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The Brown Bottle

209 W 5th St, The Historical Russell Lamson Building, Waterloo, IA 50701-5427
+1 319-232-3014
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good34%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
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“lasagna” (32 reviews)
“brownie pie” (5 reviews)
“prosciutto” (3 reviews)
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Italian, Gluten Free Options
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209 W 5th St, The Historical Russell Lamson Building, Waterloo, IA 50701-5427
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Reviewed 3 April 2017

The Brown Bottle is a great place to enjoy a wonderful meal with friends, family, or as a couple. We visit family in the Waterloo area and this is one of the best places for dinner. We have also attended private events at the restaurant....More

Thank Lori M
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Very nice, romantic restaurant.Good food, reasonably priced. Great service, very knowledgeable about wine/food combination.

Thank Randy C
Reviewed 1 March 2017

Nice atmosphere for dinner wine and conversation. Food is ok but not great. Service excellent. For Italian food, olive garden is much better.

Thank gdburch
Reviewed 15 February 2017

We always love the character and style of this place in the The Historical Russell Lamson Building. The food is excellent and prices are reasonable.

Thank wheedance
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Inside the beautiful historic Russell Lamson hotel you will find the Waterloo Brown Bottle. A local upscale Italian restaurant. You can find delicious dishes from past to seafood. There is a lot to choose from. They make their wonderful salad dressings from scratch, you can...More

Thank Donna D
Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

The range of quality restaurants in Waterloo is limited as most of the restaurants are typical fast food outlets. The Brown Bottle is a local institution and has been around for decades. It has now been joined by a sister restaurant in the adjoining town...More

Thank Shillong21
Reviewed 19 January 2017

The Brown Bottle is a well known, local favorite in Waterloo. The entrees are consistently delicious and the servings are generous.

Thank Deb B
Reviewed 17 January 2017 via mobile

A group of us went there. I love the feel of the place Anna the did is totally fantastic. It has been a couple years since I had been there and was surprised that we were charged extra for so many things that normally come...More

Reviewed 16 January 2017

This was a neat old hotel turned into a restaurant and other businesses. Menu was extensive and reasonably priced. Service was superb. Waitress cheerfully split meal for teenage girls. Loved the round table they put our group of nine. Much easier to converse with the...More

Thank Judy K
Reviewed 12 January 2017

Historic Italian restaurant that was here long before the franchises came to town. Love the lasagne. Very thick with lots of tasty sauce. Also enjoy the pizza. Very tasty and original. My favorite traditional Italian restaurant in Waterloo. I've been coming here since the 1970's...More

Thank Kevin S
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Nearby Attractions
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75 reviews
1.33 km away
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68 reviews
.44 km away
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25 reviews
.57 km away
Waterloo Center for the Arts
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.57 km away
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
04:00 - 21:00
04:00 - 21:00
04:00 - 21:00
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04:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 209 W 5th St, The Historical Russell Lamson Building, Waterloo, IA 50701-5427
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: +1 319-232-3014
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The Brown Bottle is located in the grand lobby of The Historical Russell Lamson Building. At 5th & Commercial Streets, just one block east of the Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in downtown Waterloo, this old hotel was built in 1913, the largest in its day West of Chicago, offering 250 rooms.

The Brown Bottle in Waterloo has been a dining tradition in The Russell Lamson since 1974. Family owned and operated for generations, The Waterloo Brown Bottle offers dining nightly 7 days a week at 4 pm with a full service bar, one of the area’s most extensive wine lists, and family recipes prepared fresh daily. Enjoy entrees of pasta, beef, poultry, seafood, and our classic pizza, all pleasantly served with Iowa hospitality, in a rustic casual atmosphere. Enjoy a relaxing drink at the bar; dine in a quiet booth, or group dining up to 150 guests, The Brown Bottle in Waterloo will provide you with an exceptional experience; from our family to yours!