Top 10 restaurants in Iowa City, United States

April 14, 2018 Etsuko Causey

Iowa City is a city in Johnson County, Iowa, United States. It is the home of the University of Iowa and county seat of Johnson County, at the center of the Iowa City Metropolitan Statistical Area. The U.S. Census Bureau estimated the city's population at 74,398 in 2016, making it the state's fifth-largest city. Iowa City is the county seat of Johnson County. The metropolitan area, which encompasses Johnson and Washington counties, has a population of over 164,000.
Things to do in Iowa City

1. Her Soup Kitchen

625 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240-4232 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Parking Available American, Cafe, Soups, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch +1 319-354-1602
Excellent
76%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 202 reviews

Her Soup Kitchen

Reviewed By Sharon C

We only get to eat here once a year on our drive to ski. Always look forward to this meal. The soups and sandwiches are prepared to order and never disappoint. Wish they were closer to home so I could eat here more often

2. Oasis Falafel

206 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2149 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 26 +1 319-358-7342
Excellent
62%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 172 reviews

Oasis Falafel

Owners and friends Naftaly Stramer and Ofer Sivan created Oasis the Falafel Joint in the summer of 2004. After meeting for lunch in downtown Iowa City the duo lamented that (at the time) falafel was nowhere to be found, and vowed to right this wrong. Naftaly had just left the tech industry and Ofer had just completed his degree in engineering – an unlikely starting place for what would become the world’s best hummus, falafel and fries.

Reviewed By GailCheryl - Iowa City, IA

I eat here often and am always happy with the taste delights and the terrific service. Today, the chicken skewer was perfectly cooked and hot out the the oven. The tabouli was fresh and bursting with flavor, with lots of parsley. The greek salad was also fresh and love the cheese and olives and the dressing is perfect. It's my go-to lunch nearly once a week. Excellent food for a reasonable price.

3. Jimmy Jack’s East Side

1940 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City, IA 52240-3108 Serves Alcohol, Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 13 - SGD 26 +1 319-354-7427
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 235 reviews

Jimmy Jack’s East Side

Reviewed By aprille - Iowa City, IA

We love Jimmy Jack's! It's a wonderful east-side option. The service is always friendly and helpful, it's great for families, and the food is delicious. The fries will be my personal downfall because they're so tasty. My husband loves the fatty brisket, and I usually go for the pulled pork. We've also enjoyed the ribs and smoked half chicken. I also appreciate the variety of sauces. You really can't go wrong. Highly recommended for a great, casual meal!

4. Pullman Bar & Diner

17 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240-3902 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 7 - SGD 38 +1 319-338-1808
Excellent
65%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 210 reviews

Pullman Bar & Diner

We value three things: Service - There is nothing more important to us than delivering a positive and memorable experience. Community - Our team is comprised of proud Iowan's with deep passion and love for historic downtown Iowa City. Quality - Striving for excellence in all that we do.

Reviewed By Amy M

Very simply,the Pullman serves excellent food. Every item I've ordered, and every item I've swiped a bit of from a friend's plate, has been superb. The bar's drink menu is also quite good -- lots of options, something to go with every meal. Whenever I've visited, the service has been great, and I enjoy the ambiance of the place. It's become a new go-to for me whenever I'm back home for a visit.

5. Basta

121 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240-3905 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 319-337-2010
Excellent
59%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 297 reviews

Basta

Reviewed By snickes - Chicago, Illinois

We have visited the college twice and both times we ate at Basta. It was absolutely delicious both times. We had the calamari appetizer and my daughter ordered a chicken and proscuitto dish and I had the beet and steak salad. We told the waitress we were going to split them so we could each try both entrees. Upon delivery to our table, they pre-split both items for us which was a nice touch. Service and food were both excellent! We love it there and when in the area, will probably return once again!!

