Graze

4.9
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$30 and under
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American
Graze is THE place to celebrate life's special moments. We have a unique food style, hand crafted cocktails and we genuinely care about you. Our secret ingredient is our people who make dining at Graze a special and memorable experience.

TWO very different dining experiences.

During the Day:
The Small Batch Lunch Buffet is - Fast, Fresh and Flavorful. It features our world famous chicken lips, big island burgers, build your own fish, shrimp, chicken or pork tacos and lettuce wraps, plus delicious sides, soups, salads and daily surprises.

At Night:
Graze has been voted Best Cocktails in the Area every year since 2008. The Graze advantage is. 1) We squeeze fresh lemon, lime, orange, grapefruit, pineapple and cucumber juice daily. 2) We pour more booze in our drinks, which make you feel good...

The Dinner Kitchen - Try Amazing Grazing... This is a three course (7 menu item) feast that is served "Grazing Style" for all to share. Amazing Grazing is simply - Amazing!
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OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I love this place! The only thing that wasn’t outstanding this time around (and out of their control) was our table was by the front door. Ppl piling in after a Hawks victory looking for a bite made it very cold at our table. You definitely need reservations during a home game here! Otherwise this place is a MUST when you visit. The specialty drinks are delicious. Adam is always our server and is great, along with the super bubbly hostess!

SC
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food and drinks. Calamari, pretzel bites and FTM short ribs were all delicious. We would definitely return!

RF
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Warm and friendly atmosphere for drinks and light supper items. We had a wonderful evening. Wonderful wait staff!

VT
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was amazing,food was great and the drinks were to die for

OT
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Birthday. The servers and seaters we’re phenomenal! Food was up and down. Some of it was fantastic and some was not worth eating after one bite.

DD
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

My visiting grand kids from California liked the variety of food.
We'll be back next month when my son visits from Florida.

MG
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was excellent! Great service, great martinis and the food of course was amazing!

SC
Puerto Vallarta
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

It was a little disappointing that they actually ran out of two different liquors that we tries to order.

OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and drinks + wonderful service

W
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a fine dining experience! The waiter was attentive and enthusiastic. We love Graze and its ambiance. Loved the specials too! Buy one drink get the other for 5 cents. That's hard to beat. The chicken lips were delicious as always. So was everything else we ordered!

CM
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Graze! The food and martinis are always top notch!

r
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall2food2service5ambience4

This was my first time back to Graze in a few years. The quality of food has gone from excellent to barely acceptable. The value is terrible. The service was excellent.

OT
Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience2

Flys around the table

AP
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great restaurant!
Great food. Great location.
Broad menu and everything is well prepared.
Fantastic mixed drinks!
Will defnitely make this our go to restaurant in Iowa City.

TS
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great place to get advice on different wines. The staff hets a good read when you talk about what you like. Good options for cheese/meat boards to coordinate with your wine.

BL
Chicago
30 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very vibrant night with students moving in, the doors were open to the outside with live music being played in the ped mall. We had a larger party and the servers did a great job of catering to all of our needs, including making a separate run to get a beverage from elsewhere that they had sold out of. Regular food portions were huge, definitely will get a second meal out of this! Food quality was excellent too.

CR
Chicago
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Birthday
Had fun

JJ
Chicago
4 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food but a small space that’s very loud.

JS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and drinks. It is a must when visiting Iowa City.

m
Chicago
9 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome cocktails & food, and even better service!

HB
Key West
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to graze for the 21st Birthday of my boyfriend! We got a free cocktail because we are part of the loyalty program and it tasted delicious!! We ate the NY strip and fries which were served with excellent chimi churi as well as a garlic aioli for the fries (so good!) the wait staff was also very pleasant and our server was great. Thank you for making his birthday wonderful!

Y
Detroit
14 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was very good. We all ordered the 3 flight option that allowed us to try each of the main menu items. Service was great. A really good change of pace from a typical steak house business dinner. Highly recommended.

IC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time dining at Graze. I utilized OpenTable to hold a reservation in on this Valentine's weekend and it worked out great. The food was fantastic and the cocktails were wonderfully made. What I'm most impressed with is our server. Shoutout to Jack for taking care of us the whole night. He was very attentive, but also gave us enough privacy to enjoy our food and drinks. I highly recommend Graze for any dining occasion.

OT
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on January 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Outstanding food and service. The new menu items are delicious.

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Graze option was awesome! Martinis were all very good. Very nice setting in the ped mall

G
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2017
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very kind service for party that included my 95-year-old mother, in a wheelchair. (She couldn't stop raving about the green beans.) The group menu, nice sampler, fed us well! Cocktails excellent.

AA
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Fun, energetic, atmosphere. Friendly staff. Great cocktails. The ice cream birthday cake is always fun to see in the dining room.

FB
Raleigh
7 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the great meals I ate in Iowa City. Top quality food, great variety on the lunch buffet, super friendly and efficient service. I give it two thumbs up!

OT
Omaha
2 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best handcrafted cocktails in town. Staff extremely knowledgeable about cocktails and meals. They go above and beyond making your dining experience wonderful. Highly recommend.

OT
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I took one of my business clients here after work. We both got the fish tacos which were outstanding. The service outside was outstanding.

OT
Kansas City
16 reviews
Dined on July 28, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great food, service and atmosphere. Sitting outside and dining on delicious food was an excellent experience.

t
Kansas City
27 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2017
Overall4food4service4ambience3

The air conditioning was not working the night we were there but the food and service were very good. We will definitely return soon.

RM
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2017
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Sat outside on a beautiful warm evening. Service was excellent. Had the sample - a little of everything. Delicious.

DP
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a group of 8, and everything went very well. Friendly staff, delicious drinks and food. Waiter actually gave helpful opinions based on our preferences - he even arranged the table for best photo opportunity. AWESOME night!

CM
Greensboro
5 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2017
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Loud, so it was hard to talk. Small but nice selection of wines by the glass.

OT
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic service and food. Fish tacos were awesome as always and those who had the filet were not disappointed. When you have the best waitress in Iowa city serving you, the evening was nothing but fantastic. Will be back again on my next trip into town.

OT
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Still my favorite restaurant in Iowa City!! I suggest doing the Amazing Graze!! It's worth the $20 price. On birthdays you get a huge slice of ice cream cake to share with friends!!

j
Chicago
17 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was super friendly and knowledgeable. Wish we could have sat outside in the 1st beautiful day of spring, but they werent open for that just yet. Great location. Chicken Lips and grilled fish tacos were amazing! Would like to have seen more "non-fried/breaded" options. Maybe a grilled calamari?

MG
Kansas City
5 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2017
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My husband and I went on a date night while in town for a wedding, and enjoy the amazing grazing menu for two. At $20 a person it was a great value, lots of fun things to try, and everything was delicious. Would definitely go again.

y
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2017
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Unique concept with the "Graze" option at $20/person. Prix fixe three course:
#1 pretzel with fondue
#2 Caesar salad, spring rolls and bruschetta
#3 Chicken lips, short ribs and green beans

The cheese fondue accompanying the pretzel nuggets were amazing. The pretzel nuggets were overly hot probably from a quick microwave zap. This is my second time having the Graze prix fixe with friends. Both times I find the second course trio a bit oddly matched. The spring rolls are very nicely done and close to ones you would get at a Dim Sum shop. The three dishes add up to a rather overwhelming oily and salty taste. The third course shines through the melt in your mouth short ribs that flake off the bone and the sichuan inspired sauteed green beans .

All in the all, the Graze option is a great starter for someone new to Graze.

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