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CU Restaurant

320 E 4th St
Waterloo  Iowa  50703
United States
(319) 274-8888
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Josh Wimmer
The dcor is tasteful and the meals are quite tasty at this high-class restaurant.

It's clear from both the food and the dcor that CU is a high-class restaurant. The dimly lit dining room is decorated with crystal, dark wood and striking paintings, with curtains separating the tables along the wall. Food presentation is just as artful--lobster bisque comes with the restaurant's cursive logo spelled out in white cream on the surface of the soup. Like most of the other dishes at CU, that lobster bisque is excellent. The flavor is rich but not overpowering. The iron-skillet-seared salmon wasn't quite as tender as it should have been, but we had no complaints about the side dishes with that entre--roasted vegetables were obviously prepared with care, and a bell-pepper rice pilaf was quite tasty. CU also serves terrific desserts, such as the cappuccino mousse--layers of sweet and fluffy goodness. And the service is exactly what it should be. The waitstaff is pleasant without getting too friendly, attentive without hovering. CU, which opened in 2004, changes its menu every spring and fall, and it includes a downstairs bar called the Cellar. Expect to spend between $30 and $40 for a meal with dessert and drink.

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