Linn Street Café Has Closed


For 25 years the Linn Street Café was Iowa City's premier fine dining restaurant. The delightful restaurant was the perfect place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and that Special night out. This was their website which saw several iterations over the years.
Content is from the site's 2004 -2015 archived pages as well as from other sources.

Last Yelp reviews were from 2015.
Yelpers report this location has closed. 

Linn Street Cafe
November 18, 2015 ·
To all guests of the Linn Street Café,
Like everything in this world, all good things must come to an end. With a heavy heart we need to announce that the Linn Street Cafe has been sold and will be closing its doors after 26 years. We have had a great experience and would like to sincerely thank every one of our guests. We have shared many special occasions and wonderful memories. New owners intend to continue Linn Street Café’s tradition of fine dining with an upscale Chinese restaurant that is expected to open early next spring.
Our last day of service will be Saturday, November 28,, 2015. Until that time we would like to invite you to join us, in the next few days, and share a few more memories.
Kind regards,
Frank and Abby Bowman and the entire staff at the Linn Street Café

Frank and Abby Bowman

Linn Street Cafe
121 North Linn Street
Iowa City, IA 52245


Fine Dining in Iowa City

Linn Street Cafe is the perfect place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries, and that Special night out. We have the perfect place for private parties for 10 to 100 guests. Wedding Rehearsal & Reception Dinners, Business Venues, or any special occasion.

Monday - Saturday
11am - 2pm

Monday - Thursday
5pm - 9pm
Friday - Saturday
5pm - 10pm

Welcome to the Linn Street Café!

Since opening its doors in 1989, the Linn Street Café has set the fine-dining standard in Iowa City. 

When we became owners in 1996, we set out to enhance that tradition. And we believe we have succeeded in creating an eclectic culinary experience that brings flavors from around the world together with the best that the Midwest has to offer.

We serve the finest cuts of choice Iowa meats. The freshest seafood, flown in daily from the coasts. Seasonal produce, hand-picked when possible from local farmers’ markets. 

We put in hours of preparation each day in anticipation of the evening’s guests. Our servers are friendly and knowledgeable. And Wine Spectator magazine recognized our extensive wine list as one of the best in the world. 

We are proud that our commitment to the art of fine cuisine comes through in every appetizer, entrée, and dessert we serve. We invite you to join with us in savoring the Linn Street Café experience!

Frank and Abby Bowman

Why Local Foods
We make every effort to work with local food providers to ensure our ingredients are as flavorful and nutritious as possible, as well as free of unnecessary preservatives. It's well known that nationally franchised restaurants typically get their foods shipped in from out of state from a corporate warehouse. This doesn't benefit the local economy, nor does it produce the best quality culinary experience.

Private Parties

We have the perfect space available for lunch or dinner for 4-80 guests. We will plan events for any day of the week, including Sundays. Need a quiet business meeting, wedding rehearsal dinner, birthday or a small wedding reception we are the restaurant for you. Any budget or any size, we pride ourselves on making the planning of your event very easy. Please call Frank at 319-337-7370 for more information.

If you would like a to order a  cake for special event please call at least 3 days in advance and ask to speak with Frank Bowman, 319-337-7370.  Any dessert brought into the restaurant to be served will be charged a $4 per person plating fee.



The Linn Street Cafe has been the subject of many newspaper and magazine articles.  These are a few of the awards and accolades that we have received.

"Voted Iowa City's Best Place For A Romantic Dinner"  Iowa City Press Citizen 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

 "Try the Linn Street Cafe for new American Cuisine.  A feast for the senses greet you the moment you walk in the door."  Cedar Rapids Gazette

"Award of Excellence"  Wine Spectator Magazine 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003

 "Linn Street Cafe provides diners with sophistication.   The Linn Street Cafe simply blew me away."  The Dispatch and the Rock Island Argus, November 26, 1999

 "The calm setting of the elegant, yet simple Linn Street Cafe helps diners relax."  Midwest Living Magazine, August 2003

"Where you often find Iowa City's literary set."  New York Times, July 2, 2000

 "High standards and sophistication can be found at the Linn Street Cafe, which specializes in bistro-style new American Cuisine."  Des Moines Register

"Voted Iowa City's Best Restaurant" Iowa City Press Citizen



For Special Events menus like Wine Dinners or other events click on the “Special Events” Tab at the top of the page.
Please let your server know of any food allergies or dietary restrictions that you may have so that we may customize your dining experience.
While most of our menu items are already prepared free of gluten, we can usually make substitutions on the few that are not.
GF = Gluten free
GFM = Gluten free with some modifications


In addition to ordering off our menu we have a few prix fixe menu combinations. Please let your server know that you would like to take advantage of these offers when you order.

$25 4-course option choose any salad, soup, appetizer (excluding the Taste of Linn Street) and dessert for only $25

$25 3-course option choose an entree from a selected list, start with any soup or salad, and finish with dessert.


Starters/Small Plates

Taste of Linn Street   25
Smoked Trout Pâté, Crab Cakes and Baked Brie

Smoked Trout Pâté     12   GFM
A Linn Street Original Menu Item served with Stone Ground Wheat Crackers

Crab Cakes     12
Panko Crusted with Tomato-Avocado Salad and Mango Coulis

Herb Crusted Baked Brie     9  GF
Served with Roasted Garlic, Reduced Balsamic, and Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Shrimp and Polenta      12   GF
Sauteed shrimp with butter, garlic, sweet corn, guajillo chili and served with crispy polenta

Crispy Calamari   9
with orange chili glaze and waasabi aioli

Fish Tacos   10    GF
ask your server about today’s preparation

Mediterranean Trio    10     GFM
hummus, olive-artichoke heart tapenade and roasted red pepper-sundried tomato cheese


Soups & Salads 

Soup of the Day     4/8
Selection of Hot or Chilled Soup

Lobster Bisque     5/9
Langoustine, Chives

House Salad    3   GF
Organic Field Greens with choice of Balsamic Vinaigrette or Maytag Blue Cheese Dressing

Cucumber Salad    3  GF
Local cucumbers and onions with a Greek yogurt dressing

Roasted Beet Salad       6/9   GF
Organic Greens, Roasted Beets, Maytag Blue Cheese, Balsamic Vinaigrette

Panzanella Salad    6/9   
Organic Greens, with focaccia, red onions, local tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and basil pesto vinaigrette 

All entrées served with house salad or cucumber salad.
You may substitute Soup of the Day, Lobster Bisque, Panzanella Salad, or Beet Salad for $3

Iowa Beef Tenderloin  29   GFM
Served with Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Herbed Feta, and a Cabernet Demi Glace

Seared Iowa Pork Loin  23   GFM
With Bacon Sautéed Spaetzle, Cabbage-Apple-Poppy Seed Salad and a Porter-Stone Ground Mustard Glaze

Grilled Vegetable Thai Curry   19   GF
Grilled Seasonal Vegetables, with Garbanzo Beans, Cashews,
and Coconut-Green Curry
Add Shrimp  $6

Orange glazed Duck Breast 25  GF
Seared with local sweetcorn succotash, ( a medley of sauteed sweetcorn, green beans, bacon and seasonal vegetables) topped with sweet potato hay

Peloponnese Pasta    19
Linguini tossed with tomatoes, kalamata olives, onions, peas, and basil pesto topped with feta.

