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120 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1802
+1 563-382-2558
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  • Excellent52%
  • Very good35%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (2 reviews)
“meatballs” (8 reviews)
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American, Norwegian, European
$$ - $$$
120 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1802
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped by recently during a busy Sunday lunch, Found an uncleaned booth and managed to order a basic ham, eggs, hash browns, pancake breakfast. In the 35 minutes it took to receive the order, it was hard to ignore how loud the place became, both...More

Thank Billybob2011
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

A friend was hanging out at Ruby's while her new-old truck was being detailed and texted me to join her. She had been there for two hours when I appeared, and she had already consumed French toast and two eggs over easy, orange juice, and...More

Thank Ilse035
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Portions are generous and prices are reasonable. The bakery items are particularly enjoyable. The dining room is relatively small, but they easily accommodated our handicapped scooter.

Thank Conejogrande
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Whenever you are in Decorah, you should not leave without taking some of Ruby's cinnimon rolls with you. These gigantic rolls once were voted Iowa's best cinnimon roll. This restaurant has good quality food at a reasonable price. One of Decorah's oldest eating establishments, it...More

Thank Richard L
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Where else can you order lefse for breakfast and not have to ask for brown sugar to come with it. Norwegian specialties are offered along with variations of the standard American breakfast. Check out the canned goods for sale.

Thank Doug C
Reviewed 18 May 2017

Great service. The owner waited on us and she was quite a fun personality. We ate there for breakfast after reading reviews of their cinnamon rolls. They did not disappoint. Breakfast was great and quite filling. Uff dah!

Thank Briana L
Reviewed 11 May 2017

“Vell, ta start vit, daily specials are written in marker on da glass, doncha know.” This is approximately how we were greeted by our friendly waitress, Lena….although that may just be a Norwegian accent bestowed upon her in my memory. That, and her name was...More

1  Thank buttereyes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

Once again this place is on the main strip downtown and is a good place to have breakfast or lunch. Don't leave without having a cinnamon roll.

Reviewed 11 April 2017

Huge variety for a small restaurant. Popular with locals. Excellent service--friendly--. A legend in Deccorah are "Ronnie Rolls"--delicious. Lots of Norweigen items on menu--but many other items--many pretty unique at a modestly priced restaurant. Have eaten here many times--never an experience less than excellent.

Thank William S
Reviewed 18 January 2017

About 25 of us older folks went to our monthly luncheon. Great service, menu and food. We kind of too over the place since it might hold 50-60 people. I'm sure we will go back.

Thank DaveFmIA
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Norwegian, European
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:30 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 120 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1802
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Decorah
  • Phone Number: +1 563-382-2558
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