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Shorts Burger & Shine

18 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240-3912
+1 319-337-4678
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“fries” (64 reviews)
“beef” (20 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
18 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240-3912
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Reviewed 12 September 2018

I read an article that this was the best burger in Iowa, and after eating one I have to agree! I was traveling through on a rainy Wednesday and made it a point to have dinner here. It was NOT busy, and I was treated...More

Thank G Roger P
Reviewed 3 August 2018

I love shorts. It has everything I want. First, it's located right next to campus in the heart of all the action. The tiny store front along Clinton St makes it easy to miss. All you get is a faded burgundy awning with the words...More

Thank CraftBeers
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

My husband, daughter and I stopped on Monday and chose to sit outside, which was nice. We come here frequently, it is always good for burgers and fries. I wish that they would offer lettuce instead of a bun. They had shredded but no leaf...More

Thank jackiejbhenderson
Reviewed 21 July 2018 via mobile

In town on business so decided to go behind enemy (Big 10) lines and see how they live. Not too bad, I have to say. The service might’ve been a little slow, but the servers were extraordinarily charming and friendly. Being close to campus, I’ll...More

Thank Bill And Donna ... S
Reviewed 26 June 2018 via mobile

Was in the area so we finally decided to stop and check it out! We each had a burger with homemade cut fries and very good and filling! Next time I’d split it with my husband. The place is small inside and burgers with fries...More

Thank Wendi S
Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

Good place, however small, to head to for burgers and beer. Not a huge burger fan, in general, but Shorts are better than many of the other local restaurants serving burgers. Will go back!

Thank 719cathleenm
Reviewed 27 May 2018 via mobile

This establishment is basically a bar right off campus that specializes in hamburgers. They offer about 30 different hamburger combinations. The hamburgers were just okay. French fries are hand cut and were the highlight of the meal. I ordered the tenderloin which had breading almost...More

Thank krogersku
Reviewed 20 May 2018

Saw this place on Campus Eats on the Big Ten Network. I was in town for the Michigan/Iowa football game and checked it out. (Sorry for the delay on posting as this was 2016) The place was full on a Friday mid afternoon. I was...More

Thank Matt M
Reviewed 12 April 2018

Small little hole in the wall just off the main campus. My coworker got a cheddar burger and fries and I got the burger with bacon and blue cheese. Both were fantastic and very very flavorful! The fries are great and the "Short Sauce" is...More

Thank NashvilleTNGuy
Reviewed 6 February 2018

We came in for the Monday half price burger deal. We waited about 30 minutes for a table before finally giving up and sitting at the corner of the bar. Before ordering we asked a waiter about the burger special and he confirmed that they...More

Thank GiangRyan
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Emily C
8 April 2015|
Response from jdthewriter | Reviewed this property |
Emily C., my wife and I did not directly request gluten free, but I would think Shorts would be able to accommodate you. Their menu options were impressive even for a gastro pub, and their clientele would likely want that... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 18 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240-3912
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-337-4678
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