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Bluebird Diner

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$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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330 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2171
+1 319-351-1470
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun 07:00 - 20:00
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 21:00
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Vero Beach, Florida
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92 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

I went to the Blue Bird diner with a business associate for a lite dinner before traveling on to Davenport. I ordered a chicken Caesar salad and my associate had a smoked chicken sandwich. My salad was great though my associate indicated that there was a little too much smoke flavor. It was a minor complaint and overall we were... More 

Thank wbladesr
2 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was just okay and the atmosphere was fine. Our waitress was not kind at all. The food came late but the taste was okay.

Thank Esther A
Waterbury, Connecticut, USA
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Share a cinnamon roll with your family and friends. Get a mimosa or bloody mary with your brunch entree. All the omelet dishes are great choices. The salmon salad is a good blend of healthy goodness with savory salmon. Great for breakfast, brunch and lunch. I have not made it for dinner but am sure it will not disappoint when... More 

Thank yl315
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When we visit our son at the University of Iowa, we always end our visit by taking him to the Bluebird for a big breakfast. It has become part of our tradition. The diner is adorable and the food is delicious. There is frequently a wait, but it adds to the anticipation of a great meal in a very fun... More 

Thank Patricia M
Denver, Colorado
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

Just an awesome friendly place. Food is really good and wait staff very friendly. Their coffee is their own blend and delicious. Always make a point of visiting when in Iowa City

Thank chartcase
Kansas CIty
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

OK, its crowded and you have to wait. But its generally worth it. Service, while seemingly chaotic, is effective and fast. Coffee is surprisingly good, and breakfast is prepared to perfection. Bring some change for the parking meter.

Thank StandsWithFist
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Last time I was here was a busy morning, since the place was virtually empty we figured service would be good tonight for dinner. It was not. Wait staff was disengaged and more interested in visiting among themselves. Two pulled pork sandwiches ordered in our group. Only one came with BBQ sauce. Took too long to get the missing one,... More 

Thank hawkeyes4
Iowa City, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

The food -- especially the breakfasts -- is always the best you've ever had. Love it. The sausage is a specialty that you should not pass up.

Thank mopat70
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

The service was prompt and friendly and the food is always good. The specials are usually excellent but the menu is somewhat limited in selection. I had the meatloaf, which is a huge portion and always good. My friend had the ratatouille and it was great.

Thank Jeff M
Iowa City, Iowa
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Great place to meet a friend or business associate for breakfast. Solid menu, good service and tables are nicely spaced so you won't have to worry about being overheard.

Thank gbergus

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 20:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 330 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2171
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-351-1470

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