The Class Act
The Class Act

The Class Act

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.classactdining.com/
  • Phone: 3198488777
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:00am - 11:00am, Saturday & Sunday: 7:00am - 11:00am; Lunch: Everyday: 11:00am - 2:00pm Dinner: Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday & Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Melanie Ewalt
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Private Party Contact: Nick Wymore 3198488777

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 76th St SW
  • Public Transit: Kirkwood Blvd and 76th St SW.
  • Parking: Hotel Parking
  • Parking Details: The Class Act offers both valet parking and hotel parking.
A word from The Class Act
The Class Act restaurant, located at The Kirkwood Center, features breakfast, lunch and dinner prepared by our students under the guidance of professional staff. An unmatched dining experience awaits, whether you choose to dine in a booth, in a private dining room, outside on our patio or in your hotel room. Our menu changes seasonally, ensuring the freshest quality ingredients and new and exciting choices for our guests. Along with our fully stocked lobby bar, Maikka, we are able to offer our guests a first rate experience that is a Class Act.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerMost Booked
The Class Act reviews from OpenTable diners
38 reviews since June 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (24)fit for foodies (19)great for lunch (14)good for groups (11)romantic (11)great for brunch (8)neighborhood gem (6)notable wine list (3)great for outdoor dining (3)late-night find (3)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Great girls gathering
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Four gals stopped by for Sunday plated brunch as we were passing through Cedar Rapids. The restaurant was remarkable and the menu selection so appetizing and intriguing we had tough decisions to make. Each of us truly enjoyed the food when it arrived and presentation was beautiful! We will be back. The only slight glitch was that we waited a while for our waitress to return for menu selection, as she was also waiting on a large party.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Limajac
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    Our family group of 7 had our own private room so we were unaware of the rest of the resturants noise level. The ambiance was upscale. The service was a bit slow (student servers were training) but they where very friendly and were patient with us to decide what we wanted to order as the menu is set up so that you can order many options of "small plates" to share if you like. I love the fact that it is a real restaurant that trains people in the food service industry. It is also a farm to table restaurant serving the produce the agriculture students grow and butcher. A great sustainable learning environment. The wine selection was good. The prices were reasonable, the portion size was generous. We will be back when we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice place
    tarahspring
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Food and service were very nice, place is beautiful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • backagain
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The crew were great. They were polite and caring. The young lady at the front desk even found another employee to take a picture for us. . All the food was garnished so well. Thank you. PS I really like the reservation system you have.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent Service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    This restaurant really knows service. They brought us a free dessert for a slight wait on our order. Great food with good vegetarian selections. Beautiful decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Enjoyable Evening
    SweetPea8
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    I met my friend from Colorado at the Class Act for dinner at 5:30 PM. We were shown to our table right away. This was the perfect place to meet for a delicious dinner in a quiet spot that was conducive to relaxation & conversation. The root salad was delicious with different vegetables served each with a different dressing and flavor that we shared. My "Harvest" lamb soup was outstanding. My lamb dinner, however, had a large chewy piece of meat with delicious sauce. The gristle was so bad I only was able to get 4 good bites to eat. The times I have eaten at The Class Act I can say everything about it was very good except the main meat has not been worth repeating. Next time I will order fish. But don't forget the flavorful desert.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, late-night find, notable wine list, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience!
    MountainGeo
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The name says it all. Attentive staff, good food and sophisticated ambience. Even the restrooms are classy! My special date was impressed. Great place for a special occasion.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This is a good find
    NewInTown
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    The atmosphere is pleasant. The food is delicious and the service is exceptional.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Hidden Gem in Cedar Rapids
    Goclones
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Interesting menu with emphasis on local ingredients. Entrees tasted as good as the descriptions. Wait staff was accommodating to special requests. Our first-time guests were impressed and said they would return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • On Its Way Up
    RedBear
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    Upscale and classy restaurant without being too stuffy or pretentious. Staff is professional and they take pride in their work-- you wouldn't know the staff are still culinary students... except for the undercooked chicken in the chicken marsala (which they took back and made right). The desserts were skillfully prepared, artistically presented, and utterly delicious.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleasantly surprised
    Trynewplaces
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    I walked in thinking service would be slow because of it being student based but it turned out to not be slow at all!! However I do recommend that if you are there with one other person do the table for two on the menu! It's cheaper than buying the sandwiches!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • THUMBS WAAAAAY UP
    Pamela
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The Class Act is a hidden gem serving up a great atmosphere, delicious food choices and excellent customer service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Timing is Everything
    rab52764
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    The Class Act is a restaurant that is staffed by students (with professional guidance) in the culinary arts and hospitality programs at Kirkwood Community College. This is the first time we had been there at the beginning of the term. The food was still very good, but the wait staff was extremely new. Our waitress tried hard, but she kept messing up our order. My wife is not a "sauce" person, so she ordered her salad dressing and demi glace "on the side". The waitress forgot on both accounts. She also forgot to ask how my wife wanted her steak cooked, so it was a little over done for our taste. Next time we go, we'll wait til a little longer into the term when they've had more experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Dinner
    1972
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Celebrated our Anniversary dinner here. Had a very nice experience. Food was very good. Service very friendly. Received a complimentary desert for our anniversary. Enjoyed it very much.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • We love this place!
