Downtown Cedar Rapids is full of life! This district features a variety of dining and shopping options, a vibrant arts and culture community, and exciting nightlife. The Economic Alliance works with area businesses and non-profits to support the creation of a beautiful, sustainable downtown area for all ages, so wet your whistle, fill your belly at one of the many unique, locally-owned restaurants, bars, and hot spots, and enjoy some entertainment in the greater Cedar Rapids community.


We have great restaurants in our downtown area. From a unique, locally sourced meal of fresh greens and perfectly cooked pork chops, to a quick slice of pizza or hotdog, we've got it all.

Restaurant Address Phone Hours
American Contemporary
350 First 350 First Ave. NE (319) 731.4444 Every day 6:30a - 9:00p
Black Sheep Social Club 600 1st St. SE (319) 200.7070 M-Th 11:00a - 10p, F-S 11:00a - 1:00a, Sun 10:00a - 3:00p
Cobble Hill 219 2nd St. SE (319) 366.3177 T-Th 5p - 9p, F-Sat 5:00p - 9:30p
White Star Ale House 305 2nd Ave. SE (319) 362.2000 M-Th 4:00p - 1:00a, F-Sat 3:00p - 2:00a
Culata 210 3rd Ave. SE (319) 200.4350 M-F 10:30a - 2:00p
Wasabi 221 2nd Ave. SE (319) 774.7719 M-Th 11:00a - 9:30p, F-Sat 11:00a - 10:00p
Kathy’s Pies 616 5th Ave. SE (319) 362.5216 M-F 7:00a - 5:30p, Sat 8:00a - 1:00p
Bar & Grill
Backpocket Pilot Pub 415 3rd St. SE (319) 333.9565 M-F 11a-10p, Sat-Sun 11a-11p
Brick’s Bar & Grill 320 2nd Ave. SE (319) 362.7425 M-Sun 11:00a - 2:00a
Bud Light Lounge 350 1st Ave. NE (319) 731.4444 Everyday 4:00p - 11:00p
Daisy’s Garage 1117 1st Ave. SE (319) 362.2223 Mon-Sun 11:00a - 12:00a
Dublin City Pub 415 1st St. SE (319) 247.7180 M-S 11:00a - 2:00a, Closed Sunday
Hazzard County Saloon 329 2nd Ave. SE (319) 366.1501 W-Sat 7:00p - 2:00a
Iowa Brewing Company 708 3rd St. SE (319) 366.2337 M-Th 4:00p - 8:00p, F 4:00p - 10:00p, Sat 12:00p - 10:00p, Sun 12:00p - 6:00p
Liquid Lounge 304 2nd Ave. SE (319) 362.1710 M-Sun 4:00p - 2:00a
Moose McDuffy’s 835 1st Ave. NE (319) 366.3917 M-F 11:00a - 2:00a, Sat 12:00p - 2:00a, Sun 11a - close
Pub 217 217 3rd St. SE (319) 200.4217 M-Sun 10:00a - 2:00a
Quarter Barrel Arcade & Brewery 616 2nd Ave. SE (319) 200.4142 T-Th 11:00a - 2:00a, F-Sat 11:00a - 2:00a, Sun 11:00a - 10:00p
Red’s Public House 112 2nd St. SE (319) 363.0275 M-Sun 7:00a - 2:00a
Rock Bar American Grill 219 2nd Ave. SE (319) 362.1710 M-Sun 11:00a - 2:00a
Shawn Ryan’s Irish Pub 715 2nd Ave. SE (319) 365.1591 M-Sun 10:00a - 2:00a
Stella’s 416 3rd St. SE (319) 364.2707 M-Sat 11:00a - 2:00a, Sun. 11:00a - 12:00a
