If you and your significant other are like most couples, there’s a good chance the beginning of your date night starts off like this: Person A: “Where do you want to go eat?” Person B: “I don’t know, where do you want to eat?” Person A: “I don’t know, that’s why I asked you.” Person B: “Well I don’t know, you pick.”
Life is full of decisions, and sometimes, it’s easier to let someone else choose. That’s why we went to Trip Advisor and found the highest rated restaurants visited by thousands of Iowans. No more fighting about who has to pick – let the internet pick for you while you sit back and enjoy!
(Note: the restaurants are the highest rated in Iowa, but are in no particular order on this list.)
1. Centro, Des Moines
Centro is an ex-Masonic Temple turned upscale yet casual eatery in downtown Des Moines. Centro serves all of your favorite Italian-inspired foods like pasta and pizza, but with a few surprising menu items such as fried brussels sprouts and portabello fries.
2. Cafe d'Marie, Davenport
Cafe d'Marie is a quaint little cafe in Davenport that is housed in a beautiful, 1860s brick home. The cafe serves breakfast and lunch Monday through Saturday, and they specialize in quiche, panini-style sandwiches, sweets and various coffees, teas, smoothies and more. At Cafe d'Marie, everything is fresh, homemade, and absolutely delicious.
3. 1910 Grille, Mason City
Located in the Historic Park Inn Hotel in downtown Mason City, this fine dining restaurant delicious dishes from around the world with a taste that's completely unique. This upscale spot is a perfect place to take that special someone for a date night to remember.
4. Candlelight Inn, Clinton
The Candlelight Inn offers diners a nice view of the water as they choose from a menu loaded with favorites, from steaks to seafood to sandwiches and more.
5. Dixie Quicks, Council Bluffs
Dixie Quicks is the place to go for breakfast in the Council Bluffs area. The restaurant offers a unique blend of Southern cooking with Cajun, Tex-Mex and Southwest elements. They serve a mean guacamole omelet or cactus scramble. If French toast is your thing, there's no place better than Dixie Quicks.
6. Her Soup Kitchen, Iowa City
Her Soup is a low-key, yet incredibly cool spot to grab a soup and sandwich for lunch. Her Soup offers a wide selection of seasonal menu options from local sources at a price that's as close to a soup kitchen as you'll get.
7. Hickory Park, Ames
For the people of Ames, Hickory Park is a tradition just as much as VEISHEA was a tradition, or as campaniling is a tradition. Hickory Park was established over 45 years ago, and they've grown into a huge part of the local history. When it's time to celebrate, it's Hickory Park. They have unbeatable homestyle food, delicious ice cream and a candy shop up front.
8. L May Eatery, Dubuque
L.May Eatery, located on Dubuque's historic Main Street, is a restaurant that uses fresh, seasonal ingredients to make delicious, gourmet comfort food. Their menu features delectable dishes like: ginger berry salmon, stuffed poblano pepper, filet mignon, or their "You're in Dubuque" pizza.
9. Montage, Cedar Falls
Montage is an upscale bar and restaurant that offers diners a sleek, modern and fun environment, as well as a menu full of globally inspired dishes for some of the best eating in the state. After you've eaten, head up to the rooftop and enjoy your drinks under the night sky.
10. Bev's on the River, Sioux City
Bev's On The River, located in Sioux City, offers a unique riverside dining experience, or a great venue for events. Bev's is really popular for their Sunday Brunch, which goes on every Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The brunch offers pretty much everything under the sun, and each week their award-winning chef prepares four new mouth watering entrees.