    RLA513VIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    My wife and I celebrated our anniversary here. Not only was the food tasty and well prepared, we were able to get a nice selection of delicious low calorie items to meet our dietary needs. We will definitely be back!!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • it was the worst food
    upsetdiner99
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food tasted so terrible that no one in my my party ate there food. My wife got the steak and potatoes and took one bite of the steak. The steak tasted so bad that that she had to spit that bite into her napkin. The texture and marinade was disgusting. It was not the same restaurant. Our server was very good and polite so I still tipped him very well. I will never eat out there again. My wife wanted to complain but I just told her to keep quiet.
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  • Spectacular Evening
    5283
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    We ate outdoors on a perfect evening. The food was innovative, yummy, and beautifully presented. We love the Class Act for any meal of the day, and recommend to anyone and everyone!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Classy class act
    Kelly1234
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    Wonderful food , service and ambiance, and over a great experience. Thank you OPEN TABLE. Jean Goetz
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    My friend and I had a great time at The Class Act. The food was great, servers were attentive and polite, and the ambiance was wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    The service was incredible and the presentation of the food was fabulous including the ambiance. I found the food to be overpriced for what I received. I had the chicken special and it was dry, cold and flavorless. The turnip potato salad was decent but I would have liked a little more zing. The carrots, however, were delicious. I was very impressed with how professional, friendly and well groomed the staff was.
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  • Wonderful breakfast.
    Wedmorninggrp
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    First time visit. Went with four friends and everyone was happy with their meal. Already have in mind what I want to try next time. Food was good and nicely presented. Service was great and servers were attentive. Liked the variety on the menu and unusual combinations of items. We all loved the standup knives!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.5
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 544 reviews are from the The Class Act reviews archive.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    The pastry chef made arrangements for a special cake to be served at our meal for a special occasion. I was impressed with her attention to detail. The food was good. The service was quite slow.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • could have been better
    visitors
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    food was ok. Salad cheese crisp was unchewable.4th of July bbq had small serving of meat and more than half of that meat serving was pieces of fat. Homemade crackers on cheese plate were stale. Had to ask for plates, silverware and serving spoons. Found it a bit challenging to share gnocci without a serving spoon and only dirty bread plates. Then bill was incorrect. Got that fixed, paid with cash, received wrong change. Server didn't reappear so after waiting we went to front desk to return the extra money given to me.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good but not stellar
    EmmEff
    Dined on 6/6/2014
    Based on the reviews I read I expected pleasantries and perfection for dining. The wait staff was good at waiting but didn't have a full grasp of the menu. And my Mr, albeit delicious wasn't without its flaws Anywhere else I wouldn't probably have taken notice but with all of the glowing reviews I had read I expected Damn near perfection. So maybe it's the reviews faults.The wait staff was very timely but could tell me what type of mushrooms were in your dish (besides local) The good was 95% delicious. The potato in my "rabbit two ways" were like dry pebbles. The meat and risotto were fantastic however. As was desert. So really it was a gray dining experience, I just think that the over the top reviews put my expectations slightly too high
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We enjoyed the experience very much. It was our anniversary and it was a good choice.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Menu constantly shifting
    Michael
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    I made the mistake of trusting the menu on the opentable website and what I wanted wasn't being served anymore. I did find several nice replacement dishes and ended up choosing a succulent rabbit dish.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    The menu was disappointing for this price point. Steak options were minimal. Pasta special (gnocchi) was very bland. I ordered chicken with it and the chicken was overcooked. My husband ordered pork and parts of it were raw. The bar did not have a bottle of wine we ordered. So we had one that was twice the cost. Would not recommend or return to this restaurant. Table next to us had wrong orders and raw food also.