Penguin's Comedy Club/The Vault 208 2nd Ave. SE (319) 363.0606 Varies
Cafe & Deli
Bistro On The River 411 1st Ave. SE (319) 363.0500 M-Th 10:30a - 8:00p, F 10:30a - 9:00p, Sat 5:30p - 9:00p, Sun-M Closed
Blue Strawberry 118 2nd St. Ste. 100 (319) 247.2583 M-F 6:30a - 8:00p, Sat 7:00a - 8:00p, Sun 8:00a - 5:00p
Coffee Emporium & Café 220 3rd Ave. SE (319) 362.3384 M-F 6:30a - 4:00p
Deb’s Ice Cream & Deli 215 3rd St. SE (319) 365.1010 M-F 7:30a - 4:00p
Deli-licious 115 3rd St. SE Lower Level of US Bank (319) 366.3716 M-F 8:00a - 4:00p
Flying Wienie 103 8th Ave. SW (319) 861.3036 M-T 11:00a - 6:00p, W-F 11:00a - 7:00p, Sat 11:00a - 4:00p
Fresh Deli & Grill 200 1st St. SE (319) 363.2995 M-F 7:00a - 3:00p
Greyhound Cafe & Deli - Cedar Rapids Public Library 450 5th Ave. SE (319) 739.0499 M-Th 9:00a - 9:00p, F-Sat 9:00a - 5:00p, Sun 1:00p - 5:00p
Jimmy Johns 411 Third St. SE (319) 364.4024 M-Sat 10:30a - 9:00p
Maid Rite West 621 1st Ave. SW (319) 364.4415 M-Sat 10:30a - 7:00p, Sun 10:30a - 3:00p
Prairie Soup Company 425 2nd St. SE, Skywalk (319) 362.0972 M-F 7:00a - 4:00p
Riley’s Cafe 836 1st Ave. NE (319) 364.4779 N/A
The Early Bird 316 2nd St. SE (319) 261.4901 N/A
Brother’s Catering 317 7th St. SE (319) 365.6900 M-F 8:00a - 6:00p
Julia’n Le Chef 426 1st Ave. NW (319) 551.3076 Call Anytime!
The Lost Cuban 209 3rd St. SE (407) 716.8329 M-Th 11:00a - 3:00p, F 11:00a - 8:00p, Sat 1:00p - 8:00p, Closed Sunday
Need Pizza 207 2nd Ave. SE (319) 362.6333 M-W 11:00a - 10:00p, Th 11:00a - 11:00p, F-Sat 11:00a - 2:30a
Popoli 101 3rd Ave. (319) 363.1248 M-Th 11:00a - 12a, F 11:00a - 2:00a, Sat 4:00p - 2:00a
Ruby’s Pizzeria 223 2nd St. SE (319) 200.4800 M-Th 11:00a - 9:00p, F 11:00a - 10:00p, Sat 4:00p - 10:00p
Lunch Cart
Big Daddy Dogs 3rd Ave. & 2nd St. SE (319) 573.8955 M-F 10:00a - 3:00p, Sat 7:30a - 12:00p
O's Grill Food Truck 200 block of 3rd St. SE (319) 981.5816 M-Th 11:00a - 2:00p, F 11:00a - 2:00p, 10:00p - 1:30a, Sat. 10:00p - 1:30a
The Grateful CrepeThe Grateful Crepe Food Truck 300 block of 2nd Ave. SE (319) 981.3282 T-F 11:00a - 2:00p
La Cantina Bar & Grill 102 2nd St. SE (319) 362.2618 M-T 11:00a - 10:00p, W-Sat 11:00a - 2:00a
Phong Lan Vietnamese 216 8th St. SE (319) 365.5784 M-Sat 11:00a - 9:00p


Living in downtown Cedar Rapids puts you right in the center of all the action, and has been awarded one of the Best Places for Affordable Homes by CNN’s Fortune and Money Magazine. Our housing options continue to expand, and the demand increases with every new development. We're working hard to bring a variety of options for every price point to the area.

