Bar, Eatery

117 W Water St
Decorah, Iowa, 52101-1805
United States

(563) 382-9463 | map

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 10
Photo of gatornation
4/5  rDev -2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Right in the heart of Downtown Decorah. The restaurant is upscale casual, with plenty of seating on the left and center with a bar and the taps to the right.. About 3 dozen taps with local TG And PR, standouts. Service is good and friendly food is somewhat pricey. We went with the Hamburger was very good along with 2 taps. Its on the main street with several places to walk and checkout.

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Photo of Jodi215
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 3.75 | service: 3.75 | selection: 3.75 | food: 3.75

This is probably the nicest restaurant in Decorah which is a small town in north eastern Iowa. You'll drive through a lot of corn fields to get there. The restaurant is very nice upscale but still casual. They serve a outstanding cheese bread that everyone raved about. I had the venison sliders and they were delicious. Others in our group had pizza which was very good and hamburger which was delicious. Good place to try the Toppling Goliath which is the local brewery. they have a higher priced menu and then a small plate menu with lower prices that are still a little high. Nice to have a choice. We all ordered from the small plate menu and were pleased with the amount of food we got. If ever in Decorah again I would go back here.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 5

This place is set up to be a fancy restaurant, but it has a nice long bar to sit at, have a beer, and it sells bar food. I had a Toppling Goliath Nugget Nectar and it was great. It does a good job along with Pseudo Sue in rivaling the Stone IPA and Arrogant Bastard that's on tap. They also had Two Hearted, Founder's B-Stout, Franziskaner, Kwak, and 8 Bit Pale Ale on tap.

The service is pretty good, I got my beer pretty quick as well as my bar salad I ordered. I was there at 6pm on Saturday so there was a good rush, but my food didn't take long. The salad was a large ceasar and it was very good with fresh garlic spicy shrimp.

I'd say at this point in time that this is the best selection in NE Iowa because of the two Stone beers on tap. Also a big bottle selection that you'd have to drive 1.5 hours to find. Someone should open a bottle shop in Decorah.

Overall very nice, I will come here for my local bar hang out, best place in a few hour radius.

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Photo of crossovert
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Really ritzy place, really expensive. They have a long taplist/bottle list, but it is filled with a lot of crap too.

Some of the standout beers though were really nice selections. The food is good and wholesome, but expensive. Expect 15-25 bucks a plate.

The service is really nice, there was a girl training but she did well. It was kind of off putting when they put the deserts in your face but oh well, they gotta try to sell it. It was kind of dead the night I was there. The one complaint i had was I got Franziskaner in a regular pint glass, it was fresh though.

If you are in this town this is a good stop. No Norwegian beers though I don't think, and they butchered Weihenstephaner on their little menu.

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Photo of mdwalsh
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Coming home from my little beer tour of North East Iowa, I got a little lost and ended up back in Decorah. Driving down Water Street, the main downtown drag, I caught a glimpse of a huge tap selection through a large front window. I quickly turned a corner, found a parking spot and ran inside. It was wow. Right in the middle of Decorah, IA, population 7,000 or so and an hour from nowhere, was a bar with over 120 bottles and 33 taps that included almost exclusively craft and imports. The taps included such goodies as four Toppling Goliath Brews, Bell's Two Hearted and Double Cream Stout, Peace Tree Rye Porter, Galena Miner's Treasure and many more. The bottles ranged from Chimay to Old Rasputin to Fort Collins and of course just about every Iowa beer that is bottled. All of it seemed fresh and well rotated.

The bartender was friendly, intelligent, prompt and helpful. While I knew just about every beer in there, I heard him doing a very nice job helping others make a selection.
I would have liked to see a few more large format beers available for sale as one would a bottle of wine, but that's a minor complaint.

I ate mussels steamed in Pilsner Urquell (I was amused to watch the bartender right down my order, pour some beer into a measuring cup, and walk back to the kitchen. They were delicious and nicely priced.

The beverage beer was served at a nice temperature, though it was in a shaker pint glass which surprised me, but again, a minor and understandable problem.

This place is a huge oasis in the desert of good food and beer, and a must stop if you are in Decorah.

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