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The Airliner

$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pizza, Pub
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22 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240-3912
+1 319-351-9259
11:00 - 01:30
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Iowa City, Iowa
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170 reviews
133 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 excellent! Having lived with Portillos and Buono Beef for 17 years that's saying something too!... More 

Thank musthavebeachsun
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 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 a bar but it blew away most Italian restaurants.

Thank Kathy W
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 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 better service! Happy in every way! Would definitely recommend!

Thank Kelli B
Chicago, Illinois
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127 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 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 bathrooms or tables. Getting a drink at the bar is next to impossible...BUT the prices... More 

Thank kelley65
1 review
Reviewed 12 November 2016 via mobile

We went to Airliner during halftime of the Iowa Football game to finish watching the game. It was crowded but we got lucky and got a booth as another group was leaving. After waiting 5 minutes we flagged down a waitress and asked her if we could order. She said the kitchen wasn't taking anymore orders ( remind you it... More 

Thank Tdrazan
Evansville, Indiana
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

A group of parents and students gathered to watch the Hawkeye football game and Airliner did a great job of keeping us feed and hydrated. I had the chicken taco salad which was tasty and made with fresh ingredients. My daughter had the chicken parmesan sandwich which she said was great. Very affordable and delicious.

Thank Cortney P
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 September 2016

Great game day location to share a delicious pizza while watching the Hawkeyes on the many tv screens.

Thank fischer709
Rochester, Minnesota
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69 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

The Airliner is a great place for food or drink. We went around 10pm to drink, and the jukebox is hopping and drinks were going down good. Lots of visiting team fans in there, and everyone getting along great. Great Iowa City joint!!

Thank Flaps23
Breckenridge, Colorado
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2016

We have eaten here twice now while in town and have not been disappointed. The Airliner has very good food and we really enjoy the atmosphere. We have had 2 different servers and both have been very good. I would recommend a stop for lunch or dinner.

Thank Steenbk
Iowa City, Iowa
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016 via mobile

For the nostalgia buff, little seems to have changed here. If you just want a beer and a trip down memory lane, I suppose the Airliner provides both. But if you want a timely and edible meal, go elsewhere. We were not in a hurry on a recent Sunday noon, but our 6 burgers took an unreasonably long time and... More 

Thank Natalie P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pizza, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Television
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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
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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