Bari Italian

4.7
249 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!

Offers

  • All Seasonal & Signature Cocktails are only $7!

    Apr 21 - Dec 29, 2021

    Wed 4:00 PM - 9:00 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 - 9:00 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 - 9:00 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 may order a bottle of wine for 50% Off*. 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
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 249 people are saying
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Mitchuation
Milwaukee
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was great, uneven service but friendly and professional.

Bari Italian
Responded 17 hours ago

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
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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 2 days ago

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 4 days ago
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 2 days ago

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 5 days ago
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 2 days ago

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 5 days ago

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
3 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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JamesH
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb! Great atmosphere, feels very cosmopolitan. Food was excellent. Everything was seasoned beautifully. Great choice for an anniversary dinner.

Bari Italian
Responded on November 2, 2021

Thank you James for your superb review. So happy to hear you chose us for your special day. Grazie.

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ajames
Jacksonville
18 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bari isour favorite local restaurant.........great food......excellent service......welcoming environment.....we always look forward to our next visit......

Bari Italian
Responded on November 2, 2021

Thank you so much for your amazing review. We are always overjoyed to hear when people love the Bari experience. Can't wait to see you again. Grazie.

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CourtneyW
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent in all areas! I had the arancini, lamb and creme brulee. I world recommend them all.

Bari Italian
Responded on November 2, 2021

Thank you very much Courtney! So happy to hear you enjoyed everything. Grazie.

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NetT
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Cocktails and server were excellent. Overall it was just good but not amazing.

Bari Italian
Responded on November 2, 2021

Thank you for taking time to enter your review. We are always up for listening to constructive feedback on how we can become a better restaurant. Regardless thank you for your patronage. Grazie.

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JodyP
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Bari!! Great food. Love the atmosphere. Exceptional service! Nice to have this quality of restaurant in Cedar Rapids!

Bari Italian
Responded on October 29, 2021

Thank you Jody for the wonderful compliments. We are so happy to hear that we have something in common, that is that we both love Bari!!!!! Can't wait for you to visit again. Grazie.

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ElyseD
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent!! And service was really great, quick, and friendly!

Bari Italian
Responded on October 27, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to enter your review Elyse. Always great to hear from a satisfied guest. Grazie.

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JohnW
Naples
3 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service! The seafood is especially good! The drinks are a good selection. It s become one of our favorites!

Bari Italian
Responded on October 26, 2021

Thank you John for the wonderful review and for your support. We are glad to hear your dinner was an enjoyable experience. Can't wait to see you again. Grazie.

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TedD
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

We would definitely return. We felt valued as a customer.

Bari Italian
Responded on October 29, 2021

Thank you Ted for the support. We are always happy to hear when guests enjoy their experience at Bari. Grazie.

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ShannonD
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place to relax. Felt very safe with the servers wearing masks. Love this place!!!

Bari Italian
Responded on October 26, 2021

Thank you Shannon for the nice review and for your patronage. Glad you felt safe and enjoyed yourself. Grazie.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

We tried this for the 1st as an anniversary dinner. Service was great but felt rushed. Food was good but seafood linguine could have used more sauce. I ate the seafood and took the noodles home. Hubby had Lasagna that was good. The red sauce is sweet, kind a different but it was good. The stuffed risotto balls were good.

Bari Italian
Responded on October 23, 2021

I am so sorry to hear that your first experience at Bari wasn't a fantastic one. One of the first thing we teach in training staff is to allow the table to dictate the speed. We always recommend coursing your meal but it is definitely not required. I wish you would have shared your thoughts while here as we want nothing more than to please our guests. More sauce on the seafood linguine would have been an easy fix. Next time you are in a restaurant please share your thoughts with staff. Thank you

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MarilynP
1 review
Dined on October 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pleasant experience.
I ordered wedge salad - excellent!
Chicken Picatta - wasn’t terrific. Overwhelming strong lemon
My spouse ordered Scallops Linguini- excellent!
Dessert- chocolate brownie w/gelato 1 excellent! Next time I will order differently.

Bari Italian
Responded on October 21, 2021

Thank you Marilyn for your patronage of our locally owned restaurant. We appreciate your feedback and your review. Grazie.

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ajames
Jacksonville
19 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bari is always a wonderful experience........we entertained visiting family and they were delighted with the food and service......Bari is our special favorite place to entertain or simply enjoy.

Bari Italian
Responded on October 16, 2021

Thank you! We love to hear when others feel the need to share the Bari experience. Glad to hear you all had a great evening. See you again soon. Grazie.

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KateN
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Arancuni rice was raw. There was shell on the scallops, the bruchetta had been plated hours ago and had like 2 tomatoes on it. Balsamic reduction on everything as if it would magically make the food seem higher quality. Won’t be wasting more money here.

