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38 Iowa Restaurants to Love This Valentine's Day

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by OpenTable
Updated February 06, 2019

Whether your idea of a good time is a fancy, festive dinner out or cold sesame noodles and binge-watching on the couch, we're here to help you find it—since the greatest love of all is the love of food. Dig in.

A photo of Firebirds Wood Fired Grill - West Des Moines restaurant
4.4
4.4 (1774)
$30 and under
Steakhouse
West Des Moines
About the restaurant
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill is an American Restaurant and Steakhouse serving authentic wood-fired steaks, seafood, specialty cocktails and select wines. Join us for Happy Hour at the FIREBAR® or on the patio for drink specials and bar bites. We offer top-notch service and upscale dining at a modest price. Reserve Your Table with us today.
Top review
JamesBvip
Dined 2 days ago
Great food and service. The rib special was wonderful.
A photo of Eatery A restaurant
4.7
4.7 (512)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Des Moines
About the restaurant
Eatery A is Des Moines's destination for Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Perfecting simple dishes that focus on local, quality ingredients, we strive to offer our guests exotic flavor profiles that let the ingredients take center stage.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
I had great success and experience at Eatery A. Never had any bad experiences nor service nor food or anything. Always on top of everything even when it’s busy. Plus it’s has mix of healthy Greek and Italian dishes. They also have vegetarian to gluten free dietary options.
A photo of CRAVE - Sioux City restaurant
4.6
4.6 (725)
$31 to $50
American
Sioux City
About the restaurant
CRAVE American Kitchen & Sushi Bar was built out of a passion to create a dining experience unlike any other. We combine quality-sourced ingredients, chic ambiance, outstanding service, and diverse menu choices to create an unforgettable dining experience. The energy of the restaurant is all encompassing – the buzz of guests and staff, the warm and open design, the modern sushi bar, the fresh spin on American cuisine, and the sense of discovery around every corner. A CRAVE guest will leave knowing they experienced just the right mix of great food, entertainment, and service in what can only be defined as The CRAVE Experience.
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msp1
Dined 3 days ago
We had five people in our group and they placed us at a table with a nice view of the river. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was really nice but loud. The food was good but didn’t blow me away for the prices we paid. My steak was more rare than medium. But overall it was a good meal and a really nice restaurant by the river.
A photo of Granite City Food & Brewery - Cedar Rapids restaurant
3.5
3.5 (289)
$30 and under
American
Cedar Rapids
About the restaurant
With its warm, inviting and modern design, Granite City Food & Brewery’s expansive interior features a spacious and comfortable dining room, four-sided modern, full-service bar, as well as an outdoor patio. The on-site brewery, with award-winning hand crafted micro-brews, is visible from the main dining and bar areas. The restaurant also showcases an open kitchen featuring chef developed, handcrafted made-from-scratch cuisine, including innovative signature entrees, flatbreads and more.

Granite City Food & Brewery’s signature brews, which are made on-site, include The Duke (Pale Ale), The Bennie (Bock), The Northern (American Style Light Lager) and The Stout. Seasonal brews are featured throughout the year.

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JonGvip
Dined on Feb 27, 2024
Very good, everything went well and service food was very good!
A photo of 801 Chophouse – Des Moines restaurant
4.8
4.8 (3072)
$50 and over
Steakhouse
Downtown Des Moines
About the restaurant
Located in the heart of downtown Des Moines, enjoy beautiful views and excellent customer service at 801 Chophouse. We value our guests and want to give you the best dining experience possible. Our restaurant has only prime USDA steaks, paired with innovative side dishes and an award-winning wine selection from around the world to create an upscale dining experience you won't find anywhere else in Iowa. 801 Chophouse is the premier steakhouse in Des Moines and even offers private dining room options. Book a reservation online or via phone today.
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Tiffanivip
Dined 1 day ago
Traveled to Des Moines for our anniversary as we needed to check Iowa off our "states traveled to" list (there's not many left!). This restaurant came very highly recommended! We absolutely loved this steakhouse. I ordered the ribeye finished with a mushroom ragout, and my husband got the surf and turf. We also had a side of broccolini. For dessert, we went with the strawberry and rhubarb cobbler - so so so good!!! Zero complaints. Service was excellent and everything was beyond delicious. Will definitely go to again if we visit a city with another location
A photo of Bravo Italian Kitchen - Jordan Creek restaurant
4.5
4.5 (829)
$30 and under
Italian
West Des Moines
About the restaurant
Bravo Jordan Creek is an upscale-casual Italian restaurant right in Des Moines serving authentic pasta dishes, signature entrées, piping hot pizza, and delicious wine & cocktails amid Roman-ruin décor. Our family-friendly atmosphere is as inviting as our welcoming staff and we look forward to your visit at Bravo Jordan Creek located in Des Moines, IA - make your reservation or place an online order today!
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Sweetthing1
Dined on May 12, 2024
Great service, great food and great Mother’s Day. Love this restaurant.
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A photo of AJ's Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows Casino restaurant
4.3
4.3 (1040)
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Des Moines
About the restaurant
AJ’s Steakhouse proudly serves renowned Iowa steaks and chops, seafood and poultry in a classy, yet comfortably casual, atmosphere. Located inside Iowa's premier gaming and entertainment venue, AJ's Steakhouse at Prairie Meadows invites you to enjoy some of the best American cuisine you'll find anywhere in central Iowa. We promise that our outstanding menu and attentive service will leave you truly satisfied.

