Bari Italian

4.8
120 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
With Executive Chef Marcello Florios 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
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 120 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
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4.9
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4.9
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
5 reviews
Dined 6 hours ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous server, Bonnie, was the best we have had in forever. She truly made our night. We started with the beets and wedge salad and French onion soup. All were very good. We had the surf and turf with full tail and the seafood linguine entree. Again, both meals were prepared great and tasted very good. The butterscotch crepe brûlée and and tiramisu were an excellent ending to an enjoyable night. We are from Illinois and found this restaurant and it was great! Will be back if we ever come through town again.

Bari Italian
Responded an hour ago

Thank you so much for the great review. We think Bonnie is pretty awesome as well. We are glad to hear your had a great experience and do hope you make it this way again. Safe travels. Grazie.

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1223
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Our steak was tough and not cooked to our liking... the calamari was delicious, the seafood linguini was terrific and the service was very nice

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PattiW
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!

Bari Italian
Responded a day ago

Thank you Patti. It is always a pleasure when you join us at Bari. Hope to see you soon. Grazie.

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WilliamR
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great ambiance, will return again for date night.

Bari Italian
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you William for the awesome review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed everything. Grazie.

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NicholasS
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, servers and staff were friendly and fast. Very efficient down to earth workers. Food was superb.

Bari Italian
Responded 4 days ago

Thank you Nicholas for the wonderful review. We appreciate when our hard work is noticed. Thank you for the support. Grazie.

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KellyB
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve been to Bari several times and enjoy it every time! Love the consistency and the way they change up the menu every so often… Looking forward to the patio being open!

Bari Italian
Responded on April 3, 2021

Awwww thank you Kelly. Good news. PATIO IS OPEN!!!!! Hope to see you soon. Grazie.

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AnneK
Des Moines
4 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server, Lily was SO fun and took such excellent care of us ... the food was exceptional as always!

Bari Italian
Responded on April 2, 2021

AWESOME! We love to hear this. I will pass on your kudos to her. Thank you for your patronage. Grazie.

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on March 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff are amazingly friendly, Vanna is the best server we have had so far. We ordered the Alfredo pasta and the seafood linguine and they were both perfect. The pasta was perfectly cooked and all the seafood was cooked to perfection. A must place to dine.

Bari Italian
Responded on April 2, 2021

Thank you! We appreciate your patronage of our locally owned restaurant. Vannah is a lot of fun isnt she.? We will pass on your kudos to her and the kitchen. Hope to see you again soon. Grazie.

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Andy
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was on point. Drinks were top notch. Waitress was on top of it. Best ambience in Cedar Rapids. Best fine dining option in Cedar Rapids for sure.

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CrystalL
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall2food3service5ambience1

Although I enjoyed the food and cocktails and our server was exceptional, the fact that I had to wear a mask to get up from my table was ridiculous.

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vipNikki
Phoenix
19 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and great food. Quantities could have been larger but great food.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and great customer service!!

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vipDissapointed
Columbus
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

We used to love Bari, but the food was not up to par last time and honestly the service was very much lacking.

Bari Italian
Responded on March 26, 2021

We are very sorry to hear this. We are always trying to excel at all facets of the restaurant and sometimes that comes from lessons learned from a poor review. We look forward to hearing back from you on what adjustments you believe we could make in hopes this type of review doesn't happen again. Regardless, thank you for supporting a locally owned restaurant. Grazie.

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CortneyN
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food and staff. The place was very nice and staff all wore masks. One of the best meals I have had. We will be back.

Bari Italian
Responded on March 23, 2021

Awww thank you Cortney. We are always happy to hear when a guest enjoys their eveing. Grazie.

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TraceyO
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our server (Bonnie) was very attentive. We were provided samples of wine to make our best selection for dinner. We would definitely go back.

Bari Italian
Responded on March 23, 2021

Bonnie is pretty awesome isnt she. We are happy to hear you had a great experience. We can't wait to see you back in Bari again soon. Grazie.

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JamesH
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere, maintains nicely socially distanced seating & masking, good variety on food and wine menus.

Bari Italian
Responded on March 19, 2021

Thank you James for your nice review, we appreciate you taking the time. Glad to hear your visit was enjoyable. Hope to see you soon. Grazie.

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AdamC
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place was amazing! Great food and drink, the fire pit made our anniversary extra special. If you get a chance, ask for Savanah to be your server, she is the best in town!

Bari Italian
Responded on March 17, 2021

Thank you Adam for your nice review and thank you for choosing Bari for your anniversary dinner. We are happy to hear your night went well. We can't wait to see you again. Grazie.

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CamronD
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Calamari is amazing and the Gnocchi is to die for!

