Formosa Sushi Bar

221 E College St, Iowa City IA 52240
$ Sushi

Formosa is located in the heart of Downtown Iowa City. We specialize in the finest fusion concepts encompassing our signature sushi rolls, entrees and specialty martinis. Try the delicious Las Vegas Roll, or a one of a kind martini. Formosa can accommodate an intimate date for two or large groups for any occasion.

Reservations

Booking Notes:

We have updated our hours of operation to: Sunday-Wednesday: 4:00 pm - 9:00pm & Thursday-Saturday 4pm-10pm.

Business Info

  • Address: 221 E College St, Iowa City IA 52240
  • Cross Street: S Linn St
  • Cuisine: American | Asian | Chinese | Japanese | Sushi |
  • Cost: | Very Inexpensive
  • Category: Casual Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Recommended
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Dinner |
  • Parking: Street | Parking Garage |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Cash |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 319-338-8880
  • Features: Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Takeout Available, Happy Hours, Lounge / Bar, Free Wi-Fi, Big Screen TV,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, People Watching, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Dog Friendly, Quick Bite, Trendy / Hip, Celebrity Spotting, Date Night,

Photos

Formosa Sushi Bar - Formosa Logo
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Business Hours

Reservations Available
Monday
Dinner - Restaurant 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Tuesday
Dinner - Restaurant 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Wednesday
Dinner - Restaurant 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Thursday
Dinner - Restaurant 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Friday
Dinner - Restaurant 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday
Dinner - Restaurant 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Sunday
Dinner - Restaurant 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
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Customer Reviews & Ratings

4.8 out of 5 stars based on 351 votes

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Mar 06, 2023
Sarah F.
Always great service and great food!

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Feb 18, 2023
Jessica H.
The salmon lovers sushi was fantastic and so was the service.

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Feb 10, 2023
Cami F.
The food was delicious and waitress was great.

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Jan 25, 2023
Nancy S.
Our server Morgan was great! She recommended wonderfully tasty rolls and even remembered us from our last visit to Formosa. Love the food, service and atmosphere at Formosa.

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Jan 14, 2023
ellie e.
so good i love formosas

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Oct 01, 2022
Hayden O.
Great service, food, and place!

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May 13, 2022
Ryan R.
Nice selection of rolls and priced well

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May 01, 2022
Paul E.
Excellent staff. Excellent ambiance. Superb sushi. Superb service. Competent waiters and waitresses. Courteous hostess. Best sushi in Iowa.

Overall: 10/10
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Apr 29, 2022
Max B.
Food was so good and everyone at the establishment was amazing

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Feb 17, 2022
George E.
great food, great service

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Jan 27, 2022
Veda V.
Our waiter was extremely friendly! Made great suggestions and checked on us periodically.

Overall: 10/10
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Jan 14, 2022
Joy F.
Last time the tuna tower had chips but this time we were told no chips. Really like chips with the appetizer.

Overall: 10/10
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Dec 13, 2021
Allison K.
It was a lovely dinner with great food and service. Tons of options for non fish eaters as well

Overall: 10/10
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Service: 6/10
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Nov 20, 2021
Paul E.
Excellent service and staff. Very competent waitresses. Quality of sushi fresh and superb. Very warm and inviting milieu. Best restaurant in the state.

Overall: 10/10
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Ambience: 7/10
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Nov 17, 2021
Jeff V.
Went after the football game. We had a large group but our waiter was great. The food was outstanding and the prices can't be beat! We love sushi and this compares to our favorite place back home. We will go back.

Overall: 10/10
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Nov 13, 2021
Brianna T.
everything was amazing

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Oct 21, 2021
Maria G.
Very good experience

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 20, 2021
Cameron O.
5 of us had a great evening. The server was patient with our first time sushi eater, and made great suggestions. The value for the food is incredible. I (nicely) questioned the server because I though the final the was too low. Nope. Definitely recommend, definitely coming back.

Overall: 10/10
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Oct 14, 2021
Kathy Y.
Our waitress was so polite and did a great job making sure we enjoyed our food and experience. The food was delicious and worth the cost.

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 19, 2021
Carol M.
We had a very enjoyable evening. The food was great, the service was great, the ambience, great, and the value was also great!

Overall: 10/10
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Sep 06, 2021
James L.
Amazing food, friendly staff, super great pricing.

Overall: 10/10
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Aug 19, 2021
Cindy J.
Everything was great. Our server was excellent. We will be back for sure!

Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
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Value: 6/10
Jan 08, 2021
Melanie M.
Waiter was diligent, quick, responsive. Food presentation was beautiful, would appreciate more specials every night.

Overall: 9/10
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May 13, 2021
Allie G.
Super good food and drinks on deal night. Wasn't too busy and the online service took my reservation so we got seated right away!

Overall: 8/10
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Dec 14, 2022
ELLEN P.
Noisy

Overall: 8/10
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Aug 17, 2022
Kim H.
All of our food was fantastic with the exception of the Beef, mashed potatoes and asparagus entree. All three items were terrible. Our service was great.

Overall: 7/10
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Ambience: 5/10
Value: 8/10
Dec 11, 2022
Denise B.
It was really cold in there. Every time the door opened a wind blew through straight out to the hotel. It was cold the entire time though. Unfortunately, the Last time I was there, I sat back in the main area and it was cold there too. I sure do love the food though! Our waitress was also excellent.

Overall: 7/10
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Value: 5/10
Sep 20, 2022
Sam M.
I typically love Formosa, however this recent experience made me and one of the other people in our party sick. Our waitress was very kind and although it appears like they were affected by staff shortage, she did a wonderful job.

Overall: 7/10
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May 16, 2022
Corey L.
Great food, great service, reservations at 4pm for graduation dinner, 6 people. After 1 hr and 15 mins waitress asked us if she could bring the bill because our table was needed for another reservation coming in.