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Orchard green restaurant and lounge 521 S Gilbert St, Iowa City
Orchard green restaurant and lounge
American • $$$

Orchard green restaurant and lounge

521 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Excellent place! Beautiful room with quiet music making it easy to have an enjoyable conversation while enjoying a fabulous meal. We had the beet salad and...

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  • Superb270 Reviews4.8
Pullman Bar & Diner 17 S Dubuque St, Iowa City
Pullman Bar & Diner
Bar & Grill • $$

Pullman Bar & Diner

17 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

I'm going to preface this by saying I saw the comedy movie Cedar Rapids and I didn't have high expectations. Now, the best part is Cedar Rapids blew...

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  • Superb273 Reviews4.7
Crepes de Luxe Cafe 309 E College St, Iowa City
Crepes de Luxe Cafe
Creperies • $

Crepes de Luxe Cafe

309 E College St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Gluten free crepes! I have Celiac disease and haven't had a crepe in over 14 years!! Staff was very knowledgeable and accommodating - they clean all...

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  • Superb159 Reviews4.8
Her Soup Kitchen 625 S Dubuque St, Iowa City
Her Soup Kitchen
Soup • $$

Her Soup Kitchen

625 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Found Her Soup Kitchen on Yelp when looking for a good lunch place on the way from Minneapolis to Florida. A bit off of US-218 or I-80, but so much better than...

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  • Superb143 Reviews4.7
Oasis Falafel (Iowa City) 206 N Linn St, Iowa City
Oasis Falafel (Iowa City)
Mediterranean • $

Oasis Falafel (Iowa City)

206 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245

Planning a holiday party at work for ~70 people, posed many challenges! We needed individually packaged meals and the ability to accommodate a variety of...

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  • Superb202 Reviews4.6
Pop's BBQ 130 N Dubuque St, Iowa City
Pop's BBQ
Barbeque • $

Pop's BBQ

130 N Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52245

Take out for 4. We thoroughly enjoyed the burnt end sandwiches that were tasty, great portion size and fresh. The ribs were meaty and tasty. Our sides were...

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  • Superb197 Reviews4.6
George's Buffet 312 E Market St, Iowa City
George's Buffet
Dive Bar • $$

George's Buffet

312 E Market St, Iowa City, IA 52245

This ain't your mall Applebee's folks. This is the real deal real people kind of joint that's hard to find these days. My go to for a burger...

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  • Superb168 Reviews4.6
The KETO Kitchen 116 E Washington St, Iowa City
The KETO Kitchen
Mediterranean

The KETO Kitchen

116 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240

love love love this place. staff has great energy and the food is fabulous!!. this place helps you with staying on your keto plan, and thier great selections...

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Soseki Café 227 S Dubuque St, Iowa City
Soseki Café
Sushi • $$

Soseki Café

227 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Soseki is the only place in Iowa City that I go for sushi. I have never been disappointed with of my orders and the staff is always so friendly! The poke bowl...

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  • Superb153 Reviews4.6
Thai Spice 1210 S Gilbert St # 200, Iowa City
Thai Spice
Thai • $$

Thai Spice

1210 S Gilbert St # 200, Iowa City, IA 52240

Absolutely outstanding Thai Food! We are big travelers and tend to eat Thai food wherever we go, and this ranks up there as one of our favorites in the...

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  • Superb258 Reviews4.5
SAIGON'S CORNER Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine 201 S Clinton St, Iowa City
SAIGON'S CORNER Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine
Vietnamese

SAIGON'S CORNER Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine

201 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240

great service, super fast and efficient.ordered the vegetarian pho and rice with vegetables and they were both amazing! i was a bit skeptical of the vegetarian...

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  • Superb142 Reviews4.6
Basta Pizzeria Ristorante 121 Iowa Ave, Iowa City
Basta Pizzeria Ristorante
Italian • $$

Basta Pizzeria Ristorante

121 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240

We've gone to Basta on each of our trips to IC - 5 so far. Service has been consistently good to great, which can be hard to find these days, but maybe...

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  • Superb230 Reviews4.5
Mexico Lindo Grill & Cantina 1857 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City
Mexico Lindo Grill & Cantina
Mexican

Mexico Lindo Grill & Cantina

1857 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City, IA 52240

They have some standard dishes and then they have Molcajetes, a very delicious meal for at least 2 people. Great service and good food, will probably become a...

