Bari Italian

4.8
274 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
With Chef Anthony Valvoda's blend of Traditional & Modern Italian-inspired cuisine and the experience of Manager Ryan Manka, Bari has opened its doors to invite you to enjoy the warm atmosphere. Whether it’s for a quick bite, an intimate meal, a business meeting or to gather with family and friends, Bari offers an exquisite menu with only the highest quality and freshest local and imported ingredients available.

Our menu changes seasonally and offers a contemporary Italian flare interpretation of traditional flavors complemented by wonderful drinks and exceptional wine list of old and new world selections alike.

Buon appetito!

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Physical Distancing
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 274 people are saying
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orangechickie
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

NYE at Bari did not disappoint. Great cocktails and everyone’s entrees were delicious. The Alfredo sauce was particularly superb. We appreciated the last-minute accommodation of an extra person in our party. Also thought the transparency about a mishap in the kitchen that impacted a couple orders was very professional & the resolution exceeded expectations. A special nod to the playlist - classy! We continue to be impressed with the ambience, quality, value, and service at Bari.

Bari Italian
Responded on January 3, 2022

Thank you so much for this great review and for being understanding on Friday. We are so happy to hear your group had a great evening. Hope to see you again. Grazie.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy place. Fantastic food. Friendly service. Be sure to start with the baked cauliflower.

Bari Italian
Responded on December 31, 2021

Thank you so much for the great review. So happy to hear you enjoyed yourself. Grazie.

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Tucker
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy but down to earth. Great food and service. Sophisticated atmosphere. Felt like we were in a big city, not Cedar Rapids. Definitely recommend!

Bari Italian
Responded on December 31, 2021

Tucker, thank you very much for your kind words and awesome review. Glad to hear you enjoyed your evening out. Grazie.

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ShawnaK
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So good! Everything about our experience from the service to the food to the drinks was perfection! We will be back again!

Bari Italian
Responded on December 24, 2021

Thank you so much Shawna for the awesome compliments. We appreciate you. Have a happy holidays. Grazie.

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EmilyD
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bari never disappoints!! First class food, service, drinks & atmosphere. Hang onto this one, CR!!!

Bari Italian
Responded on December 24, 2021

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Emily. We are so happy to hear you had a great time. Have a happy holidays and hope to see you again. Grazie.

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DeAnnJ
Las Vegas
5 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely upscale atmosphere. Professional service. Good menu selection. Filet mignon ordered medium, cooked medium well, but still tender and well seasoned. Dining parent has salmon and said it was wonderful. She also had a mule which she enjoyed very much.

Bari Italian
Responded on December 24, 2021

Thank you you for the very nice review. We do apologize that your filet was slightly overdone, but thank you for telling us. Hope to see you again. Have a happy holidays. Grazie.

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rogers
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very nice evening prior to a holiday show! Service was excellent and provided guidance on wine selection and Food was very enjoyable! Love the Tiramisu!

Bari Italian
Responded on December 24, 2021

Glad to hear you enjoyed your service, wine, dinner and dessert. Hope to see you again in the future. Grazie.

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ajames
Jacksonville
20 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bari is consistently excellent. Two couples enjoyed lasagna, seafood pasta, zuchini noodles with shrimp, and a filet...........plus cocktails and Vouvray...........the bartender mixed a Pink Pony holiday cocktail that was highlighted in Saturday's WSJ and it was superb. Staff go out of their way to make your evening pleasant and memorable. A great place for a date or dinner and conversation with friends.

Bari Italian
Responded on December 24, 2021

Always great to see you and thank you again for the amazing review. Glad everything went well and happy to hear you enjoyed the cocktail. Have a happy holidays. Grazie.

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MaryC
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and excellent service

Bari Italian
Responded on December 19, 2021

Thank you Mary for the nice compliment. We are so happy to hear you enjoyed your visit. Grazie.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and drinks! Definitely my favorite place in Cedar Rapids for a nice occasion!

Bari Italian
Responded on December 24, 2021

So happy to hear you had a great evening and that you enjoy Bari. Have a happy holidays. Grazie.

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MyrandaH
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food, we enjoyed the arancini along with the alfredo and chicken marsala. We'd recommend both for anyone interested in trying Bari.

Bari Italian
Responded on December 24, 2021

Thank you Myranda for the very nice review. We glad to hear you enjoyed your Bari experience. Have a happy holidays. Grazie.

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KellyC
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Food is excellent. For a night out this is a great Italian restaurant.

