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104 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52240-1802
+1 319-337-2048
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good20%
  • Average6%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“carpaccio” (12 reviews)
“pasta” (47 reviews)
“tagliolini” (3 reviews)
Open Now
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Hours
Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
104 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52240-1802
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My favorite Italian restaurant in Iowa City, this small Bistro with just two rows of tables and booths requires reservations most nights. Food is unique, wine list is huge, and I've been pleased with every dinner.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Macdougl
Reviewed 24 November 2018 via mobile

I am still thinking about the pasta they served here! Even our son's spaghetti with meatballs dish was amazing- the sauce/noodles were incredibly flavorful. I had a delicious ravioli dish while my husband had the salmon. It is a small/intimate venue. I haven't had pasta...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Pam C
Reviewed 4 November 2018 via mobile

Small intimate restaurant. Very good authentic cuisine. Insalata polpito...octopus perfect and the warm potato and carrots was perfect with the pesto vinaigrette...fettuccine maiale e porcini (pork and porcini mushrooms) in a Parmesan cream sauce. Delicious meal

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank richardbS1203FQ
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Sorry to see that several reviewers here have been disappointed, I have always had a good experience here. If you consider Italian food to be spaghetti and meatballs, this is probably not the place for you. The menu is varied and changes regularly. Pastas are...More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank 573dk9999
Reviewed 26 September 2018

It has been over a year since I last reviewed my favorite Iowa City restaurant so I thought it was time to do so again, and to post recent photos I have taken. I eat here almost weekly. The food is consistently superb. Every dish...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank AlanLight
Reviewed 25 September 2018

Given the chef/owner's background, I expected more from this restaurant. The Carpaccio was bland and overdressed. It was swimming in oil. The Swordfish Crudo was extremely fishy and overdressed. Three of us ordered their Agnolotti and to say the dishes were inconsistent is an understatement....More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank T2944NHjeffb
Reviewed 7 September 2018

My wife, daughter, and I, visited for lunch on August 29th. This was my 2nd visit to Baroncini, with this being my first lunch visit. It wont be my last lunch visit either. We all took advantage of the $10 2 course lunch menu. I...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank iowacityia
Reviewed 20 August 2018 via mobile

The food here is delicious and filling. If you leave hungry, that was a choice. While I appreciate the drinks at the beginning of the meal, there is no need to push alcohol on your patrons. Have an alcohol alternative.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank person777
Reviewed 15 August 2018

I try to delay my reviews when I have bad experiences to allow things to settle a little and provide a the best review as I can and, in general, I do not write really bad reviews. In this case, even after months, I still...More

Date of visit: November 2017
Thank bncav
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

Point blank.... The food is high quality and the service is good. I thought the cost was reasonable.

Date of visit: July 2018
1  Thank jamesgW1592WA
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Questions & Answers
26 December 2018|
Response from jamesgW1592WA | Reviewed this property |
I don't know if they have gluten free pasta. I would call them and ask.
25 October 2017|
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Response from Mitch H | Reviewed this property |
Honestly, the answer appears above, but the easiest way to find this out is to call the restaurant directly.
Jerre C
14 September 2017|
Response from mrfellmd | Reviewed this property |
Not sure. You should check the menu or call the restaurant to find the answer.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$40
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, After-hours
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 104 S Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52240-1802
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-337-2048
  • E-mail
Chef Baroncini's philosophy of using fresh, seasonal, and local ingredients is represented in his contemporary Italian cuisine. Gianluca Baroncini graduated from the Italian national culinary institute in Verona, Italy, in 1991. He is the former Executive Chef of Terrazza Di Giulietta in Verona, Italy, executive chef of the Mauro's catering. He worked as Assistant chef at the Ristorante Il Desco, which received a two star Michelin guide prestigious award in Verona, Italy. Gianluca worked at the Tiberio's, Il Giardino, and as assistant chef du rang at the prestigious Galileo, fine dining Italian restaurant in Washington D.C..
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