Bari Italian
Responded on March 17, 2021

Awwww thanks Camron. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your selections. Hope to see you soon. Grazie.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found Bari online when looking for late dinner during the week. Food was great, excellent service. Prices reasonable and half price bottles of wine on Thursday night. We have already recommended it to others and will definitely return when we are back in the area

Bari Italian
Responded on March 17, 2021

Well thank you so much for giving us a try. We are happy to hear you enjoyed everything and are honored that you recommended us. Can't wait to see you again. Grazie.

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AnaA
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and ambiance, big city feel in a small town.

Bari Italian
Responded on March 13, 2021

Thank you Ana for your very nice review. We love to hear when a guest enjoys their visit. Hope to see you again soon. Grazie.

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SabraF
1 review
Dined on March 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really enjoyed the beet dish for an appetizer - so unique and delicious with a goat cheese and pistachio combo.

Ordered the salmon dinner, carbonara dinner and a triple chocolate brownie for dessert. The dessert was topped with a chocolate cup filled with vanilla gelato and buttery cream sauce on the side.

Food was cooked perfectly. Great cocktail options.

I kind of felt like we were in a different city. Will visit again for sure.

Bari Italian
Responded on March 9, 2021

Thank you for the great review of your experience at Bari. We appreciate you taking the time as well as for your patronage of our locally owned restaurant. Grazie.

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MichaelA
Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent venue, service, atmosphere. Very hip, classy restaurant. Nice vibe, great food, and windows line the front for a beautiful view of the lighted trees at night, etc. Would definitely recommend

Bari Italian
Responded on March 7, 2021

Thank you Michael for your kind words. I will share your compliments with our bartender James. We hope to see you again soon. Grazie.

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AllenS
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent customer service. Very large menu selection.

Bari Italian
Responded on March 4, 2021

Thank you Allen for the great review. We appreciate you and your patronage of our locally owned restaurant. Grazie.

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DenverG
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Great food. Slow service at first but they made up for it. Drinks were amazing!!

Bari Italian
Responded on March 4, 2021

Thank you for choosing Bari as your destination for dinner. I'm sorry for the slow start but are happy to hear that everything finished out well and that you enjoyed your dinner and drinks. Grazie.

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MackenzieM
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Our food was amazing. Smaller portions. The drinks were also amazing. Service was great

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EmilyP
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great appetizers and portions of their entrees. Atmosphere is elegant, but cozy.

Bari Italian
Responded on March 3, 2021

Thank you Emily for your nice review and comments. We appreciate you. Grazie.

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ToddK
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Loved the drinks and service. It was a great date night experience.

Bari Italian
Responded on March 1, 2021

Thank you Todd. We are glad your date night went well, thank you for allowing us to be a small part of it. Grazie.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and atmosphere were amazing. Not to mention the service. One of my top places to visit in CR.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything we had to eat and drink was phenomenal, service was outstanding. Will definitely be back. This was our second visit in 7 days. Highly recommend

Bari Italian
Responded on February 27, 2021

Awwww thank you so much; happy to see you back so soon. Thank you so much for your support. Grazie.

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OpenTableUser
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

We went to Bari for the first time during Restaurant Week. The food was delicious but the service was even better! Great atmosphere as well.

Bari Italian
Responded on March 1, 2021

Thank you for your kind review. We are glad to hear you enjoyed your experience. Grazie.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent and the staff really adhered to Covid safe dining protocols

Bari Italian
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to enter your review. We appreciate you. We would however love to hear from you on how we could have made this a 5 star review with service. Grazie.

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Foodie
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

The place is nice, We requested a hi top but got a lower table. Food was ok. Wedge salad was mostly bitter yellow lettuce and lacked flavor balance. Crab cakes were really good. The red sauce tasted like Prego or chef boyrdee. They were out of many items when we where there. No steaks. Pricey for what we ate.

Bari Italian
Responded on February 24, 2021

Thank you for your feedback. I do apologize that we were were unable accommodate your request of a high top but we only have two in our restaurant and they were being used for a larger group on Thursday and with social distancing we only have a couple places we can effectively place a group of 8. As a manager I truly want to know when something isn't as expected or up to par for a guest while they are in the restaurant so I may do my best to rectify the situation immediately. If you shared this information with your server and they didn't pass it on I am truly sorry as that isn't how we do business here. They are instructed to bring a manager in on ANY issues that may arise so action can be taken. I can tell you that we receive fresh produce in our kitchen multiple times per week so freshness should never be an issue. I do understand though that we all have different palates for flavor and I can tell you that our Wedge salad is one of our best selling items, but I do apologize if you did not care for it. We are a fresh kitchen and prep today for today not for 4 days from now which means all of our sauces are made in house daily for each order. Last week we were running specials for Lent and is why we didnt have our Steak Special available but we have taken feedback from you and other guests and will not be doing that again. We will have our steak special available weekly as advertised on our menu. Speaking for most restaurant managers I know, we do truly want to make guests happy which means listening to constructive feedback while your in the restaurant so next time please ask to speak to one of us. Again I apologize your experience wasn't what you hoped or what we strive for but please know we are learning from each review to make changes so as not to repeat a negative situation. Grazie.