Pecan Crusted Chicken  21
Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and a Dijon Cream Reduction

Seafood Feature
Ask your server about today’s feature

Pan Seared Delmonico Steak   28  GF
Seared in Duck Fat with Potato Gratin Dauphinois, Sautéed Asparagus, and a Port-Maytag Blue Sauce

Seared Diver Scallops   27GF
Served with Vegetable Stir Fried Coconut Rice and a Grilled Pineapple Pico de Gallo


Like all of our menu offerings, all of our desserts are made in house completely from scratch.
Crème Brûlée    6   GF
Traditional Vanilla Bean Custard, Caramelized Turbinado sugar
Chocolate-Kahlua Torte   6   GF
Flourless Chocolate Mousse Cake
Cheesecake    6
Changes Weekly
Ice Cream    5   GF
Changes Weekly
Chef’s Features
Changes Frequently

If you would like a to order a  cake for special event please call at least 3 days in advance and ask to speak with Frank, please call 319-337-7370.  Any dessert brought into the restaurant will be charged a $4 per person plating fee.


We are no longer open for lunch.  If you would like a private party for lunch please call, 319-337-7370



  • Voted Iowa City Top Chef People Choice winner 2013 & 2014
  • A review from Benjamin Verhille from The Daily Iowan
  • Mini review from Dick Hakes
  • “White Tablecloths, candles and orchids make this spot a no-brainer for a romantic dinner. Many of the cafe’s refined entrees star Iowa-raised pork and beef” Everyday with Rachael Ray Magazine
  • “Voted Iowa City’s Best Place For A Romantic Dinner” Iowa City Press Citizen 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • “Try the Linn Street Cafe for new American Cuisine. A feast for the senses greet you the moment you walk in the door.” Cedar Rapids Gazette
  • “Award of Excellence” Wine Spectator Magazine 1998,1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • “Linn Street Cafe provides diners with sophistication. The Linn Street Cafe simply blew me away.” The Dispatch and the Rock Island Argus
  • “The calm setting of the elegant, yet simple LinnStreet Cafe helps diners relax.” Midwest LivingMagazine
  • “Where you often find Iowa City’s literary set.” NewYork Times
  • “High standards and sophistication can be found atthe Linn Street Cafe, which specializes in bistro-style new American Cuisine.” Des Moines Register
  • “Voted Iowa City’s Best Restaurant” Iowa City Press Citizen
  • Featured in City Revealed Magazine – 



North Side Cuisine

There’s a small segment of Linn Street that is so perfectly inside its own world, those unaware could graduate from the University of Iowa ever knowing the heart and brains behind some of the finest dining available.

Probably because undergraduates have wallet-induced ignorance.
But after I happily shared a sample of the Linn Street Lemonade at the Taste of Iowa City, I’ve had my eyes on Linn Street Cafe and have since wanted to try all the wonders of the quaint venue in the North Side Marketplace.
Like most of the restaurants ran by accomplished chefs, the focus is on fresh Midwest ingredients.

With the university separating the lively downtown from fine dining, you can almost forget you are still in a college town.

A lovely atmosphere inside, the narrow structure of Linn Street Cafe creates an intimate environment to share with your dinner partner. The dark lighting only amplifies this, making a sneak phone check obvious to all around. If you’re not prepared for a dinner full of conversation, this probably isn’t your venue. The food is the specialty, not the ability to force of awkward conversation.

Starting with drinks, when I first had the establishment’s namesake lemonade as a 20-year-old, it was just a delicious and refreshing summer spritzer. Now, it has a delightful hint of Clearheart vodka. Oh, the joys of legality.

Iowa is usually associated with fresh seafood, so I was baffled at the execution of the crab cakes. I could’ve licked the lemon-caper aioli sauce off the plate. I didn’t, but if I was in a private space, that’s not all I would’ve done with it.

But nothing compares with the entrée. Seared striped bass over Israeli couscous with grape tomatoes, green beans, and lime garlic butter.
Is your mouth watering yet?

The striped bass sat triumphantly atop the couscous, strutting its glory. The lime and garlic guiding the bass to a melt-in-your-mouth delta, tender and succulent. Each green bean and tomato absorbs the extra butter, almost as delicious as the bass. Almost.
The lack of undergraduate attendance at Linn Street Cafe is not due to the offerings but the price. So save it for when parents come to town, for a birthday dinner, or if you’re taking a really special someone to dinner.

YELP REVIEWS over the Years

John S. Iowa City, IA
5.0 star rating 10/29/2015
Linn Street Cafe is awesome.  I've eaten there probably 10 times with my wife.  The specials are always good, and the menu is updated several times a year, so there's some variety.  The waitstaff are friendly, and they make good recommendations.

The lobster bisque is good, according to my wife who is very picky about lobster bisque.  The beet salad is incredible, and the heirloom tomato salad is unbelievable.  I've had a couple different styles of beef filet, and they've always been great.

It is one of Iowa City's expensive restaurants, but reasonable compared to a bigger city.  Expect to spend about $100 for two (entrees, drinks, and desert).


Matt U. Yakima, WA
5.0 star rating 12/30/2010
In a word - Superb.  My wife and I went here for our anniversary and they did not disappoint.  Each course did a great job in selection, portion, presentation and taste. The poached egg napolean was delightful and just perfect for splitting. Great taste that was good enough that I chewed it for longer than necessary!  The lobster bisque was spectacular and the only thing lacking from the entire experience was the otherwise bland dinner salad that was just greens. The truffle mac-n-cheese was exquisite and the rack of lamb was done just right with a couscous that went really well with the dish!  Wine selection was very nice and the chocolate ice cream for desert was some of the best we've ever had.

The ambiance of the place was very nice, with a very nice quiet back room as well as a nice main dining room where you have plenty of space. Service was great, with the waiters coming around just enough and being just the right amount of interactive.

Linn Street Cafe is a spot I'll be taking my parents when they come into town Everywhere we've lived, we've found a place where we go for special occasions or when we want to have some really good, thoughtfully prepared food and we finally found it!



Nick B.  Iowa City, IA
5.0 star rating 6/25/2014
I'm not really sure why so many of my friends warned me that the Linn Street Cafe was so expensive.  Perhaps it's because Iowa City is a college town, and it doesn't seem like there are many restaurants that try to cater to those of us old enough to not be super excited about a beer and wings deal (full disclosure, I do get a bit excited about a good beer and wings deal, just not super excited). 

The biggest thing that impressed me about this place, outside of having one of the only wine lists worth a damn in Iowa, was the food menu.  I'll admit, it's safe.  But this is Eastern Iowa.  The few places that I've seen try to get too big city with their menus around here haven't lasted very long, and I've only lived here for 3 years.

