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819 S 1st Ave, Iowa City, IA 52245-5209
+1 319-337-7275
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“burgers” (2 reviews)
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American, Pub, Soups, Bar
$$ - $$$
819 S 1st Ave, Iowa City, IA 52245-5209
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Reviewed 22 January 2018

I love their mules. Also great food that I did not expect in a bar. Favorite haunt of me and my husband.

Thank ananyasengupta2017
Reviewed 7 November 2017

Food is great, service also. Very comfortable and friendly place, can't go wrong. They have a wide assortment of menu items including pork burgers and wraps.

Thank doug k
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Reviewed 17 April 2017

This is an east-side Iowa City neighborhood bar. Occasionally the'll have a live band on the weekends, and on those occasions you can count on it being standing room only. They work hard at serving really good pub grub and they succeed. Burgers, chicken sandwiches,...More

Thank LovinEurope
Susan S, Owner at Shakespeare's, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

Thanks so much for the great review! We work hard to make sure we serve great food and a great experience!

Reviewed 8 April 2017 via mobile

This little pub is near our home and we finally checked it out. Lucky us! Turns out they serve really good food. My reuben was the best! Both halves of sandwich were perfect...not that soggy sandwich on your plate that you find on the second...More

Thank ktmck1
Susan S, Owner at Shakespeare's, responded to this reviewResponded 19 April 2017

Thanks for the great review! Our beer garden is open so stop by.

Reviewed 10 March 2017

My sister from TX has to have a breaded tenderloin sandwich whenever she visits us. This restaurant was recommended by our cousin who lives in the area. She actually went to 3 different ones with tenderloin sandwiches and chose this one over the others. The...More

Thank kpsiemsen
Susan S, Owner at Shakespeare's, responded to this reviewResponded 11 March 2017

Thank you so much for stopping in and trying us out! We take pride in our breaded tenderloin and I'm glad you enjoyed it.

Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

Family visit ( wife husband 16 yr old 11 yr old 8 yr old 5 yr old) on a weekend getaway in town. Daughter liked the name due to her reading interest so we stopped on a Friday night 6pm or so. Good burgers....kids liked...More

Thank maranville826
Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Went here because it was the nearest place to our new home and were quite impressed with the food and the service. We will certainly be back!

Thank Cassie W
Susan S, Owner at Shakespeare's, responded to this reviewResponded 3 October 2016

Welcome to the neighborhood! Check out Facebook for specials! Thanks for the great review!

Reviewed 13 September 2016

Shakespeare's is a great place to eat and socialize. Meet your friends, enjoy music, have a few drinks and don't forget dinner!! They have a wonderful menu and and great food. The weekly special is always a good choice or if you're wanting something a...More

Thank PamT54
Reviewed 5 August 2016

Shakespeares is a place that I have driven by many times over the years and thought about stopping for a meal, but never did. Until last Friday evening. Thank goodness I did. My wife and I were out on our walk and decided to visit...More

Thank iowacityia
Reviewed 15 December 2015

Spent some hours here while In town Sunday. Lots of packer fans. TVs not great quality but plentiful. Had a tenderloin and it was good. Fries not so much. Good Sunday tall boy specials. Bartender was a good guy and very attentive to empty beers....More

Thank QCbulldog
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
USD 4 - USD 12
American, Pub, Soups, Bar
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Outdoor Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
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Open Hours
10:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
7:00 am - 2:00 am
9:00 am - 2:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 819 S 1st Ave, Iowa City, IA 52245-5209
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-337-7275
Iowa City's best east-side neighborhood watering hole. We offer a wide variety of beers and spirits as well as a full menu of great eats like our hand breaded, never flattened Tenderloin, great burgers and delicious steaks. Our cozy atmosphere will make you feel right at home. Join us for game days too! You can relax and enjoy your favorite team on one of our many flat screen TV's. If that doesn't strike your fancy there's always pool, darts, or the great jukebox. Conveniently located across the street from the 1st Ave Hy-Vee at 819 S 1st Ave. Stop in to relax after shopping or to cool down from a hard day's work. We have plenty of free parking! Our phone is 337-7275 and we always offer our excellent food for carry out! We are open 7 am - 2 am Monday thru Friday. 9 am on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday. We serve food seven days a week and have a late night menu and cook until 1 am.
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