prepared to stand in line for a while as the place tends to get quite busy!

Thank SimpsonTide985
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I cannot tell you anything about anything other than breakfast at Bluebird, but honestly....there is nothing else you need to know. Whether you go to the downtown Iowa city or the North Liberty location...I have two words for you...break fast! Awesome pancakes, omelets, house-smoked bacon and amazing coffee. My husband had eggs benedict with amazing house-smoked salmon (and I am... More 

Thank Jori H
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Don't let the diner name fool you. While the decor is retro diner, the food is an improvement on your typical diner fare. There are so many great places to eat in this area but the location next to the Riverside Theater influenced our choice. I've had a good steak, cheeseburger and soups here but unlike a traditional diner a... More 

Thank Connie S
Iowa City, Iowa
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45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Love to go here for breakfast any day...very nice variety of eggs, breads, toadts, pancakes, potatoes, drinks and good service to match!

Thank artistiowa
San Antonio, Texas
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

For the breakfast lover, this place is great. The egg dishes are my favorite but my family loves the chocolate chip pancakes. They also offer lattes in addition to regular coffee. Worth the wait!

Thank akustoff
Milan, Illinois
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

The staff is great, the place runs like a well oiled machine. They have wonderful coffee and gluten free items on their (everything-made-from-scratch) menu!

1 Thank maczm8809
Iowa City, Iowa
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

I will always choose this as my favorite breakfast joint. They have other great items to eat for other meals as well. But their omelets are just the best. Particularly the Krakatoa, or Mt. Vesuvius. Plus the plates carry toast and fruit, and hash browns! I always get my fill, plus you can take a coffee to go, after you've... More 

Thank Malerie P
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017 via mobile

This restaurant is hands down Delicious They make pancakes that are so fantastic you will always go back. Great family atmosphere 2 locations You will be happy you ate there....

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Spery, Iowa
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129 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Close to the doctors office, we sat at the counter during a busy time. Breakfasts going out looked great. Our lunch was fine, dessert very good. Would go back.

Thank thbergs
Vero Beach, Florida
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66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

I went to the Blue Bird diner with a business associate for a lite dinner before traveling on to Davenport. I ordered a chicken Caesar salad and my associate had a smoked chicken sandwich. My salad was great though my associate indicated that there was a little too much smoke flavor. It was a minor complaint and overall we were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 330 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2171
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-351-1470

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