While the food offered is fairly safe, it still seemed very creative for what they were offering.  I saw inspirations from around the world reflected in different dishes, and I'm happy to say that the ones that I have tried delivered.  While it can be frustrating that the menu seems to change throughout the year, reflecting locally sourced ingredients as a server their once told me, they've never had something that I wasn't pleased with.  Some standouts have been a New York strip steak prepared in the style of a bloody mary (you'd have to try it.  It was awesome), stuffed fried quail, and a green curry veggie dish.  I'm not one to often eat vegetarian, but man, that is one good veggie dish.  It's also nice to have dinner at a place here in town where the server doesn't seem like they just got out of class and are preoccupied thinking about school.

If you're a fan of wine, or of fine dining, then this is basically your only oasis between Des Moines and Chicago.  Do yourself a favor and enjoy a nice dinner here.  When it comes to quality and consistency, I haven't found a shop in town that comes close to the Linn Street Cafe.’



Daryl C. State College, PA
4.0 star rating 8/17/2014
We'd been waiting a while to try this restaurant, in part because of the mixed reviews and hearing that it was fairly expensive. We recently tried Linn St. for an early dinner on the front patio, and were generally pleased with the quality of the meal.

Two things immediately increased meal quality. First, the outdoor space is fantastic, situated right in the Northside Marketplace--i.e., it affords good people-watching but it's not as bustling as the Ped Mall, where outdoor dining can be interrupted by the grunts of wandering bros. Generally, the Northside Marketplace area is quieter and more refined, which suits this restaurant well. Second, customer service was top notch. Our waiter maintained the appropriate balance of attentiveness and distance, and was very helpful in advising wine and cocktail pairings for our food choices. The cocktails were good, particularly the Monte Carlo. Not above Devotay or Clinton St., but well made. Also, he was very tolerant of the fact that we had a toddler with us, even joking around with him, which as parents we greatly appreciated.

Inspired by the tapas dining of Devotay next door, we decided to split four small plates: a lobster bisque, fish tacos, calamari, and crab cakes. The bisque had nice flavor with large chunks of lobster. The fish tacos were the most bland of the four dishes; not actively bad, just in need of more flavor and seasoning. The calamari dish was the best, with a light fry that had an addictive spice flavor. And the crab cakes were, importantly, more crab than cake.

In sum, we will come back. The quality-for-price ratio could be better (even with the tapas approach we took, it was still expensive and had room for improvement), but the outdoor environment and quality of service adds considerable value to the experience.



Emily M.  Cedar Rapids, IA
5.0 star rating 6/25/2013
Such a good choice for a date night! My boyfriend and I ate here last night for the first time; my dad has eaten here quite a few times and recommended it to us. My bf had the Iowa beef tenderloin with mashed potatoes and asparagus; I had the herb seared diver scallops with potatoes, artichoke hearts, and wild mushrooms. We started with the crab cakes as an appetizer. We could not have been happier with our meals! Intimate, professional, and our meals were cooked to perfection. Our server was very knowledgeable of the seafood and specials of the day, even recommended dishes and side substitutes. The portion sizes were perfect; we were planning on stopping for frozen yogurt and walking around town, but it was a bit chilly.

The restaurant is easy to locate. We stayed at Hotel Vetro that night and made the short walk to and from the restaurant in just a few minutes.


Doug W.   New York, NY
3.0 star rating 11/7/2009
I had pretty high hopes for a birthday dinner for my girlfriend here, and it almost delivered.

We went on a Thursday, and it was pretty dead.  Not a problem, in my book, though.  We split an appetizer, had entrees and desserts.  The pork rillettes appetizer was delicious and rich but a little under seasoned.  I had the blackened tuna special that was cooked nicely rare and was genuinely spicy (not "midwest" spicy), with some tasty vegetable garnishes and a bell pepper coulis (I think?) that was all cooked perfectly.  The tuna was sliced a bit thin, but thats a little nit-picking.

GF had the duck, with was with a barley-mushroom garnish (sorry, it was a little while ago, maybe not exactly what it was called).  The duck breast was cooked nicely, and it was all very rich and earthy.  The portion was a bit more generous than my tuna, which was OK because she couldn't finish it anyway.

Desserts were a little disappointing.  $7 each for a very small slice of flourless chocolate cake and a squiggle of chocolate ganache-like sauce on the plate that didn't taste particularly special.
Wine was reasonably priced by the glass.
The room looked a little dated to us, but the large front window on a crispy cool night was certainly a plus.  The shared bathroom with Devotay was a little nasty, though.
So, pretty pleasant experience, but we felt it was a little overpriced


Charles S.   Iowa City, IA
4.0 star rating 5/15/2008
I've had the pleasure of dinning at Linn Street Cafe a few times over the past couple of months.  The environment is warm and inviting reminding me of the small dinners that I used to frequent back in small town Monroeville, Alabama (but with nicer table and food apparel). 
The service has always been excellent and engaging.  This is a place where you can feel comfortable being inquisitive about the food and getting a knowledgeable response in return.

Find a generous friend with deep pockets if you plan on having three or more courses with drinks.  Dinner for two with drinks averages around $90 - $110. 

While I've not yet had the pleasure of trying everything at Linn Street (lack of enough generous, deep pocketed friends), I'd say that the dungeness crab cakes are an excellent start.  The crab cakes themselves are not groundbreaking, but with the mini jalapeno corn bread, caramelized onions and bacon (yes, I said bacon!) paired with the best mojito in town (as indicated on the menu as such, and thus far true) you can't go wrong with this selection for beginning your Linn Street culinary adventure.
The grilled Iowa beef tenderloin stands out as my favorite entree at the cafe.  The tenderloin itself is an excellent cut of tender local beef paired with an inspirational caramelized shallot-pomegranate demi glace that may have you thanking the almighty for your excellent dinning selection (the mashed potatoes aren't so bad either, if that's your type of bag).

Their large selection of desserts seem to change often.  I've always had excellent experiences with the cheesecake (you can't go wrong with cheesecake).

Give them a try.  Reservations are recommended, but if you get there before 7 PM, I'm sure that they will be able to squeeze you in.


Andrew S.  Iowa City, IA
5.0 star rating 1/16/2011
Went here recently with my girlfriend. Very good experience. We started with the duck ravioli. Not what I was expecting, but delicious. She had the scallops(she loves scallops and rarely gets to have them) and I had the duck with sweet potato hash. Duck was cooked perfectly and the sweet potato hash with bacon was heavenly. The flavors mingled perfectly. Great place for a romantic evening out.

Amy M.   Los Angeles, CA
5.0 star rating 6/23/2010
Inventive yet classic dishes, well-prepared and presented, unique upmarket casual atmosphere, great service, great beverage selection.

We found this place in the AAA guidebook while driving across Iowa and pulled in for dinner.  They accomodated a group of seven at the last minute on a weeknight graciously.  We were attentively served and pleased with the service.  Food didn't come out very fast but it was worth the wait.
Our table sampled several appetizers: french onion soup (delicious), a special cold cucumber-strawberry-rosemary-mint soup (interesting), grilled shrimp over polenta and a beet salad that was simple but perfectly for a beet-lover like myself.
For dinner we had grilled tenderloin of beef and pork - the beef was really the winner so tender and the sauce was delicious and not quite like anything I've tasted before.  Seared ahi tuna special was amazing.  We also had a shrimp pasta, and a duck the presentation of which stole the show (cupped in a whole leaf of red cabbage - stunning).  Everyone left full and happy.  The special side of sweet corn was my personal favorite item.
While we were eating I couldn't stop looking at the artwork - all looks original and very interesting - the best art choice for a restaurant if you ask me.  There was variety, too.  Each piece was a stand-alone.
I also enjoyed the fact that the white tablecloths and cloth napkins were offset by the 50s-style vinyl-covered kitchen-set chairs - albeit covered in a fancy-looking vinyl.
I'm only sorry I won't be back in Iowa City again soon to visit Linn Street Cafe again!


Timo W. Chicago, IL
4.0 star rating 8/20/2007
I've dined here on three separate visits to Iowa City over the years and have enjoyed myself each time. You'll be hard-pressed to find another place in the area with such an eclectic menu or wine list.
The quality of the menu offerings I've tried has been excellent, with a surprising range and combination of flavors.
Service has always been warm and friendly and the place has a simple elegance that creates a comfortable and satisfying dining experience.
A must-try place for the Iowa City traveler.

Special Events

Northside Marketplace Blocktoberfest
Deschutes Beer Tasting Dinner,
Friday, September 26,2014 6:30pm

First course
German charcuterie and cheese plate,
served with Deschutes River Ale
Second course
Mustard glazed pork tenderloin with bacon and onion spatzle,
served with Deschutes Chainbreaker White IPA
Third course
fried perch with orange marmalade and sauerkraut salad
served with Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA
Fourth Course
Elk meatloaf with pomegranate-balsamic glaze and maple bacon potato salad
served with Deschutes Not The Stoic
Fifth course
German chocolate cake
served with Deschutes Black Butte Porter
Price is $50 per person, please call 319-337-7370 for reservations

Past events


“Frank’s Favorites” Wine Tasting Dinner
Please join us Wednesday, September 10th at 6:30pm, for a wine tasting dinner, featuring a few of chef/owner Frank Bowman’s, favorite wines. Dinner will include 5 courses with 4 wines.
First course
Seared sea scallops with crispy pancetta, tomato and a lemongrass hollandaise
served with Greywacke, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand, 2011
Second course
Stuffed quail with wild rice and butternut squash with dried cherry-black pepper demi glace. Served with Steele, Zinfandel, Pacini Vineyard, Mendocino Co., 2010
Third course
Braised Berkshire pork belly with sautéed Brussels sprouts, bacon and a balsamic glaze. Served with IL Gorduccio, Petite Verdot, Alexander Valley, 2009
Fourth course
Slow roasted beef tenderloin with roasted beets, sautéed wild mushrooms and garlic chive compound butter
served with Elderton, Ashmead Cabernet Sauvignon, Barossa, Austrailia, 2007
Fifth course
Espresso crème brûlée with Kahlúa whipped cream
Price is $68 per person.
For reservations please call 319-337-7370



Pacific Northwest Wine Tasting Dinner  SOLD OUT
Wednesday, August 20, 6:30 PM

First course
Shrimp tacos with pickled red onions, citrus salad and avocado.
Served with Pacific Rim, Dry Riesling, Yakima Valley, WA., 2013
Second course
Arugula pesto crusted cedar planked salmon with couscous salad.
served with Acrobat, Pinot Noir, Oregon, 2011
Third course
Mushroom ravioli with sweetcorn succotash rosemary skewered crimini.
served with Canoe Ridge Vineyard, The Expedition Merlot, Horse Heaven Hills, WA., 2011
Fourth course
Duck three ways, seared duck breast, duck sausage cassoulet, and duck confit rillette. Served with Corvidae, Lenore Syrah, Columbia Valley, 2012
Fifth course
Brie stuffed poached pear.
served with Pacific Rim Gewürztraminer
Price of the dinner is $55 per person
Please call for reservations at 319-337-7370
Taste of Summer Wine Dinner SOLD OUT
Wednesday July 30th starting at 6:30 pm we will be having a summer flavors wine tasting dinner. The wine dinner will consist of 5 courses and 4 wines; price will be $55 per person. For reservations please call 319-337-73780
Summer squash soup with basil quark cheese quenelle.
Served with Las Lilas, Vinho Verde, Portugal, 2012
Albacore tuna, crab and avocado parfait with tomato jam and potato gaufrette.
Served with Nardello, Soave, Italy, 2012
Smoked bone-in Pork loin with sweet corn polenta and blackberry gastric.
Served with Semaphore 7, Red Blend, Portugal, 2011
Grilled Rack of lamb with chimichurri, roasted fingerling potatoes,
and creamy sautéed green beans and mushrooms.
Served with Carrick, Pinot Noir, Central Otago, New Zealand, 2012
Peach Crisp with house made vanilla bean ice cream
Morels and Wine Dinner Wednesday May 28, 6:30 pm
Finally the weather is cooperating and is providing great growing conditions for that annual delicacy, the morel mushroom.  We have put together a four course dinner with morels as a main focus and three
wines to accompany the first three courses.  For reservations please call 319-337-7370.


Panko and chive crusted fried morels with aioli served with Alta Vista, Torrontes, Argentina, 2013. 
Morel ravioli with sage, brown butter and toasted pecans served with Chateau Saint Baulery, Saint-Chinian, France, 2010
Local Elk Ribeye with sauteed morels served with Migration, Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, 2012
Coconut crusted morel with coconut sorbetPrice $55 per person, tax and gratuity are not included in price. For reservations please call 319-337-7370
Mother‘s Day Weekend

After all that your mother has done for you, doesn’t she deserve more than just one day?  Why not celebrate
with dinner at the Linn Street Cafe.  In addition to our normal dinner hours on Friday and Saturday, we will be open for dinner on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11th, taking reservations from 5-8 pm.  We will be offering our new Spring Menu as well as a few specials that we’ve come up with mom in mind. For reservations please call 319-337-7370.
University of Iowa Graduation Weekend
Friday, May 16th and Saturday, May 17th

You’ve worked hard these past 4 or so years, and you deserve a great dinner to celebrate your achievements.    We start serving at 4pm on Friday, May 16 and at Noon on Saturday, May 17, and are serving our dinner menu both days.  Linn Street Cafe has been one of Iowa City’s premiere fine dining establishments since 1989 and we look forward to helping you and your family have a memorable meal.  Congratulations on your accomplishment and we hope to hear from you to make a reservation for graduation weekend.



