There are a bunch of new restaurants in Cedar Rapids that opened this year. From upscale bistros and awesome breweries to down country barbecue and ethnic cuisine, Cedar Rapids' new restaurants food scene reflects the diversity of the city. Whether you're looking for a quick bite to eat or a special night out, these new spots have something for everyone.
Up in Smoke BBQ
This restaurant is offering made from scratch sauces and rubs and serves Angus beef, all from cattle in Iowa. They even brine and smoke their own salmon. This family friendly diner style restaurant opened in 2022.
Midnight Smoker BBQ
This father daughter duo was started by Greg Stoll and serves up pulled pork and beef brisket daily, plus sides like mac and cheese, potato salad, and Carolina cole slaw. Rotating items on the menu include Carolina baked beans, bacon wrapped pepper poppers, ribs, chicken thighs, and beef ribs.
Barrel House Pub
Barrel House franchise opened in Cedar Rapids in early 2022 and offers signature sauces, gourmet burgers, plus catering and fun events.
The popular Bluebird Cafe opened a second restaurant in 2022 and offers all-day breakfast, lunch, and dinner options. French dip, sandwiches and homemade hollandaise sauce, sausage patties and sausage gravy are the highlights.
Earl's Chill and Grill
This family owned restaurant opened in 2022 and offers burgers, sandwiches, fried foods, plus soft serve ice cream, shakes and more.
El Bajio Mexican
El Bajio opened a new, larger second location from its beloved first restaurant. Try menu items like pozole, a seafood tower and chilaquiles.
This new restaurant opened on the ground floor of the Aliant tower and offers wraps, sandwiches, burgers, tacos, salads and coffee.
Farm House Diner
Farm House diner opened in the summer of 2022 and offers all day breakfast, with menu items like burgers, sandwiches, salads and dinner items like hot beef and meatloaf.
Micky's Irish Pub
Michy's Irish Pub opened its second location in North Liberty. They offer great Irish food, beer and live music.
Midtown Reserve is Cedar Rapids' newest reservation-only steakhouse, offering the best sourced grass-fed beef in the Midwest.
Mix Sushi Kitchen
Mix Sushi Kitchen features a broad menu of authentic Korean food and a sushi bar offering unique rolls, plus an awesome happy hour.
This popular catering foodtruck is now a restaurant run by a couple who previously competed in barbeque competitions. The menu includes pulled pork, pulled chicken, chopped brisket, a BBQ Sundae and sides like smoked mac & cheese, jalapeno corn, and banana pudding.
The Pines Pizza and Pub
Vito's in 24nd has a new team and a new name and opened in late 2022. Menu items include build-your-own pizzas, calzones, wings, burgers, salads, desserts, and more.
Iowa City Taproom
This local Reunion brewery taproom is in the heart of Cedar Rapids. Offering local craft beer, cider, an outdoor patio, board games, and regular live music.
Sacred Cow Tavern
Sacred Cow Tavern is a new neighborhood tavern offering burgers, rib-eye steak, chicken gyros, shrimp boil and more, alongside canned beer.
SKO Tavern & Tacos
Offering tacos with fancy and fun sauces like pineapple pico and mango habernero. They also have a giant connect four game, plus hoops.
Textile Taphaus opened in May 2022 and offers 24 taps of craft beer and local cider, a full bar, plus Bavarian pretzels, flatbreads and snacks like beer cheese nachos and fries.