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Popoli - Popoli Ristorante & Sullivan's Bar, Cedar Rapids, IA

Popoli Ristorante & Sullivan's Bar

4.3
4.3
393 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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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, American, Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
    Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (319) 363-1248

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Private party facilities

    Please consider Popoli for your next event!

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (844) 233-4940

  • Neighborhood

    Cedar Rapids

  • Parking details

    Plenty of free parking on street and in our own lot

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

Starters

  • House Meatball$12.00

    10 oz beef meatball, marinara, pecorino, toast points

    • Stuffed Mushrooms$10.00

      Wild rice, onion, thyme, parmesan, pecorino cream

      • Leek and Spinach Fondue$12.00

        Caramelized leeks and garlic, spinach, gruyere cheese, mascarpone cheese, cream cheese, house focaccia

        • Fried Calamari$12.00

          Parmesan dusted, lemon aioli, spicy marinara

          • Bruschetta$10.00

            Basil and pistachio pesto, heirloom tomato, garlic, mozzarella, olive oil, balsamic reduction, field greens

            • Steak House Nachos$16.00

              Pulled braised beef short ribs, wontons, mac sauce, cheddar, mozzarella, pickled onions, pickled bell peppers, heirloom tomatoes, lime crema, cilantro

              Salads

              • Popoli House$7.00

                Tossed in your choice of dressing (Caesar, blue cheese, ranch, red wine vinaigrette, balsamic vinaigrette, grapefruit vinaigrette); Field greens, heirloom tomato, cucumber, red onion

                • Summer Beet$10.00

                  Field Greens, beet, blue cheese crumbles, onions, coriander candied walnuts, red wine vinaigrette

                  • Caesar$10.00

                    Romaine, caesar dressing, focaccia croutons, shaved parmesan

                    Seafood

                    • Salmon$32.00

                      Seared salmon, lemon risotto, oyster mushrooms, red bell peppers, thyme garlic brown butter pan sauce

                      • King Crab Legs

                        One-pound pre-split king crab legs, clarified butter, asparagus, salt & vinegar smashed yukon potatoes

                        • Market Price

                      Composed Entrees

                      • Herb Marinated Chicken$22.00

                        Garlic mashed potatoes, roasted carrot, oyster mushrooms, wild mushroom demi

                        • Beef Short Rib$35.00

                          Braised short rib, apricot whiskey puree, lentils, oyster mushrooms, toasted pistachios, lemon zest

                          • Balsamic Marinated Oyster Mushrooms$26.00

                            Charbroiled local oyster mushrooms, wild mushroom risotto., asparagus, focaccia crumble, balsamic reduction

                            Pasta

                            • Shrimp Scampi$25.00

                              Tiger shrimp, asparagus, red bell pepper, lemon, butter, garlic, white wine, chicken stock, capellini

                              • Steak House Mac$26.00

                                Pulled beef short ribs, mac sauce, onions, red bell peppers, garlic, house steak sauce, crispy shallots, elbow noodles

                                • Carbonara$19.00

                                  Pancetta, peas, egg, pecorino, black pepper, bucatini

                                  • Lasagna$23.00

                                    Beef bolognese, ricotta, marinara, mozzarella, pecorino

                                    • Bucatini and Meat Ball$21.00

                                      10oz beef meatball, marinara, pecorino, bucatini

                                      • Chicken Alfredo$26.00

                                        Pecorino cream, chicken, broccoli, roasted carrots, black pepper, shredded pecorino, fettucine

                                        • Cast Iron Seafood Bake$32.00

                                          Tiger Shrimp, king crab, pecorino cream, mozzarella, cheddar, focaccia crumble, lemon zest, elbow noodles

