Popoli Ristorante & Sullivan's Bar

4.4
354 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
Popoli Ristorante and Sullivan's Bar offers a casual elegant dining venue set inside a historic bank building that has been restored to its turn-of-the century grandeur. While here, enjoy fresh seafood, great steaks, and traditional Italian favorites. Our wine list and cocktail list will pleasantly amaze you. All desserts are made from scratch. Our professional staff will attend to any and all special requests as well as dietary restrictions. Please note: there is a $25 food and beverage minimum per person on the patio.
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server was amazing! Food was amazing! Great experience! We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Superior waiter! My guests enjoyed their dinner!

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Lisa
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my sister for her birthday and it was outstanding. The service was amazing as well as the food and drinks!

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BradP
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING meal at Popoli's. Kaitlyn was an excellent server. I ordered the Chicken Cordon Rouge and my wife had the Shrimp Scampi, and both were delicious! Definitely going back.

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JohnO
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classy, Great service, excellent food. A little pricey but worth every penny and more. Very nice setting to bring out of town guests to impress.

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Jane
1 review
Dined on November 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Ambiance with Frank Sinatra playing was delightful, the service was excellent and the food was perfect! Love this place.

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SarahJ
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great experience for dining with friends. Food was great and Yousef was a great waiter.

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RonaW
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a small gathering for our granddaughters 13th birthday. Everything we ordered was very good from the appetizers to the dessert. We will be back.

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dmillage
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We had a few hiccups but the service was pretty good. The French onion soup was to die for. My filet was cooked to a perfect medium rare, was very tender, but lacked any seasoning. My husband ordered a T bone, but it was keyed in as a Delmonico, so I was finished eating before his was corrected. The garlic mashed potatoes were amazing. We both ordered shrimp accompaniments and that was the only real disappointment- thawed, boiled, tailess unseasoned shrimp.

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GregB
Indiana
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to bring family together in an historic Cedar Rapids location. Chef was eager to service us right, and took time to check on us. Chef even took time to answer questions about the historic bank and show us around some of the history in the building. Overall, top-notch experience that I highly recommend. We will be talking about our time there for years as a family!

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Colleen
Kansas City
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Bar service was very slow. Wait a bit to let them get the kinks worked out.

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LindaK
Des Moines
3 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We used to be frequent patrons of Popoli’s and are so glad it has reopened! We had a wonderful evening, and a special celebration. Our waiter, Yousef (I hope I’m spelling it correctly) did a fabulous job. I have a dairy allergy and he was very attentive working with me and the cook to assure my request for no dairy. The food was amazing! I would highly recommend going and Yousef is the best. Thank you Popoli’s, so glad you’re back!

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Hustsomedudefromthemidwe
Savannah
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

Second go around for this place. It was no good the first time and it’s no better this time. With a reservation, it took 2:40 minutes to eat with no appetizers or desert. Waitress never gave a reason and the General Manager looks and dresses pretty tacky.

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Kendallyn
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Some of the BEST food I’ve ever had in Cedar Rapids. The owner even made us one of his famous margaritas!

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TandR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent environment and terrific food! We'll definitely be back.

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DebbyB
1 review
Dined on October 16, 2021
Overall5food3service4ambience5

The place is beautiful and the ambiance great. After being closed for a year they had only been open a short time when we were there. Because of the labor shortage we had a long wait for our food, but we understood. We had good drinks and the atmosphere was very easy going. The owner walked around and talked to the customers and that was very nice. My steak was great but my sister had chicken that was raw in the middle. We had been there too long to have another meal cooked so the owner sat down with us and was very gracious. She didn't have to pay for her meal and we got a free piece of great cake to share. The bread was excellent, the salad great and the drinks above good. We had a good time and would go back.

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JeffP
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great to have Popolis open again. Service was outstanding, food was great, and this was only the third week of them being reopened.

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AnnA
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to see this beautiful restaurant re open. Entire staff went out of their way to ensure we had everything we needed. Food was wonderful!!

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Trish
Portland
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Love the ambience. Sauce on the salmon detracted from the overall flavor.

The overall flavor. Server was forgetful however she was pleasant. A little too loud.

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Jeanne
Orlando
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall3food4service3ambience3

It just seems like Popoli’s is just another Carrabba’s rather than on par with Bari’s. Seems like a step down from previous management. Server trained how to open bottle of wine at our table? That didn’t seem fitting at all. Server did her job fine but experience would have been much more enjoyable with some friendly dialogue. Overall, an average experience which was disappointing as we were so excited to have you re-open. We’ll be back but with lower expectations.

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DianneO
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent. The setting is fun and unique. We are very sad that this place is closing.

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MarkCandFamily
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It hurts us to know that our favorite restaurant is closing soon. It has always been our go-to restaurant when we were in Cedar Rapids. The atmosphere was fantastic and the food was always delicious. Additionally, the waiters and waitresses were extremely friendly. We will miss Popoli Ristorante. With tears in our eyes we say goodbye.
Mark C. and family....

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PaulP
1 review
Dined on November 21, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Great atmosphere but the food quality does not equal the price. You should never overcook Salmon. Ever.

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TerryC
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Place is closing in December. Too bad, it’s a nice place to eat.

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JillisaC
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm so sad to see Popoli closing at the end of next month, as it's by far the best food with the coolest atmosphere in town. I hope the owners find success in their new endeavors, and that this beautiful space is put to great use!

