Bari Italian

4.8
140 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
With Chef Anthony Valvoda's 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!

Offers

  • All Seasonal & Signature Cocktails are only $7!

    Apr 21 - Dec 29, 2021

    Wed 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Are you a cocktail connoisseur? Do you like to try every cocktail on a menu? Well Every Wednesday from open to close we offer all of our Seasonal and Signature Cocktails for only $7! Swing by and try a different cocktail or two each Wednesday till you've gotten through the list. By the time you have done this we will most likely be bringing out the next seasons drinks. Don't worry our cocktail menu is well balanced and always has selections made with vodka, whiskey, gin, rum, etc.
  • 50% Off Bottles of Wine*

    Apr 15 - Dec 30, 2021

    Thu 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Is wine your jam??? Well then Thursdays at Bari are the place to be as we offer 50% Off bottles of wine from open to close. Choose from a great selections of red, white, rose, or sparkling wine. If you have friends who aren't wine connoisseurs then come early as our Happy Hour runs 4pm to 6pm with $5 draft beer & single mixer house cocktails.
  • Happiest of Hours!

    Apr 15 - Dec 30, 2021

    Tue - Sat 4:00 PM - 9:30 PM

    Long day? Looking for a pick me up? Happy Hour at Bari Italian is 4pm to 6pm Tuesday - Saturday! During the happiest of hours we offer the following: All draft beer is $5, Single mixer house cocktails are $5, All wine by the glass is $7 AND if you purchase a Charcuterie Board you you may order a bottle of wine for 50%*. WOW! * Offer not available on Reserve Bottle List.

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 140 people are saying
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4.8based on recent ratings
4.8
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4.9
service
4.9
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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KatieH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great time! We came for our anniversary dinner and enjoyed the food, our server and the atmosphere!

Bari Italian
Responded a day ago

Thank you Katie for choosing Bari for your special dinner. We are happy to hear all was well and congratulations. Hope to see you again soon. Grazie.

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OpenTable Diner
Northern MI
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal! Service was excellent!

Bari Italian
Responded a day ago

Thank you very much. Glad to hear you enjoyed your dinner. Grazie.

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JordannaE
Denver
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The atmosphere is wonderful. The staff are all knowledgeable, courteous, and professional. The menu has a wide selection of dishes. Our dinner was excellent in every aspect. We will dine there regularly.

Bari Italian
Responded 2 days ago

Wow! Love that review Jordanna. Thank you so much for the kind words. We are happy to hear your evening was a grand success. Hope to see you soon. Grazie.

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vipChicagoguy
Chicago
81 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

There's a lot to like about this restaurant I look forward to dining here in the upcoming months, especially their outdoor dining area. Our server was very attentive. The food was very good. Two things I would improve... Ordered a bottle of Prosecco. It could have been chilled more. One of the entrees ordered was pasta with bolognese sauce. Sauce was a tad salty. Other than those points it was very enjoyable and I'd eat here again and I do recommend it.

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LindaW
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the arancini(amazing) and calamari for appetizers, short ribs ravioli, seafood bake, spinach fettuccine with sausage and seafood bucatini. All was fabulous. Waitress was friendly and attentive. A great experience.

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scarri
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A little pricey. Overall very good. Will go back on special occasions.

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PennyF
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We enjoyed the atmosphere, friendly staff, and the food was delicious. Great experience overall.

Bari Italian
Responded on May 1, 2021

Thank you Penny for your great review. We appreciate you patronage of our locally owned restaurant. Hope to see you again soon. Grazie

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MeghanR
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The ambiance was wonderful and decor was modern and comforting. We were only able to get a reservation for 7:45 and the later time led to several items being sold out for the evening, which was frustrating. But the food was mostly good and worth the cost.

Bari Italian
Responded on April 21, 2021

Thank you Meghan for the great review. We do apologize for being sold out of a few things. We had a busier weekend then we planned for and unfortunately as a fresh restaurant that meant we sold out of a few things. We look at reports each week and make adjustments but we unfortunately misjudged this week. Always a good problem to have when business is great. We have since made some changes to our ordering and prepping procedures to try and avoid this issue in the future. Thank you again.

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TimW
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was very good and it's a really good restaurant. I only wish there was free bread and it took quite a while to get our food and drinks, but I'd eat there again.

Bari Italian
Responded on April 18, 2021

Thank you Tim for the review and for supporting a locally owned restaurant. We do apologize for the wait as it was a very busy evening. We do always appreciate constructive feedback as we are always trying to get better. Hope to see you again soon. Grazie.

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DavidH
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Really, everything great, except for the aggressiveness regarding wearing a mask For the 15 feet between the front door and the table. After putting my mask on I realized I was walking past people seated at barstools who did not have a mask on. Apparently the coronavirus is only transmitted when standing, not when seated at the same level as those people who were standing. Bari seems just a little too panicked right now and that is disappointing because it such such a wonderful place to eat.

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DianaH
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Excellent server and food. We’ll definitely return.

Bari Italian
Responded on April 21, 2021

Thank you Diana for the nice review. We appreciate your support. Grazie.

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vipBillD
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is the best Italian restaurant in Cedar Rapids, we needed to move our last dinner 3 times due to schedule conflicts and they accommodated to our needs. We have eaten here 6 or 7 times and have never been disappointed. The food is fresh it is served quickly and the drinks are always on-point.

Bari Italian
Responded on April 14, 2021

Thank you for the great review. We are glad to hear your experiences at Bari have been great. We appreciate your continued support. Grazie.

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OpenTable Diner
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
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 on April 11, 2021

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
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
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

Bari Italian
Responded on April 10, 2021

Thank you for the 4 stars we appreciate your support and kind words. As for the steak I apologize and wish something was said while in house as we truly want to make everyone's dinner exceptional and if that means getting you a different steak or a different dish so be it. Please never hesitate to let a manager know if something is not up to par while in a restaurant. I hope I speak for all managers when saying we do want to make our guests truly happy in their dining experience. Grazie.

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PattiW
Des Moines
5 reviews
Dined on April 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous as always!

Bari Italian
Responded on April 9, 2021

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
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Bari Italian
Responded on April 6, 2021

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

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NicholasS
Des Moines
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 on April 6, 2021

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
4 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
5 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
2 reviews
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
21 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
Des Moines
2 reviews
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.

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 140 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.