Join us soon for an unforgettable dining experience you won’t find anywhere else. Check out our full menu online. Then stop in and indulge yourself with all that our award-winning chefs can prepare for you.

Book your next big event at the AJ’s Steakhouse Party Room. A comfortable room, elegant table setting, customized menu with world-class wines, and dedicated staff providing gracious service.

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Pookvip
Dined on May 18, 2024
I sent my steak back because it was not done enough it was brought back to me and then towards the end of the steak after I ate most of it was not done enough I had 5 pieces left which was disappointing
A photo of The J Bar - Davenport restaurant
4.4
4.4 (127)
$30 and under
Gastro Pub
Iowa
About the restaurant
The J Bar serves new American cuisine with foodie flair – blending fresh ingredients in unexpected ways. Sip on a glass of wine, craft beer or an expertly crafted cocktail from our mixology menu. Savor your meal in our restaurant or bar – or – take it outside to The J Bar’s patio, the perfect spot to listen to live music, have a drink after work, Socialize with friends or entertain business clients.

Sip. Savor. Socialize. The J Bar is your destination for work or play. We can’t wait to see you for your next meal, special occasion or just a case of the Mondays.

Located in Davenport on Elmore Ave.

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RobertB
Dined on Nov 7, 2020
Groups >6-8 are great, but you MUST make reservations! Drinks & Food were fantastic! The menu was a little limited, but great! Service was fantastic, especially since one bartender had suddenly left during busy dinner services! Manager jumped in and help save the evening! Super Service!
A photo of Granite City Food & Brewery - Davenport restaurant
3.8
3.8 (422)
$30 and under
American
Davenport
About the restaurant
With its warm, inviting, and modern design, Granite City Food & Brewery’s expansive interior features a spacious and comfortable dining room, four-sided modern, full-service bar, as well as an outdoor patio. The on-site brewery, with award-winning hand-crafted micro-brews, is visible from the main dining and bar areas. The restaurant also showcases an open kitchen featuring chef developed, handcrafted made-from-scratch cuisine, including innovative signature entrees, flatbreads and more.

Granite City Food & Brewery’s signature brews, which are made on-site, include The Duke (Pale Ale), The Bennie (Bock), The Northern (American Style Light Lager) and The Stout. Seasonal brews are featured throughout the year.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Very nice place and great atmosphere. There was six in our party. Everyone’s dinner was very good. I really enjoyed the grilled salmon. Also, the waitress was very nice and provided great service.
A photo of 350 First - Doubletree Hilton restaurant
4.4
4.4 (414)
$30 and under
American
Cedar Rapids
About the restaurant
Enjoy spectacular views of Cedar Rapids and the Cedar River as you dine for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
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OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
This is our go to for date night. I like that they have more fancy foods but also hamburgers etc so you have a lot of choices
A photo of Woodfire Grille at Diamond Jo - Dubuque restaurant
4.5
4.5 (1030)
$31 to $50
Steak
Dubuque
About the restaurant
Woodfire Grille is a contemporary wine centric steak and seafood restaurant that features USDA Prime grade steaks and inspired fresh seafood in an upscale and contemporary dining experience. Lauded in reviews that include the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, validates that it is simply the best dining experience in its respective market. With a classic interior, the ambiance is warm with natural wood tones, is welcoming and sure to delight all your senses. Our classically trained chefs personally select our ingredients. Our menus change seasonally as it is our goal is to source locally and offer only the finest produce, meats and seafood available. You will find a lively bar that attracts a dynamic crowd and features an unparalleled wine list and an impressive offering of wines by the glass. Unique to Woodfire is the crafted cocktail program unmatched in the area. Created by our team of creative mixologist, the list is a collection of classic and modern cocktails.
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Familyeatsoutvip
Dined on May 18, 2024
Staff was very friendly. They stopped by the table to check on us often. Food was great
A photo of Vinny Vanucchi's 'Little Italy' - Dubuque restaurant
4.5
4.5 (733)
$30 and under
Italian
Dubuque
About the restaurant
The new Vinny Vanucchi’s ‘Little Italy’ location in Dubuque, Iowa, embodies every thing loved about our original Vinny’s location in Galena, Illinois. Serving the same Italian favorites including Nana Lu’s Meat Lasagna, Auntie Gracie's Sausage Ragu, and Dee Dee's Tortellini Carbonara, meals are complete with piping hot Garlic Bread, and Salad tossed with Vinny’s Italian House Vinaigrette Dressing. From eclectic artifacts and family portraits to rich wood floors and checkered tablecloths, we’ll transport you and your family to the Old Country. The moment you step into Vinny’s Dubuque, you'll swear Nana Lu is hard at work in our kitchen. You'll smell the slow-cooking marinara sauce and feel like part of the familia. • Family Recipes Passed Down 5 Generations • Pasta Bowls and Baked & Stuffed Pastas • Chicken and Veal Specialties • Vinny’s Thin Crust Pizza • Extensive Wine List • Import & Domestic Brews
Top review
CLeeB
Dined on May 20, 2024
Outstanding service for our group in a fun and beautiful space. Our server was very attentive to the various questions and requests of our group and we were well taken care of. Thank you Vinnys!
A photo of Splash Seafood Bar and Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1934)
$31 to $50
Seafood
Downtown Des Moines
About the restaurant
DiRoNA award winning Splash Seafood Bar & Grill serves only the freshest seafood flown in daily and expertly prepared in both traditional and contemporary styles. Splash Seafood bar and Grill also serve the Midwest's finest cuts of steaks and chops with the same care as they give the seafood. Be pampered by the highly experienced wait staff in one of Des Moines most unique and elegant dining rooms surrounded by whimsical wall murals as well as 9 large salt water aquariums. Splash Seafood offers an extensive wine list, recognized with an Award of Excellence by Wine Spectator, as well as a full bar specializing in tropical drinks. Also enjoy a more laid back atmosphere in the raw bar, Splash Oyster Bar & Seafood Market, just across the hallway from Splash Seafood. Enjoy all the fresh oysters and shellfish that the raw bar has to offer as well as the full menu from Splash Seafood. Also be sure to take advantage of the raw bars Seafood Market to enjoy the freshest seafood at home.
Top review
LeslieD
Dined 3 days ago
Excellent service and delicious food just like every time we go there.
A photo of Martini's Grille restaurant
4.8
4.8 (1070)
$31 to $50
Steak
Burlington
About the restaurant
Martini's Grille is the Great American Steakhouse featuring top quality Midwest beef and pork, fresh seafood daily, and world-famous Chicken Lips! The cocktail list includes over 50 classic and designer cocktails. The panoramic view of the Mississippi is perfect for casual dining or upscale private parties and wine dinners. In addition, Martini's features a patio during the summer months and an upscale venue for private events.
Top review
SusanDvip
Dined 5 days ago
We started by attending the new social hour and transitioned to dinner after that. We had the Snapper and 8 ounce filet, both meals were outstanding.
A photo of Bass Street Chop House restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1503)
$31 to $50
Steak
Moline
About the restaurant
Bass Street Chop House, located in Moline, Illinois, is a prime steakhouse featuring the finest cuts of hand-selected U.S.D.A. prime and choice dry aged cuts of meat and jet-fresh seafood. Bass Street provides casually elegant fine dining that is complemented by the great tasting steaks, chops and seafood, skillfully served 7 nights a week. The ideal location for your VIP corporate dinner or your family and friends.

