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Motley Cow Cafe

160 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2140
+1 319-688-9177
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Overview
  • Excellent50%
  • Very good21%
  • Average15%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (8 reviews)
“lamb sausage” (3 reviews)
“fried perch” (2 reviews)
Opens in 30 min
All hours
CUISINES
American
PRICE
$$ - $$$
DETAILS
160 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2140
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1 - 10 of 78 reviews

Reviewed 13 February 2017

The small number of menu offerings was justified by an attempt to buy locally, a worthy principle that must be hard to implement in early-February Iowa. The atmosphere is basic (concrete floor, exposed utilities, plain wood tables. However,a very friendly and helpful waitress couldn't compensate...More

Thank Mike B
Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

Loved the choices on the menu, very unique and great choices for a variety of palettes. The pizza was great, the duck liver was a great experience. Full service bar with great wine choices.

Thank dmcnitt
Reviewed 5 October 2016

Once graced with a seat at a table, you'll be expected to know/understand everything on the menu and order promptly. Wait too long, and you may not see your server for quite some time. Perhaps they were trying to tell you something, because the orders...More

1  Thank riverhino
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Visited for dinner while attending the Iowa Writers' Festival. It was recommended by the clerk at Prairie Lights and he was right. We had a lovely glass of wine, and I had the whitefish (they subbed corvina, since the whitefish seemed to be in short...More

Thank Hope S
Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

This is the second time I have eaten at the Motley Cow. The first time was a business lunch, and we sat outside - so I thought they forgot about us because it took at least 45 minutes to get our food from the time...More

Thank Brophman
Reviewed 27 June 2016

The Motley Cow Cafe is just a couple of blocks outside of downtown Iowa City, which is great for its low-key, quiet, pleasant decor. You walk in and the walls are a bright, open green with large photographs of textiles lining it. It's immediately welcoming...More

Thank Justin C
Reviewed 25 May 2016

This restaurant has a very seasonal menu and in our party 3 out of 4 of us found our food excellent, the 4th member of the party did not enjoy his meal, but did relish the desert. Service is fast and efficient and it is...More

Thank dgflys
Reviewed 1 April 2016

The Motley Cow is a really cool place to eat. The food is organic and, if not gourmet, at least approaching it. We always left raving about the food, and with good memories of culinary adventures that included learning to love kale from eating there....More

Thank tekodda
Reviewed 6 February 2016 via mobile

My wife and I enjoyed a simply fantastic dinner at Motley Cow. We shared the tempura perch and roasted beets small plates. She had a fabulous lake trout entree and I had Beef Bourguignon special. Both were amazing. Nice wine and beer list. Great service....More

Thank IaTravel
Reviewed 8 December 2015

Very nice Sunday brunch. A tastey twist on a simple menu. A hidden gem, never crowded. The toast (made at the restaurant) is fabulous.

Thank Sue S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
09:30 - 14:00
Monday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 160 N Linn St, Iowa City, IA 52245-2140
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-688-9177