Where to Eat in Washington: The Best Restaurants and Bars

April 14, 2018 Russell Mellin

Washington is a city in and the county seat of Washington County, Iowa, United States. It is part of the Iowa City, Iowa Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 7,266 at the 2010 census.

1. Cafe Dodici

122 S Iowa Ave, Washington, IA 52353-2011 Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Full Bar, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Cafe, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 319-653-4012
Excellent
83%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 82 reviews

Cafe Dodici

Welcome to Cafe Dodici, a restaurant with a mission to represent the essence of its own definition: "to restore". The intended goal of Lorraine Williams, her Italian husband, Alessandro Scipioni and Tsalika Rich is to offer more than simply a place to eat; they want to give the gift of good, wholesome food, served with the purpose of replenishing energy in an enjoyable and refined dining environment. Our restaurant's goal is to be a fulfilling dining experience on every level. Food unites families, friends and people of all backgrounds around a table; it is food that keeps your body, mind and soul healthy, rejuvenated and happy. Cafe Dodici takes pride in the quality of its food; in order for us to enjoy the life essence of what we eat, we take particular measures to ensure that our foods' natural, nourishing qualities are respected in the cooking process.

Reviewed By iowamom2014 - North Liberty, Iowa

This is a surprising find....wonderful Italian food is a quiet small Iowa town. They even have a B & B attached. So, drink all the vino you want!

2. The Coffee Corner

125 W Washington St, Washington, IA 52353-2035 +1 319-653-3663
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Reviewed By shepfarms - iowa

Wonderful gathering place, friendly atmosphere, great selection of beverages. The personal service is always efficient, friendly; this lady knows her clientele, visit once and she'll be able to remind you what your last order was, great oasis in a busy world.

3. Panda Palace Chinese Restaurant

100 W Main St, Washington, IA 52353-2003 Takeout, Seating Chinese, Asian Lunch, Dinner +1 319-653-6888
Excellent
54%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 17 reviews

Panda Palace Chinese Restaurant

Reviewed By GREGORY N - Panora, Iowa

Everything was pretty average - which is fine as the typical Chinese place in Iowa is pretty good. My tofu with vegetables was edible, barely. Tofu really needs to be firmed up by frying it for a minute before vegetables are added. Not here, though. The brown sauce was pretty tasteless. So, I ate my food, but I will not return. Entree plus iced tea $10.00 plus tax and tip.

4. JP's 207

207 W Main St, Washington, IA 52353-1722 Lunch, Dinner +1 319-458-9181
Excellent
78%
Good
11%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
11%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 9 reviews

JP's 207

Reviewed By kittycat19722014 - Vero Beach, Florida

Jaron, the owner, is willing to do anything that you suggest for food. I had my birthday party there last June and he had some wonderful suggestions. The salad, sandwiches, etc. were excellent. I heard many positive comments. He was willing to allow me to decorate the area designated for my party. I loved that part! He came to my table and checked to make sure the food was acceptable. He even played a song on the piano for me. I didn't have to pay any reservation fee. I told him about how much a plate I wanted to spend. It was an experience to remember!

5. Unc and Neph's

1015 W Madison St, Washington, IA 52353-1623 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible Bar, Pub Lunch, Dinner +1 319-653-4755
Excellent
48%
Good
38%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
0%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 13 reviews

Unc and Neph's

Reviewed By Davian B - North Liberty, Iowa

Small town bar with great foods. Everything from good appetizers to prime rib dinner. Our table had a variety of appetizers plus some food items and everything was very good. The seating filled up quickly during the dinner hour and after 7:30 it was mostly people stopping by for a couple drinks and laughter. The staff on a Friday night were quick to come to our table for drink refills, the bathrooms were clean, the entire area was kept ckean, and the mixed drinks were made well.

6. Frontier Family Restaurant

112 N Iowa Ave, Washington, IA 52353-2002 Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 319-653-6539
Excellent
44%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
7%
Terrible
7%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 14 reviews

Frontier Family Restaurant

Reviewed By joaniemaria - Eldridge, Iowa

The omelets and breakfast food is consistently good. It is a family diner. Very reasonably priced and varied menu. Friendly, local service. Everyone liked their food.

7. Taste of China

115 S Marion Ave, Washington, IA 52353-2032 Chinese +1 319-653-7359
Excellent
60%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 5 reviews

Reviewed By primalclaws1974 - Iowa

We like to go to new towns and try new restaurants on Sunday. We drove 80 miles to check out Washington, and this restaurant in particular. It was #6 on Washington's best restaurant list. After eating there, I can say that it was pretty typical of most Chinese buffets. It has about everything you would expect. There were two desserts I have never seen on a Chinese buffet, however. One was two flavors of whip, and the other was a peanut brittle. Although I appreciate this little bit of variety, I have to say the whips were good, but the peanut brittle had entirely too many peanuts in it.
Most of the time we were there, there was only one woman on the floor. She was hard working and very polite. When we paid, there was a man there, not sure he understood everything we said to him, but that's okay. Overall, not a bad experience, but I was hoping for something new and different, and after coming 80 miles, the restaurant really didn't deliver that. The cost was fairly typical as well. If I was down in that area again I would probably stop in again, and I would hope they would introduce new items occasionally.

8. Pizza Ranch

201 S Wiley Ave, Washington, IA 52353-9399 Pizza Lunch, Dinner +1 319-653-5553
Excellent
11%
Good
45%
Satisfactory
33%
Poor
11%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 9 reviews

Pizza Ranch

Reviewed By Tkcurry - Alpha, Illinois

Stopped on way thru on a Friday night. Place was clean and inviting, salad bar was adequate, several salads available along with lettuce salad and good toppings, no soup available however. Pizza was average, disappointed many options on buffet, cheese, sausage, pepperoni, and beef. No meat lovers or supreme. No toppings for ice cream. Overall just okay, for ten dollars a person expected a little more variety.

9. Korner Kremery

202 E Washington St, Washington, IA 52353-2025 +1 319-653-2096
Excellent
67%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Korner Kremery

Reviewed By B R - Crown Point, Indiana

This is a fun little corner business right in downtown Washington; they have delicious flavors to choose from. I had one with coconut and hot fudge swirls--can't remember the name. There are very cute decorations inside, and the service was friendly. This is a great place to take the kids for a cone!

10. Subway

223 W Madison St, Washington, IA 52353-1716 +1 319-653-4453
Excellent
50%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 2 reviews

Reviewed By kittycat19722014 - Vero Beach, Florida

I know that the bread and the vegetables will always be fresh. My favorite is the chicken with sweet onion sauce. Never have been disappointed in whatever I ordered.

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