                                          Pasta Add-Ons

                                          • Shrimp (4)$13.00

                                            • Salmon$13.00

                                              • Bacon$5.00

                                                • King Crab$12.00

                                                  • Seasonal Vegetables$5.00

                                                    • Chicken$5.00

                                                      • Pulled Beef Short Ribs$10.00

                                                        Last updated: February 2, 2022

                                                        What 393 people are saying

                                                        Overall ratings and reviews

                                                        Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

                                                        4.3
                                                        4.3 based on recent ratings
                                                        • 4.3Food
                                                        • 4.3Service
                                                        • 4.5Ambience
                                                        • 3.9Value

                                                        NoiseModerate

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                                                        • Iowa

                                                          Notable Wine List

                                                        • Iowa

                                                          Romantic

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                                                        1. CN

                                                          CindyN

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 26, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Our drinks, appetizers, and meals were outstanding! Kilee took excellent care of us. I’m sorry to hear that you will be closing.

                                                        2. KN

                                                          KellyN

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 24, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          The food , service and atmosphere was all amazing! So sad to see this beautiful restaurant close in a few weeks!!

                                                        3. AM

                                                          AndrewM

                                                          Des Moines

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 23, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Delicious food. Good drink menu. Attentive service!

                                                        4. M

                                                          Mehh

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 15, 2022

                                                          overall3food2service4ambience4

                                                          Food overpriced for the taste and quality. Not impressed, not a good value.

                                                        5. C

                                                          Connie

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Love this restaurant! The food and drinks were fantastic and the building is beautiful and historic. This is a great place for a special dinner.

                                                        6. PM

                                                          PaulM

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on April 2, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          I enjoyed the atmosphere and food at Popoli Ristorante and Sullivan's Bar. I look forward to dining there in the future.

                                                        7. t

                                                          taylorba

                                                          Des Moines

                                                          21 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          5.0

                                                          21 reviews

                                                          Dined on April 1, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          This place is amazing, great food, great service and great location. This has become our date night destination.

                                                        8. JP

                                                          JamesP

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 31, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Wonderful meal with excellent service. Special place to treasure. Can’t wait until our next visit!

                                                        9. NK

                                                          NealK

                                                          Tampa

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 11, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          The service was great. Greeted us when we walked in and the waitress was very good.

                                                        10. MN

                                                          MikeN

                                                          Des Moines

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          2.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 9, 2022

                                                          overall2food1service2ambience3

                                                          Chef came out and told us about his hand cut steaks etc. Thought that was great and we were excited to try them. Filet seemed like it was the last one on the loin, looked like a tail. Steak was far over cooked as was our guests pasta and other dishes. Very dissapointing.

                                                        11. KK

                                                          KarenK

                                                          Des Moines

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 9, 2022

                                                          overall4food3service3ambience4

                                                          Overall a good experience. Took a little longer for entrees but not bad. Server was attentive and friendly. Food was very good but maybe slightly over-priced. I would recommend to friends.

                                                        12. PF

                                                          PinkFlamingo

                                                          Des Moines

                                                          1 review

                                                          1.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on March 5, 2022

                                                          overall1food1service1ambience2

                                                          Food tasted like it was right out of the Sysco food truck. Bland and boring. Specialty house drink was just a full glass of bourbon. Waiter carried my drink to our table by holding the rim with his fingers. Will not return.

                                                        13. j

                                                          jurismorte

                                                          Minneapolis

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          8 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          The food was terrific! While they don't offer gluten-free pasta, they accommodated my modifications so that I could still have a very tasty meal. Katie, our server, was wonderful and made it a great experience! We'll definitely be back the next time we're in Cedar Rapids!

                                                        14. WC

                                                          WilliamC

                                                          Des Moines

                                                          15 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          15 reviews

                                                          Dined on March 4, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          We enjoyed Popoli as always. Great food, excellent service. The appetizers were fabulous.

                                                        15. SS

                                                          ScottS

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 26, 2022

                                                          overall3food4service3ambience3

                                                          Great food and nice place for a night out. We call it being adult time. Wait staff and bit slow and not super attentive. Great food and enjoyed the meal. Dinner for 4 took about 90+ mins. We would give it another time.

                                                        16. DB

                                                          DesmaB

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 20, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Our sever Abby is amazing. Personable, explains the menu and specials for the night, and takes her time with customers. The food was amazing and worth more than the price. The owner came to meet us and he was appreciative of the compliment and humble. He gave all credit to employees.

                                                        17. MI

                                                          MIke

                                                          Chicago

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          This wa our first visit and we were very impressed. We had attentive service, the meal was nicely paced, and the food was excellent.

                                                        18. A

                                                          Arianna

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          It was my partner and I first time there. It was perfect!. Our waitress was amazing. We hopefully helped coin, getting beer. In a wine glass!. #TheSnagg. Don't forget the lime!. We will be back for sure. The steak was the best around.

                                                        19. TT

                                                          TandT

                                                          Des Moines

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          3 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                          overall4food5service3ambience4

                                                          Great food! Server was very nice but a bit scattered. Great venue for good drinks & conversation

                                                        20. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 19, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                          Food was good. Service was very pleasant but took awhile and did not see them until we wanted our check. However, they were very nice and I believe there was a show downtown so they had a lot of people rushing.

                                                        21. DF

                                                          DanielF

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 18, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service3ambience4

                                                          Food was ok but nothing outstanding. Steak was tender but next to no seasoning so rather dull compared to the last time we were there. Server was attentive and positive. The only real detractor was that we had a number of people late to meet us and we were interrupted to listen to the house special 3 or 4 times as each person showed up. She did make sure to get us the check before the show started which was appreciated. We will be back.

                                                        22. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 16, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Try the Chicken Cordon Rouge!! Yum!

                                                        23. J

                                                          Just

                                                          1 review

                                                          3.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                          overall3food3service3ambience3

                                                          They didnt advertise a special holiday menu. We got there and found out that everything was priced per person and limited offerings. The main entrée was not prepared as ordered in fact was raw in the middle. for 75 bucks a person we got about $50 worth of food. Service and staff were nice. Disappointed with the food and menu especially since we went to the trouble of booking a reservation.

                                                        24. N

                                                          Nicksmom

                                                          1 review

                                                          4.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 15, 2022

                                                          overall4food5service5ambience4

                                                          It was our first time going here. It was a very nice place, the staff were very friendly and the food was out of this world. The only problem that we had was that they had a nice gentleman playing live music for Valentine's, but he was singing rather loud. Otherwise, it was a perfect night.

                                                        25. e

                                                          etheredge1701

                                                          Des Moines

                                                          19 reviews

                                                          4.0

                                                          19 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                          overall4food4service5ambience3

                                                          I took my wife here for Valentine's Day. They had a special menu for this day, so the entire menu was not available. $75 a person seemed a bit high, especially since the portion sizes were so small, but it is what it is. The appetizer was wanting; very bland. The salads were good (small). My wife got the salmon, and it was good; nothing special. I got the filet, and it was cooked perfectly, but was cold. For dessert, my wife got the cannoli; which she did not really car for, and I got the bread pudding; which was absolutely wonderful! Our server throughout was very attentive and nice, and the owner frequently stopped by, which is nice. The tale next to us, of course, had people that did not seem to have "indoor voices", so were very irritating. All in all, it was a nice time; the owner even came along and filled up champagne glasses for us - no charge; well, for $150 for the 2 of us for a meal worth about half that, maybe the champagne wasn't quite so free. We did give our server a nice tip, though; she was young, pretty, and working on Valentine's Day. It is a nice place, but I do not think it is worth the prices. I do not think their everyday prices are quite so bad, though.

                                                        26. b

                                                          basketball63

                                                          Des Moines

                                                          11 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          11 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 14, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Our Valentine’s Day Dinner was outstanding. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. Beautiful former bank building with close by parking. We ordered the filet and the only complaint is that instead of medium well it was more medium rare. We were greeted with a glass of champagne for everyone in our party. The server was very friendly and accommodating. It was an expensive dinner, but it was a special occasion. We will definitely be back to try their regular menu.

                                                        27. S

                                                          Syndie

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on February 11, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          So glad they have reopened. Will definitely be back.

                                                        28. D

                                                          Dissapointed

                                                          Columbus

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          vip
                                                          1.0

                                                          2 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 5, 2022

                                                          overall1food1service2ambience4

                                                          Not a fan after the reopen. It took over 1 hour to get our main course, and it wasn’t good. Steak delmonico was super greasy and bland.

                                                        29. B

                                                          Bodacious

                                                          Des Moines

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          7 reviews

                                                          Dined on February 4, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service4ambience5

                                                          I haven't been at Popoli's since just before the start of the Pandemic in 2020. On 2/4 my family & I celebrated my son's birthday. Although the prices are high, they are fair and deserving. The food, service, ambiance was top shelf. I had the lamb chops. They were to die for. The pasta, superb. We'll be making it back to Popoli's to see Steve (G.M.) and his staff of stellar employees.

                                                        30. S

                                                          Sadief

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on January 30, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          The food was great! What I liked even more was the great waitress we had. Ever a waiter from another section checked on us as well. Was a great date night. Thank you!

                                                        31. NC

                                                          NiaCW

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on January 12, 2022

                                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                          Very nice, upscale restaurant. Will come again! Was perfect for date night.

                                                        32. BM

                                                          BeverlyM

                                                          San Francisco

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on January 11, 2022

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Food and drinks are excellent, as is the service. Must try, one of the best in restaurants in Cedar Rapids and corridor

                                                        33. J

                                                          Jane

                                                          Milwaukee

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on January 8, 2022

                                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                          Excellent service ambiance and food

                                                        34. CD

                                                          ChrisD

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on December 30, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Great food. Great service. Great atmosphere. Great everything.

                                                        35. WC

                                                          WilliamC

                                                          Des Moines

                                                          15 reviews

                                                          5.0

                                                          15 reviews

                                                          Dined on December 29, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          The menu is impressive. Every appetizer, main, and side looked great. Hard to decide! We loved everything. Service was great, too. So glad to have this fantastic restaurant, in a beautiful and historic setting, back in Cedar Rapids!

                                                        36. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on December 24, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience4

                                                          We had great food and service. We will be back.

                                                        37. KM

                                                          KandiceM

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on December 22, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          We went to Popoli's for my daughters birthday. The food was amazing and the staff were great! I highly recommend the Chicken cordon Rouge - it was wonderful!

                                                        38. ES

                                                          ErinS

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on December 19, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                          Wonderful food and great atmosphere! Our waiter was great and the whole family enjoyed everything.

                                                        39. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on December 4, 2021

                                                          overall5food5service5ambience5

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

                                                        40. OT

                                                          OpenTable Diner

                                                          1 review

                                                          5.0

                                                          1 review

                                                          Dined on December 4, 2021

                                                          overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                          Superior waiter! My guests enjoyed their dinner!

                                                        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 4.3 stars by 393 OpenTable diners.

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

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                                                        Google Map for Popoli Ristorante & Sullivan's Bar

                                                        101 3rd Avenue Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

                                                        Additional information

                                                        • Neighborhood

                                                          Cedar Rapids

                                                        • Hours of operation

                                                          Tue–Thu 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
                                                          Fri, Sat 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                                        • Cuisines

                                                          Steakhouse, American, Italian

                                                        • Dining style

                                                          Casual Elegant

                                                        • Dress code

                                                          Casual Dress

                                                        • Parking details

                                                          Plenty of free parking on street and in our own lot

                                                        • Payment options

                                                          AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

                                                        • Additional

                                                          Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

                                                        • Phone number

                                                          (319) 363-1248

                                                        • Private party facilities

                                                          Please consider Popoli for your next event!

                                                        • Private party contact

                                                          our Private Event Coordinator : (844) 233-4940

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