Midwest Living Review
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.