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JoshB
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall1food1service5ambience5

Terrible experience and we will not be going back. We made reservations a week in advance for Steak Special night. We looked through the menu and were excited to try the things we picked out. We were seat and ordered an Apple Ginger Collins and an Apple Butter Old Fashioned. They were not able to make either drink due to being out of ingredients. We were then informed there was no steak night that they were serving fish instead. We were disappointed since that was the reason we went on a Wednesday. So I decided to get the Bone in beef short ribs. They were out of that also. At that point I just wanted to leave but it was my wife's Bday and she wanted pasta so we stayed. I got the pork chop well done, It was medium rare. My wife ordered the chicken and mushroom pasta. She said it was so bland it was terrible and barely ate any of that.
Very Disappointing!

Bari Italian
Responded on February 24, 2021

I am very sorry for your underwhelming experience, this is definitely not what we like to hear and are not used to hearing it but have taken your feedback to heart and have made some changes so this will not happen in the future. We decided to have Tuna available on Wed and Thur for Lent instead of the Steak Special but have since realized that was not a good decision and do apologize for this. We won't be making that mistake in the future. As for the outages on some things those were unfortunately all related to weather as trucks either didn't run or or delivered after we opened which didn't allow time for us to prep those items such as the short ribs or meatballs. I apologize for this and understand that it doesn't help you but I felt you should know the truth. We have made some changes to our ordering procedures to help eliminate this issue from happening in the future. It does surprise me to hear that the Spinach Fettuccine had no flavor as it is our most popular pasta and a signature item. As the manager I truly want to hear when things are not as expected or not up to par for a guests when they are in the restaurant so I may do my best to rectify the situation immediately. I very much do apologize for the experience you and your wife had.

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AlyssaI
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

lobster was fantastic and the staff was friendly. Seated immediately for our reservation.

Bari Italian
Responded on February 17, 2021

We are happy to hear you enjoyed your lobster and service. We hope to see you again soon. Grazie.

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CarryD
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely venue. Drinks and specialty drinks were well done. Dinner and appetizers were well prepared and served piping hot. Price was very reasonable. Good ambience. Slightly noisy but not uncomfortable. Staff was well trained and attentive.

Bari Italian
Responded on February 17, 2021

YAY! We love to hear reviews like this one. Thank you so much for taking the time to enter it as well as visiting Bari. We can't wait to have you back. Grazie.

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ShannonH
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time was New Years Eve and said I'd be back. Went again Friday night the 13th and have another great meal and service I'll be back at least once a month. Love having Bonnie as our waitress. Had her both times and she is great. Thank you! Looking forward to trying more things so that means I'll have to stop getting the steak and lobster. See ya soon and keep up the great job.

Bari Italian
Responded on February 18, 2021

Amazing! Thank you for making it a point to visit us on the regular. We very much appreciate your patronage. We completely agree with you that Bonnie is pretty darn awesome and that you should try other items on the menu, but, The Filet and Lobster is pretty amazing. Grazie.

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foodie
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was an excellent evening! They continue to do a great job with wearing masks and distancing guests! It was nice and quiet and such a nice atmosphere. The service was excellent. The food was very good! Tiramisu was wonderful! The only thing we keep wishing they would have is some good bread. They have a fried bread as an appetizer which is ok but we would love some good crusty Italian bread on the menu or at least a different option from the fried bread. Dipping some bread in my pasta sauce or in some olive oil would have been great! We really enjoy this restaurant and will keep going back!

Bari Italian
Responded on February 18, 2021

Thank you for that amazing review. We are happy to hear you always enjoy yourself at Bari. I have always said I want us to have a Yes kitchen which means saying yes until we can't. We do have Ciabatta bread in house for our charcuterie boards and the kitchen would be happy to send out 3 - 4 pieces of that when requested. So please just talk to your server next time and they would be more than happy to make that order happen. We look forward to seeing you again. Grazie.

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JenE
Phoenix
2 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place to eat in Cedar Rapids! Delicious food and excellent service every time. Highly recommend.

Bari Italian
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you! We love to hear this in a review. Thank you for visiting us again. Grazie.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated Valentine’s here and our food and service were outstanding. Looking forward to booking here for future date nights.

Bari Italian
Responded on February 17, 2021

Thank you so much for choosing Bari for your Valentines celebration. We are happy to hear all went well and that you'll be back for date nights in the future. Grazie.

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FayeS
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing food & Bonnie is an AWESOME server. Will definitely be returning

Bari Italian
Responded on February 17, 2021

She is pretty awesome isn't she?! Thank you for coming in for dinner, we can't wait to see you again. 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 120 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.