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About Joseph's Steakhouse of Iowa City

Joseph's Steakhouse of Iowa City offers the highest quality steak and seafood in a fine dining atmosphere. We serve only vegetarian organically fed Angus beef, our seafood is always fresh. Complement your entree with one of our signature martinis or choose from our extensive collection of fine wines.

212 South Clinton Street
Iowa City, IA 52240
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Dining Style:
Fine Dining

Cuisines:
Steak, Seafood, American

Hours of Operation:
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm; Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm; Sunday: 4:00pm - 9:00pm

Cross Street:
Burlington

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(319) 358-0776

Website:
http://www.josephs-steak.com/

Catering:
Our sister restaurant, "The Bread Garden Market" offers catering.
(319) 354-4246

Parking Details:
Parking is available at 3 public ramps, each within one block of Joseph's. Additional parking is available on the street.

Executive Chef:
Andrew Kirchner

Private Party Facilities:
For parties of seven or more, please call 319-358-0776.

Joseph's has two areas that may be partitioned off for private or semi-private parties. We may require a signed contract, with a minimum spending requirement or rental fee.

Private Party Contact:
Rebecca Geissel: (319) 358-0776

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Joseph's Steakhouse of Iowa City Ratings and Reviews

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4.6

Overall Rating

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food

4.7

service

4.5

ambience

4.6

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

98% would recommend it to a friend

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Cozy (7)
Authentic (5)
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 (Des Moines)·Dined 8 hours ago

As always we had an amazing experience!

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 (Chicago)·Dined 2 days ago

An excellent option in Iowa City if you’re in the mood for meat. Both the steak and rack of lamb were very tasty, and the Brussel sprouts and creamed spinach were as expected at a steakhouse. We got a sneak preview of the soon-to-be new wine list, and it’s excellent and will be extremely reasonably priced. Service is friendly, though a bit spotty.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Local Ingredients
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

This was my first visit at Joseph’s and it was fantastic. My date loved her filet mignon and I enjoyed the salmon. It’s a bit pricey but you definitely get what you pay for. We’ll be back at some point for our next anniversary or other special occasion.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Great foos - pork belly and smashed potatoe appetizers was excellent as was the wedge salad!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for a Date
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 18, 2017

With our grandson in town to watch the Hawks. Sat at the bar had a good meal. Watched football and met the people next to us. We will return as we do every year.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

I’ve taken my girlfriend to a lot of nice places but we both agree that by far the ambiance and service at Joseph’s along with the excellent food made it our favorite restaurant yet.

Tags: Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Wine by glass weak. Need more options

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·Dined on November 11, 2017

Josephs is know for their quality steaks but we were disappointed. My daughter ordered her New York strip well done and it was cooked rare. When she sent it back the outside appeared well done and the inside still too red. My husband’s steak was also under cooked. For the price it was disappointing. I do recommend the bacon macaroni and cheese. It was delicious. Our waiter, Peter, was very professional and polite.

Tags: Romantic, Quiet Conversation
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Outstanding Food and ambiance! The filet and Bouisin mashed potatoes were fantastic!!

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great food. But very slow service. Need to be better prepared to handle a Friday night home game crowd.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date
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 (Austin)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Excellent dinner with fantastic service. Great place for a nice dinner!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive
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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Service was great. Food was better! Drunk list on tend and fabulous. Keep up the great work

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 2, 2017

The steaks were perfect. The bartender was terrible. HE didn’t know how to make a vodka gimlet or a sezerac (a drink on their specialty menu). Also the service was a little slow at first. The waitress was lovely and tried very hard.

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 (New England)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The University of Iowa Family Weekend we celebrated Dad’s birthday with his college daughter. The ambiance was beautiful with sheer drapes, which resulted in privacy. The steak was of excellent quality and quite filling.

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 (Portland)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Had the lobster Mac and cheese; delicious! Husband had a filet. It was perfectly cooked, tender, and full of flavor.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 27, 2017

This is the second time we were at Joseph’s. Both dining experiences were very good. I believe this is the best steakhouse in Iowa City. Good prices, excellent menu and very good service.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Romantic, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 20, 2017

We recently splurged to celebrate our Anniversary, and went to Joseph’s. I was excited for lobster tail but it was very dry and over cooked. My husband thought his grand filet was fine, but expected a little more pizzazz for $50. I did however LOVE the Berkshire pork chop! My mouth is still watering just thinking about it. We appreciated the complimentary dessert, which was really kind. If a friend hadn’t offered to pay most of our bill, we wouldn’t have gone there otherwise. But I’ll go back for the pork chop!

Tags: Romantic
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

The food was wonderful! This place is known for its beef and it did not disappoint.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Business Meals
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on October 9, 2017

We had a wonderful dining experience. Food was excellent and we had great service. Will definitely dine here again and highly recommend. Joseph's is a gem in downtown Iowa City.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 8, 2017

We have been coming to Joseph’s for years for a special meal after football games with long time friends. This time it felt like the restaurant was a little off its game. The food as always was very good. We had a large party of 16 and asked to split the check evenly by couple - no special math required. They have always done this in the past for us but said it was too difficult to do. We said we had a birthday and asked for a surprise dessert. Our server went right to the individual and let the cat out of the bag. And last the service was sluggish. I recognize large parties can be a challenge so they probably should have had a second server.

