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Shorts Burger & Shine

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$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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18 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240
+1 319-337-4678
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Working my way through the burgers named after small towns in Kansas. Good local beer on tap to accompany unique burgers. Serve the bourbon by the same name.

Thank alawrencetraveller
Chicago, Illinois
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

I was in Iowa City with my daughter for orientation at UI and we asked two people for a recommendation for somewhere to eat. We were told that these were the best burgers in Iowa City, so we went! First, it's a cute cute place with a very "college town" vibe. We were lucky to get seated right away because... More 

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central Illinois
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71 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Shorts was recommended by a hotel staffer as a good place open late for dinner. This was just what we wanted. The menu is limited to burgers, grilled chicken, vegetarian burgers, home made fries and a few other options. Meat is from a farm 26.5 miles away, according to the menu, so it's very local. The many burger options make... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2016 via mobile

A fantastic gustatory experience with fine local libations. Outstanding waitstaff. The burgers are the main draw and well worth it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

I often take my staff here for lunch. There are over a dozen types of thick and juicy burgers to choose from. Generous helping of fries on the side. You won't need dinner when you eat lunch here.

Thank Judy B
Carterville, Illinois
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016 via mobile

Good local beer. Great burgers don't know how they do such a large menu so well. I work at another burger joint and would go to shorts everytime over where I work.

Thank L0ufa
Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016

Although is nothing else than beers and burgers, I liked all the good options on the menu. I wanted to try the beef burger because is from a local source, the bun is also made locally, and the beer selection from local breweries was great. I think the portion is huge. The hand cut fries are good but not great... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2016 via mobile

Seeing the reviews we wanted to try this but left disappointed. The service was slow. Didn't have the beer option available and the burgers we greasy. Any flavors we lost to the amount of grease.

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Lincoln, Nebraska
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 June 2016 via mobile

We're only able to visit Shorts once a year when in town. It's a must go to. Service, beer (Ruthie), and my Burnside are beyond good!!!! Wish this restaurant could be cloned and come to my hometown. Thank you Shorts and see you next year!!!

Thank Drury2019
Iowa City
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54 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

I don't eat beef, so I always get one of the chicken options. Invariably, the dish is cooked correctly and accompanied by quite good (if too salty) fries. Of course you can ask not to have fries--or any other changes, for that matter. The cooks are flexible, and the servers are attentive. Good place for lunch.

Thank Cheryl H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-337-4678

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