Popoli Ristorante & Sullivan's Bar

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$31 to $50
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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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4.3
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4.4
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4.5
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Kllmrl
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
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 7 days ago
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
6 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

KJ
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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Darrell
San Francisco
6 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
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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Jeanne
Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We sat outside as it was a beautiful evening. Service and food were stellar!

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RachelB
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Very good service, great environment, and excellent food.

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vipDiana
Minneapolis
155 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Air conditioning on too high

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MichaelA
Des Moines
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We dined outside on their patio. The service, professionalism, food--was outstanding

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Jaik
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

My husband had the ribeye, was tough and no flavor. Paid over $40 for this.
On the other hand, I had the seafood bake and it was delicious and beef nachos were great with wontons.
Martinis were great too!

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vipWolfy
Denver
10 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

This is a very special place to eat as it is a Louis Sullivan-designed bank. The building's renovation for dining is especially well-done for showcasing the historic setting. Food and service continue to improve, though pricing may seem a bit aggressive.

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dydy
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The short ribs were hard and dry but with good flavor. The ice cream could have come from. HyVee carton. But the salad was great as were the margaritas

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OhIowan
Des Moines
13 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

My wife and I ate here for the first time for our 10th anniversary. Due to the COVID19 situation, the restaurant was not crowded. It was however, rather noisy for the number of people. We were seated right away. Our server was friendly and courteous, but seemed to be a bit overwhelmed. Things weren't timed the best. Another person came to our table with drinks, but they were the wrong drinks. That issue was quickly resolved. It just seemed like the whole time the staff were not communicating well and maybe there were some new folks. That said, they did bend over backward to make our meal the best it could be. As for the food, it was quite good, though my wife ordered the shrimp scampi, which had absolutely no taste. The manager however, replaced her meal with a filet, which my wife absolutely raved about. We received a free dessert for our anniversary which was nice, though the choice was limited to three items. All things considered, it was not an outstanding meal, but a very good one, and the willingness of the manager and staff to make it right was greatly appreciated. I think we will try again sometime, hopefully after all the coronavirus thing is past.

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paco
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience and would recommend to friends

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OpenTable Diner
Birmingham
1 review
Dined on June 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff were amazing (Danny and Abbey) but the food was even better. Cole they executive chef was so accommodating with the wine pairing meal that it made he picky eater feel comfortable eating there. Both my husband who ate everything exactly as planned and myself who does not eat seafood, loved the meal. This is a Manhattan quality restaurant right here in the middle of Cedar Rapids, Wow! Amazing!

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NickL
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

It's a great setting, staff was wonderful. The food was just okay, it didnt come close to matching the steep price tag.

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GregB
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual the four and the service was outstanding

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dmillage
Milwaukee
8 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Service was fabulous. The food was average and extremely overpriced because of that.

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vipCria
Des Moines
8 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the seafood special and all three were very good. The steak nachos was a very big portion enough for 4 people. Service was excellent as well.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Was sat a table that was added in between bar and dining area. Felt we were sitting in a hallway with no lights. Asked to be moved but hostess said the were unable even though there were open tables.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome food was next level and service was great

JJ
JennyJ
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Delicious food!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

We didn’t get waited on for about 10 min. We had someone ask if we had been waited on and said no but we were ready to order. They took our order. Someone else brought our food, he spilled my water all over the table. No one checked on us for over 30 min. Then another guy asked if we wanted dessert. We ordered dessert and he brought it out and our check. Terrible service, it was a special get together with my daughters and I wanted it special for them to go somewhere we had never been together. They were not impressed. Very pricey for the amount of food you receive.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service1ambience4

We were not greeted for a while once sat. Drinks refilled once in the hour and a half we were there. It was a set menu and the wrong food was brought out. Waited just over 30 min for our check and in that time nobody came by our table. The food and nice setting really saved our Valentine’s Day date. The food was absolutely amazing and we loved the atmosphere beyond the service but for $190 for the two of us...service could have definitely been improved. We know places can have off nights and try not to base it on a single experience or individual so we wanted to compliment all other aspects.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience5

