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American, Norwegian, European
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120 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1802
+1 563-382-2558
07:00 - 15:00
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Sun 07:30 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 15:00
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

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
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50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

“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 not Lena. Ole’s special was indeed written on da glass, right next to da Lutefisk... More 

Thank buttereyes
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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.

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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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
Decorah, Iowa
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151 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 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
Sturgeon Bay, United States
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35 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 December 2016

Small, quaint restaurant, with the menu done on a chalkboard, or on mirrors! Not a fancy place- but very "local" in style. Very friendly waitress/owner, makes you feel right at home. Features the locally famous "Ronnie's Cinnamon or Pecan Rolls"- they are good, but not the best I've ever had.

Thank Dave C
Saint Louis, Missouri
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2016 via mobile

From the friendly greeting by Jo to the lovely decor, delicious Norwegian food, and pleasant atmosphere, my husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We ate meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy, salmon patties, butternut squash soup, Norwegian rye bread, and Rommegrot for dessert.

Thank Persnickety1125
Iowa City, Iowa
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99 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 October 2016

My husband and I stopped here for lunch on a Saturday. The service was excellent. Our waitress was friendly, attentive, and fast. We shared an order of the lefse, which is a very thin traditional soft Norwegian flatbread. We got four small pieces. I spread butter and brown sugar on mine, and my husband used the gravy from his meal... More 

Thank IowaIndigoGirl
Clinton, Iowa
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128 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016

A nice little family owned operation that has some great homemade Norwegian rye bread. Had to pick up a loaf to take home. Breakfast was good and service was quick. Not much more to ask for a breakfast place!

Thank Jeff R
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 16 May 2016

We popped in while passing through Decorah on our way to the Effigy Mounds based on the excellent reviews seen here and on other review sites. The service was great, very friendly people. My husband ordered catfish which was good and he was even given help getting it off the bone. Mum had the Norwegian meatballs which were great, sister... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Norwegian, European
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?