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Shorts Burger & Shine

18 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240-3912
+1 319-337-4678
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“burgers” (93 reviews)
“fries” (52 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
18 S Clinton St, Iowa City, IA 52240-3912
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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
Reviewed 22 December 2017

We love the variety of options for sandwiches and the tasty homemade crispy fries. In nice weather, eating on the outdoor patio is a bonus.

Thank Trudy P
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

The selection of burgers is awesome and the French fries are amazing. The sauce they provide at the table is great to use as a condiment for the fries. The service as always been very good. I would recommend wholeheartedly

Thank Jeff W
Reviewed 30 September 2017

Food is the best in town! Their Farley burger is my absolute favorite! Service is always awesome. Its a must go!

Thank Katie R
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

you have a wide beer selection drafts and bottles...TV screens to watch games are available...great burgers are there...I had a lovely burger with Swiss cheese and aioli sauce and it was so delicious...it is very popular for lunch it is always crowded...I love their French...More

Thank Issa M
Reviewed 13 September 2017

Shorts Burger & Shine is an old-fashioned "Hamburger Joint", located in the space once occupied by Short's Shoeshine Parlor, which was a downtown institution in Iowa City in the middle of the 20th Century. Shorts serves one of the best burgers in town, featuring generous...More

Thank William H
Reviewed 7 September 2017 via mobile

You have to have the Dundee burger. Plain and simple!! Great atmosphere! Cozy. If your a big person you won't fit in the booths. Go for the 2 person table.

Thank Hairytattoo
Reviewed 11 July 2017

A group of us visiting for a wedding stopped here for lunch. One of our group lives in Iowa City and since we had gone out the night before we were all looking for a good greasy cheeseburger, he suggested Shorts. Wow, never been here...More

Thank Reau482
Reviewed 23 June 2017

Great atmosphere in an authentic campus setting. The booths can get crowded, but that is part of the genuine ambience here. Our service has always been good, even when we came with a large group. I always like a place like this that specializes in...More

Thank davidlI5106MM
Reviewed 20 June 2017

My daughter and I ate fabulous burgers! Unfortunately we sat in the front of the restaurant and the AC did not reach us. Great food, I'll return, but we ate quickly due to the heat!

Thank 5schades
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Emily C
8 April 2015|
Response from jdthespeaker | 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, Reservations, Full Bar
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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