We visited for the first time on Valentine's evening. As hyped up as the restaurant is we were a bit dissatisfied. We didn't think the food was as amazing as it could have been considering the cost. When we go to dinner, we're not impressed by presentation but rather by taste and service. My tasting palate is broader than my wife's, but we both feel as though we have a solid appreciation for expanding ones taste buds. Here they are into expanding taste but more into presentation, which is fine if you're into looking at your food as art; we're not. The service was okay... For the type of restaurant and cost I would have expected better wait service. Oh, and according to the menu on the website, we were supposed to each receive a glass of champagne, that never happened. The online menu even suggested asking about the beer flight option and I was told they didn't do flights. We may try it again when the menu isn't limited.

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vipTomkorin
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service5ambience4

It is hard to tell what this restaurant is really like. We went on Valentines Day when their was a set menu. The manager was great got us the menu ahead of time so we knew exactly what was going to be offered when we got there. What we didn't realize is that the portion sizes were going to be as small as they were. The Chef had a great concept, but the portions resembled San Francisco or NY type dishes. The service was wonderful. We did feel a little rushed as they brought us the appetizer platter, and then 2 min later dropped the salads on the table. The Antipasti platter was a good start to the meal, and the grapefruit salad was tasty as well. The NY Strip had a lot to be desired, we both got 5 oz. of steak it was cooked perfectly, and potatoes that seemed to be soaked in vinegar. The dessert was promptly brought out and was dry. It was a meal you would expect at a banquet dinning hall. We did both get two glasses of wine which were very good. So we left hungry and with $210 (after tip) less in our pocket. The price isn't that big of deal except they just didn't match with amount of food. I've heard great things about this restaurant, and even with a preset menu they could have lived up to their referral status. Instead they chose to maximize their average check, and lower food cost to put short term profit in the bank instead of giving a quality experience and quality menu, even keeping the pricing the same. I doubt we will return, if this was a true representation of their restaurant.

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LindaK
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Another wonderful meal at Popoli’s Saturday night. Highly recommend this for special occasione!

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vipThorse773
Des Moines
16 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate a birthday with friends. Excellent food and awesome service! Looking forward to my next visit Z

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TonyB
San Diego
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Love going to Popoli. First, the building is stunning! The Staff is great and make you feel welcomed. The food is always on point and a great wine list, too!

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StarW
Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The service was great but nothing else really stood out as something to draw me back in there anytime soon. The food was average but what really got us was the side salad being $10. I could understand if it were $7 but anything above that is just crazy. Honestly, the best part was probably the calamari appetizer and the butter that came with the bread.

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OpenTable Diner
Des Moines
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday celebration. Everything was perfect. Best total dining experience we’ve had in several years

JC
JosephC
New England
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Very nice restaurant and overall experience. Foos was very good, but not great. Maybe I need to try different things, so I will be back.

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MichaelH
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Popoli is an excellent place to eat. The interior has wonderful character and is very beautiful. The food was excellent, though one of our group thought the scallop entree' should have included 5 scallops instead of just 3. But overall a very nice experience.

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mrDeeds
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Food was good. Service was a bit slow, but kind. Wish it was quieter... seemed really loud for a high-end eatery.

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TBhill
Hawaii
5 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was fabulous, drinks were delicious and service spot on, as always! Love Popoli!

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TiffS
1 review
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience5

The food was wonderful, ambiance and decor was great as well. Restaurant was full but not packed but service was incredibly slow. We waited 10 minutes after being seated before anyone came over or acknowledged us. Another 10 mins for drinks. The waitress asked if we were going to the show, which we were so I was surprised that staffing was not adequate to accommodate the situation. Food came out fine time wise but the bar and drinks were very slow. Ordered a second drink and took 15 minutes to get and were getting ready to leave by then. Disappointing to say the least considering it was our first time and for the price tag. I have no problem paying for a great meal, drinks and service providing it is earned. This time it missed the mark. But would give another chance.

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vipCria
Des Moines
9 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our server Ashley is very nice and knowledgeable about the drinks and the menu, she made our dinning enjoyable. The steak nachos are very good.

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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 4.2 stars by 322 OpenTable diners.

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