.

Making Valentine's Dinner Reservations? A Few Iowa City Suggestions (REBOOT, With More Suggestions)

Here are a few dinner spots suggested to us on Twitter and Facebook. Feel free to add other suggestions in comments and I will add them to the list.

 

Iowa City, of course, has a lot of great restaurants. But what are some good places to take your better half? I asked Iowa City Patch's followers on Twitter and Facebook and here are some suggestions that I got. Don't see your favorite Iowa City spot? Tell me in comments, and I will add it to the list. The more the merrier, I say.

Update: 

Speaking of the more the merrier, I posted this original list back in January, and I have received some additional social media suggestions for great places to eat to add to the list. The new ones will be placed at the end of the list. Feel free to suggest more.

From our directory:

The Motley Cow Cafe prides itself on using locally grown produce and farm-raised beef and poultry. The menu changes often based on what's available and includes Kale Salad, Hummus and Ciabatta, White Bean and Bacon Soup and local beef, pork and lamb dishes. Reservations are recommended for dinner.  

Social media comment:

Kay Kimble (from Facebook): The Motley Cow Cafe always has a very special Valentine's Day dinner - tasty & intimate!

From our directory:

Devotay, located on Linn Street, was voted best restaurant overall by readers of the Iowa City Press-Citizen from 2005 to 2008.  Devotay offers a menu featuring paella, tapas, sandwiches, smoked wild salmon roll and more. Devotay offers a full wine menu, as well as catering services.

Social media comment:

Julie Van Dyke (from Facebook): Devotay is a more than worthwhile splurge for Valentine's. At my last "single" Valentine's day dinner, the nice lady gave us a wonderful bottle of wine to celebrate our impending marriedness

From our directory:

El Banditos, located on Market Street, is one of Iowa City's newest Mexican restaurants. All food is handmade, including the hand-rolled tacos, fresh guacamole, burritos and enchiladas. El Banditos strives to use local ingredients when possible. El Banditos is open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. 

Social media comment:

Liz Ford (from Facebook): El Banditos. Yum.

From our directory:

Graze Restaurant, located on College Street, offers lunch and dinner in a upscale setting right on the pedestrian walkway. The menu features items like chicken tortilla soup, dim sum green beans, chicken lettuce wraps, shrimp on a stick, and more. The food is served buffet-style with options of Grazing 101 and Advance Grazing, based on the number of choices. The patio area is great for enjoying the warm weather and people-watching. 

Social media comment:

@Hawkeyeberg: Graze Graze Graze. Best restaurant in Iowa City hands down.

Basta

From the Basta website:

Basta is a fun, energetic Italian dining experience in Downtown Iowa City. Our menu features handmade pasta, Napoli style pizza and Italian wines, all served in a relaxed environment.

Social media comment:

@HawkeyeBerg: I also love Basta. 

From our directory:

Westbury Drive, is a locally owned bar and restaurant. The menu features Iowa pork chops, Flynn's baked pasta, steak burritos, seared sea bass and more. The bar offers a martini and wine menu.

Social media comment:

@BlackstoneIC: Valentine's Specials ow.ly/8DDBU. Thanks! 

The New Suggestions

From our directory:

The Orchard Green Restaurant and Lounge offers gourmet food and American-Mediterranean cuisine. The menu includes focaccia and hummus, Mediterranean cheese steak, vegetable frito misto, roasted corn and sweet potato soup, and orange, beet and radish salad.

From our directory:

Linn Street Cafe serves a gourmet menu that changes with the seasons. Guests can pair meals with selections from the extensive wine list. The menu has included Duck Three Ways, Spring Risotto, Iowa Beef Tenderloin, Walnut Crusted Baked Brie, Strawberry Salad and more. Reservations are recommended for dinner.

Baroncini Ristorante

From our directory:

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..

Description from our directory:

Givanni's, located on College Street facing the pedestrian walkway, offers a variety of fresh foods. The menu includes such favorites as Bruschetta, Pasta La Jolla, Steak Deburgo and more. The restaurant also has an extensive wine list

Description from our directory:

Joseph's Steakhouse offers a full-service, fine-dining experience.  The menu features steaks, chops, chicken and fish. The wine list is extensive. Be sure to check out happy hour, which runs from 5pm to 6:30pm and offers half-price appetizers and martinis. 

 

Finally, want a more intimate dinner at home? Give these a call.

B.A. Morelli January 25, 2012 at 07:18 PM
I used to work at Devotay and have eaten several times at each of these places, except Graze. I really need to get there. You can't go wrong with any of these suggestions.
KIM MCWANE FRIESE February 06, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Don't forget to make reservations! Most of these places will be fully booked days in advance.

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »