Restaurants in Iowa

Murder Mystery for Two or Four, or Dinner and Overnight Stay at Murder Mystery Dinners In Iowa (Up to 49% Off)

Murder Mystery Dinners In Iowa

Multiple Locations

Pairs dine on a hearty meal while participating in a twisting tale of mayhem and murder, and enjoy a one-night stay with breakfast

$170 $89

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$15 for $25 Worth of Upscale Food and Drinks at Embers of the Phoenix

Embers of the Phoenix

Downtown Davenport

Pair wine and signature martinis with upscale American fusion cuisine, such as drunken port-wine sirloins, pizzas, and fish tacos.

$25 $15

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$11 for Two Groupons, Each Good for $10 Worth of Menu Items at Butlers Cafe & Coffee ($20 Value)

Butlers Cafe & Coffee

Sioux Center

Cozy cafe serves specialty coffee drinks, sandwiches, and baked goods in a quaint atmosphere highlighted by a fireplace and full bookshelves

$10 $5.50

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$10 for $20 Worth of American Food at Steamboat Garden

Steamboat Garden

Waterloo

Since 1933, Steamboat Garden has been serving affordable, family-friendly food, including burgers, chicken wings, and housemade chili

$20 $10

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$21 for Three Groupons, Each Good for $14 Worth of Mexican Cuisine at Los Portales ($42 Total Value)

Los Portales

Iowa City

Shrimp chimichangas, huevos rancheros, nachos, burritos and hard- and soft-shell tacos

$14 $7

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Burgers, Cheese Curds, and Craft Beer for Two or Four at Victory Grill Sports & Tap (40% Off)

Victory Grill Sports & Tap

Council Bluffs

Chefs whip up pub food such as Bock Beer battered cheese curds and a range of burgers served on brioche buns to pair with 21 draft beers

$20 $12

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$11 for $20 Worth of Specialty Burgers at Oddfellows Burger Kitchen

Oddfellow’s Burger Kitchen

North Ames

Fun and funky eatery serves burgers with creative toppings such as peanut butter and bacon, crab, and beef brisket; buns baked fresh daily

$20 $11

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Cups of Coffee with Half-Pound Bags of Beans at Mean Bean Roasters (50% Off)

Mean Bean Roasters

Galena

The coffee is roasted to impart one of many flavors, including whiskey, marshmallow, pumpkin spice, and bacon

$20 $10

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$12 for $20 Worth of Asian Food and Drinks, Plus BOGO on Drinks at Cafe Su

Cafe Su

West Des Moines

Vegetables in garlic sauce, fortune cookies, and crab rangoons served in a casual eatery decorated with paper lanterns

$20 $12

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$17 for $30 Worth of Chinese Food and Drinks for Two or More at China Moon Restaurant & Lounge

China Moon Restaurant & Lounge

Ankeny

Spicy flavors dominate Szechuan-style chicken, Hunan-style scallops, and other traditional Chinese dishes

$30 $17

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Pizza and Drinks for Dine-In or Carry-Out at Godfather’s Pizza (43% Off)

Godfather's Pizza

Multiple Locations

More than 15 toppings cover variety of crusts, forming Taco, Hawaiian, and Bacon-Cheeseburger pizzas

$30 $17

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Italian and American Cuisine at Riverview Restaurant (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Riverview Restaurant

Forest City

Eatery dishes out Italian and American cuisine such as penne vodka, eggplant and ricotta pizza, philly cheesesteak sandwiches, and salad

$20 $12

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$12 for Six $5 Groupons for Coffee at Shoestring Garden ($30 Total Value)

Shoestring Garden - An All Iowa Creative Boutique & Coffee House

Toledo

Marketplace dedicated to local enterprise sells freshly roasted coffee from Iowa Craft Roasters

$5 $2

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$9.50 for $20 Worth of Mexican Food at El Cactus Authentic Mexican Cuisine

El Cactus Authentic Mexican Cuisine

Coralville

Chicken breasts in chocolate mole sauce, breaded steak milanesa, and enchiladas stuffed with chorizo and potatoes

$20 $9.50

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$35 for $60 worth of Barbecue for Dine-In or Carryout at Claxon's Smokehouse and Grill

Claxon's Smokehouse and Grill

Altoona

Barbecue joint lauded by “Metromix” hand-rubs baby-back ribs and smokes their world-expo-champion pork loin over hickory and oak woods

$60 $35

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Italian Dinner for Two or Four at Dante's Trattoria (Up to 52% Off)

Dante's Trattoria

Mahopac

The restaurant treats diners to Old-World Italian cuisine such as crisp neapolitan-style pizzas and penne pasta

$62.75 $35

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Pub Cuisine at Zimm's Food and Spirits (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Zimm's Food and Spirits

North of Grand

Cuisine includes sandwiches such as the Greek Goddess and French Dip, the Des Moines and the Texan burger with bacon and barbecue sauce

$20 $11

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$20 for $30 Toward Hibachi Dinner for Two or More at Oyama Sushi

Oyama Sushi

Cedar Rapids

Chefs toss and sizzle entrees on a tabletop griddle with a theatrical flair at one of The Culture Trip's top 10 Cedar Rapids restaurants

$30 $20

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Burgers and Steakhouse Cuisine for Dine-In or Take-Out at Nederlander's Grill (Up to 45% Off)

Nederlander's Grill

Orange City

Dutch-American restaurant features burgers and steaks alongside traditional dishes from the Netherlands

$20 $11

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Pizza Package, Pizza and Wings, or $10 for $20 Worth of Pizza, Wings, and Drinks at Gumby's Pizza

Gumby's Pizza

Iowa City

Specialty pizzas made with fresh handmade dough; signature Pokey Stix smothered with cheese and garlic; wings in one of seven tangy sauces

$38.96 $17

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Bar Food and Drinks at Glory Days Sports Bar & Grill (Up to 50% Off). Three Options Available.

Glory Days Sports Bar & Grill

Council Bluffs

Watch sports on five big-screen TVs and munch on creative philly cheesesteaks, burgers and pizzas with myriad toppings, and fried appetizers

$25 $13

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Pub Food at Z's Bar (45% Off). Two Options Available.

Z's Bar

McKinley School - Columbus Park

Diners chow down on homestyle pub eats in a laid-back setting

$20 $11

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American Food for Dine-In or Takeout from Wild Hogs Saloon & Eatery (Up to 40% Off)

Wild Hogs Saloon & Eatery

Walford

Bar fare such as open-faced burgers smothered in chili and the Wild Hog pork loin sandwich with ham and bacon

$20 $12

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Dine-In or Carry-Out Mexican Cuisine at Agave Mexican Restaurant (Up to 45% Off). Three Options Available.

Agave Mexican Restaurant

West Branch

Refreshing margaritas paired with enchiladas, burritos, and other classic Mexican dishes

$20 $11

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$17 for $30 Worth of Asian Food and Cocktails at Red Bistro

Red Bistro

Woodland Heights

Mongolian beef, Chef Zon special, pad thai salad and sushi rolls color the Asian fusion menu

$30 $17

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$11 for a Large Pizza at Sykora Bakery (Up to $20 Value)

Sykora Bakery

Czech Village

Supreme, taco, and veggie combos or build-your-own options at a century-old Czech bake shop

$20 $11

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$30 for $50 Worth of Farm-to-Table Cuisine at HoQ Restaurant. Reservation Through Groupon Required.

HoQ Restaurant

Downtown

Looking within 200 miles whenever possible, chefs support Iowa farmers when sourcing grassfed beef, organic produce, and cage-free chickens

$50 $30

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$13 for $20 Worth of Mexican, Italian, and American Food at Papa Juans

Papa Juans/Stefano's

Cedar Rapids

Diners dig into an eclectic spread of Mexican, Italian, and American dishes, such as tacos, five-layer lasagna, and burgers

$20 $13

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$19 for $30 Worth of Japanese Entrees, Sushi, and Drinks at Hoshi Sushi Lounge

Hoshi Sushi Lounge

Carpenter

Sushi chefs slice and carve seafood and veggies into creative rolls; tempura and stir-fried dishes top tables

$30 $19

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$10 for $20 Worth of American Food at Scott's Family Restaurant

Scott's Family Restaurant

Cedar Rapids

Omelets, seasoned potato skillets, and hot sandwiches covered with housemade meatloaf and gravy

$20 $10

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Large Pizzas and Beers for Two or Four at Mad Meatball (43% Off)

Mad Meatball

East Village

Chefs make gourmet meatballs onsite and can place them atop savory pizzas

$30 $18

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Starters and Sandwich Baskets for Two or Four at Tic Toc Eating Establishment & Drinkery (Up to 42% Off)

Tic Toc Eating Establishment & Drinkery

Mound View

45-year-old eatery creates the atmosphere of a British pub and serves American comfort food such as french dip and rib eye sandwiches

$32.97 $19

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Pub Food for Dine-In or Takeout at 101 Gastropub (Up to 40% Off)

101 Gastropub

Kenwood Park

Gourmet bar food and rare whiskey are a standard pairing at the pub; the drink menu is anchored by nearly 30 kids of scotches and whiskeys

$20 $12

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When George Rivera-Davis first tasted coffee from beans grown on his uncle?s farm in Panama, he was amazed?it tasted nothing like the brown liquid he?d been taught to call coffee in Des Moines. Inspired by the delicious brew, he ventured into the coffee business. Now, George and his wife, Jan?herself a certified tea blender?grow their own coffee in Panama with the aid of their family, bringing gourmet brews to Des Moines through their award-winning coffee shop and caf?, Grounds for Celebration. Grounds for Celebration?s coffee connoisseurs roast beans onsite before brewing fresh cups of java, blending espresso creations, and flavoring lattes with Monin syrup and Ghirardelli chocolate. Thirsty patrons can also opt for yerba mate, chai, and smoothies, or venture into Jan?s area of expertise and gulp tea in varieties that range from gunpowder green to ginger peach.