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  • Nice Find
    JudyDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    we chose this because of Open Table. We didn't need a reservation, but it was because of the holiday weekend. We sat outside, which was very nice. The server could have been a little more attentive since we were the only table outside. The food was outstanding. I had a brunch burger and red potatoes. Both were excellent. My husband had a Reuben sandwich and also enjoyed it. Would go back if in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Totally surprised!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    I recently stayed at the Kirkwood hotel because all else was booked in Iowa City for graduation. We ate multiple times at the Class Act and were blown away by the food, service, and ambiance! Our entire group agreed this is the place to stay and eat whenever we are in the area.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice round table for conversation
    Iowagirl
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Family visiting from New Jersey. Wonderful round table in a somewhat private corner. Service tends to be well-intentioned and earnest, but can be a little inconsistent (second round of wine did not arrive until part way through the main course). Food choices very interesting! Appetizers excellent -- and superb soups and salad before entrees. Rabbit, tuna, and lamb entree choices were excellent. Pork was unfortunately tough for two who ordered -- fine for one other. Great flavors. We'll be back. It's always an a venture in eating here.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Greatplace
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We are regular customers of the Class Act. This was a Mother's Day celebration. Food was great, but the service was a little off. We assumed it was the end of a long day for the waiters. There were no students waiting tables that we saw that evening and it seemed to change the climate of the place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • It was just OK
    willtryitonce
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We chose our items from the breakfast side of the plated brunch menu. Most of the food was just OK - the one dish I would classify as good was Florentine Eggs Benedict (we had also ordered regular Eggs Benedict, Brioche French Toast with Butterscotch Bananas, and Caramel Apple French Toast). Also ordered a side of the Green Apple Sweet Potato Hashbrowns. It was dark brown on the outside and the inside had a mushy mealy quality to it. Not good. They did a good job keeping our water filled and were just a tad behind at keeping our coffee filled (cups were small, so it didn't take to long to empty it). Our server was very quiet. I might try things from their other menus, but based on this outing (1st time), not in a big hurry to return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • classiest restaurant in CR
    tjgt
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    upscale dining, great, regional cuisine- good portions!
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    Gabbberzz
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    I had a big group for prom bunch of people. We were out of sorts and they kept us together really nice and professional i enjoyed in so much I will tell everyone to go at least once.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, special occasion, Late-Night Find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Love this restaurant!
    Gem1
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    We eat here a couple of times a year and are always well pleased with the atmosphere, service and food! This is truly one of the BEST eating choices in Iowa! It is a hidden gem for sure! Our meals were absolutely fabulous! I had the lamb and my wife had the stuffed pork chops. We continued to rave all night about how good our meals were! The Chef's make the entrees unique and different but always great to the taste buds! Would not recommend taking "children" to the restaurant; it is more of a special date night kind of experience! We will continue to go back!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very nice
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/6/2014
    We had brunch there last Sunday before my father's honor flight orientation. We are all from out of town and I was looking for a nice place to eat so I searched for restaurants close to the hotel which there really wasn't any. I was glad to find the Class Act at the hotel. I made reservations online, when we got there a few addtional people had joined our party which they were able to accommodate and we ended up in a great private room. The menu was full of options, so it was sort of hard to choose. All of our food came out in a timely manner and was more than many of us could eat. Everyone had a great time. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 5 stars!
    MrsAhrensVIP
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Best meal I've ever had in Cedar Rapids! Noteworthy selections: ice tea, sweet potato hash-browns, pecan pastry, & class act club!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable
    Nick
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Food was excellent.Had prime rib .Very large portion.Had comment that the chicken breast was moist and the sauce was the best she has had.This comment was from a world traveler.Good job.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem
    Foodie
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    This restaurant is a Cedar Rapids gem. Great location, ambience, unique entrees, and professional staff.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing Food & Perfect Presentation
    FoodSnobs
    Dined on 3/26/2014
    We had the best tuna we've ever had in the Midwest, and better than a few places on the coast. Flavor and texture were spot on. There was nothing on our plate that didn't contribute directly to the dish. It was all delicious! The Mediterranean Nachos are a must try appetizer. I wish we could have stayed for dessert. I can't forget to mention that our service was remarkable in every way. Knowledgeable, attentive without being annoying, and prompt. Great job!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.