Decoy Wine Tasting and Duckhorn Wine Dinner

Wednesday, April 30 we will be having two events at the Linn Street Cafe. Paula Widmaier, regional sales manager for Duckhorn Wine Company will be hosting both events. First, from 6:00-7:00pm we will be having a wine tasting featuring the wine of Decoy by Duckhorn . We will be sampling 5 wines and serve assorted hors d’oeuvres, price for this event is $20 per person.  Following the Decoy tasting we will have a Duckhorn Wine tasting dinner.  Dinner will consist of 4 courses and 4 wines by Duckhorn.  Price for the wine dinner will be $65 per person.  If you attend both events the price is $75 per person.  This will be a limited event so please make your reservation early. Below is a brief description of the menu, additional details will be available early next week.
To Make Reservations for both events please call 319-337-7370.
Seared Sea Scallops
with shaved fennel-jicama salad and a lemongrass beurre blanc
served with Duckhorn, Sauvignon Blanc, Napa, 2011
Duck two ways
Cinnamon-star anise smoked seared duck breast and house cured duck pastrami with wild rice-local mushroom risotto
served with Goldeneye Pinot Noir, Anderson Valley, 2010
Sous Vide New York Strip
with walnut-arugula pesto gnocchi
served with Duckhorn, Merlot, Napa, 2011
Chocolate and dried cherry tart
served with Paraduxx, Z Red Blend, Napa, 2011


New Special Event Reservation Policy
We regret to inform all of our guests that we must enact a new reservation policy for special events. We view these as highly discounted events, and pricing is kept as low as possible by planning according to the exact number of reservations. We will now be holding all reservations for special events with a credit card.   Any change or cancellation must be made a minimum of 48 hours in advance. Any change or cancellation made after the deadline will be charged the full price of the dinner.  This also includes arriving with less guests then the reservation was confirmed for.


St. Patrick’s Day Guinness Dinner Monday, March 17
To anyone who would like to celebrate St Patrick’s Day without having to go to a crowded bar, the Linn Street Cafe is having a Guinness Dinner on Monday, March 17th.  The dinner will be four courses of Irish-inspired cuisine with Guinness Stout being an ingredient in each course.  A  bottomless pint of Guinness will accompany the dinner.  You don’t have to be Irish, you don’t even have to like Guinness to enjoy this dinner.  At $40 per person you are going to have four great courses at a great price; it’s like you’re getting the beer for free!   We hope you can join us, for reservations call 319-337-7370
First Course
Guinness Beer Battered Fish and Chips
Second Course
Lamb Irish Stew, Traditional Irish Stew made with Guinness and served with Guinness Soda Bread
Third Course
Guinness Glazed Corned Beef with Braised Cabbage and Smashed Irish Red Potatoes
Fourth Course
Guinness-Chocolate Mousse Beringer Wine Dinner
Wednesday February 26, 2014

Crab Spring RollServed with Beringer Knights Valley Blanc, 2012 Second
Macadamia Crusted Snapper with mango-jicama salad and fried plantain Served with Beringer, Luminus, Chardonnay, Napa, 2012

Seared Duck Breast with blueberry mole, grilled zucchini, and brown and wild rice.  Served with Beringer, Merlot, Napa, 2011

Wood Roasted Local Elk with  Maytag white cheddar potato gratin, and pancetta braised greens.  Served with Beringer Knights Valley, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2011
Pear and Strawberry Crisp



Valentine’s Weekend Menu

This year, as Valentine’s day falls on a Friday, we have decided to offer our very popular Valentine’s day menu both on Friday and Saturday; February 14th and 15th.  Our 4 course prix fixe menu will be the only option offered, and our regular menu will not be available that weekend. Price is $55 per person,
does not include tax or gratuity. For reservations please call 319-337-7370.

Seared Sea Scallops with cream cheese-bacon potsticker
and a lemon-tarragon beurre blanc
Lobster Bisque
Strawberry Salad
mixed greens, strawberries, feta, candied almonds, and a Sauternes vinaigrette
Grilled Beef Tenderloin
with chive-white cheddar Duchess potato, sautéed asparagus,
and a Port-pomegranate demi-glace
Citrus-Tequila Glazed Skuna Bay Salmon
with pearl cous cous, summer squash, tortilla straw, mango pico de gallo
 Crème Brulee
Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese ice cream
Chocolate Truffle Torte




Foley Family of Wines, Wine Tasting Dinner
Wednesday, January 29, starting at 6:30pm
$55 per person, please call 319-337-3770 for reservations.

Sautéed shrimp with avocado, kiwi and a garlic cream sauce. Served with Sebastiani, Sauvignon Blanc, Sonoma, 2012
Free range local chicken roulade filled with spinach, sundried tomatoes with sautéed frisee with warm apple-bacon dressing.  Served with Lincourt, Steele Chardonnay, Santa Rita Hills, 2011
Seseme-peppercorn crusted yellowfin tuna with local shitake mushrooms and a soba noodle salad.
Served with Lincourt, Lindsay’s Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills, 2010
Braised lamb shank with parsnip-celery root puree and a sage-cranberry lamb stock reduction.
Served with EOS, Petite Sirah, Paso Robles, 2009
Fresh fruit tart with lemon curd and shortbread crust.New Year’s Eve 2013 SOLD OUTOn New Year’s Eve we will be offering a special 5 course prix fixe dinner.  We will not be offering our regular menu on New Year’s Eve.  Price of the dinner is $60 per person, additional wine flights will be offered at an additional price. For reservations please call 319-337-7370First Course
Crab, Avocado, Quark Cheese-Caper Mousse tower with Marinated Cucumber and microgreensSecond Course
Seared Scallops, Roasted Red Pepper Coulis and Crispy Leeks
Duck Confit over Polenta Points with Housemade Slaw and Apricot BBQThird Course
Lobster Bisque with Fresh Chives
Mixed Greens with Pistachios, Blueberries, Chevre and a Champagne VinaigretteFourth Course
Morel Crusted  Iowa Beef Tenderloin, Garlic-Blue Cheese Mashed Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts with Bacon,  and a Mushroom Demi Glace
Chilean SeaBass with Creamed Spinach, Fried Fingerling Potatoes,
Tomato-White Wine-Herb Sauce and Crispy ParsnipsFifth Course
Strawberry Layer Cake with Basil Ice Cream
Rum Chata Tiramisu
Triple Chocolate Explosion
Crème BruleePrice is $60 per person.