While sipping from steaming mugs, patrons can also munch croissants and cinnamon rolls baked fresh each day. At midday, they fortify themselves for afternoon paperclip jousts with lunch sandwiches, salads, and wraps. Some take their time to savor natural, from-scratch gelato while sitting amid the caf??s local art and connecting devices to free WiFi.

2709 Beaver Avenue
Des Moines,
IA
US

For 20 years, indoor fun park Planet X has been mesmerizing families with its sheer number of activities. Guests of all ages can zap their least favorite cousins during laser tag, release pent-up road rage in bumper cars, practice their putting on the mini-golf course, challenge themselves to climb a craggy indoor rock wall, and immerse themselves in flashing lights in the expansive arcade room. And those are just a few of the activities at Planet X.

Planet X fuels the merriment with its own Pangea Pizza?made-from-scratch pizzas sprinkled with fresh, hand-sliced toppings?and Full Moon ice cream. This handcrafted, organic-milk ice cream satisfies sweet teeth with more than 24 ultra creamy flavors and nearly 80 toppings.

The fun park hosts sports-team celebrations and church gatherings, holiday and birthday parties, and even corporate team-building activities. Its party space gives patrons a bird?s-eye view of the action.

4444 1st Ave
Cedar Rapids,
IA
US

There's 12th-century German stencil work above the bar at Embers of the Phoenix, and the old-fashioned elegance doesn't stop there. It extends to the eatery's building itself, dubbed the Bix Biederbecke building, which was built in 1912. The chefs aren't quite as old school as their environs, though. They whip up classic dishes, such as filet mignon topped with blue-cheese crumbles and the house specialty, made-from-scratch cheesecake, along with more modern ones, such as baked fish tacos. The bartenders' pours cover a similar range, from classic red wine to Carrot Cake and Monster Cookie martinis, the 2013 and 2014 winners of HAV Life Foundation's Martini Shake Off! dessert category.

111 W 2nd St
Davenport,
IA
US

An unwavering devotion to freshness permeates Tomacelli's kitchen, where pizza chefs adorn their daily made dough with house-made sauce, all-natural cheese, and more than 50 market-fresh toppings. Millions of possible build-your-own combinations complement 23 creations brainstormed by a husband-and-wife team, from a ham-and-pineapple-studded hawaiian pie to the seafood supreme's maritime medley of fresh ingredients. Not content to recline on the edible laurels of their circular masterworks, the Tomacelli's kitchen team rounds out the menu with piping-hot pasta dishes and fresh salads.

100 River Drive
North Sioux City,
SD
US

Nominated for Best Family Restaurant on CityVoter's 2011 A-List, Steamboat Garden has been serving up affordable family food since 1933. Today, guests at the boat-shaped restaurant can peer through its bright red portholes to watch as the friendly staff fills tables with steaks and seafood, breaded pork loin sandwiches known as Tug Boats, and seven incarnations of a signature hamburger that has been a Falls Avenue favorite since the 1940s. Between bites, diners sip old-fashioned floats made with 1919 draft root beer and then send instant photos of their empty plates to mom by accessing the restaurant's WiFi with a laptop or aluminum foil helmet.

1740 Falls Ave
Waterloo,
IA
US

Sometimes the most satisfying meals are the simplest. Leaf Kitchen's cubano sandwich, for example, a semi-regular special with braised pork and melted swiss, was so good that it inspired Little Village's Scott Samuelson to declare, "a part of me [wanted] to check into some private room to be alone with my sandwich and its sauces." And this isn't the only dish that the restaurant's chefs effortlessly elevate. Their rustic cooking spans breakfast and lunch, ranging from sweet and savory crepes to grilled chicken-club sandwiches, focusing on sustainability as well as simplicity. Meals make use of locally sourced produce and meats, and even the coffee is an exclusive blend crafted by a certified organic, fair-trade roaster.

While the cuisine at Leaf Kitchen is minimalistic in design, the dining space is anything but. Midwest Living praised it by remarking that the "eclectic more-is-more interior offers so much to take in that you may not know where to look first." Servers flit among wood and formica tables set with mismatched dinnerware and clustered with turquoise stools and canary-yellow chairs. These vibrant touches find their complement in a retro-inspired soundtrack of jazz, soul, and world music, which gets knees bouncing without the spring-loaded floorboards used by other restaurants.

301 Kirkwood Avenue
Iowa City,
IA
US