BlackStone Restaurant & Bar

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10 Ratings

Type: Bar, Eatery

503 Westbury Dr
Ste 1
Iowa City, Iowa, 52245-2726
United States

(319) 338-1770 | map

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Added by erikshewmaker on 11-20-2010

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Ratings: 10 |  Reviews: 5
Reviews by mynie:
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3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75 | food: 4.5

Driving my mother across the state, I wound up at Blackstone more or less by accident--she complained about being famished, and this was the first restaurant that came up on GPS. It was a little gem of a spot, but it's beer selection wasn't extensive enough for me to think that it warranted a spot on BA.

The place is spacious, well-lit, and clean: lots of high tops, a glit bar, windows, etc. Not exactly a hole in the wall, but not oppressively formal, either. Mid-level chic, I'd say.

The service was very friendly and the food was about as good as you're going to get in Iowa City.

The beer selection was good. If it were 2011, it would be phenomenal for an Iowa City beer bar. In 2015, the bar as (wonderfully) been raised, and so this isn't the sort of place I would travel to visit specifically for beer. They still had about a dozen good taps, though, with boilerplate selections standing alongside some good seasonals and one-offs.

Overall, quite nice. Not exactly a world-class beer destination, but certainly worth stopping by if you're in the area.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.21/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of Cheesy_McDuck
4.34/5  rDev +6.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4 | food: 4.75

This place has very solid food, I've been here a few times, and it catered a friend's wedding which was very nice. The ambiance is sharp and tasteful. All in all a well put together experience.

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Photo of burtonryan
3.78/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5

Had Stone 'Enjoy By' double IPA and seared tuna during happy hour on a Monday. Decent amount of Monday morning quarterbacks, which was surprisingly refreshing.

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Photo of EricSloan
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

Photo of Lestinadoug
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of teraflx
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of 319Hawksfan
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Blackstone has become an east side institution since it opened. It has been voted the best bar by Press-Citizen readers at least two years running. It is a nice place, but having eaten there a handful of times the allure escapes me. However, I had never been there solely for the bar experience, so a buddy and I decided to have a couple drinks there the other night.

Be warned: parking, though barely adequate, is haphazard. Blackstone has been shoehorned into a small, new development and no one thought ahead when planning the streets and parking. Parking is available on narrow Middlebury Road, on spaces provided along Westbury (some of which are obviously an afterthought), and in a small lot along Scott, from which I do not think there is a convenient entrance to Blackstone. Somehow, it all works out.

In a t-shirt, jeans, and running shoes — typical bar attire for me — I always feel like I am underdressed at Blackstone. It is a chic and classy joint with a hip décor, and fellow patrons always seem to fit well into that look (unlike a casual bum like myself). It is kind of like the bar for people who graduated from the skuzz-holes downtown but still want to do their weekend strutting. Instead of being business majors, they have business degrees. Everyone is welcome, though, and it was easy to find a place in the bar area. The restaurant — which is well separated from the bar — is usually very crowded.

The service was very good; a waitress was at our table the moment we sat. A drink menu was at the table but it did not list the prices. Blackstone has five regular taplines, three of which are dedicated to the usual macro fare; the two others, on my trip, were for John’s White Ale and Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. There are also five rotating taps, and our waitress had a hard time remembering what they were (she told me John’s White was among them). The bottled beer selection is very good and everything is listed by style. I drank a John’s White ($4) and Rogue Chocolate Stout ($6).

The bar is nice and the food is good, but I would much rather go there to eat than drink.

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Photo of MarcatGSB
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4.5

Blackstone Bar and Restaurant was the only bar in Eastern Iowa to receive Sierra Nevada Hoptimum in early 2011. Well I stumbled upon their twitter feed one day, and learned of this so Emily and I drove out there to enjoy some hop goodness. How they were the ones to get this beer, I honestly do not know.

Their overall selection is a little above average, with some decent taps (Rogue Chocolate Stout, Bells Two Hearted), and a decent bottled selection. The Hoptimum on tap was great, of course.

The atmosphere was...odd. It seemed like they wanted to go for the upper class dining crowd (judging by the menu), yet had some loud music and many televisions scattered among the bar.

The service was good. Their were plenty of bar tenders and people working to keep the bar stocked and running smooth.

We tried the tuna app and it was wonderful. The dude next to us was raving about his calamari. I would recommend this place for a good beer and a great app/dinner. Lil off the beaten track, but worth the drive.

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BlackStone Restaurant & Bar in Iowa City, IA
Place rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 10 ratings