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Bari Italian, Cedar Rapids, IA

Bari Italian

4.8
4.8
426 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
With Chef Anthony Valvoda's blend of Traditional & Modern Italian-inspired cuisine and the experience of Manager Bonnie Xanadu, 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!

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Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (319) 200-1500
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Anthony Valvoda
  • Neighborhood
    Cedar Rapids
  • Cross street
    1st Street SW and 5th Avenue SW
  • Parking details
    Free on-street parking is available on 1st and 2nd streets as well as the side streets of 4th and 5th avenues.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 426 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.8
4.8 based on all time ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

426 Reviews
  1. Iowatraveler

    Denver

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The appetizers and entrees were good. Our main issue was the service. I do not necessarily blame the server- I don't think she was trained well. There is a timing in knowing when patrons are ready to order. We did indicate we would like to enjoy our cocktails/apps but she repeatedly returned and throughout meal we felt rushed. She forgot to leave the corks from wine, forgot the salad but returned with it served in a bowl that was HOT. When I mentioned the salad was served in a hot bowl , she just said "sorry". She started to take drinks away that weren't finished. We finally asked if they needed the table. The check was correctly divided and she was pleasant, just a little too much of a hurry. We tipped well (former servers usually do 😉) but expected a little less hurried experience with salad 🥗 in a cool bowl prior to entree.

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  2. Katie

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our table of four chose totally different entrees and all were delicious. Very enjoyable evening
    Bari ItalianResponded on December 29, 2022
    That is my FAVORITE way to dine! I love to get some of everyone else's dishes, however I hate to share mine! haha We are so glad that you enjoyed everything and wish you a wonderful New Year!

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  3. MichaelH

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Bari has great food and wine, excellent service, very comfortable surroundings. My favorite place to eat in Cedar Rapids.
    Bari ItalianResponded on December 27, 2022
    Michael thank you so much for the kind words! We are thrilled that we could make your experience great!

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  4. ScottL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another wonderful meal at Bari, food was excellent and great service.
    Bari ItalianResponded on December 23, 2022
    Scott thank you so much for the review! We are so happy that we could give you a great experience!

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  5. Thorse773

    Des Moines

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent evening with friends and great food. We’ll definitely be back!!
    Bari ItalianResponded on December 20, 2022
    Thank you so much for the review!

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  6. Pete

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We arrived on time and were immediately seated. The Ceasar salad was served with a strong anchovy taste in the dressing and no mention of that in the menu description(The original receipe from Ceasar's in Tijuana where it was invented doesn't include that). The Lasgna was very good but the bar was out of any port at the end of the meal.

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  7. Wine8food

    Des Moines

    29 reviews

    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on December 14, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Everything was perfect, from the service to the food!
    Bari ItalianResponded on December 14, 2022
    Thank you so much for the kind words, and we are so happy that you had such a great experience!

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  8. ScottL

    Chicago

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 11, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a lovely dinner with family. Great staff, good food. The only negative thing was they were out of several menu items, disappointing, but what we had was delicious.
    Bari ItalianResponded on December 13, 2022
    We are so happy that we could provide a great experience for you! Downfall to a scratch kitchen is having enough for everyone....but gives you items to look forward to in the next visit!

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  9. BruceB

    Denver

    15 reviews

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    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on December 7, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    2nd time at Bar Italian and am very excited to have this dining option in Cedar Rapids. Great food. Great bourbon selection. Great service.
    Bari ItalianResponded on December 13, 2022
    Thank you so much Bruce! And let us know if there are any bourbons you would like to see on the list ao we have it for a future visit.

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  10. ChrisR

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Four of us had dinner at Bari Italian on 12/3/22. The table was pretty small for four of us with drinks, silverware, plates, almost no room for appetizers to be placed on the table. Otherwise the ambiance was very nice. Waitress seemed new, did not know how to pronounce many of the names of the dishes even as she was reading from notes. Service was timely, not rushed. The food was the start at Bari. We had four different entrees: gluten-free risotto dish, seafood bake special, Wild Boar Raghu and Chicken Marsala. Each meal was terrific. My wife thought eh chicken marsala was the best she ever had - I agreed! My wild boar meal was tender, flavorful and enjoyed every bite. Wine selection was good, but pricey. Total for 4 dinners, one appetizer and 8 drinks was $220 before tip. A little high, but feel the value was there. Will definitely go back, as I don't think we've had better Italian food in Cedar Rapids - ever.
    Bari ItalianResponded on December 5, 2022
    Chris thank you so much for taking time to share your experience! We are so happy that we provided such a great meal. Our menu changes 3 times a year so we hope to see you often!

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

Bari Italian is rated 4.8 stars by 426 OpenTable diners.

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Google Map for Bari Italian

450 1st St SW Unit 103, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Additional information

  • Cross street
    1st Street SW and 5th Avenue SW
  • Neighborhood
    Cedar Rapids
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Italian, Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Free on-street parking is available on 1st and 2nd streets as well as the side streets of 4th and 5th avenues.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Owned/operated by
    Women
  • Executive chef
    Anthony Valvoda
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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