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Bari Italian, Cedar Rapids, IA

Bari Italian

4.7
4.7
414 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • 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

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What 414 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.8Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Best Ambiance

  • Iowa

    Innovative

  • Iowa

    Great for outdoor dining

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  1. RS

    RickS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and delicious food. Service was excellent.

    Bari ItalianResponded on November 22, 2022Rick thank you so much for the great review!

  2. H

    Hink

    Lake of the Ozarks

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent!

    Bari ItalianResponded on November 18, 2022Thank you HInk!

  3. LW

    LWdines

    St. Louis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We recently met friends for an early dinner on a Wednesday night, looking forward to their typically great appetizers. When we tried to order the charcuterie board (one of the few gluten free options available for 2 of our party) we were told that they were out of it. When I asked if they could do an abbreviated version and leave off what they were out of the manager visited the table to tell us that they were short handed in the kitchen and didn't want to devote staff time to making the board. There were only 5 people in the restaurant at the time. We ordered other apps and found them to be less than expected with charred bread and overcooked cauliflower. I've dined here before and find that the service is usually great, the kitchen is inconsistent, and the current management less than graceful in handling problems.

    Bari ItalianResponded on November 17, 2022I am the GM and was not here at this night. I am so sorry that you had this experience. This is NOT how we handle customers requests. I know that the sourdough is grilled, and I am sorry if the appetizers came out less than delicious. I hope that you give us a chance to rectify this in the future. Please ask for me next time, my name is Bonnie and I will make sure that we come up with something to help those with gluten issues.

  4. CL

    CherylL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    You can’t even order a salad or bread! The dish was good but needs sides.

    Bari ItalianResponded on November 18, 2022Cheryl I am not sure who told you that you can't order salad or bread. We have both as options to add-on but they are not offered free. We have numerous sides that you can add to any order.

  5. b

    basketball63

    Des Moines

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant! Our service was outstanding and the food was very good. Only complaint was that the lasagna noodles were over cooked. The Italian Rum Cheesecake was out of this world delicious.

    Bari ItalianResponded on November 15, 2022Thank you for giving us feedback, we cant fix issues if we don't know. We hope to see you again!

  6. TC

    TomC

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    great food and great service

    Bari ItalianResponded on November 15, 2022Tom thank you so much for the review!

  7. S

    Smf0923

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was excellent and service was excellent, as always.

    Bari ItalianResponded on November 9, 2022Thank you so much!

  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food4service5ambience5
    While the ambience is always wonderful , and the service was outstanding , there were some aspects that were very disappointing. At 7pm on a Friday night they were already out of 3 entrees on an already very limited menu. Then , when one member of our party wanted to substitute a side they were told by the chef , via our server that there were no substitutions allowed even though this is a scratch kitchen . Then he just asked if he could purchase a side , the chef again said this wasn’t available as a side - the side requested was mashed potatoes . This made for a less than desirable experience for our out of town guests .

    Bari ItalianResponded on November 9, 2022We strive to have plenty of options and hoped that you could have found another delicious substitution with the other 11 items available. We are so sorry that we were out of 3 items on the menu. Unfortunately we do not offer the mashed potatoes as a side or a sub for the entrees. With being a scratch kitchen we only prep enough for the entrée that it pairs with, the Filet. We are so happy that your server gave you such great service! I will be sure to let her know!

  9. JO

    JudyO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, interesting menu selections that are unique but full of familiar ingredients, clearly cooked in-house by a chef, great setting with just enough space between tables to provide privacy. I highly recommend it.

    Bari ItalianResponded on November 9, 2022Judy thank so much for the 5 stars! We are so happy that you had such a wonderful experience!

  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Bari is my go to place for a quiet, relaxing dinner with my parents or my partner. We were able to sit outside and enjoy the last of the nice weather for the season. Food is always excellent, and the cocktails and wines by the glass are always great choices. Great staff, we enjoyed Tony and he made our night even better. Thank you for all your hard work!
  11. ML

    MaxL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Duck ravioli with cherry and wine sauce was to die for. Sad that they are rotating that off the menu. Service was fast and attentive. They also brought out a nice fall bouquet center piece upon request for date night. Def would go back

    Bari ItalianResponded on October 29, 2022Max thank you so much for the review! We are sure you will love the new ravioli just as much! Glad that we could make your night enjoyable.

  12. SM

    SusanM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed a relaxing night out in a fun location. All staff were very attentive, and desired to please.

    Bari ItalianResponded on October 29, 2022Susan thank you so much for all the kind words! We are so happy that you could get you a great time!

  13. M

    Marques

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Im upset at the waitress that upsold me on the delicious pecan carmel cheesecake......lol. 5 stars as usual and the waitress was great.

    Bari ItalianResponded on October 26, 2022LOL I KNOW! That cheesecake is delicious! Thank you for the review, and we look forward to seeing you again!

  14. Y

    Yummy

    Des Moines

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My duck confit raviolis were delicious! My husband ordered the lamb. Disappointing. Meat was tough. Both our wines were delicious. I ordered the Cabernet savignon & he ordered the Malbec. Very nice. The creme brulee was good too. The coffee was a nice finish to the meal & very good too.
  15. JW

    JasonW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food and great environment! Always a great experience.

    Bari ItalianResponded on October 25, 2022Jason thank you so much for your support, and we are so happy that you had a great experience! Grazie!

  16. TS

    TerryS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Arielle did a marvelous job serving us a very nice dinner. We have eaten here several times and have not been disappointed.

