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Rubaiyat Restaurant

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117 W Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1805
+1 563-382-9463
17:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun 09:00 - 13:00
Wed - Thu 17:00 - 20:30
Fri - Sat 17:00 - 21:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Oh, my - where to start? First of all, I wish we lived closer to Decorah because we would absolutely be 'regulars'! Every December we make the drive for the Luther College Christmas concert and finish up the evening with dinner at Rubaiyat. All I can say is that their food is simply the best! From the appetizers to the... More 

Thank Kathy D
West Des Moines, Iowa
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

I had heard good and bad things about this restaurant but decided to try it for ourselves. The meal was good, the atmosphere enjoyable and the service impecable.

Thank lauriec1667
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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67 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

I loved everything about this meal. I had the Pistachio Encrusted Chicken. My only regret was that I couldn't finish my meal and I didn't have room for dessert. I will go back to Decorah just to eat at this restaurant. Make a reservation!

Thank HBR2000
Saint Paul, Minnesota
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14 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016 via mobile

We had appetizers and drinks. Staff was friendly. It was very busy so we didn't think we could get a table for dinner.

Thank Mary M
Fulton, Missouri
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

This place has the most unique, delicious food! Locally sourced and seasonal. Great apps and entrees, stuffed quail, pork ribeye, pork belly and octopus w/black noodles, beef ribeye, chicken, salmon, scollops, etc!!! This is some of the best food I've eaten. The waitstaff is tremendous! Friendly, knowledgeable, attentive, on and on and on..... They have 250 wines, 30+ beers on... More 

Thank robk9531
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42 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I had heard of this restaurant several years ago, as far away as Des Moines, IA. It lived up to my expectations! As you enter the restaurant, you are greeted and warmly welcomed to your seat. I would recommend a reservation, as we were there on a Thursday night at 6:30 and they were full. Luckily, we had one! Our... More 

Thank Angie A
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108 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We were in town to revisit family home places and my fathers college days at Luther. Per TA reviews we found ourselves here for dinner. Our waitress, a statuesque blonde Viking princess, was lovely! She engaged my elderly parents in such a sweet way! Dinner was Devine. We enjoyed several creative cocktails when we arrived. We started with the kale... More 

Thank Margoes
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

With the rotating local menus, the beautiful setting and the superb staff, a trip here is always enjoyed whether it's for brunch or dinner. The bar side offers a great selection as well. Get a reservation for any special day in Decorah or at Luther, though!

Thank Sarah Z
Quad Cities USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We were here with friends after a day of trout fishing. Lots of brews on tap and decent wine list (or so my fishing companions told me). Numerous entrees prepared and served in non-traditional unique style. Prices seemed a bit steep (starting at just under $20 for pistachio-dusted chicken). We all opted for the flatbread chicken pizza, which was good... More 

Thank blandboy
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2016

Awesome atmosphere, awesome food, awesome people! Always friendly, helpful staff and the owners are amazing. Food is always great and different. Bar food is just as wonderful as the dining area!

Thank Jill W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
American, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Groups, Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 13:00
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 20:30
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
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
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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