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Rubaiyat Restaurant

117 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1805
+1 563-382-9463
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  • Excellent78%
  • Very good16%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (22 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 3 days ago

If anyone wanted to take a course on how to create a business model and have a successful restaurant the owners here could teach it. They have provided absolutely everything people want in a fine dining experience. Great ambiance! We like the renovation of the...More

Thank traveltheworld012
rubaiyat117, Owner at Rubaiyat Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you so much for your kind words! We are thrilled you had an amazing experience and we can't wait for your next visit. It was a pleasure serving and meeting you. Cheers!

Reviewed 5 days ago

the wide range of food in the menu will satisfy everyone and the restaurant was filled with people from all walks of life. the flavors, freshness, variety in menu and overall quality is excellent but at 1/3 the price you'd pay in a large city....More

Thank trippytim3z
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is mine and my better half's favorite place to eat. The staff is the best, most friendly of anywhere I have been. The food is outstanding. Can't wait until our next visit.

Thank Jeffv38
Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Stopped for brunch on Sunday, reservations highly recommended. Good selection of greasy spoon classics, Bloody Mary bar and mimosas flow freely, good way to recharge after a Saturday of imbibing. Reasonably priced with good service.

Thank IowaTraveler76
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

We were excited to eat at this restaurant, it has a very pleasant atmosphere. The waitress was friendly and her service was good. The bread was nice, the salad was fresh. The main course was sub par. It was a pile of mashed potatoes and...More

Thank Dan L
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Private party in private room. Only one server for 16, but menu offerings limited to three and service was good considering [one server for each 10 when ordering off menu is better]. Since it was a social group not in a hurry, worked out well....More

Thank greekgod61820
Reviewed 29 August 2017

Being a Decorah resident, and eating here often, I sometimes take for granted how lucky we are to have such a wonderful restaurant right here! The owners of this restaurant take great pride and it shows in the superb service and attention to details. If...More

Thank dr_reagan
Reviewed 28 August 2017

I had the shrimp wraps, tomato soup and thin crust pizza topped with Iowa bacon and pineapple. The food is well presented and is very good. The service is first class. Only had to wait five minutes for my table on a very busy Saturday...More

Reviewed 20 August 2017 via mobile

I have been here a few times as we come into town for events at the local breweries. The beer selection is what you would expect at craft bars in much bigger cities and that includes more than the stellar local offerings. The food too...More

Thank Brian P
Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

We read the raving reviews from Trip Advisor and made reservations for 7:15 p.m. We were early and had a glass of wine in the bar! Both bartenders were attentive and wonderful! At 7:30 our booth was ready and the hostess sat us! After 30...More

Thank Susandoll
rubaiyat117, Owner at Rubaiyat Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 10 August 2017

We appreciate your feedback on your most recent visit. There was some obvious miscommunication between the hostess and server which we are sorry for. Based on our other reviews and history of outstanding service, we hope you understand this was a one-off situation. We will...More

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Questions & Answers
Cyndi M
6 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
3 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
USD 10 - USD 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, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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
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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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