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  • Superb95 Reviews4.7
Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack - Iowa City 1940 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City
Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack - Iowa City
Barbecue • $$

Jimmy Jack's Rib Shack - Iowa City

1940 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City, IA 52240

Great! All around great options, great sauces. Great set up with tables and chairs and decor. It's an overall great place with great staff. Definitely a...

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  • Superb210 Reviews4.5
Deluxe Cakes & Pastries 812 S Summit St, Iowa City
Deluxe Cakes & Pastries
Cupcakes • $$

Deluxe Cakes & Pastries

812 S Summit St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Eat HERE! 1. The baguettes are magnificent; great crust, awesome flavor, and a truly superb bubble structure. 2. The croissants are unique and are made from...

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  • Superb174 Reviews4.5
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers 201 S Clinton St #146, Iowa City
Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers
Hamburger • $$

Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers

201 S Clinton St #146, Iowa City, IA 52240

The best burgers for a chain fast food place. And the little fries are perfect... better that McD's! Have a shake with your burger & fries (Yum!), and...

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  • Superb112 Reviews4.6
Iowa City Downtown District 103 E College St #200, Iowa City
Iowa City Downtown District
Middle Eastern • $

Iowa City Downtown District

103 E College St #200, Iowa City, IA 52240

The best fries, baklava, soup, and falafel in town! Seriously, I pine for those fries. The owners are wonderful people and regularly give back to the...

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  • Superb81 Reviews4.7
Trumpet Blossom Cafe 310 E Prentiss St, Iowa City
Trumpet Blossom Cafe
Vegan • $$

Trumpet Blossom Cafe

310 E Prentiss St, Iowa City, IA 52240

AMAZING and fresh vegan dishes, excellent service and beautiful interior. I love trying new things because they never disappoint; even my non-vegan friends...

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  • Superb162 Reviews4.5
Deadwood Tavern 6 S Dubuque St, Iowa City
Deadwood Tavern
Dive Bar • $$

Deadwood Tavern

6 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Hands down the best tavern/bar/spa/therapy/church around Iowa City. For folks that 'get it' this what it's all about. A place for anyone and...

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  • Superb101 Reviews4.6
Burger Haul 112 E College St, Iowa City
Burger Haul
Burgers

Burger Haul

112 E College St, Iowa City, IA 52240

The most recent hidden gem of Iowa city, the cooking is amazing and done with care. Burger Haul is locally owned by amazing owners that make always feel...

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  • Superb74 Reviews4.7
Big Grove Brewery & Taproom 1225 S Gilbert St, Iowa City
Big Grove Brewery & Taproom
Brewpubs • $$

Big Grove Brewery & Taproom

1225 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52240

We are on a road trip from Minnesota headed to North Carolina and Iowa city was our first stop. Came to big Grove brewery and we were not disappointed. Awesome...

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  • Superb265 Reviews4.4
La Regia Taqueria 436 Hwy 1 W, Iowa City
La Regia Taqueria
Mexican • $

La Regia Taqueria

436 Hwy 1 W, Iowa City, IA 52246

I'm sorry to have to do this but I'm giving 4 stars because I have eaten here several times in the past. My past experiences were 5 star. However,...

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  • Superb233 Reviews4.4
Micky's Irish Pub 11 S Dubuque St, Iowa City
Micky's Irish Pub
Irish Pub • $$

Micky's Irish Pub

11 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Best damn jambalaya north of the Mason Dixon line.. like seriously I haven't eaten jambalaya this good since being in New Orleans. Husband had Nashville...

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  • Superb194 Reviews4.4
Long Xing 428 Hwy 1 W, Iowa City
Long Xing
Chinese

Long Xing

428 Hwy 1 W, Iowa City, IA 52246

Some of the BEST Chinese food in Eastern Iowa. I highly recommend the dinner special from 8-10pm for 2 Entrees, Rice or Lo Mein & a drink for like under...

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  • Superb179 Reviews4.4
Estela's Fresh Mex - Iowa City 184 E Burlington St, Iowa City
Estela's Fresh Mex - Iowa City
Mexican • $

Estela's Fresh Mex - Iowa City

184 E Burlington St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Best burrito I have ever had in my life it is a constant stop for me. Best burrito in town they never mess your order up they never skimp out on giving you...