Bari Italian
Responded on December 17, 2021

Thank you Kelly for your nice review. We appreciate you spending the evening with us. Grazie.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Overall food was good. Some issues with my lamb shank but everything else was good.

Bari Italian
Responded on December 13, 2021

Glad to hear mostly everything was a success. What was the issues with your lamb shank? Whenever anything is not up to par PLEASE share with a manager as we truly do want to make everyone as happy as we can. We don't like to hear something is wrong but want to have the chance to fix it if we can as well as we are always trying to become better at what we do. Thank you for your patronage. Grazie.

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KatherineD
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was spectacular! Whenever my water was half empty it would be filled immediately. The server was very observant and attentive to us! The food tasted amazing and the desert was fantastic! Definitely will be coming back!

Bari Italian
Responded on December 11, 2021

Thank you Katherine for that awesome review. So happy to hear that you enjoyed your evening. Hope to see you again. Grazie.

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AndreaM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful and delicious as always. Loyal, returning customers.

Bari Italian
Responded on December 13, 2021

Thank you Andrea for the lovely review. We appreciate you and your continued support. Grazie.

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Ikatina
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn't find the entrance very well. Raining so would have been nice as parking was a nightmare.

Bari Italian
Responded on December 13, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. We do apologize about the parking and the rain, neither is great and when put together it is very frustrating. We do appreciate your 5 star rating as well as your patronage. Grazie.

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Marques
1 review
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cheyenne was our server/bartender. Personable, friendly knowledgeable. Took my wife for her birthday. Food was amazing, drinks as well. Fwlt like we were in Chicago or any big city. We will be back!✊🏾

Bari Italian
Responded on December 9, 2021

Happy birthday to your wife!!! Thank you so much for choosing Bari to celebrate her special day. Glad to hear all went well and yes Cheyanne is pretty awesome isn't she!? See you again soon. Grazie.

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Hustsomedudefromthemidwe
Savannah
5 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the sixth time we have eaten at Bari. The service is always good and the food is as well and very consistent. Probably the best restaurant in Cedar Rapids

Bari Italian
Responded on December 9, 2021

Wow! Thank you so much for that amazing review. We are so happy to hear you always enjoy your experience at Bari. Hope to see you again soon. Grazie.

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DebW
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had three of us and we each ordered something different. All the entrees weee wonderful, ravioli, fettuccine and also had a plate with Italian sausage. The service was great! We had a very pleasant waitress who was pretty pregnant but still very attentive. Shared the salted caramel crepe brûlée -it was fabulous! Can’t say enough about this restaurant-go find out for yourself you won’t regret it!!

Bari Italian
Responded on December 4, 2021

Thank you Deb for your very nice review. Your server was Kassie and yes she is pretty awesome. Glad to hear all three of you had a great experience. We hope to see you again soon. Grazie.

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ajames
Jacksonville
21 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bari is consistently excellent.......entries are superb and varied; service is first-class; armosphere is perfect for pleasant conversation, and nice wine choices add pleasure to a delightful evening

Bari Italian
Responded on December 5, 2021

Thank you so much, compliments like yours never get old. We appreciate that you appreciate our hard work. Till next time. Grazie.

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AbbyB
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and wonderful service! Will definitely go back.

Bari Italian
Responded on December 1, 2021

Thank you Abby for your wonderful compliments. Hope to see you again. Grazie.

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DeborahR
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most perfectly cooked seafood in Cedar Rapids!

Bari Italian
Responded on December 3, 2021

Thank you Deborah for your great review. We appreciate you. Grazie.

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Linda
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great and after just filling out the survey I don’t know why I should have to write a review.

Bari Italian
Responded on December 2, 2021

Thank you very much Linda. We appreciate your patronage and awesome review. Can't wait to see you back. Grazie.

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SL07
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

always a consistent good food experience - we usually split 50/50 of dining in and taking out and we have no compliants.

Bari Italian
Responded on December 1, 2021

Thank you for the nice review. We are glad you always enjoy the Bari experience. Grazie.

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TimN
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time here for dinner. Great experience. We will be back.

Bari Italian
Responded on November 30, 2021

Thank you Tim. Glad to hear you had a great experience. We can't wait to see you again. Grazie.

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Mitchuation
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great, uneven service but friendly and professional.

Bari Italian
Responded on November 28, 2021

Thank you for your lovely review, and for your patronage. If you are willing, we would like to hear more about the uneven service as we are always trying to learn from past mistakes to become a better experience for our guests. Grazie.