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Bethlondon
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall2food1service3ambience4

Entree butternut gnocchi with Italian sausage was very unappealing; gnocchi was burnt and Italian sausage was more like grocery store smoked sausage. The Neopolitan pizza would have been very good if the dough was cooked through; it was raw in the middle.

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DavidY
1 review
Dined on October 29, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

We have been to Popoli's a couple times in the last month and found the environment and experience to be great but sadly the food was below average. We thought that perhaps on our first visit we caught them on an off night so we tried a second time and intentionally order different entrees, on both visits the food was below average.

We will wait for new management or a new chef to be brought in before we visit again.

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JeremyY
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perhaps a little pricey, but honestly, the food and ambiance made it worth it! What a fantastic place to eat!

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ChristopherV
1 review
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Food, Service and Great Management! The drink menu is outstanding and their steaks are a great addition to their menu.

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MidwestFoodCritic
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience4

The building and interior is beautiful, the food is subpar and not as flavorful and bland. The staff is delightful and friendly and very very nice. The short rib is tough and not seasoned and dry. There were dead flies on the window sill right next to our booth.

Would not recommend this place.

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CarlM
Omaha
4 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

While entrees were excellent the side dishes were not. Garlic mashed potatoes were dry and flavor-free and the mushrooms on the steak were dry and chewy. With more attention to such detail this would definitely be five-star dining.

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Martie
Kansas City
22 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience5

We had dined here once before when we were visiting Cedar Rapids and on our recent trip wanted to bring family members that had not been to the restaurant before even though on our previous experience we knew the food was good but the prices were inexplicably high. The atmosphere is top notch in the restored, historic bank building and the service was very high quality with enough attention but not hovering. The beet salad my husband and I had was adequately tasty but suffered from skimpy amounts of beets and blue cheese. All four of us ordered steaks and 3 of the 4 were noticeably past the requested temperatures. Fortunately the steaks were flavorful even though cooked too long. While I appreciate the good service and candor, at the end of our meal our server shared with us that this was the first night on the job for the grill chef; perhaps when charging $50 for a steak a bit more supervision is needed for the first day on the job. Unfortunately the brussels sprouts that had previously been excellent lacked flavor and seasoning. Due to the atmosphere, company and flavor of steaks we had an enjoyable evening but with a bill of almost $350 for 4 people I would hope to be giving a 5-star rating. The lack of value (over-pricing) drops 1 star, the lack of attention to detail on the steak temperatures drops a 2nd start, therefore the 3-star rating. I could only recommend this to someone with a huge warning about the over-pricing.

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Kllmrl
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Crab legs were skimpy for $89. Bone in ribeye was just ok for $89 and salmon was overcooked. Cost for two of us was over $300 with tip.

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Fitfoodie
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience4

Beautiful building with a lovely staff. We dtarted with the caprese salad which was not great. The tomatoes were soft and mealy so I knew they weren't fresh cut. They also forgot the balsamic.... I got the salmon which I was told would be medium but it was very dry and overcooked. Staff was wonderful and willing to sub my risotto for carrots which I appreciated. My dad got the sea bass which was delicious, juicy, and had a flavorful sauce. I would not recommend the salmon as it was dry and bland (could not taste any salt or seasoning). However the sea bass and staff were wonderful.

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MichaelA
Des Moines
11 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined al fresco and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.
Around 90 degrees early evening but in the shade and on the river.

~Very pleasant.

The service was outstanding as well as the fare

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KathyJ
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on July 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Host and wait staff were very attentive and accommodating. Drinks were good, though I had to go with my second choice as they were out of mint for mojitos this night. We sat outside and were glad to see a table between ours and the next one. Ambiance is a bit lacking as a large truck parked adjacent to our table blocked my husband's view of the river front. Our side salads were large and fresh. My husband's meat lover's pizza was a little sparse on the meat. My margarita flatbread was good, though not exceptional. Both of us had plenty leftover for more than another meal.

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Treeboy
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The overall experience was nice. However, the food was not spectacular and there was a considerable issue with flies around the table. Seeing that we were sitting out on the patio, we had a good time but I think the price point was too high for what was offered.

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EricO
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We began our evening by enjoying a drink at the bar. A bottle of Miller Lite for me (it was Ice Cold like beer is supposed to be served) and my wife enjoyed a Caribbean Kiss which she enjoyed very much (recommended by the excellent bartender, Thank you!)
We moved to a booth for dinner and started out with the Spinich and Leek Flambeau which was a melt in your mouth delicious experience. A House Salad for me and a Beet Salad for my wife readied us for the main course. I chose the Rib Special and my wife went for the Salmon both of which were tremendously prepared. My wife chose the Rhubarb/Berry Crisp with Ice Cream and Whipped Cream for dessert while I polished off a couple more of those cold Miller Lites.
Our bartender became our server and he was OUTSTANDING !
Thank you for a wonderful experience on our Anniversary !
We will be back soon !

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vipDarrell
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Hardly any customers (that I could see). Our waiter did a fantastic job. Disappointed in some of the food. My seafood bake had a negligible amount of seafood... bits. There were three shrimp tails (no meat) sticking out from the dish but I seriously found one tiny bit of shrimp in my bowl of noodles. Glad to have it deducted from my bill, not so glad that I left hungry.

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Popoli was wonderful. Excellent food and very accommodating on special requests.

FAQs

Popoli Ristorante & Sullivan's Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (319) 363-1248.

Popoli Ristorante & Sullivan's Bar is rated 4.4 stars by 354 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.