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  • Superb159 Reviews4.4
Joseph's Steakhouse 212 S Clinton St, Iowa City
Joseph's Steakhouse
Steak House • $$$

Joseph's Steakhouse

212 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Solid 4. A nice place for a business or personal meal. Typical upper end steak house found around the country. Super friendly staff. Wine selection is not...

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  • Superb152 Reviews4.4
Nodo Downtown 5 S Dubuque St, Iowa City
Nodo Downtown
Sandwich Shop • $

Nodo Downtown

5 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

I go here way too often because I have no palate and too much money to spend. The sandwiches are wraps here are super expensive. They are all $10 or more. I...

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  • Superb143 Reviews4.4
Hilltop Tavern Ltd. 1100 N Dodge St, Iowa City
Hilltop Tavern Ltd.
Pubs • $$

Hilltop Tavern Ltd.

1100 N Dodge St, Iowa City, IA 52245

Love this place. Great social distancing practices in place. Last time I was here they didn't take cards, now they do. How 21st Century! Wonderful wings...

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  • Superb87 Reviews4.5
Shakespeare's Pub And Grill 819 S 1st Ave, Iowa City
Shakespeare's Pub And Grill
Pubs • $$

Shakespeare's Pub And Grill

819 S 1st Ave, Iowa City, IA 52245

Shakespeares is an excellent neighborhood bar and restaurant. Lots of beer choices and drink specials, the staff is great too. I imagine it would be great to...

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  • Superb134 Reviews4.4
Le Gourmet 201 S Clinton St, Old Capitol Mall Ste 101, Iowa City
Le Gourmet
Korean

Le Gourmet

201 S Clinton St, Old Capitol Mall Ste 101, Iowa City, IA 52240

The best Korean restaurant ever! Tried their bulgogi box and was very pleased! After awhile I noticed their menu has expanded. Everything is great. Especially...

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  • Superb38 Reviews4.8

American Restaurants

American in Iowa City
Orchard green restaurant and lounge 521 S Gilbert St, Iowa City
Orchard green restaurant and lounge
American • $$$

Orchard green restaurant and lounge

521 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Excellent place! Beautiful room with quiet music making it easy to have an enjoyable conversation while enjoying a fabulous meal. We had the beet salad and...

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  • Superb270 Reviews4.8
Graze Gourmet To-Go 345 S Dubuque St, Iowa City
Graze Gourmet To-Go
American • $$

Graze Gourmet To-Go

345 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Pros: Chicken Lips and Green Beans are amazing, mac n cheese is pretty good. The take out “lips for 4” feeds are familyof 5 (2 adults, 3 kids) with a...

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  • Superb97 Reviews4.4
Stella 1006 Melrose Ave, Iowa City
Stella
American • $$

Stella

1006 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246

We live close by and appreciate Stella's. Darren (SP?) was our server who was simply awesome, very attentive and a fine example of exemplary service....

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  • Superb179 Reviews4.3

Pizza Restaurants

Pizza in Iowa City
Wig & Pen Pizza Pub 1220 US-6 West, Iowa City
Wig & Pen Pizza Pub
Pizza • $$

Wig & Pen Pizza Pub

1220 US-6 West, Iowa City, IA 52246

Environment was fantastic. Clean, bright, staff was extremely friendly and prompt. Menu easy to navigate. Chicago deep dish pizza was the best I've had...

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  • Superb246 Reviews4.3
A & A Pagliai's Pizza 302 E Bloomington St, Iowa City
A & A Pagliai's Pizza
Pizza • $$

A & A Pagliai's Pizza

302 E Bloomington St, Iowa City, IA 52245

This is probably my favorite pizza place in the country and I actually plan my trips to allow a stop here if I'm anywhere in the area. What you see is...

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  • Superb178 Reviews4.3
Maggie's Farm Wood-Fired Pizza 1308 Melrose Ave, Iowa City
Maggie's Farm Wood-Fired Pizza
Pizza • $$

Maggie's Farm Wood-Fired Pizza

1308 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246

Very tasty thin-crust pizza from an open, wood fired, visible oven. Also, their appetizer spinach is to die for! I got a "white" pizza that features,...

