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The Airliner

) #24 of 206 Restaurants in Iowa City $$ - $$$ American, , Pizza
22 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240-3912
+1 319-351-9259
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  • Excellent36%
  • Very good30%
  • Average22%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible8%
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“pizza” (26 reviews)
“penne” (2 reviews)
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American, Bar, Pizza, Pub
$$ - $$$
22 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240-3912
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had an enormous tenderloin with darn good restaraunt fires, a bowl of chilli, and two different sandwiches with very interesting bread (one was a marble swirl). All were very good. Service was exceptional. Onion ring appetizer was a bit on the small side for...More

Thank Kevin N
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

OK we just hosted a private party at The Airliner and I have to say it was a total success. We hosted a rehearsal dinner and invited approximately 70 family, friends and guests. We had full use of the upstairs area with a dedicated bartender...More

Thank Lee W
Reviewed 12 July 2017

It's a very casual place with excellent burgers! Lots of fries, large drinks, and great pricing--$6.99 burger baskets all summer! Two people at our table also got dinner salads, which were fine. Our waitress was friendly and helpful. I imagine when school is in session...More

Thank B R
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Reserved two large tables for party of 20 for a Thursday night. Tables were set and ready when we got there. Food and service was great.

Thank Reau482
Reviewed 30 June 2017

There is nothing like a delicious cheeseburger and cold beer on a summer day in downtown Iowa City. This place has history, a relaxed ambiance, good service and great cheeseburgers and pizza. Oh, and the price is right too. Specials occur on various days so...More

Thank care54
Reviewed 23 May 2017

The Airliner has been known for its pizzas for many, many years. Since students frequent the place in the evening, I would recommend going earlier in the evening, to avoid crowds and rowdy students.

Thank alfaiowa
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

This place has very good sandwiches and pizza. The atmosphere is college bar/restaurant. The service is good, and usually very friendly. A plus, there are daily food specials that are really affordable for those on a tight budget! The Chicago Style Beef with giardinara is...More

Thank musthavebeachsun
Reviewed 26 January 2017

Service was good. The waitress got my order wrong. I did not complain and my meal turned out to be quite good. I wanted the penne with red sauce and got alfredo. I have to say that it was not something I would order in...More

Thank Kathy W
Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

Stopped to see my college daughter- hadn't been there since my college days- hasn't changed... which is a good thing!! A little loud- to be expected in downtown college area. Great food! Great pizza! Reasonable prices. Had a college age waitress which couldn't have provided...More

Thank Kelli B
Reviewed 15 November 2016

This is a great place to hang if there is no football in town. That being said, when there is football, this place is a sticky pig sty of a bar. They let too many kids in at once, there is no maintenance on the...More

Thank kelley65
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pizza, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Television
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 01:30
11:00 - 01:30
11:00 - 01:30
11:00 - 01:30
11:00 - 01:30
11:00 - 01:30
11:00 - 01:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240-3912
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-351-9259
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Sold on Airliner Restaurant in Iowa City!
Reasonable Prices, Excellent Service and Tasty food!!!
About two weeks ago I ate at the Airliner Restaurant in downtown Iowa City. I now understand why this restaurant has stayed in business for so many, many years. Wow!!! The food, service, casual atmosphere and prices are the best. About two weeks ago I tried the pizza and fell in love with the crust. The next week I returned with friends, and we ordered hamburgers. Delicious and what a deal!!!! We happened to hit it on ½ price night! (There is a ½ price pizza night too). The college aged blonde haired waitress was sweet, and very attentive. She made us feel welcome. The Airliner serves an intergenerational clientele (workers, college kids, families), and has a fun atmosphere with memorabilia and big screen TV’s. Rumor has it that Ashton Kutcher was discovered at this restaurant! This is a great place to frequent in the Old Capitol Cultural District of Iowa City. I will be eating here often!
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