Bari Italian
Responded on October 19, 2021

I am very sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your evening. Our rice, like our pasta is cooked to the traditional al dente, which means "firm to the bite." The bread for our bruschetta is a garlic crostini which is similar to a crouton and should be very crunchy. Each piece is to be eaten in two bites, which is why there are two confit tomatoes on each piece. We have 3 dishes that contain balsamic, you just happened to order 2 of them. I do apologize for the shell, we clean each scallop one by hand.

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IanM
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Food was very good, after almost an hour wait at our table in a half full restaurant, for the main course. Out of spinach fettuccine, early on Saturday night? Note: portions are not large, bread is extra, salad is extra. Nice atmosphere.

Bari Italian
Responded on October 11, 2021

Thank you for taking the time to enter your review. We apologize for the wait you experienced on Saturday as we were very short staffed in the kitchen. Availability of many of our items have been increasingly harder to procure and we feel your pain when not being able to order what you would like as we want you to be happy. We have a new menu coming out very soon due to these difficulties. Thank you again for your review. Grazie.

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KerryD
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful ambience. Food and service was outstanding. Can't wait to go back!

Bari Italian
Responded on October 8, 2021

Thank you Kerry for your wonderful review and comments. We are so happy to hear you had a great experience. See you soon. Grazie.

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Marc
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Last night we celebrated my wife's birthday with a first visit to Bari. We couldn't have been happier! The food was excellent - not the usual "Cedar Rapids Fare" - and our server, Savannah, gave us info on a terrific bison NY strip steak special. Service? First class - give that lady a BIG raise!!! Cocktails, craft beer and wine list? Outstanding! Ambiance? Again, not your typical CR "chain" restaurant - a very laid back yet classy vibe. We WILL be back....soon!!!!

Bari Italian
Responded on October 8, 2021

Marc thank you so much for the fantastic review and compliments. We are overjoyed to hear your wife's birthday was a hit and that you were elated with the food, drinks and service. Savannah is pretty awesome if you ask us, we will pass on your kudos to her. We can't wait to see you again. Grazie.

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vipWolfy
Denver
18 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place very consistently meets a high standard for food quality and service.

Bari Italian
Responded on October 7, 2021

Thank you Wolfy. We appreciate you and the fact that you appreciate our crews hard work. Hope to see you again. Grazie.

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DeannW
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is the perfect quiet place for a date night food was amazing! Service was amazing!

Bari Italian
Responded on October 5, 2021

Thank you so much Deann for the awesome review and friendly words. We appreciate your support and patronage. Grazie.

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LGPCR
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bari is easily my favorite place in CR. You won't find a better environment, food or drinks. Ryan and his team make each dining experience a great one!

Bari Italian
Responded on October 5, 2021

Wow! Thank you thank you thank you. We are humbled by your kind words and review. Glad you always enjoy yourself. Can't wait to see you again. Grazie.

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MarkM
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The vibe is great inside or on the patio. A great experience all the way around.

Bari Italian
Responded on October 1, 2021

Thank you Mark. We are happy to hear your enjoyed your experience and thank you for your support. Grazie.

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RTOLUVS2DINE
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bari doesn’t miss a beat! From the minute you walk in the door you know you are in for an excellent dining experience. You are greeted with contemporary decor, artwork, seating, soft background music & a friendly staff.

The beverage & food menu was creatively crafted to satisfy a wide variety of tastes. Italian specialties are joined by filet mignon & fresh seafood. All reasonably priced.

The beet salad with fresh beets was outstanding. The salmon was prepared to perfection…crispy on the outside & tender on the inside. The filet mignon could have been cut with a fork. The creme brûlée was a great way to finish an outstanding dining experience. We will be back*

Bari Italian
Responded on September 29, 2021

THANK YOU for that awesome review!!!! We appreciate your patronage and kind words about your experience and our restaurant. Can't wait to see you again. Grazie.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Delightful as usual

Bari Italian
Responded on September 29, 2021

Thank you for the review. We appreciate you. Grazie.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Signature drinks were very good, food was wonderful, service was great! So many things on the menu to try, so we'll be back.

Bari Italian
Responded on September 23, 2021

Thank you for the very nice review. We appreciate your patronage and support. Hope to see you again soon. Grazie.

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Iowanslovediningout
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice atmosphere with great food in CR. Great addition to the city.

Bari Italian
Responded on September 22, 2021

Thank you very much for the kind words and great review. Hope to see you again soon. Grazie.

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vipYummy
Las Vegas
6 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is always good, plus awesome servers make it a favorite.

Bari Italian
Responded on September 18, 2021

Awww thank you very much. Glad to hear you enjoyed your visit 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 4.7 stars by 249 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.