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  • Superb155 Reviews4.3

Mexican Restaurants

Mexican in Iowa City
Mexico Lindo Grill & Cantina 1857 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City
Mexico Lindo Grill & Cantina
Mexican

Mexico Lindo Grill & Cantina

1857 Lower Muscatine Rd, Iowa City, IA 52240

They have some standard dishes and then they have Molcajetes, a very delicious meal for at least 2 people. Great service and good food, will probably become a...

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  • Superb95 Reviews4.7
La Regia Taqueria 436 Hwy 1 W, Iowa City
La Regia Taqueria
Mexican • $

La Regia Taqueria

436 Hwy 1 W, Iowa City, IA 52246

I'm sorry to have to do this but I'm giving 4 stars because I have eaten here several times in the past. My past experiences were 5 star. However,...

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  • Superb233 Reviews4.4
Estela's Fresh Mex - Iowa City 184 E Burlington St, Iowa City
Estela's Fresh Mex - Iowa City
Mexican • $

Estela's Fresh Mex - Iowa City

184 E Burlington St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Best burrito I have ever had in my life it is a constant stop for me. Best burrito in town they never mess your order up they never skimp out on giving you...

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  • Superb159 Reviews4.4

Chinese Restaurants

Chinese in Iowa City
Long Xing 428 Hwy 1 W, Iowa City
Long Xing
Chinese

Long Xing

428 Hwy 1 W, Iowa City, IA 52246

Some of the BEST Chinese food in Eastern Iowa. I highly recommend the dinner special from 8-10pm for 2 Entrees, Rice or Lo Mein & a drink for like under...

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  • Superb179 Reviews4.4
JiangHu Asian Street Food 110 E Court St, Iowa City
JiangHu Asian Street Food
Chinese

JiangHu Asian Street Food

110 E Court St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Jiang Hu is the only restaurant in Iowa City that is worthwhile eating at. Incredible noodles. Love the crab Rangoon. I would eat here every night if i could...

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  • Good165 Reviews4.2
Oryza Asian Cuisine & Bar 5 Sturgis Corner Dr, Iowa City
Oryza Asian Cuisine & Bar
Chinese • $$

Oryza Asian Cuisine & Bar

5 Sturgis Corner Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246

So many vegetarian and vegan options! Everything was easily labeled also which was incredibly helpful.the service was splendid,the food was wonderful, (some of...

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  • Good149 Reviews4.1

Fast Food Restaurants

Fast Food in Iowa City
Arby's 3 Hwy 1 W, Iowa City
Arby's
Fast Food • $

Arby's

3 Hwy 1 W, Iowa City, IA 52246

I just tried the Arby's brisket with no onion because of my diet it was a great cheat it tasted awesome just the right amount of everything barbecue sauce...

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  • Good108 Reviews4.2
McDonald's 2440 Mormon Trek Blvd, Iowa City
McDonald's
Fast Food • $

McDonald's

2440 Mormon Trek Blvd, Iowa City, IA 52240

Great place that is clean and the staff are very friendly and welcoming! They remember you when you're a loyal customer like myself (there often) and my...

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  • Good118 Reviews3.4
Dairy Queen Store 660 Eastbury Dr, Iowa City
Dairy Queen Store
Fast Food • $

Dairy Queen Store

660 Eastbury Dr, Iowa City, IA 52245

A lovely, homey ambiance with comfy furniture to hang out in and warm surroundings, so much better than a dirty, bare, plastic and metal corporate store....

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  • Average85 Reviews3

Thai Restaurants

Thai in Iowa City
Thai Spice 1210 S Gilbert St # 200, Iowa City
Thai Spice
Thai • $$

Thai Spice

1210 S Gilbert St # 200, Iowa City, IA 52240

Absolutely outstanding Thai Food! We are big travelers and tend to eat Thai food wherever we go, and this ranks up there as one of our favorites in the...

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  • Superb258 Reviews4.5
Thai Spice Noodle House 725 Mormon Trek Blvd, Iowa City
Thai Spice Noodle House
Thai • $$

Thai Spice Noodle House

725 Mormon Trek Blvd, Iowa City, IA 52246

How have I not written a review for Thai Spice Noodle House?! That's bananas. I live on the west side of town and there are very few restaurants less than...

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  • Superb79 Reviews4.3
Thai Flavors 340 E Burlington St, Iowa City
Thai Flavors
Thai • $

Thai Flavors

340 E Burlington St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Nothing but great experiences here. One of the best restaurants iowa city has to offer. Red curry, pad Thai and drunken noodles are all fantastic, but you...