Bass Street Chop House offers the Quad Cities, private dining spaces for special events and a full service bar. The Chop Bar offers signature cocktails, extensive wine, bourbon, single malt scotch collection, as well as a Chop Bar Menu featuring outstanding sandwiches.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 18, 2024
Everything at the Bass Street Chophouse was perfect! We weee celebrating our daughter’s SAU graduation, and it is located right down the street from Vibrant Arena. Our server, Larry, was fantastic and attentive. The food portions were quite large and everything we ordered was fantastic . The menu pricing is a bit deceiving. At first look it seems as everything is a’la carte , but in reality, meal have some sides included. We would definitely go back!!! It was hard to choose a meal because everything sounded so good!
A photo of The Stuffed Olive - Des Moines restaurant
4.7
4.7 (704)
$30 and under
American
Des Moines
About the restaurant
The Stuffed Olive is about the entire “Martini & Tapas Experience.” From your favorite classics to new and exciting blends you’ve never seen before, you’re sure to find a cocktail to love on our vast martini menu. Add a warm, comfortable atmosphere, great wines, beers and top-shelf spirits, and The Stuffed Olive will become your favorite place to start, end or spend your entire evening. Our tapas menu offers appetizer-sized portions of globally influenced entrees, for a sampling and sharing dining experience. Pair tasty tapas with your favorite martini for happy hour, dinner or a late-night snack. We welcome you to sit back, relax, enjoy great food, good conversation and your favorite martini. Welcome to the Stuffed Olive!
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Yolanda
Dined 3 days ago
LOVE this place! I have been coming with groups and couples, and we’ve all had an excellent time. Ambience, food, service ALL incredible! Put this place on your list. You’ll be glad you did!
A photo of Woodfire Grille at Diamond Jo - Northwood restaurant
4.3
4.3 (619)
$31 to $50
Steak
Northwood
About the restaurant
Prepare to discover a whole new world of delicious tastes in a cozy, fireside atmosphere. Woodfire Grille has the style and warmth that make it perfect for an evening with friends or an intimate dinner for two. Enjoy cedar-planked salmon, juicy cuts of beef, flavorful pasta and other signature entrées. Pair your meal with the perfect wine from our extensive list. Our classic desserts will earn raves, and are a “must” at the end of a fine meal
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OpenTable Dinervip
Dined on May 19, 2024
Another excellent meal at the steak house! Tasty Caesar salad, the bread is always delicious, and my steak was cooked correctly
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