Coralville Restaurants

Minneapolis and St. Paul aren’t the only “Twin Cities” in the Midwest.

Geographically, Iowa City and Coralville are smushed right up against each other (it’s hard to figure out where one ends and the other starts). However, I do know that people associate Coralville with a stretch of 2nd St./Highway 6 called “The Coralville Strip”.

This five-mile long expanse is a consumer’s dream (or nightmare). Stores, markets, and restaurants line the strip, with these opportunities simply an easy right turn off 2nd. If a person makes it through the gauntlet of spending temptation, the final stop is the Coralridge Mall, which is sure to capture any stragglers.

Something so exhausting may leave some visitors famished. Well luckily the food choices that Coralville offers are delicious, and nearby.

In no particular ranking order, here are some excellent spots to spend an evening and enjoy good food in Coralville:

Iowa River Power Restaurant- 501 1st Avenue, Coralville, IA

This is a more upscale option, but the buck is worth the bite. The IRP Restaurant sits on the West side of the Iowa River, directly down stream from a roller dam. It was built in 1904 to create hydroelectricity, but was eventually sold to the city of Coralville in 1976. One year later, the restaurant officially opened, and they have been serving up high-quality cuisine ever since. The steak and seafood are their savory signatures, but IRP is most popular on Sunday mornings for their brunch.

Mondos Sports Café- 516 2nd Street, Coralville, IA

Mondos Sports Café has been a fixture in the Coralville and Iowa City area for nearly 15 years. If the name Mondo’s sounds familiar, that’s good, because Mondos Sports Café and Mondo’s Saloon (from Iowa City’s top restaurants) are under the same ownership.

The sports bar attracts an array of sports fans, and food fans. Unique sports memorabilia line the walls of this cozy, yet eccentric establishment. A large granite bar is the centerpiece, and it’s packed with patrons during happy hour.

Three Samurai- 1801 2nd St #200, Coralville, IA

Japanese cooking at its finest, Three Samurai offers hibachi grills and delectable sushi. Sushi is popular in the Iowa City/Coralville area, and Three Samurai is one of the best. Fresh ingredients and master sushi chefs combine to make complex flavors that refresh the pallet. Three days per week (usually Mon., Wed., Thurs.) there are a certain number of sushi rolls and appetizers that are $1. These are called “Happy Days”, and it’s almost impossible to leave the restaurant not happy. 

Wig and Pen Pizza Pub- 1220 U.S. 6, Coralville, IA

Wig and Pen has arguably the best pizza in the area. The all black wood exterior isn’t as comforting as the mountains of oozing mozzarella and tomato sauce you will find on your plate. The “Flying Tomato” is their best seller, and it is easy to see why. Their original pan crust is solid and crunchy, and is able to hold whatever toppings you choose. Your choices are blanketed in a layer of creamy mozzarella, and finished on top with slices of fresh tomatoes.