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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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4.5

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4.5

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4.6

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93% would recommend it to a friend

Good for Anniversaries (24)
Special Occasion (24)
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Notable Wine List (15)
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Cozy (9)
Handcrafted Cocktails (8)
Bar Seating (7)
Fit for Foodies (7)
Local Ingredients (6)
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 12, 2018

It wasn't very busy and it took about 10 minutes for the server to come over. For the amount we paid we expected better service. She seemed very nervous also. There was a big party in the back room, which left it short staffed in the dining area.

Tags: Romantic, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Tampa)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Excellent as usual

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 3, 2018

One of our faves in Iowa City. The service at the bar could have been better but it was busy. Noah was our server, he was amazing. Super knowledgeable about the menu, personable with a great sense of humor.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on February 3, 2018

My husband and I have made Joseph's the location of our anniversary since 2010 and recently added my birthday as it's the only location in town where I can get a perfectly cooked prime rib.

Tags: Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Great birthday dinner! Everything was superb!

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 (Raleigh)·Dined on January 31, 2018

We have not always found steak houses to be fine dining, but this place is. We're in Iowa City only 4 times a year, and this was our first try for here. We're Open Table fans for restaurants across the country (only 4 in Iowa City at this point). Anyway, this was excellent dining: seafood bisque, wedge salad, creamed spinach, petit filet mignon, Kansas City Strip Steak, baked potato. Really very fine food. Interesting 20 foot curtains that are semi sheer separate the dining tables, making an interesting separateness of the tables. We will be back next time we're in Iowa City.

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 (Denver)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The Alaskan Salmon was one of the best meals I've ever had. I absolutely love salmon and order it nearly every time I go to a restaurant that has it. This was excellent! The vegetables and rice were very good as well. We also ordered the brussel sprouts with bacon and that too was excellent. The hostess was very nice. Rob, our waiter, was extremely attentive and knowledgeable. Couldn't have had a better experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on January 22, 2018

Excellent!

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 19, 2018

It was a wonderful experience for our family. I definitely would go again. You could have one seafood options. I know you are a steakhouse and of course it is the midwest but several more entree seafood options would be great.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation
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 (Chicago)·Dined on January 12, 2018

Celebration dinner, excellent food, onion rings were outstanding! Loved the whole meal really. Pricy, but felt like we got what we paid for.

Tags: Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on January 9, 2018

It was our first time at Joseph’s. We enjoyed our experience and our server was fabulous . It was a great night for my husbands birthday .

Tags: Tasting Menu
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 31, 2017

We were excited to go to Joseph’s for New Years Eve. We expected the prices, but with it we expect service.my Wife ordered the Grand fillet mignon. First off they could not cook it properly so they had to butterfly it. This kind of seems to defeat the purpose of ordering a grand fillet mignon. My wife also ordered the steak Oscar style. When it was delivered it had no additional dressing on it. It had to be taken back for the lobster and sauce to be added. The waiter did not bring us any bread in fact we had asked for it over halfway through our meal. My drink sat empty for half the meal and when I ordered the second drink it didn’t come till we were almost completely finished. He then off to to comp the last drink. A nice gesture but on a botched $225 meal not such a big move. Overall I can see the appeal of the steakhouse, definitely a beautiful environment, but I certainly would not hire and train to wait staff for a restaurant quite so pricey and especially on a big night.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Was there for a date night. Semi-private table with warm and romantic ambiance. Chilean sea bass was perfectly prepared and my husband loved his venison steak. Server was knowledgeable about the food and wine menus and was very friendly. Will be back and would recommend to others for special occasions.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for a Date
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 21, 2017

The food was excellent, but several other factors contributed to this being a special occasion of fine dining. Our waitress was especially good, knowledgeable and unobtrusive, obviously very well trained. And the curtains between the tables was a nice touch -- gave you the sensation of private dining. We felt very special. Worth the money.

Tags: Special Occasion, Business Meals
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 20, 2017

The food and service were excellent . Also...ten minutes after leaving the restaurant I got a phone call to say that I had double-tipped. I had failed to notice that the bill already had a tip included, and I had added a further tip. Very nice follow up from them (although I am not a fan of having the tip baked into a bill!).

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 18, 2017

We arrived for a dinner of five and were warmly greeted. Along with an expansive menu and trendy wine list, our server allowed us plenty of time to chat and select our meals. The food was exquisite as was the wine. Steaks cooked to order and salmon was delicious. A most wonderful dinner. Thank you for your fine service.

Tags: Casual, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on December 14, 2017

They were out of lobster and the waiter didn't know that until our soup and salad came. I filet was not cooked enough and the waiter forgot that I sent it back. Food was decent but the wait staff started out good and then went downhill.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion
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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Excellent service and food. Our server, Peter, was extremely helpful with his suggestions for desert.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Joseph's has declined since my last visit. Salad arrived before initial cocktail did. Salad was not mixed with dressing (lazy kitchen practice). Steak was well-cooked, but coated with MSG. Still recovering. Ordered sautéed mushrooms, which appeared to have been dumped from a can. First batch arrived cold.

Given the prices, diners desire more. Will not be going back.

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on December 11, 2017

As always we had an amazing experience!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Dined three times during my stay at Joseph's. Each meal was absolutely amazing. Wine list was excellent and the hand crafted drinks tasted perfect. Diffenantly will go back when I visit Iowa City.

Tags: Happy Hour, Local Ingredients, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Tasting Menu
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 9, 2017

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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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 1, 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 24, 2017

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

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 (Columbus)·Dined on November 17, 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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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 11, 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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

Wine by glass weak. Need more options

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 (Des Moines)·Dined on November 10, 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.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 7, 2017

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

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 (Denver)·Dined on November 3, 2017

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

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 (Austin)·Dined on November 3, 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 3, 2017

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

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 (Dallas)·Dined on November 1, 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 27, 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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 (Des Moines)·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!

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 (Des Moines)·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 8, 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.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 7, 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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