Iowa’s Cedar Falls and Waterloo area (also known as the Cedar Valley) has numerous romantic restaurants that provide a unique atmosphere for that special someone. The menus provide a wide range of entrees and drink selections that fit into any budget. Reservations are recommended on the weekends to alleviate wait time.
Bourbon Street and the Voodoo Lounge are located at 314 Main Street in Cedar Falls. This fine restaurant opened in 2003 and has made a mark in the area with the excellent food, atmosphere and service. The building that houses the two floor restaurant and lounge has original brick walls and tin ceilings. There is a massive oak tree that provides a rich New Orleans French Quarter flavor to the dining room area. The food served includes American, Cajun and Creole. The restaurant boasts a world class wine list, original artwork by Paco and a slate pathway to add the romance of New Orleans in the area. The menu is diverse with prices ranging from $10 to $30. Bourbon Street and the Voodoo Lounge may be contacted for reservations at 319.266.5285. To view more on the restaurant and lounge visit Barmuda.com on the Internet.
Galleria De Paco is located at 622 Commercial Street in Waterloo. This restaurant, lounge and art gallery is the brain child of the Rosic family who immigrated from Bosnia. Paco Rosic spray painted a replica of the Michelangelo painting of the Sistine Chapel on the ceiling of the restaurant. The artwork is amazing especially when it took Paco only 4 months to complete the massive painting. This elegant piece of work adds a very romantic touch to the unique dining area. The menu is diverse and offers a wide selection of entrees and drinks that are in the price range of $10 to $30. Reservations are required on the weekends to avoid a long wait. Phone 319.833.7226 to speak to one of the friendly employees of Galleria De Paco. More information may be found on their website at Paco-Rosic.com.
The Brown Bottle restaurant has two locations, one in Cedar Falls at 1111 Center Street (319.266.2616) and the other in Waterloo at 209 W 5th Street (319.232.3014). Both locations specialize in pasta entrees but offer prime rib and chicken selections with pasta as part of the meal. They offer a wide selection of appetizers, specialty drinks, wines and beer. Entrees will run between $12 and $15 per item. Appetizers fall within the $5 to $10 range. The atmosphere at both locations is quaint as individual rooms provide a setting for small groups and couples to enjoy each others company. It is recommended that reservations are made on the weekends and for large groups that wish to reserve a large area.
A lovely romantic evening may be found at several restaurants throughout the Cedar Valley. Both Cedar Falls and Waterloo provide numerous dining establishments with menu prices to fit anyone’s budget. Phone ahead on weekends to make reservations.