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  • Good138 Reviews4.2

Italian Restaurants

Italian in Iowa City
Basta Pizzeria Ristorante 121 Iowa Ave, Iowa City
Basta Pizzeria Ristorante
Italian • $$

Basta Pizzeria Ristorante

121 Iowa Ave, Iowa City, IA 52240

We've gone to Basta on each of our trips to IC - 5 so far. Service has been consistently good to great, which can be hard to find these days, but maybe...

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  • Superb230 Reviews4.5
Baroncini Ristorante Italiano 104 S Linn St, Iowa City
Baroncini Ristorante Italiano
Italian • $$$

Baroncini Ristorante Italiano

104 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52240

My partner and I came to Iowa City for St Patrick's Day weekend, and my friend recommended this restaurant for dinner together. It's convenient since...

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  • Good166 Reviews4.2
D.P. Dough 519 E Washington St, Iowa City
D.P. Dough
Italian • $

D.P. Dough

519 E Washington St, Iowa City, IA 52240

I love DP Dough and have had amazing experiences each time I order from the one in Iowa City. I am a regular customer and utilize their website for ordering....

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  • Good122 Reviews4.2
Nodo Downtown 5 S Dubuque St, Iowa City
Nodo Downtown
Sandwich Shop • $

Nodo Downtown

5 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

I go here way too often because I have no palate and too much money to spend. The sandwiches are wraps here are super expensive. They are all $10 or more. I...

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  • Superb143 Reviews4.4
Which Wich Iowa City 23 S Dubuque St, Iowa City
Which Wich Iowa City
Sandwich Shop • $

Which Wich Iowa City

23 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Had a small Garden Party and a large ham. Both were pretty good. Slightly better than Subway with better bread and fillings. Bread sizes are similar to Subway,...

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  • Good75 Reviews4.1
Firehouse Subs HWY One IC 161 Hwy 1 W, Iowa City
Firehouse Subs HWY One IC
Sandwich Shop

Firehouse Subs HWY One IC

161 Hwy 1 W, Iowa City, IA 52246

I have to say I've eaten from there several times and have never had a problem. The food has always been fresh and tasty. I recommend it to people I talk...

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  • Good21 Reviews3.5

Vietnamese Restaurants

Vietnamese in Iowa City
SAIGON'S CORNER Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine 201 S Clinton St, Iowa City
SAIGON'S CORNER Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine
Vietnamese

SAIGON'S CORNER Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine

201 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240

great service, super fast and efficient.ordered the vegetarian pho and rice with vegetables and they were both amazing! i was a bit skeptical of the vegetarian...

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  • Superb142 Reviews4.6
Sun Café 953 S Riverside Dr, Iowa City
Sun Café
Vietnamese • $

Sun Café

953 S Riverside Dr, Iowa City, IA 52246

Just close your eyes and point whatever on the menu to order. Everything is soooooo good!And the duck is a must try. It reminds me of Beijing duck from my...

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  • Superb153 Reviews4.3
DC's Sports Bar 124 S Dubuque St, Iowa City
DC's Sports Bar
Vietnamese • $

DC's Sports Bar

124 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

Shots galore, great service and music mix. The interior could use a little modernization, but... it's a college bar sort of expected. I would encourage...

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Pullman Bar & Diner 17 S Dubuque St, Iowa City
Pullman Bar & Diner
Bar & Grill • $$

Pullman Bar & Diner

17 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

I'm going to preface this by saying I saw the comedy movie Cedar Rapids and I didn't have high expectations. Now, the best part is Cedar Rapids blew...

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  • Superb273 Reviews4.7
Grizzly's South Side Pub & Grill 1210 Highland Ct, Iowa City
Grizzly's South Side Pub & Grill
Bar & Grill • $

Grizzly's South Side Pub & Grill

1210 Highland Ct, Iowa City, IA 52240

This Is My Go-To Spot In The City. Laid Back, Good Food, Great Pool Tables & Atmosphere. 1 Of The Most Impressive Collections Of Taxidermy I Have Ever Seen...

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  • Superb54 Reviews4.4
Black's Gold Grill 304 Grand Ave, Iowa City
Black's Gold Grill
Bar & Grill

Black's Gold Grill

304 Grand Ave, Iowa City, IA 52242

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