The Class Act
Still a hidden gem..For some reason, this continues to be one of the most well-kept secrets in the region! Class Act is an extension of the culinary arts/hospitality programs at Kirkwood College. As such, it is to some extent a "classroom" for students. Don't be fooled, however, the cuisine and service are not elementary. In fact, the depth of the food is vast; service is excellent. The ambiance is reminiscent of west coast restaurants. While we have four children under the age of 10 and they love the restaurant, most families with children will probably want to find an alternative dining arrangement.6/15/2013 12:00:00 AMGood, good goodThe food, setting & Jared our waiter were all excellent!6/8/2013 12:00:00 AMIt was great!!Brent was an outstanding waiter and extremely well informed. He has been the only server i have had there that asked me if I wanted a tour of the student area, which is a work of art! The tea is magnificent and specialty for Kirkwood. The food was great, and not extremely pricey like I thought it would be!5/29/2013 12:00:00 AMFun dinnerI would highly recommend Class Act to anyone. The food was excellent and the menu had a nice variety of entrees. The restaurant/hotel is very contemporary with a sleek minimalist feel. The service is terrific. We live in Tucson, Arizona and visit family in Iowa City every summer. We always like to have a dinner at Class Act. The service, ambiance, and food is always excellent. This restaurant can hold its own with many of the fine restaurants around the country. For a culinary school Class Act is exceptional.5/21/2013 12:00:00 AMUpscale dining at reasonable pricesI enjoyed my lunch the other day at The Class Act restaurant, located inside Hotel Kirkwood. I love the upscale dining atmosphere where I feel like I am truly served cuisine, fancy presentation and all. The good news is that because the restaurant is used as a training ground for the community college's culinary arts students, prices are kept at bay. Bonus: a patio is available for outdoor dining in good weather.
As far as the food is concerned, I would say that out of my party of 3's entrees and desserts ( 5 dishes in all), there was only one that was slightly less than excellent. The server was friendly, and our lunch plates averaged about $12 per plate. So grateful that this Class Act takes reservations!5/18/2013 12:00:00 AMBest restaurant I've ever been to!The restaurant was beautiful, very fancy and quiet. Perfect for a date! The service was amazing, and the food was to die for! I am definitely going to go back and recommend everyone to try it.5/17/2013 12:00:00 AMHigh School Day OutI took my group of High School International Foods Students to enjoy a semi-formal dining experience. They were able to put their manners to the test and try some new tastes and experiences. They were so excited to order a dessert! The server treated them like adults and they behaved as such. We were then able to take a tour of the facilities, hopefully some of the students will expand on this opportunity and pursue a career in Culinary Arts.5/14/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat food, good service!The waitress that served our table of 8 was great! She took care of our needs quickly and was friendly. The over all dining was good! Quiet atmosphere and nice food overall. Would definently recommend this restaurant!5/11/2013 12:00:00 AMHad a very nice meal withHad a very nice meal with my daughter! Enjoyed the experience, but would like a little more privacy instead of in the middle of the room.5/3/2013 12:00:00 AMMy husband and I were celebratingMy husband and I were celebrating our 15th anniversary. The atmosphere was very upscale and romantic. The food and service were outstanding. Will definitely go back!4/27/2013 12:00:00 AMExcellent service and food.Excellent service and food. Presentation was wonderful, too!4/25/2013 12:00:00 AMWe had a waiter that was servicingWe had a waiter that was servicing his very first table. We was a bit nervous, but very attentive with the assistance of a more experienced member of the wait staff. When they found out it was our wedding anniversary they gave us a free desert. Not necessary at all, but a very nice touch! We will be back again!4/24/2013 12:00:00 AMVery good experience, theVery good experience, the people were very helpfull. I will go back for sure.4/23/2013 12:00:00 AMMy wife and I have eaten atMy wife and I have eaten at this resturant several times and have never been disappointed. It is great food for a reasonable price and is a classy place to go.4/13/2013 12:00:00 AMServer must of been very new.Server must of been very new. Seemed nervous and served us the wrong drinks. No big deal just an observation. Everyone has to start somewhere
Dessert was to die for. Three of us had the 1st one on the list.4/11/2013 12:00:00 AMService was impeccable. IService was impeccable. I was not as impressed with the food as I had expected it to be considering the pricing. Our servers, Joe & Tony, were fantastic! They made our evening very enjoyable & were quick to attend to anything we needed or requested. We will would go back again. I believe we have a hidden gem in Cedar Rapids in the Class Act restaurant!4/10/2013 12:00:00 AMCome here for artistry.Waiter Jared fabulous.Pblems:grilled cheese s'wich came on ciabatta w/red stuff hanging out, little cheese visible upon disassembly;cold. We tho't orders got mixed up. Same guest replaced w/a hamb. med. rare. Innards too rare. Other 2 of us were very pleased. Hot water ordered with lemon wasn't hot enough. Beautiful salads, but very small, pricey. Harvest salad was advertised to have something from a creamery. Was told it wld be cream cheese:little squares. Cldn't imagine such on salad, but ordered anyway. Turned out to be Havarti-like. There were 3 of us, 2 w/bdays w/me as host. Manager offered me a comp dessert, but didn't tell the waiter. Emphasis m't be on artistry. Was told first day for students. Bday guest #1 had meal comp'd.4/2/2013 12:00:00 AMFood was excellent. You mightFood was excellent. You might need to add some blinds to prevent the setting sun from bothering your guests.4/1/2013 12:00:00 AMThis was our first visit toThis was our first visit to Class Act. Very classy ambiance. Friendly greeting and service. The menu had a good selection. We enjoyed the beef filet and salmon. Cooked as requested and plenty of food. We'll be back.3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat Place!We have been to Class Act several times and have always enjoyed it. The food is very good and the wine list is extensive. It is a bit on the pricey side for this area, so it may not be a good choice if you're bringing the kids or a larger group. However if you're looking for someplace to take someone special, this place should definitely be on your short list!3/30/2013 12:00:00 AMWish you had a few more selectionsWish you had a few more selections for vegans and vegetarians but found chefs can be accomadating for those. Food has been excellent whenever I have been there!3/29/2013 12:00:00 AMWe were very pleased withWe were very pleased with our birthday celebration and glad to discover this place and will tell others about it.3/23/2013 12:00:00 AMGreat LunchGreat food and even better service. I always enjoy lunch there. it's as good if not better for dinner. The nice thing is you don't feel rushed to eat and leave.3/19/2013 12:00:00 AMLovely.. elegant.. food wasLovely.. elegant.. food was amazing! This is my new fave restraunt!3/17/2013 12:00:00 AMExceptional Food and ServiceWe had a table for 4 and the food and service was outstanding. The ambiance and the noise levels were very quiet and relaxed. Our server was very pleasant and friendly and was great about making suggestions. Chef Brittney came to our table and presented us with a Chef appetizer and checked on us during our meal to ensure our food was to our liking. Very professional and the personal touches to everything made the visit one to remember. We will be back!3/14/2013 12:00:00 AMService was a bit slow, aService was a bit slow, a very leisurley dinner pace, but food was excellent.3/12/2013 12:00:00 AM