6. Wig and Pen Pizza Pub

1220 Highway 6 E, Iowa City, IA 52241-4714 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Bar, Pizza, Pub, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner +1 319-354-2767
Excellent
62%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 244 reviews

Wig and Pen Pizza Pub

Reviewed By freddie43Kenora - kenora

Other reviews on this site made Wig and Pen sound worth a try. It was all I expected and more. A bonus is the ample, free parking...downtown parking is a pain. I'm only here for two weeks and had planned to try a different restaurant every day but I'm already thinking about a return to this pub. The pizza was amazing. I love pizza and this was outstanding: "Flying Tomatoes" was a deep dish pizza and I chose the Union Jack which had everything I would normally order and a ridiculous abundance of creamy cheese. The cheese topping seemed to have more flavour than I'd expect from Mozzarella but whatever it was, it was perfect. I brought half of it home.

7. A & A Pagliai's Pizza

302 E Bloomington St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2102 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 319-351-5073
Excellent
65%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 269 reviews

A & A Pagliai's Pizza

Reviewed By Holden S

We ordered a pepperoni pizza with green peppers on one side and pineapple on the other. Picked up and took it home- it was great! Was ready for pickup in 30 minutes despite how many people were there.

8. Baroncini

104 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52240-1802 Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Validated Parking Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night SGD 13 - SGD 52 +1 319-337-2048
Excellent
70%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 189 reviews

Baroncini

Chef Baroncini's philosophy of using fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients is represented in his contemporary Italian cuisine. Gianluca Baroncini graduated from the Italian national culinary institute in Verona, Italy, in 1991. He is the former Executive Chef of Terrazza Di Giulietta in Verona, Italy, executive chef of the Mauro's catering. He worked as Assistant chef at the Ristorante Il Desco, which received a two star Michelin guide prestigious award in Verona, Italy. Gianluca worked at the Tiberio's, Il Giardino, and as assistant chef du rang at the prestigious Galileo, fine dining Italian restaurant in Washington D.C..

Reviewed By BCA34 - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

This was our second visit to this restaurant. Excellent food. We had the carpaccio, truffle pasta, pork scalloping, braised cod ( needed a little salt). Also had an Americano cocktail but it was a little watery. This is our favorite restaurant in IC.

9. Bluebird Diner

330 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2171 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 319-351-1470
Excellent
54%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
3%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 272 reviews

Bluebird Diner

Reviewed By ClintTraveler - Geneseo, Illinois

We were back in Iowa City and wanted to return. It was 10:00am and my wife had Eggs Benedict’s and said they were fantastic. I had the pork chili. VERY spicy but wonderful.
The wait staff and EVERYONE Wesley were so genuinely helpful. Located about three blocks off the main drag through downtown. You would probably drive by if you had not heard about or experienced this wonderful little piece of America.
I am always impressed with the diversity of the patrons. Business professionals, students, laborer, and a group of “mature” ladies.
A happy place.

10. Orchard Green

521 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52240-4969 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards Seafood, American, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner SGD 26 - SGD 39 +1 319-354-1642
Excellent
75%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 177 reviews

Orchard Green

A one of a kind venue with out of this world cuisine . It's big city dining in downtown Iowa city!

Reviewed By GailCheryl - Iowa City, IA

One of the best meals in town. Five of us had a birthday celebration on a Friday night. Tim the best waiter ever was even helpful, kind and present when needed. We all loved our meals. We shared a wonderful cheese board with many small bits of fruit, spreads and several fine cheeses. A perfect way to begin. We all loved what we ordered, but I will address two of the entrees. The Bouillabaisse was fantastic, rich flavors with shrimp, scallops, mussels & fishes with tomato, saffron & celery; risotto ($27). Some of the best I’ve had, and I order this often when traveling. The Potato crusted Salmon came with roasted garlic & wild mushroom ragout with string beans. The salmon and vegetables were tender and perfectly cooked. The crusted potatoes were delicately crunchy. ($27). Though I have described only two meals, the other three friends loved their entrees.

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