Obscure Wines, wine tasting dinner
November 20, 2013
Recently, one of our wine salesmen, Joshua Gingery, of Ruby Fine Wines, has been bringing us wine to sample that even we’ve never heard of—like Vin de Savoie from France and Teran from Croatia, just to name a few. Proof again that the world is full of great wines, a person just needs to be able to try them. We are featuring a dinner to give you the chance to try 5 obscure wines from around the world. Doors open at 6:00 and the first course served promptly at 6:30.We hope you can join us.
For reservations please call  319-337-7370



First course
Oysters three ways
Raw on the half shell, fried and broiled
served with Wiltinger Scharzberg, Extra Dry Sparkling Riesling
Second course
Caramelized onion-apple assorted cheese tart
served with Apremont, Vin de Savoie, 2012
Third course
Crispy skin-on Atlantic striped bass served with parsnips, wild mushrooms, and a tomato-caper salad
served with Kozlovic, Malvazija, Istria, Croatia, 2012
Pappardelle tossed with a ragout of Wagyu beef, Prosciutto, onions, carrots, celery, and tomatoes with grilled garlic baguette
served with Rebus, Ruche di Castagnole Monterrato, Italy 2010
Grilled Lamb T-bones with Potato soufflé and roasted winter vegetables
served with Kozlovic, Teran, Istria, Croatia, 2010
Berries and cream
Price is $65 per person, tax and gratuity are Not included. Flora Springs wine dinner Thursday, October 24, 2013
$75 per person

FirstLittle neck clams baked with white wine, butter, shallots, and tarragon
Paired with Flora Springs Sauvignon Blanc, Soliloquy Vineyard, Napa, 2012

Roasted butternut squash salad with organic mixed greens, dried cranberries, fried goat cheese, and a citrus vinaigrette
Paired with Flora Springs Chardonnay, Napa, 2012

House-made spaetzel sauteed with a blend of local wild mushrooms, chanterelles and capicola, finished with roasted tomatoes
Paired with Flora Springs Sangiovese, Napa, 2010

Seared pork tenderloin with a white bean cassoulet
Paired with Flora Springs Merlot, Napa, 2011

Bailey’s American Wagyu short ribs, slow cooked with onions, tomatoes, and zucchini, with a sun-dried tomato and herb polenta
Paired with Flora Springs Trilogy Meritage, Napa, 2010

Apple tart tartin



Spanish Wine Tasting Dinner, Wednesday, September 18, 6:30pm
$65 per person, for reservations call 319-337-7370
A trio of Spanish tapas, roasted red pepper stuffed olive wrapped in white anchovy, Spanish tortilla with paprika and white cheddar, and chorizo-bleu cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon
Paired with Marques de Gelida, Brut Cava NV
Grilled tiger prawns over romesco sauce with microgreens in a sheri-basil vinaigrette
Paired with La Cana, Albraino, Rias Baixas 2012
Seared duck breast rubbed in cinnamon and cloves accompanied by local mushrooms and green olives
Paired with Zerran, Garnacha, Mazuelo and Syrah, Montsant 2011
Braised pork empanadas with a puree of mint, snap peas and orange
Paired with Monte Oton, Garnacha, Moncayo 2011
Marinated skirt steak with chimichurri sauce with a smoked pepper and onion marmalade
Paired with Volver, Tempranillo, La Mancha 2011
Carmel Flan with almond tuile and roasted green applesLocal Pork Dinner  SOLD OUTLast year, one of our favorite wine dinners was our local pork, whole hog dinner.  We had so much fun that we’ve decided to do it again.  This years local pork dinner features a whole pig that we get from local producers. The dinner will be on July 31st and begin at 6:30. Price will be $55 per person, tax and gratuity are not included. 




We hope that you will join us for one of our new favorite annual dinners. For reservations please call 319-337-7370



Country Style Pork Pate
paired with Apremont, Vin de Savoie, Jacquere 2011
South Carolina Style BBQ Pork Shoulder served with corn spoonbread and a pineapple-poblano slaw
paired with Charles and Charles, Washington, Rose 2012
Grilled Pork Tenderloin
served with Iowa summer vegetable ratatouille and a cherry-pork demi glace
paired with El Cortijillo, Spain, Tempranillo 2011
Slow Roasted In-House Cured Ham
served with mustard braised cabbage, pancetta and spaetzle
paired with Foris, Oregon, Gewurztraminer 2010
Blueberry Ice Cream with Candied Bacon Winebow Italian Wine dinner June 26, 2013
Sold Out

MenuAntipasta served upon arrival
First course
Tomato salad with shallots, micro basil, prosecco vinaigrette and marinated white anchovies
served with Zardetto, Prosecco
Second course
Grilled octopus and fried calamari with tarragon-roasted orange and crushed almonds
served with Zenato, Lugana, 2010
Third course
Crispy Fried Squab with roasted oyster mushrooms, fresh herb risotto and a mushroom-duck stock demi glace
served with Librandi, Ciro Rosso, 2010
Prosciutto wrapped Iowa pork tenderloin with house made gnocchi, tapenade and roasted peppers
served with Falesco, Vitiano, 2010
Wagyu osso bucco–slow braised Wagyu beef shanks with polenta
served with Zenato, Amarone, 2010
Tiramisu Doors open at 6:00 and the first course served promptly at 6:30.
Price is $85 per person, tax and gratuity are Not included.
For reservations please call  319-337-7370


Dave Phinney/Orin Swift Wine Dinner
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Dave Phinney is the owner and wine maker at Orin Swift Winery.  After trying his first wine, “The Prisoner”, we have been hooked on everything Dave Phinney makes.  We are putting together a very special seven course wine dinner showcasing five wines that he crafts. We will be open for pre-dinner cocktails at 6:00 PM with the first course being served at 6:30.  Reservations can be made by calling 319-337-7370; a credit card will be required to hold the reservation.  Seating will be limited so call early to ensure your reservation.Menu
Lamb meatballs with MitiCana cheese, tomato and roasted vegetable salad
served with Locations E, garnacha, tempranillo and carinena, Spain,  2011
Duck confit stuffed local morel mushrooms with zinfandel-cherry reduction
served with The Prisoner, zinfandel blend, California, 2011
Palette cleanser of fruit carpaccio
Grilled lobster tail medallions with shaved fennel, citrus, garlic chives
and lemon-caper vinaigrette
served with Orin Swift Manequin, chardonnay, viognier, semillon, muscat and marsanne,
California, 2011
Iowa pork tenderloin porchetta with roasted mushroom ragout
served with D66, grenache, syrah and carigan, Vins de Pay
des Cotes Catalanes, France, 2010
Bailey American Wagyu seared sirloin with potato-turnip galette
and baby carrots
served with Orin Swift Palermo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot,
Cabernet Franc, Napa, 2011
Melon Sorbet$130 per person, tax and gratuity not included


Mother’s Day Weekend
May 10-12After all your mother has done for you doesn’t she  deserve more than just one day?  Why not celebrate the whole weekend with a dinner at the Linn Street Cafe.  In addition to our normal dinner hours on Friday and Saturday we will be open for dinner on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12th.  We will be offering many features the whole weekend including coconut shrimp appetizer and an entree of butter poached lobster tail. For reservations please call 319-337-7370.



