The Encounter Cafe

Welcome to The Encounter Cafe

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 Notice: Beginning Dec. 11, 2017, our work week will change to Monday - Saturday as regular work days. Hours of operation remain 7 AM - 3 PM. We will be closed Dec. 23-25 for staff to have extra time with family. We will reopen Dec. 26 with the usual business hours. We will be closed Jan. 1, 2018 

About Us

Fresh Ingredients

We strive to use the "freshest" and mostly "locally grown or purchased" ingredients we can find. Our "Free Range"/"Cage Free" Eggs come from Farmer's Hen House of Kalona. The organic whole and 2% milk we use is from Kalona Organics. The coffee we brew is from fair trade beans roasted by Capanna's of North Liberty.

Made from Scratch

Our baked items are all baked fresh each day and are made from scratch. The Soft Pretzels are a signature item for us and are baked fresh each day. The Cinnamon Rolls are also a specialty item and are absolutely delicious. We have amazing muffins with some of the best tasting offerings this side of heaven . We are offering some fall flavors right now. Chocolate chip cookies, are also available. Ask us to heat either  of the baked items to give it a "fresh out of the oven" softness.

Family & Friends

We invite you and your friends to come and and enjoy a friendly encounter with us and with new friends. We hope you also encounter good food and some of our great hot drinks as well as some wonderful cold drinks. The Encounter Cafe exists for more than food and drink sales. We want to learn to know you and provide an atmosphere that is comfortable and peaceful. In other words, like good friends and family atmosphere.

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Encounter Menu

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The Encounter Cafe

376 S Clinton St, Iowa City, Iowa 52240, United States



Tuesday - Saturday: 7am - 3pm

Sunday & Monday: Closed