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Shorts Burger & Shine

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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18 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240
+1 319-337-4678
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Midwest
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250 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It's difficult to select a favorite burger. I usually go with the Maynard or the Dundee. What sets this place apart is the aioli sauce - so perfect with both the burgers and the fries!

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Thank bamboola
Rogers, United States
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was a great meal. The burgers are huge and have great flavor. Also the tap line of beers was very impressive

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Thank Dennis W
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156 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

When my friends came to visit and said they were craving burgers, I brought them here and they were very pleased. They have a variety of burgers (my personal favorite is the El Dorado)

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Thank Shelby A
Manchester, IA, United States
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27 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Shorts has the largest variety of burgers that I remember seeing. I had the Maynard, which has bacon and avocado; it was a great burger, very unique... and be sure to ask for the Shorts Sauce. I'll definitely go back again to try another burger.

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Thank Thomas S
lawrence
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016 via mobile

If I only have time for one stop it's Shorts. I still love the place but each experience is dwindling. 3x in a row now burger overcooked. Unless I just don't know what medium is. The girl serving the after lunch crowd at the bar was much more interested in chatting with her friend than providing any type of service.... More 

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Thank alawrencetraveller
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

This place is solid if you're new in town and want a good, tasty burger. It won't blow you away and they don't take risks with their menu. It is a small bar setting that gets uncomfortable when busy. The cost, is a bit high too for what you get. For the adventurous types I would recommend walking a few... More 

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Thank Jered A
Downers Grove, Illinois
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56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

I had heard from people in our group that this place had great burgers and fries. Everyone agreed that our meals were honestly, awful. The buns were dry and stale and the meat wasn't any better. I was completely disappointed and am not sure if I will give it another shot. It was that bad.

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1 Thank Todders728
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21 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

Don't come to this restaurant if you are in a hurry. The service is terrible! Took over 25 minutes to get just a burger.

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1 Thank Seth V
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

Nice friendly staff, good service, good burgers, and good fries. Asked for mediim rare burger and xtra crispy fries. Burger was perfect and fries better than perfect.

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Thank Jim F
Los Altos, California, United States
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520 reviews
384 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

If you want an expansive beer list, good pub food, and close to campus with indoor/outdoor seating, this is your place. Great to meet friends after the game or after class.

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Thank Rhett L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Bar, Pub
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene
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?