University Of Iowa Graduation Weekend
May 17-18, 2013The Linn Street Cafe is Iowa City’s premier fine dining restaurant.  Come celebrate in style.  We will be open from 4:00 PM on Friday the 17th and we will be serving our dinner menu starting at noon on Saturday the 18th.  Now accepting reservations by calling 319-337-7370, this is historically one of our busiest weekends of the year so reserve your table soon. Congratulations to the University of Iowa class of 2013.Trinchero Family wine tasting dinner
Tuesday, April 30th starting at 6:30pm   SOLD OUT



Grilled heart of romaine salad with melon, ruby grapefruit, marinated white anchovy and a pear vinaigrette
served with Echo Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ 2012
Coconut shrimp with a roasted poblano-pineapple chutney
served with Joel Gott, Riesling, Columbia Valley, WA 2011
Charcoal grilled Iowa pork tenderloin with fresh vegetable orzo salad and a tomato-local mushroom ragout
served with Terra d’Oro, Barbera, Amador, CA 2010
Lamb two ways, grilled rack of lamb and slow roasted leg of lamb with Yukon gold-sweet potato latke and a lamb jus reduction
served with Shatter, Grenache, Cotes Catalanes, FR 2011
Almond cake layered with lemon curd and fresh strawberries
served with Charles & Charles, Syrah-Mourvedre Rose, Columbia Valley, WA 2012


Price is $65 per person.


Past Eventsd’Arenberg Wine Tasting Dinner
Thursday, March 7, 2013


Escargot and crimini mushrooms baked with butter, garlic, and tarragon with a pastry top
served with Stump Jump, Riesling, 2008

Seared sea scallops with roasted  vegetable salad, blood orange and a Dijon-citrus vinaigrette
served with Hermit Crab, Viognier-Marsanne, 2010

Seared duck breast with Chinese black rice, local micro greens and a blackberry gastrique
served with Custodian, Grenache, 2009

Sous vide kangaroo loin with herbed spaetzle and caramelized Brussels sprouts and cherry-red wine reduction
served with Love Grass, Shiraz, 2009

Assorted fruit and cheese plate
served with Stump Jump, Sticky Chardonnay, 2010Dinner is $65 per person.  Please call 319-337-7370



Valentine’s Day
Thursday, February 14, 2013

On Valentine’s day will be offering a special four course price fixed dinner. Menu
Price is $55 per personFirst
Prosciutto Wrapped Crab Stuffed Shrimp
with roasted zucchini and herbed mornay sauce
Lobster Bisque
with Parmesan crisp and chives
Strawberry Salad
mixed greens, strawberries, garlic-tarragon crouton, lavender crusted goat cheese and a pistachio vinaigrette
Grilled Beef Tenderloin
with Yukon gold potato croquette, truffle infused zucchini caviar, and a raspberry demi-glace
Butter Poached Lobster Tail
with coconut rice, grilled pineapple and a lime burre blanc
Crème Brulee
Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese Ice cream
Chocolate truffle torteFoley Family of Wines, Wine Tasting Dinner
Wednesday, January 23 starting at 6:30 pm
Price is $65 per person
Seafood ravioli with fresh clams, mussels, confit tomatoes and a garlic cream sauce
served with Clifford Bay, Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, NZ., 2012
Salad of spinach and frisee with dried cranberries, toasted pecans, chevre and a warm apple-bacon dressing. Served with EOS Estate, Zinfandel, Paso Robles, CA., 2009
Stuffed Quail filled with duck confit, pears, apples and roasted mirepoix
served with Chalk Hill, Chardonnay, Chalk Hill, CA.,2010
Hardwood charcoal seared Iowa beef ribeye with potato soufflé
served with Three Rivers Winery, Cabernet Sauvignon, Columbia Valley, WA 2008
Poached pear galette with dulce de Bourgogne and tawny port reduction
served with Firestone, Riesling, Santa Ynez Valley, CA., 2010
New Year’s Eve 2012 New Year’s Eve, December 31st, 2012.  We will be offering a special menu created by our chefs for this special occasion.  The menu will be a five course dinner priced at $60 per person.  Wine flights to pair with the dinner will be available at an additional price. The special New Year’s Eve prix fixe dinner will be our only option for this evening, our regular menu will not be available. For reservations please call 319-337-7370.First course
Rock shrimp parfait with avocado, preserved lemon and lavenderSecond course
Duck confit eggroll with Asian slaw and a soy-ginger-cranberry-wasabi aioli

Seared scallops with winter vegetable terrine and a lemon-caper sauceThird course
Mixed greens with pomegranates, aged gouda, pistachios and a pomegranate vinaigrette

Lobster Bisque garnished with chives and Parmesan crispFourth course
Grilled beef tenderloin with sautéed broccolini, Duchess potato filled with bacon, scallions, Prairie Breeze, and roasted garlic, with a beurre rouge sauce

Gooseberry Cove Atlantic Cod baked with a crab-parmesan crust, served with crispy risotto cakes, sautéed greens with pancetta and roasted red pepper coulisFifth course
Crème Brulee garnished with fresh berries

Kahlua Tiramisu
Triple layered chocolate cake
Fresh berry tart with shortbread crust and lemon curdPrice is $60 per person



End of the World Dinner, Thursday, December 20,
SOLD OUTWe have survived the end of the world prediction from Nostradamus, got through the scare of Y2K and the prediction by some random guy last year was cancelled.  Now we are faced with the “prediction” from the ancient Mayans, that the world will end on 12/21/2012. Technically, it’s the end of their long count calender, but we can’t be to sure, so why risk it? You can’t take it with you, so let’s toast the end of the World in style.


Dinner will include five extravagant courses paired with Five luxurious wines, price is $135 per person. For reservations please call 319-337-7370, a credit card will be required to hold your reservation.


First course
Scallop carpaccio, lightly dressed oyster on the half shell and grilled prawn with roasted tomato-red pepper sauce
served with Veuve Clicquot, Brut champagne

Second course
Tempura lobster tail with roasted beets, lamb sausage and black truffle aioli
served with Leeuwin Estate, Artist Series Chardonnay 2005

Third course
Artichoke and local mushroom paella with roasted red peppers, paprika oil and shaved Serrano ham
served with Domaine Serene, Evanstad Reserve Pinot Noir, 2008

Fourth course
Seared Waygu New York strip steak with marrow custard, torched kale, turnip-yam-eggplant gratin, chestnuts, red wine-fig reduction and 20 year old balsamic served with (wine to be announced

Fifth course
Dessert (we are keeping it a secret) served with Chateau Hallet, Sauternes, 2009


French wine tasting dinner
November 6, 2012 SOLD OUT


First course
Assorted hors d’oeuvre
served with Domaine de la Salette, Côtes de Gascogne Blanc, 2011

Second course
Panseared Chilean seabass with wilted frisée, assorted greens, roasted pears,
and a citrus-tarragon vinaigrette
served with Corinne Perchaud, Chablis, 2008

Third course
Duck cassoulet, seared duck breast with confit of duck leg, house made sausage and slow cooked beans
served with Alain Jaume & Fils, Reserve Grand Veneur, Cotes du Rhone, 2009

