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The Brown Bottle

209 W 5th St, The Historical Russell Lamson Building, Waterloo, IA 50701-5427
+1 319-232-3014
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  • Excellent53%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“lasagna” (34 reviews)
“brownie pie” (5 reviews)
“prosciutto” (3 reviews)
Open Now
04:00 - 21:00All hours
Italian, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
209 W 5th St, The Historical Russell Lamson Building, Waterloo, IA 50701-5427
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped in Tuesday evening for dinner while riding motorcycles. The hostess was very pleasant. Our waitress was very sweet and so excited we were there. My brother and I ordered the Chicken Parm; he loved it but I didn't care for it as it was...More

Thank mhelmick2016
WlooBrownBottle, General Manager at The Brown Bottle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks for stopping in! We hope you will try us out again soon!

Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

I have been there a few times each time the waiters or waitresses seemed rushed and preoccupied at one point I stopped eating and just said I would like to see your mngr. She explained the waitress had some family issues if I asked for...More

Thank Chris E
WlooBrownBottle, General Manager at The Brown Bottle, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2017

Thanks for taking the time to write a review. We are sorry to hear that your experience was less than enjoyable and would like to know more about your visit. Would you mind contacting us at your earliest convenience at waterloobrownbottle@gmail.com? We truly appreciate your...More

Reviewed 10 July 2017

Had an evening meal there during a recent trip. Very good Italian food. Service was great, location is easy to find. Very comfortable, relaxed dining. I noticed everything from couples having a night out, to families w/ children, so this must be a great local...More

Thank Midwestbiztraveler
WlooBrownBottle, Manager at The Brown Bottle, responded to this reviewResponded 18 July 2017

Thanks for the kind words! We hope we have the opportunity to serve you again next time you are in town!

Reviewed 9 July 2017

This place has great Italian food. The lasagna is the best tasting but sometimes it is not fully hot all of the way through. They must freeze it then take them out as needed.

Thank uniftbl
Reviewed 7 July 2017

We arrived about 7:00 P.M. on a Wednesday evening , were immediately greeted by a friendly hostess, and taken to a great table. Everything about the entire evening was first class, from the ambiance, to the food, to the service, and dessert too!!! Will definitely...More

Thank JAMESknoxville
Reviewed 29 June 2017

I travel the country on my stomach. This restaurant re-affirmed that a very good restaurant in a smaller town is a rare thing. Very standard fare. Nothing really imaginative on the menu at all, and quite expensive. The restaurant itself is nice looking, in a...More

Thank Moueix
Reviewed 29 June 2017 via mobile

The prime rib is excellent, nice and tender. The food is fresh and delious! Our waiter, Aaron went above and beyond to provide us excellent service and made sure that we were taken care of.

Thank pigtails65
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

20 Family members and close friends gathered for dinner following a visitation for my mother. The room setting was quiet, Caitlin ( spelling ) was the best server I've experienced in a long time! She gave us space to be a family, yet was very...More

Thank duanel47
Reviewed 13 June 2017

I have always had a great experience at this restaurant The Homemade Lasagna is their signature entrée & is to die for. The vegetation Lasagna is just as good.

Thank _iaholic57
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

Great food and service. Went with a group of 10. Nice variety in the menu. Our waitress Annie was superb. You can't go wrong at The Brown Bottle.

Thank Michael N
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Restaurant Details

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Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
04:00 - 21:00
04:00 - 21:00
04:00 - 21:00
04:00 - 21:00
04:00 - 21:00
16:00 - 22:00
16:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 209 W 5th St, The Historical Russell Lamson Building, Waterloo, IA 50701-5427
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Waterloo
  • Phone Number: +1 319-232-3014
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The Brown Bottle is located in the grand lobby of The Historical Russell Lamson Building. At 5th & Commercial Streets, just one block east of the Sullivan Brothers Convention Center in downtown Waterloo, this old hotel was built in 1913, the largest in its day West of Chicago, offering 250 rooms. The Brown Bottle in Waterloo has been a dining tradition in The Russell Lamson since 1974. Family owned and operated for generations, The Waterloo Brown Bottle offers dining nightly 7 days a week at 4 pm with a full service bar, one of the area’s most extensive wine lists, and family recipes prepared fresh daily. Enjoy entrees of pasta, beef, poultry, seafood, and our classic pizza, all pleasantly served with Iowa hospitality, in a rustic casual atmosphere. Enjoy a relaxing drink at the bar; dine in a quiet booth, or group dining up to 150 guests, The Brown Bottle in Waterloo will provide you with an exceptional experience; from our family to yours!
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