The next time you're looking for a place to do a little "fine dining," there's a great restaurant in Iowa City that should be at the top of your list!

The website Eat This recently published a list with the best expensive restaurants in all 50 states, and I was surprised to see that an Eastern Iowa restaurant was the pick for our state. I just assumed that Iowa's best "expensive" restaurant would be in Des Moines!

Orchard Green Restaurant and Lounge, located at 521 S Gilbert Street in Iowa City, offers "gourmet classics and innovative American-Mediterranean cuisine" from executive chef and owner Bryan Herzic. Their official website reads:

"Orchard Green’s bold and natural menu is artistically prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients.  The elegant ambience of the dining room is complimented by a casual and intimate downstairs lounge.  With superior staff, local events, live music, hand-picked fine wines and custom specialty drinks, Orchard Green is familiar, yet unlike anywhere else."

The current menu at Orchard Green offers a wide variety of seafood dishes, like crab cakes, fried oysters, escargot, shrimp & scallop linguini, and lobster butternut squash bisque, but there are also plenty of other meat and vegetarian options. Eat This mentions that the "filet mignon, bouillabaisse, and pistachio-crusted whitefish are among some of the top dishes." For dessert, guests can choose from the Belgian Chocolate Flourless Torte, the Strawberry Peach Tart, the Peanut Butter Mousse, and more.

If you're dining in the lounge, there are several different burgers you can choose from, as well as the Mediterranean Cheesesteak, Blackened Fish Sandwich, Salmon Filet, and Fish & Chips. The Lounge's happy hour is Sunday through Thursday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., with a half-price lounge menu on Thursday. You can check out the full menu HERE.

Not surprisingly, Orchard Green has a ton of positive reviews! Thanks to 425 reviews, the restaurant has 4.5 stars on Facebook and 4.5 stars on Yelp thanks to192 reviews. An August review from Yelp user Donnie B. reads:

"Me and my wife went in for an anniversary and the food was out of this world. Truly. The drinks were so complex and tasty. There is nothing I could complain about."

If you want to give Orchard Green a try, the lounge is open Sunday through Thursday from 3 p.m. to 9 pm. and Friday & Saturday from 3 p.m. to midnight. The dining room is open Sunday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. There are some closures due to the holidays. You can get all the details on their website HERE.

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