The Class Act
The Class Act

The Class Act

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.classactdining.com/
  • Phone: (319) 848-8777
  • 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 Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
The Class Act reviews from OpenTable diners
46 reviews since July 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4.6
    Noise LevelQuiet
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (31)fit for foodies (25)romantic (16)good for groups (15)great for lunch (12)great for brunch (8)neighborhood gem (6)notable wine list (5)late-night find (4)great for outdoor dining (2)kid-friendly (2)hot spot (2)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    Overall, the food was good. However, one of my guests ordered the skirt steak. It was tough and honestly didn't look like a skirt steak (it was kind of balled up).
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Class Act really is
    Okfine33
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    We chose the Class Act because of its variety, atmosphere, quality and service. They never have disappointed. This group was a special reunion of four couples that have traveled together and need to have some special times. We presented a special wine to each couple of the group. The one drawback of the over 3 hour gathering was that the fire alarm went off shortly after we ordered appetizers. It took a while for the staff to decide what to do. We probably should have been evacuated and then after the issue was resolved been escorted back in.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • RobT90
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    The food was very good and the service was excellent. I enjoy taking my team there to say thank you for their work
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • special night out
    special
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    We were happy to find a special restaurant for a birthday dinner. It definitely was a treat since it's quite expensive - entree's $25 -$35.00. The menu is creative and different from the normal restaurant in Cedar Rapids. We enjoyed all of our meals, although my pork chop was very salty. Service was efficient, almost too quick since they brought our second course before the first was picked up. But that wasn't a big deal. Wine list has a nice selection with an appropriate price range. Not outrageous. Desserts were excellant!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great but expensive
    KTResponds
    Dined on 11/8/2014
    The food was wonderful and the the service was outstanding, but the prices are really over the top.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Amazing...again
    MattFisher
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This restaurant is so great; the food is tremendous, the staff is great & friendly, and it's truly awesome to see such a cool program like this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, hot spot, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent dining
    FoodFan
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    The new fall menu is not something you can get just anywhere, the fresh greens grown in their green house and locally grown meats were outstanding.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Birthday Breakfast
    Auntbea
    Dined on 11/5/2014
    As it was my sister's birthday, we planned to have a day of dining and pampering. We got a late start to our day, so knowing that we would be having a nice lunch in just three hours, we asked if we could split our breakfast meal. The server was only too happy to do this. Service and food were excellent, making it a great start to our day of "pampering." Even though we split our meal, we both left stuffed and wondered if we would be able to eat lunch later. I hope to return again soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful experience
    saj0520
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    This was the perfect place to bring friends for their anniversary. The staff was informative, attentive and very friendly. We felt welcome from the moment we walked in. They went out of their way to make it a special and memorable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Fantastic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    Went here for the first time as a special occasion with my girlfriend. I had heard of the Class Act from attending Kirkwood itself. I must say that the food was very very good, a bit pricey, but none the less the service was good, and again the food was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing
    abwfam
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    The service was over the top from the minute you walked in the door. Menu had many selections and price ranges with every item we ordered perfect!!! Excellent dining experience it's a great find!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love it
    Edawg
    Dined on 10/20/2014
    It was amazing people were nice guy was super cool food was awesome
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great girls gathering
    WlooTTT
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • 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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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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  • 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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    • Ambiance
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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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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 17 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.6
    • Food4.7
    • Ambiance4.6
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 548 reviews are from the The Class Act reviews archive.
  • 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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    • 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.
  • 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
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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