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211 1/2 E Washington Street, Iowa City, IA 52240-3927
+1 319-341-0012
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Davenport, Iowa
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Really got turned off by the posted sign saying that they can ask you to leave if new guests arrive. The whole idea of a coffee house is being able to sit and relax or as their website promotes "linger". If the coffee was outstanding I might cut them some slack but the attendant wasn't paying attention and overfilled my... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

stopped in and got a cup to go but had to wait because its all a pour over place and waited for the understaffed place to pour enough water through to get a cup. Good coffee but not a place if you just want to get a cup and go.

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Thank Ryan M
Iowa City, Iowa
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The Java House is the place to go in Iowa City for coffee and interaction. I call the reviewt David and Goliath because for many years the Java House so successfully dominated the Iowa City coffee scene that Starbucks couldn't break in until the early 2000s, long after Starbucks had almost taken over cities like Chicago. There's a reason, too.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Java House is my preferred coffee shop whenever possible. They have good quality coffee. They offer many choices including fair trade coffees. It's a great place to study, chat, read, or just grab a cup and go. They sell their day old baked goods at half price. But they go fast, so go early.

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Iowa City, Iowa
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

This is one classy place to sit down and get some good coffee, I actually scheduled a meet up there with some other photographers! the atmosphere is amazing, I was shocked at how much space they had with more than enough tables for everyone. A variety of coffee to choose from the expresso's are delicious.... and I love a place... More 

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Los Altos, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016

There are tons of tables to spread out and do homework or catch up on email in downtown Iowa City. Good coffee, treats, and tea keep you hydrated and awake for those long homework assignments.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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416 reviews
271 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016 via mobile

If you are hanging out with friends or lovers or by yourself go and sip a lovely coffee...setting is nice...music is good...excellent service and welcome...I tried their coffee the espresso and the American coffee and both are good...it's highly recommended when you visit Iowa city...

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Thank Issa M
Terre Haute, Indiana
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238 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

We stopped here to have a business conversation and found a cozy table while we enjoyed our coffee and tea. It is a neat old building that has lots of seating options in case you want to talk or just read or work by yourself. It's obviously a trendy place in downtown Iowa City with lots of students and faculty.

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Thank Karen O
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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 June 2016

I met a friend at the Java House in Iowa City and was amazed at the seating and coffee/tea options. A very fun place

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Thank Beverly M
Sacramento, California
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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

This is the coolest coffee bar I've ever seen. You order the kind of coffee you want and they put those fresh grounds in a cone in a row of cones. They put your cup underneath and tell you to just take out when you have enough. Then they pour hot water over the grounds and the coffee comes into... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Cafe, American
Meals
Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 211 1/2 E Washington Street, Iowa City, IA 52240-3927
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-341-0012

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?