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211 1/2 E Washington Street, Iowa City, IA 52240-3927
+1 319-341-0012
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Des Moines, Iowa
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to grab a cup of coffee, homey feel, quick service! Selection is good and plenty of seating while we were there.

Davenport, Iowa
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54 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 March 2017

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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35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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.

Thank Ryan M
Iowa City, Iowa
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 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 

Thank Jim C
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Reviewed 18 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.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Iowa City, Iowa
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
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 

Thank baps6194
Los Altos, California, United States
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588 reviews
434 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
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.

Thank Rhett L
Beirut, Lebanon
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431 reviews
281 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
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...

Thank Issa M
Terre Haute, Indiana
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243 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
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.

Thank Karen O
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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

Thank Beverly M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, American
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?