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orangechickie
Des Moines
6 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent evening. Appreciated seating in the cozy lounge area. Ordered fall cocktails that were tasty. Our steak and salmon entrees were perfectly prepared and served with delicious accompaniments. Great service and a low key energy that was perfect for a weeknight evening out. This was probably our 6th or 7th time here and best so far.

Bari Italian
Responded on November 26, 2021

Thank you thank you thank you! We are so happy to hear you had another great experience. Hope to see you again soon. Grazie.

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Susan
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed a wonderful evening at Bari Italian celebrating our Anniversary. The elegant atmosphere, excellent service, and delicious food made for a delightful dining experience. Our server Cheyanne was very helpful in answering our questions about the menu. We highly recommend Bari Italian and look forward to dining there again.

Bari Italian
Responded on November 26, 2021

Congratulations Susan on your anniversary and thank you for celebrating it at Bari. We are so happy to hear you had such a great evening. We will pass your kudos onto Cheyanne as well. Thank you again for the nice words. Grazie.

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AnneK
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bari never disappoints! The food is fabulous, the cocktails perfect in every way and, Cheyenne was outstanding from a service standpoint!

Bari Italian
Responded on November 26, 2021

Thank you Anne for those kinds words. We agree Cheyanne is pretty darn awesome! We can't wait to see you again. Grazie.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bari always does an amazing job. We love it every time we go. The staff is amazing and understand what a dining experience is supposed to be. Thank you

Bari Italian
Responded on November 23, 2021

Thank you so much for the very nice review. We are so happy to hear your enjoy your evenings here. Grazie.

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Smf0923
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was great and food was excellent but espresso was not good. My guest is from Germany so he knows good espresso and the Dash version was not drinkable.

Bari Italian
Responded on November 21, 2021

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your food and service. However, we are sad to hear about the espresso but also glad you shared your input. We are always taking notes so we may become a better experience. Grazie.

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Jerri
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the ambiance when you walk in! Food , wait staff were all great. Will be back!

Bari Italian
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thank you very much Jerri for your wonderful review. We appreciate your patronage. Grazie.

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JohnW
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on November 12, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Food was overrated based on reviews read. Staff was great. Atmosphere was great, however big let down on food.

Bari Italian
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thank you John for coming in. Glad to hear you enjoyed the staff and ambiance. We would like to know what you had and why didn't enjoy it as constructive feedback is how we will actively become a better restaurant. Grazie.

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BevT
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambiance, great food, and great customer service!

Bari Italian
Responded on November 16, 2021

Thank you Bev. Always great to see you and glad everything was great. Grazie.

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JaneG
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

I’m glad you followed up with a request for review- I’ve visited Bari’s twice. I’ve also just discussed with my neighbor who has been there- she agreed w food quality for price somewhat poor, but loved atmosphere/drinks.
We all felt entrees were heavy in the salt- feticuinni heavy on the garlic

Entrees w guests and are were :

seafood bake -too salty and I like salt

Ravioli: past good but didn’t care for pork stuffing

Cauliflower appetizer just ok

Vegan pasta special - just ok,m

Other two guests and I agreed good was ok but a bit on the salty side. Felt was over priced fir quality comparing to black sheep .
Atmosphere! Wine, drinks top notch.

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LoriH
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There were three of us and everyone really enjoyed their dinner. The desserts were awesome also! The noise in the doorway whenever someone entered was a little annoying, but other than that, it was a great experience.

Bari Italian
Responded on November 10, 2021

Thank you for the review. We appreciate your compliments and comments. We don't necessarily disagree with you on the air curtain but it sure does keep the lounge warmer in the winter and less bugs in the summer. Grazie.

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Chtus
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a special night. Cocktails, food and service was wonderful!

Bari Italian
Responded on November 7, 2021

Thank you so much for the amazing review and nice compliments. We appreciate your support. Grazie.

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Cort
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere is incredible. Staff was great

Bari Italian
Responded on November 7, 2021

Thank you Cort for your awesome review. We appreciate your support and patronage. Grazie.

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MackenzieG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for my wife’s birthday. Never been here before but heard a lot of good things. I had the pappardelle bolognese and it was perfect.

Bari Italian
Responded on November 5, 2021

Thank you Mackenzie for the very nice review. So glad to hear your special evening was a delight. Grazie.

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DiegoM
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, nice place to go to talk with friends or to share a time out as a couple.

Bari Italian
Responded on November 3, 2021

Thank you Diego for the very nice review. We appreciate your patronage. Grazie.

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FAQs

Bari Italian offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (319) 200-1500.

Bari Italian is rated 4.8 stars by 274 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.