The Webster will be closed Thursday October 19 for a private event.

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Welcome to the Webster, a cosmopolitan restaurant with a Midwest heart, serving contemporary American fare in a relaxed but refined environment.

Our menu features seasonally driven cuisine based on Chef Sam Gelman’s unique culinary style relying heavily on Midwestern ingredients.

To pair with Sam’s cuisine, we highlight wines from smaller producers using traditional wine making practices, artisanal beers, hand crafted cocktails, and thoughtful non-alcoholic options.

The Restaurant List

The 50 places in the United States that we're most excited about right now.

For the third annual New York Times Restaurant List, we sent a dozen reporters, editors and critics to hundreds of places across the United States — from Rattlesnake Point in Florida to the Arts District in Los Angeles — to find our favorites.

Half of this year’s selections — marked as New — have opened since the 2022 list was published, but plenty of others have been around for years and are still sending out exceptional dishes. Despite the upheavals in recent years, this is an expansive moment for independent restaurants. We can’t help but feel that cities and towns in the United States are better to eat in today than they have ever been.It wasn’t easy to narrow it down, but here are the 50 restaurants that excite us most right now.

The Webster
Iowa City, IA
Asian, Italian
Opened May 2021
Thalassa Raasch for The New York Times

Sam Gelman grew up eating lunch at Pearson’s Drug Store, just down the block from Mercy Hospital, where his grandfather worked as an orthopedic surgeon. Today, Mr. Gelman and his wife, Riene, operate the Webster, a restaurant named after that grandfather, in that drugstore’s former space. Mr. Gelman’s food channels his experiences working as a top lieutenant in the chef David Chang’s restaurant group, which took him from New York to Toronto to Los Angeles. With its window-lined dining room and vibrant, Asian-accented, often locally sourced dishes, the Webster treats Mr. Gelman’s hometown as an asset, and serves as a compelling enticement to visit this cosmopolitan corner of the Midwest.
- Brett Anderson

Join us Valentine's Evening

Tuesday February 14, 2023 for a special Valentine's Dinner

Please book all reservations via Resy. All reservations are limited to two hours in order to accommodate everyone that wants to join us. Please let us know of any dietary restrictions in advance.
Thank you!

Valentine's MEnu

4 Course Prix Fix


First Course
hamachi crudo, ginger-citrus ponzu, winter radish
winter citrus salad, cured black olive, hearts of palm

Second Course
celery root soup, confit chicken oyster, black truffle
ravioli doppio, beef farce, ricotta, sunchoke

Third Course
roasted sole, beet, cassis, creme fraiche, pistachio
filet of beef, root vegetable pave, broccoli, aged cheddar
david's turnip cake, black radish, charred shallot, shiitake

Fourth Course
buttermilk panna cotta, citrus marmelade, arbequina
chocolate cremeux, caramelized white chocolate

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Our private dining room is the perfect setting to host your special event. Available on the mezzanine level, featuring floor to ceiling windows, the dining room can accommodate up to 32 guests with the hospitality and service that has become synonymous with the Webster.

*Please email us for more information and date availablity.

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Our Chef's counter features a curated menu by Chef Sam and his team for a truly unique, and intimate setting for up to 4 persons. Please inquire for pricing and availability.

*Please note a minimum of 24hrs advance notice required for Chef's Table reservations.

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