Fourth course
Roasted Prime New York strip with truffle-infused potato gratin, haricot verts
and a tart cherry demi-glace
served with Château Bellevue, Côtes de Castillon, Bordeaux, Cuvée Vieilles Vignes, 2009



Spanish Wine Dinner
Wednesday, September 26 at 6:30 SOLD OUTPlease join us for an evening of great Spanish wines accompanied by specially created Spanish-inspired cuisine. Our chefs have created 6 courses to pair with 5 Spanish wines.  Dinner is $65 per person, reservations are required and will be held with a credit card.  For reservations please call 319-337-7370MenuFirst Course
Assorted tapas, marcona almond crusted manchego, chorizo-potato croquet, assorted Spanish olives, bacon wrapped dates  served with Kila, Brut Cava, 2010

Second Course
Pan-seared Alaskan halibut with orange, fennel, grapes, hard goat cheese, and pine nuts
served with Nisia, Old Vines Verdejo, 2011
Third Course
Grilled lamb chop with stuffed sweet pepper, potato torta, and a red currant reduction
served with Borsao, Garnacha, 2011
Fourth Course
Grilled quail with warm lentil-chorizo salad, wilted arugula, and a citrus vinaigrette
served with Tarima Hill, Monastrell, 2009
Fifth Course
Beef Carpaccio with red onions, capers, parsley, Dijon mustard, and micro greens
served with Volver, Single Vineyard Tempranillo, 2009
Sixth Course
Almond Cake with chocolate dipped fig and orange marmalade
Local Pork Dinner  SOLD OUTOn Wednesday, July 25, we will be offering a 5 course dinner dedicated to local pork.  We have ordered an entire pig from Bud’s Meats, a butcher in Riverside, Iowa. If you love pork (like we do) this is a dinner you cannot miss. Price is only $40 per person for a 5 course dinner. Beer and wine flights to pair with the dinner will also be available. Dinner starts at 6:30 pm. For reservations please call 319-337-7370.  A credit card will be required to secure your reservation. A limited amount of reservation will be available so please book early.
First Course, Pork Terrine
Second Course, House made Sausage plate, Chorizo, Sweet Italian and Andouille
Third Course, Smoked Ribs and Sous Vide Pork Belly
Fourth Course, Confit Picnic Ham
Fifth Course, Sweetcorn Ice Cream with Bacon Powder and Sweet Tea Syrup




Father’s Day weekend


This Sunday is Father’s Day and we’ve crafted our weekend features with dad in mind.

Cornmeal crusted soft shell crabswith cajun aioli and grilled garlic scapes.

Herb crusted prime ribpaired with roasted red potatoes and shiitake jus.

Skuna Bay salmon.A pan seared salmon filet with red beets in red wine and a medjool date glaze.



”Summer Wines” Wine Tasting Dinner


With Memorial Day less then two weeks away we are getting a jump on summer with a “Summer Wines” wine tasting dinner.  The wines will be light, refreshing and great with summer cuisine.  This special event is Wednesday, May 23 starting at 6:30pm.  Price for this five course dinner with wine is only $45 per person, to make reservations please call 319-337-7370. A credit card will be required to hold your reservation.  SOLD OUT


First Course
Arugula salad with green apples, quark cheese, lemon roasted almonds and a greuner veltiner vinaigrette.
served with Hugl, Greuner Veltliner, Austria

Second Course
Sauteed calamari, with achiote, sweet onions, avocado and garlic crostini.
served with La Gosta, Vinho Verdhe, Portugal

Third Course
Grilled Skuna Bay salmon with roasted summer vegetable terrine and a sweet corn-basil puree.
served with St. Suprey,  Rosé, Napa, CA.

Fourth Course
Grilled bone-in pork loin with dates, saffron infused rice, roasted peppers and local vegetables
served with El Cortjillo, Tempranillo, Spain

Fifth Course
Housemade Coconut Ice Cream with sauteed bananas, Kahlua, and candied limePrice is $45 per person



University of Iowa Graduation
The Linn Street Cafe is a great place to celebrate graduation from the University of Iowa.  In addition to our regular hours of operation we will be open at 12:00 noon on Saturday, May 12 serving our dinner menu all day.  On Sunday, May 13th we will be open for brunch from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.




Mother’s Day Brunch May 14, 2012
We will be offering brunch from 10:00 am till 5:00 pm.


Mother’s Day Menu
AppetizersTaste of Linn Street   
Smoked Trout Pâté, Crab Cakes and Baked Brie Smoked Trout Pâté     10
A Linn Street Original Menu Item, with Micro Green Salad tossed in a Lemon Dressing and served with Stone Wheat Crackers

Crab Cakes     10
Cornmeal Crusted with Carrot Purée, Pickled Sweet Pepper and Chipotle Almonds Walnut Crusted Baked Brie     10
served with Golden Raisin Mostarda and a Balsamic Reduction

Phyllo Wrapped Asparagus   10
with Prosciutto and Mornay Sauce 

Shrimp Ceviche   12
Lime Marinated Shrimp with Onions, Peppers, and Avocado

 Soups & SaladsSoup of the Day     4/8
Selection of Hot or Chilled Soup

Lobster Bisque     5/9
Langoustine, Chives

House Salad    3
Organic Field Greens with choice of Balsamic Vinaigretteor Maytag Blue Cheese Dressing

Mixed Fruit and Berries    
Roasted Beet Salad       6/9
Organic Greens, Roasted Beets, Maytag Blue Cheese, Balsamic Vinaigrette

Strawberry Salad    6/9
Organic Greens, Fresh Strawberries, Almonds, Prairie Breeze Cheese, and a Champagne Vinaigrette

All entrées served with your choice of any salad or soup and house baked bread and biscuits basket
Crab  Eggs Benedict  19
Crab Cakes topped with poached eggs, house cured loin bacon, and hollendaise with hash brown  potatoes and sauteed seasonal vegetablesFrench Toast  19
French Baguettes dipped in an egg and cream batter and pan fried,  can be served plain with real maple syrup, with sauteed bananas and pecans or topped with fresh berries.  served with  smoked bacon

Spanish Rice  19
Rice with Tomatoes, Onions, Peppers and Peas topped with Chorizo, Fried Eggs, Queso Fresco and a Tomatillo Sauce

Bloody Mary New York Strip  29
Grilled New York Strip with New Potato Hash, Soft Boiled Egg, Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives, Pickled Cucumber and a Vodka-Tomato SauceIowa Beef Tenderloin  28
served with Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables, Garlic Mashed Potatoes and a Cabernet Demi Glace

Peloponnese Pasta   19
Linguine tossed with Basil Pesto, Sundried Tomatoes, Kalamata Olives, Onions, Peas
and topped with Feta Cheese

Pecan Crusted Chicken  20
Sautéed Seasonal Vegetables, Garlic Mashed Potatoesand a Dijon Cream Reduction

Seafood Feature
Ask your server about today’s featureDessertsassorted dessert will be offered