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120 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1802
+1 563-382-2558
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good35%
  • Average13%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (2 reviews)
“meatballs” (7 reviews)
“cinnamon rolls” (19 reviews)
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American, Norwegian, European
$$ - $$$
120 E Water St, Decorah, IA 52101-1802
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Reviewed 5 February 2018

Ruby's has the market in Decorah for traditional Norwegian-American foods, from lefse to rosettes, and krumkake to salmon patties. Comfort food for those of us who grew up in Norwegian-American households and just plain good victuals for those who did not!

Thank L2315NHbillm
Reviewed 15 January 2018

Ruby's is a favorite stop when we pass through Decorah: light fruit pancakes with the fruit in the cake, generous servings of eggs most any way you want them, hash browns, sausage, and a long, tempting list of desserts: pie, cake, and specials. Prices are...More

Thank Doug C
Reviewed 27 October 2017

Pancakes, bacon, and coffee. No, I did not order the cinnamon roll. It might be on of the only places available for breakfast other than the coffee shops. Staff was friendly.

Thank Jw1jj2martin
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

The crab cakes were amazing. They were made with lump crab and the holli sauce was amazing. The only reason for just 3 stars is that we had to wait over an hour for our food.

Thank Sue B
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Stopped by recently during a busy Sunday lunch, Found an uncleaned booth and managed to order a basic ham, eggs, hash browns, pancake breakfast. In the 35 minutes it took to receive the order, it was hard to ignore how loud the place became, both...More

Thank Billybob2011
Reviewed 13 August 2017 via mobile

A friend was hanging out at Ruby's while her new-old truck was being detailed and texted me to join her. She had been there for two hours when I appeared, and she had already consumed French toast and two eggs over easy, orange juice, and...More

Thank Ilse035
Reviewed 7 August 2017

Portions are generous and prices are reasonable. The bakery items are particularly enjoyable. The dining room is relatively small, but they easily accommodated our handicapped scooter.

Thank Conejogrande
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Whenever you are in Decorah, you should not leave without taking some of Ruby's cinnimon rolls with you. These gigantic rolls once were voted Iowa's best cinnimon roll. This restaurant has good quality food at a reasonable price. One of Decorah's oldest eating establishments, it...More

Thank Richard L
Reviewed 28 May 2017

Where else can you order lefse for breakfast and not have to ask for brown sugar to come with it. Norwegian specialties are offered along with variations of the standard American breakfast. Check out the canned goods for sale.

Thank Doug C
Reviewed 18 May 2017

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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Norwegian, European
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
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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