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Bari Italian, Cedar Rapids, IA

Bari Italian

4.6
4.6
382 Reviews
$31 to $50
Italian
With Chef Anthony Valvoda's blend of Traditional & Modern Italian-inspired cuisine and the experience of Manager Ryan Manka, Bari has opened its doors to invite you to enjoy the warm atmosphere. Whether it’s for a quick bite, an intimate meal, a business meeting or to gather with family and friends, Bari offers an exquisite menu with only the highest quality and freshest local and imported ingredients available.

Our menu changes seasonally and offers a contemporary Italian flare interpretation of traditional flavors complemented by wonderful drinks and exceptional wine list of old and new world selections alike.

Buon appetito!

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (319) 200-1500

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Anthony Valvoda

  • Neighborhood

    Cedar Rapids

  • Cross street

    1st Street SW and 5th Avenue SW

  • Parking details

    Free on-street parking is available on 1st and 2nd streets as well as the side streets of 4th and 5th avenues.

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 382 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.4Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Iowa

    Best Ambiance

  • Iowa

    Fit for Foodies

  • Iowa

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. MM

    MarkM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cool place, great food! I had the lasagna and loved it! Going back for the lamb soon.
  2. TT

    TeresaT

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was fabulous as usual, however, we did feel like we were a little rushed to go to our table when we were having a cocktail at the bar with some friends that we ran into by coincidence. Other than that, our experience was top notch!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Zuid-Holland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing. We comes again.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful food, friendly service!
  5. C

    Cheryl

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great date atmosphere and excellent food and cocktails, although the Brussel sprouts were extremely salty.
  6. KB

    KellyB

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, everything was just perfect!
  7. KS

    KaraS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful atmosphere, wonderful food and drinks! Service was great too!
  8. N

    Noname

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Very nice restaurant, but a little on the quiet side for us. Light jazz music playing in the background. If you're looking for an upscale quiet restaurant you'll enjoy it. The cocktails were well made and they offer a nice whiskey/bourbon selection. The food is very good, but the menu could use a few more options. Overall, a very nice place for a quiet dinner.
  9. F

    Fred

    Tucson

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great “special occasion” restaurant. The scratch kitchen makes amazing food.
  10. KF

    KeithFitz

    Nashville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A rare fine dining experience in Cedar Rapids. Food is made from scratch and the high quality stands out. Drinks were fantastic and the facilities were modern, clean and well thought out. I can be pricey ($150 for a couple) but the value and experience justify the costs
  11. LB

    LoriB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Everything was delicious. The one thing that maybe needs some fine tuning is the sourdough bread. Very hard to chew that thickly cut. And needs to be taken of the grill before it's burnt. Maybe slightly thinner pieces and baked not grilled. Ours grilled bread was charred a little to long. Loved the ricotta cheese spread. The Barramundi Fish dish was excellent! The pork loin special on the buttered noodles were delicious. We'll be back again soon!!! Very nice surprise!
  12. ZG

    ZachG

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food and service, surprisingly busy for a Tuesday night but that lends to the quality of the establishment.
  13. TS

    TerryS

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and great service given by Tony. Super comfortable surroundings and delight to have a dinner in such an relaxing atmosphere.
  14. GK

    GaryK

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant. Lovely menu and charming service. The food is unique and nicely presented. Although the pasta didn’t jump out as “great” in any category. We will certainly return and I look forward to trying other things
  15. RB

    RebeccaB

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Overall a very nice experience. We had never been there before. Waitress was very attentive and we had some great appetizers- zeppeli and orange cello arancini. My entree (angel hair pasta was kind of bland). Otherwise a good experience-?we will go back.
  16. DN

    DanielN

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our dinner was terrific. Staff was friendly and provided helpful descriptions of the entrées when asked. Each person in our group of 4 ordered a different entrée from Lasagna to chicken to a light angel hair pasta. The wine list was brief, but we easily found white and red wine choices we liked.
  17. d

    dmillage

    Milwaukee

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    I had the Surf and Turf this time around. The filet was tough and chewy at medium rare, and lacked even a tiny amount of seasoning. the brussels were good, but the potatoes were overdone. The drinks and service were great as usual, but we were turned off by the food for the most part this time around. For this price point we expect much better.
  18. CR

    CaryR

    Minneapolis

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service. My wife and I ate here for our anniversary. We had the barramundi and rack of lamb. Both were fantastic.
  19. A

    Anonymous

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing food, drinks, service, and atmosphere! A gem to have in CR!
  20. CC

    CatC

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    We were overall pleased with Bari. Disappointed three entrees were not available and two were ones we wanted to order. Our waitress was pleasant but flippant with her comments which could be off putting at times. Drinks were all excellent. I did mention it was a birthday dinner but no one acknowledged it so not sure why they ask if it’s a special occasion when you reserve? We will try them again some day.
  21. BS

    BetsyS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome wine for Happy Hour. The lasagna was absolutely delicious. Service great. Ambiance great.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing as usual! Our favorite restaurant in town!
  23. C

    Cria

    Des Moines

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a good time at Bari last weekend. Our server, Briana, was very friendly and attentive, she recommended a drink special, a gin cocktail. We don't usually order gin cocktails, but tried the special drink which was very good and with very pretty colors. We ordered the arancini (crispy and tasty), lasagna(never fail dish), and barracuda (perfect crispy skin). All were great.
  24. JA

    JasonA

    Des Moines

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The Mount Vernon bread appetizer was burnt and too crisp. The Crispy Broccoli side dish was too burn/crispy.
  25. SS

    SusanS

    New Mexico

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    We have had very good meals at Bari in the past, but I feel the food quality has definitely changed. Menu is smaller, food is not as good, out of two entrees. Feels like they are cutting corners and losing quality.
  26. W

    Wine8food

    Des Moines

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the people and love the food. The Alfredo is incredible!
  27. VS

    ValS

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As always, the food was awesome & Catherine is always great, too!! However, I do miss the wedge salad:)
  28. SC

    SusanC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    wonderful evening just a treat to have nice place for adults to enjoy an evening
  29. J

    Jeanne

    Orlando

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good visit. Boisterous group at next table but loved how manager came over to acknowledge that and to check if we were okay. Service was great. Sweet server whose name escapes me. PLEASE consider adding a mock tail menu. That wd be much appreciated. Thank you.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Never disappointing. Always excited to eat here.
  31. ST

    STACIE

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been to Bari many times. This woman owned business is a complete gem. The service and food are always outstanding. This is the 1st time I'd gone mid week and it was nice and quiet. I took a friend who'd never eaten there and every time she ate something she kept saying oh my gosh, this is the best thing I've ever eaten. The food, as always, was on point. Highly recommend the baramundi. The chutney that comes with it is a bit strong for my taste so I would have them leave it off next time but hey, you do you, Boo. Dessert was delicious, drinks are always creative and tasty. Everything is made fresh daily which sometimes takes a bit longer but I appreciate fresh over frozen so that doesn't bother me at all. If it isn't made in house, which the majority is, they get it from local businesses. Another area that Bari truly excels at is their people. The servers are wonderful with a good knowledge of the menus, very friendly, and overall great. Last week while dining at Bari, I was in tears because I had just put my dog down. I apologized to the server (whose name I didn't get through my tears - sorry) and before she even took our order, she returned to our table with tiramisu and a kind word. It was so thoughtful and so appreciated. Our server last night was Katherine who is always fantastic. She is knowledgeable, efficient, friendly and fun. Thanks Bari and Katherine, for yet another great experience.
  32. DM

    DeniseM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The people are amazing, and the food is delicious. Our waitress, Bri, was engaging, attentive, and kind. I ordered the Penne Arrabbiata for my entre. It had the perfect amount of spice. The salted caramel Creme Brule had an enticing blend of flavors and was an ideal way to end the meal.
  33. DD

    DorisD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were very happy with the food choices. We got rigatoni, Lasagna and Seafood bake. Everything was excellent. The drink menu also had many choices, and all the cocktails were great, just what you expect form the description on the menu. The atmosphere was warm and inviting. Music was quiet and relaxing. Overall, our experience was quite lovely.

    Bari ItalianResponded on July 7, 2022Doris thank you so much for the wonderful feedback! We are so happy that you had such a great time! Grazie

  34. S

    Sandy

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    High prices and very small servings, Not worth the price. More interested in serving alcohol than food.
  35. M

    Marques

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Exceptional as usual. Food, Service....best spot in CR
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Lilly was fantastic! Loved the entire experience and the food was great.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    25th Anniversary
  38. D

    Dave

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, delicious cocktails and wonderful atmosphere. Desserts are amazing and the raspberry white chocolate cheesecake is the best I could ever imagine!
  39. i

    iowagirl

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our drinks and meal were delicious. We had a table by the "fireplace" and it was so relaxing. The lasagna is so good! Loved the smokey mozzarella. Drinks, dessert . . . it was all such a treat! Our waitress was very helpful and friendly!
  40. MT

    MichaelT

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    Need to add a house created blue cheese dressing to the menu options.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Extra space between tables
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Bari Italian offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (319) 200-1500.

Bari Italian is rated 4.6 stars by 382 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 9 times today
Google Map for Bari Italian

450 1st St SW Unit 103, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404

Additional information

  • Cross street

    1st Street SW and 5th Avenue SW

  • Neighborhood

    Cedar Rapids

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–9:30 pm Happy Hour Tue–Sat 4:00 pm–6:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Cocktail Bar, Wine Bar

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Free on-street parking is available on 1st and 2nd streets as well as the side streets of 4th and 5th avenues.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Owned/operated by

    Women

  • Executive chef

    Anthony Valvoda

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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