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Linn Street Cafe - CLOSED

121 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2141
+1 319-337-7370
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good33%
  • Average7%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible2%
11 Nov 2015
“Intimate and Upscale”
9 Sep 2015
“Probably try somewhere else. ”
Restaurant Hours Closed
American, Soups, Wine Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
121 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2141
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Reviewed 11 November 2015 via mobile

My wife and I have been here often. It has an intimate atmosphere and offers traditional upscale dining with a well rounded bar and wine selection. It's is a good place for a date, anniversary dinner for two, or a nice dinner with a few...More

Thank Jim R
Reviewed 9 September 2015 via mobile

My partner and I want to like Linn Street Cafe. We do. But every time we go we end up disappointed. This time her food was served cold. The waitstaff told of it was supposed to be that way. I think it sat in the...More

Thank IsleFun
Reviewed 2 September 2015

This restaurant has good food and an even better wine list. Good service, too. Parking in that area is tricky but they let us park behind the restaurant which was nice because it was raining cats and dogs!

Thank BCA34
Reviewed 30 July 2015

After spending the last four years in Iowa City visiting my son at school, it wasn't until his graduation day that I discovered this wonderful little restaurant. Tucked away on North Linn Street and hiding in the Iowa City Press Citizen building, this restaurant has...More

Thank kidnarsky
Reviewed 6 July 2015

The service was attentive and this is a restaurant that actually understands how to pace courses when people are enjoying their conversation. The salmon was divine and the pistachio cannoli was out of this world.

Thank Catherine A
Reviewed 27 May 2015

We were a party of mixed group of 11adults, 3kids, a couple of persnickety eaters, two professal restaurant people and two latecomers and still the server handled it all. Food was great - who has strawberry salad on the menu - and well-prepared. Nice wine...More

1  Thank rconnelly
Reviewed 25 May 2015

We were drawn to the special appetizer of fresh morels with a garlic flan and asparagus--excellent! Went on to have the special appetizer of green tomato gazpacho, also very good. My wife asked about the recipe and the chef jotted it down on a slip...More

Thank timoteo56
Reviewed 19 May 2015

We reserved Linn Street Cafe for our wedding dinner and it was fabulous. Service and food were awesome. Now we go back here once a year to celebrate our anniversary.

1  Thank Shuva R
Reviewed 2 March 2015

If you are looking for a semi-private space for a special occasion, this is the restaurant for you! Frank, the owner, has the best customer focus. It was so easy to communicate with him about our needs prior to to the dinner. He put together...More

2  Thank lelandsquare
Frank B, Owner at Linn Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 March 2015

Thank you for your review. It was truly a pleasure working with you and your family. Helping people celebrate is our specialty and its what we enjoy the most.

Reviewed 3 January 2015

Several years ago, I ate dinner at Linn Street Cafe. It was fine; not a gastronomic "wow," but solid. I have high expectations for meals, so this is a good thing. Then the time came to pay the bill, and the waiter lost my friend's...More

1  Thank urologist
Frank B, Owner at Linn Street Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 8 January 2015

Wow, this review had us speechless. It means so much that you'd write in, so thank you for taking the time! We look forward to bringing you your favorites for many years to come. Take care. All the best, Linn Street Café

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Restaurant Details

Average prices
US$9 - US$29
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Local cuisine
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 121 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2141
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-337-7370
  • E-mail
Our menu is a combination of Midwest classics and internationally influenced new American cuisine. We serve the finest cuts of choice Iowa meats, the freshest sustainable seafood and seasonal produce from local farmers. We put in hours of preparation each day in anticipation of the evening's guests. Great food, great wine, friendly and knowledgeable service are our specialties. Our menu includes items like grilled beef tenderloin with roasted garlic mashed potatoes and pecan crusted chicken with a Dijon cream reduction and Seared Diver Scallops served with vegetable stir fried coconut rice and a grilled pineapple pico de gallo. Wine Spectator magazine has recognized our extensive wine list as one of the best in the world. Locals have voted us as the best restaurant for a "Romantic Dinner" for 19 years. We are proud that our commitment to the art of fine cuisine comes through in every appetizer, entree, and dessert we serve. We invite you to join with us in savoring the Linn Street Cafe experience!
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