As a part of our community development initiatives, our Development Committee works with community leaders and developers to bring more housing options to the downtown core and neighboring areas. Downtown has a unique variety of housing options, including loft projects in the New Bohemia Neighborhood that offer the type of eclectic urban living spaces considered unique to our community.

Find the latest information on housing in our community by visiting the Cedar Rapids Association of Realtor's web site or by attending our annual Urban Living event.

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Take in a show at Theatre Cedar Rapids, or see a great act perform at the U.S. Cellular Center. Shop at a boutique or visit a new hairstylist. We've got amazing cultural attractions, great shopping, parks and more. You won't be bored in our downtown area! Get a list of amenities downtown!

Parking in Cedar Rapids is convenient, accessible, and smart! Park Cedar Rapids delivers high-quality service and convenience to downtown visitors with state-of-the-art technology including a time-saving app, automated kiosks and more! Visit for the latest parking news and information all in one place.

Downtown SSMID

Downtown SSMID

In 1986, a Self-Supported Municipal Improvement District (SSMID) was created by vote of the downtown property owners for community development, streetscape and beautification improvements. They agreed to tax themselves as an additional assessment every year for 20 years to revitalize the area.

Today, the SSMID Commission is composed of property owners or representatives appointed by the Mayor to continue these initiatives, and remain visionaries in our plans for the vitality of downtown Cedar Rapids. The SSMID Commission works closely with the Economic Alliance to help carry out the commission’s strategic plan and meet its goals.

2017 is a renewal year for the Downtown SSMID. The last decade has been filled with success for the Downtown SSMID and you can read more about these successes in the Downtown SSMID 10 Year Report that details the SSMID's history, how it has built value and see the objectives for the next 10 years of the Downtown SSMID.


Fred Timko (Chair), Down to Earth Development, LLC

Linda Mattes (Vice-Chair), Alliant Energy

Steve Dummermuth Jr., IGD Industries

Jon Dusek, Armstrong Development Co.

Trish Ellison, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust

Marty Hoeger, Neighborhood Development Corp.

Dawn Jaffray, United Fire Group

Nancy Kasparek, US Bank

Chris Lindell, Guaranty Bank & Trust Co.

Ann Lipsky, Cedar River Finance

Andrew Morf, Acumen

Randy Rings, TrueNorth Companies

Joe Terfler, GreatAmerica Financial Services

Ron Corbett, City of Cedar Rapids Mayor

Jeff Pomeranz, Cedar Rapids City Manager

Vision Cedar Rapids

The Cedar Rapids community has seen an incredible amount of change over the past several years, due largely from the impact of the 2008 flood. The Economic Alliance is playing a part in assisting the City of Cedar Rapids with flood protection efforts through public policy advocacy and community outreach. As a staunch supporter and advocate for state and federal dollars, the EA has assisted the City of Cedar Rapids in securing $264 million over 20 years to build a flood protection system on both sides of the Cedar River.

This Vision Cedar Rapids plan provides a broad understanding of downtown’s purpose and helps to direct the energy and resources of future downtown development opportunities. As with the original plan, previous planning efforts and documents were critical to the development. There is no intent to reinvent the wheel, but rather to update already-dynamic plans to incorporate the latest circumstances and future opportunities. Read the full plan in it’s entirety below:

Vision Cedar Rapids, Five Year Plan Developed 2012 by JLG Architects, originally created in 2007

Downtown Facade Improvement Program

The Downtown Façade Improvement Program (the Program) is intended to encourage property and business owners within the downtown to renovate their building fronts and other exteriors plainly visible to the public, in order to promote more renovations and high quality exterior improvements. Project costs are shared by the Downtown SMMID Commission and the City of Cedar Rapids.

A number of grants have been awarded and some of these projects have been completed, like the Armstrong Centre, the Clock House, the Gatto Building, Quarter Barrel Arcade & Brewery and Theatre Cedar Rapids. Grant awards currently under construction include Smulekoffs and Town Centre.

To find out how to apply for the Program, contact Casey Prince, Downtown Executive Director.

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