The Iowa River Power Restaurant's dining room has an amazing view of the Iowa River dam, so come early to beat the crowd or cross your fingers you'll get a seat near a window. Repurposed as a restaurant in 1977, this popular venue once served as a power plant for Iowa City. High ceilings, exposed brick and large pipes that run throughout each dining section keep the establishment’s history alive; antiques and old photographs makes it feel almost like you're dining in a museum.
Plates are generous at prices that won’t break the bank. We advise skipping the stuffed mushroom appetizer ($7.95 for plain white caps stuffed with bland crab) and proceeding straight to the entrees. Main dishes include seafood, steaks, pasta and poultry (most items in the $17 to $40 range). The succulent duck breast ($20.95) and the house-specialty prime rib ($21 and up, depending on portion size) we tried were both expertly cooked and served with fluffy rice pilaf, although the overdone veggies on the side were a letdown.
Service is top-notch, and knowledgeable wine presentations a pleasant bonus. All in all, with memorable ambience and good, reasonably priced food, the Iowa River Power Restaurant makes a great dinner destination.