We’ll be back I’m sure but really expect a better experience.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Chicago)·Dined on October 2, 2017

This place is a must go in Iowa City. The food is excellent, the Ribeye is very tender, and the scallop is super fresh. The environment is great there, good for birthday. The waiter was also great, a very nice and kind guy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on September 23, 2017

This restaurant was phenomenal! My husband and I took our daughter and her boyfriend here when we visited them on a football weekend. There were many wonderful options on the menu, it was hard to decide what to order. The wait staff was very attentive and quite knowledgeable about all the entrees on the menu. When the food arrived, the presentation was amazing. We loved the curtains that separate the tables, giving us privacy. It was a beautiful and quiet restaurant where you could actually carry on a conversation and hear each other speak. We will definitely be going back here. It wasn't that expensive. No more than any fine dining restaurant worth going to in a bigger city.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on September 20, 2017

I booked my reservation online and it was very simple. I was greeted at the entrance with a welcome and a smile. I took a seat at the bar and the bartender greeted me in the same manner. After the rest of my dinner party arrived we took our seats and our server Noah greeted in the same manner. Love to see the consistency within Josephs. I had the rib-eye and my business partner had the salmon. Both plates were excellent and I would recommend this to anyone. I have been to Josephs before and had the same great customer experience. If you are in town and looking for a great dining experience for any occasion, this is the place to go.

Tags: Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Very attentive and friendly wait staff. The steak is truly outstanding. Also the chicken marsala. We liked the curtains between tables which provided extra privacy.

Tags: Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals
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·Dined on September 10, 2017

My boyfriend and I went for our anniversary, we both got French onion soup which was a little too salty for the both of us. He got the rack of lamb and I got a ribeye, both ordered medium rare and both of our meats were way underdone. I ordered a glass of moscato which was delicious. Because the food service was a little slow we were comped two desserts, which was very kind of them. Our waitress was wonderful and very attentive.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on September 9, 2017

Food was done very well. Good selection. Waiter was very good.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Loved the service and the food. Very busy and noisy but was a football weekend.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on September 1, 2017

Excellent presentation and steak with accoutrements, side dishes and wine selection for an anniversary dinner. Excellent professional service.

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 31, 2017

It was late so the place was all ours, meaning so was the service. I ordered the chicken Marsala and my husband had the ribeye. We split the loaded hashbrowns. Those were good but nothing very special. Probably wouldn't order them again since I'm actually more of a creamed spinach girl anyway. The space is nice with some privacy for each table and the service was really attentive.

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·Dined on August 27, 2017

Clean & quiet ambience. Staff was friendly & helpful. Crab Cakes were best I've had in a while. Braised short ribs were done to near perfection. A bit pricey but to be expected for this type of restaurant. Overall, good experience

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Romantic
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·Dined on August 26, 2017

Outstanding service. Food preparation and presentation was excellent overall. Able to accommodate even the most difficult food allergies and sensitivities.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on August 24, 2017

Always delicious & excellent service! Iowa city's best!!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Joseph's is perhaps one of the best restaurants I have been to. I am from NYC, and am spoiled with quality food/beverages. I have recently visited Iowa twice and have been to Joseph's three times. Their steaks, carpaccio, scallops, chicken Marsala are some of the best food I've had the pleasure of having. Service is impeccable. I must mention that Martin, Peter, and Noah, are phenomenal and so well versed in their jobs. You will not regret it. Worth every penny!! It is my go to place from this point forward.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Cozy
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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 14, 2017

Visiting my son

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 (Chicago)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Took my son back to school and stopped here again. Had Ahi Tuna and the Kale and Spinach salad with a cocktail. Great quality food and service.

Tags: Special Occasion, Handcrafted Cocktails, Romantic
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vip
 (Naples)·Dined on August 5, 2017

Waitress less than capable for a restaurant of this caliber
Food good but not warm enough
Table dark
Honestly
I believe a capable wait staff could have made this a memorable meal
The way it was
It was over priced for the value
This was s very important dinner for us as we had special friends fir a very special occasion and she just dropped the ball at every moment of specialness
Even though I specifically called ahead to say we want the bill
She brought two bills!!!
Disappointed again

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Birthday celebration but our server did not provide a dessert.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Joseph's Steakhouse is a good option for up-market dining in Iowa City. The steak is consistently excellent, although most of the appetizer and dessert options are fairly standard steakhouse fare. The cocktail list is surprisingly good, with some interesting options, and the wine list is decent although dominated by young wines.

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Handcrafted Cocktails
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·Dined on July 30, 2017

Great place. Great food and Great friendly an informed service. I thoroughly enjoyed dining here.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on July 29, 2017

We enjoyed our meal and it was quiet enough to carry on a conversation without distraction.

Tags: Business Meals, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays
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