    Bari ItalianResponded on October 25, 2022Terry we are pleased that Ariel gave you a memorable experience! We look forward to your next visit! Thank you so much for the review!

  17. DM

    DawnM

    Seattle

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on October 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A friend and I shared the angolotti as an appetizer. I ordered the duck ravioli as my main course and my friend opted for the rack of lamb. Shared a salted caramel crème brûlée for dessert. Everything we had was absolutely fabulous! Ambience was lovely as well. Our server was experienced, friendly and attentive. Going back ASAP!

    Bari ItalianResponded on October 25, 2022Dawn thank you so much for wonderful review! More importantly we are THRILLED that you had such a great experience! We hope to have you back.

  18. AJ

    AnnJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner at Bari was exceptional!! We enjoyed our meals, service, and the ambiance! The homemade ravioli was absolutely mouthwatering. We look forward to the next meal we'll enjoy there.

    Bari ItalianResponded on October 22, 2022Ann we look forward to having you in again! We are so happy that we gave you a great experience! Thank you for the review!

  19. D

    Dobbet

    Omaha

    34 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We came to Bari with high expectations, based on previous reviews we’d read. Our experience was just average. Most likely it was due to a mismatch in our tastes versus those of their executive chef. Let’s start with the grilled sourdough and ricotta cheese appetizer. The bread was tough, extremely chewy, and even difficult to cut with a knife. The ricotta topping covered each piece entirely (would have been better in a ramekin for the diner to spread as desired). The ricotta was sweet, not savory, something we don’t like before dinner. Save the sweet for dessert. Let’s move on to the wedge salad. Overpowered with a sweet (again) tomato jam and under done on the Maytag blue cheese and pancetta. My wife ordered the Barramundi with crispy Brussels sprouts, Arborio rice, and a tapenade. Good, but the fish may have been slightly overcooked. We’re not sure, and didn’t say anything to the server, because we’ve never tried Barramundi before. Overall she enjoyed the dish. I ordered the Agnolotti and added Italian sausage. It was just an average pasta dish for me. Nothing remarkable. Parking was easy, decor is modern, clean, but a bit too we’ll lit. We would recommend a dimmer lighting at night. The restaurant was not busy at 7:00 pm on a Wednesday night, about 25% full. Management checked our table several times and she and our server were attentive.
  20. AS

    AndreaS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time and great food. Really enjoyed the charcuterie option on the current menu.
  21. E

    Elisa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food & service was amazing, definitely will be coming back !
  22. C

    Carm30

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great experience. The steak was perfection.
  23. j

    jimc

    Minneapolis

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Food and service we exceptional plan to return for holidays and special occasions. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  24. B

    Birthdaygirl22

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were greeted pleasantly, seated (we had a reservation), and waited on promptly. We had our drinks quickly and then were given a leisurely time to see the menu. The food, everything we ordered, was fantastic! And, we ended with my favorite dessert, an excellent tiramisu, complimentary because it was my birthday! A wonderful evening.
  25. RG

    RickG

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    The lasagna is the best I’ve had around here. The cocktails are fantastic.
  26. O

    Olivia

    Tahoe

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Loved the food and the service was so great! The one thing I would change is the one booth we sat in which is to the right of the bar against the same wall as the bar. Perhaps a rectangular or square table would've better suited that spot. However, it was a little more quiet than I would've liked. Maybe some more Italian music at one level louder would've been perfect. Loved that steam fireplace piece to the right of the bar. Also bummed out that the patio wasn't open. 60 degree weather was so perfect on Saturday, October 1st! Would've been perfect to sit out there!
  27. JE

    JoEllenB

    Greensboro

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Super cute place! Loved the area! Food was really good and the waitstaff was just adorable!
  28. AR

    AmyR

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Katherine is one of the best servers there are, so cheerful, prompt and knowledgeable! I had the new menu item: duck confit ravioli, very rich nut delish!
  29. CD

    ClintonD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful spot for our 10 year anniversary meal from drinks, to apps, to main dish, and delicious desserts!
  30. JC

    JillC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Ariel was wonderful! Are favorite Italian restaurant!
  31. KB

    KaylaB

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    our table had lasagna, seafood bake, bruschetta and salted caramel crème brûlée. All was delicious, highly recommend the lasagna. Tony was an outstanding waiter, kept us entertained all night.
  32. TC

    ToddC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    For the price the food tasted average at best. Other than the appetizer I just found the food to very blah.
  33. MM

    MarkM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cool place, great food! I had the lasagna and loved it! Going back for the lamb soon.
  34. TT

    TeresaT

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fabulous as usual, however, we did feel like we were a little rushed to go to our table when we were having a cocktail at the bar with some friends that we ran into by coincidence. Other than that, our experience was top notch!
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Zuid-Holland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing. We comes again.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Phoenix

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, friendly service!
  37. C

    Cheryl

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great date atmosphere and excellent food and cocktails, although the Brussel sprouts were extremely salty.
  38. KB

    KellyB

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, everything was just perfect!
  39. KS

    KaraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere, wonderful food and drinks! Service was great too!
  40. N

    Noname

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very nice restaurant, but a little on the quiet side for us. Light jazz music playing in the background. If you're looking for an upscale quiet restaurant you'll enjoy it. The cocktails were well made and they offer a nice whiskey/bourbon selection. The food is very good, but the menu could use a few more options. Overall, a very nice place for a quiet dinner.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

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

Bari Italian is rated 4.7 stars by 414 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 times today
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

  • 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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