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The IowaStater Restaurant

$$ - $$$
Bar, Grill, American
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2100 Green Hills Dr, Ames, IA 50014-7898
+1 515-268-2238
06:30 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 06:30 - 22:00
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Brookings, South Dakota
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124 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I stopped here for breakfast when staying in the hotel because it came with the room. The hotel was great, the restaurant was underwhelming. I arrived at about 8am, it was 2/3 empty yet I had to wait for almost 10 minutes to be seated by a very unpleasant hostess. The breakfast buffet was almost empty (you can order off... More 

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Strasbourg, France
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79 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had a business dinner at the Iowastater. The staff was friendly and the decor pleasant. I had the Cy Burger with fries, the meat was cooked as I desired and the ingredients were fresh. The proportion was reasonable, as was the price ($12).

Thank Tourvel_67
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38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

The restaurant is located inside the Gateway Hotel and Conference Center. The restaurant / bar is clean and the staff is friendly and helpful. We had the salmon salad, which is EXCELLENT. I've had other food here before and it is usually pretty good. Our waitress was very good and kept our drinks full. The only complaint was that it... More 

Thank Dreamer72
Ames, Iowa
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36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Breakfast meeting was very nice. Private dining allowed for easy interaction and conversation. The breakfast buffet had a good selection of choices and the quality was very good.

Thank Steve F
Aberdeen, United States
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

My New York steak was perfectly done (medium rare), but was a bit grisly. Caesar salad was skimpy. My wife had the peppercorn pork tenderloin - very tasty but a bit overboard on the pepper. Corn chowder and potato soup and sausage soup was very good. Very nice waiter and good attention. Hostess was very nice as well as she... More 

Thank Thomas S
Boone, Iowa
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344 reviews
279 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

We both tried their BLT sandwich with Sriracha sauce and smoked thick back, it was so good! The only bad part was the tomato but the buy local and our local tomatoes haven't been than good because of excessive heat. Loved, loved, loved their fries and the jalapeno ketchup, made fresh with chunks of jalapenos chopped inside of it. Our... More 

Thank Azona50036
Lomira, Wisconsin
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296 reviews
188 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Quiet bar, easy to visit with friends. Nice local beer selection. Food was nothing to write home about.

Thank Marty G
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345 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

Service, breakfast buffet, appetizers, even the coffee creamers. And when they are busy, others jump in to help. Just a fun place. Two wedding at the hotel last weekend and super busy but seemed to always be able to take care of us. Moved us from small table to big as our friends kept arriving and joining us. Most accommodating.... More 

Thank Robert H
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17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

This was a lovely restaurant. The atmosphere was quiet and comfortable. The menu was a little pricey, however, the dishes were interesting. The servings were small on large dishes. The food was good, but not great. We were in a larger group with only one friendly waitress. We asked for a pitcher of water since it was very hot that... More 

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Zearing, Iowa
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Decor is great but service was poor with food mediocre. One entree the waitress said came out incorrect so kitchen was correcting. That was finally served when rest were done! Coffee was ordered & sat with empty cups as they had to brew some, was this an unusual request? (Plus few patrons as was week night. ) The bar-b-q wrap... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 7 - USD 30
Bar, Grill, American
Brunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2100 Green Hills Dr, Ames, IA 50014-7898
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-268-2238
The IowaStater Restaurant is casual fine dining featuring local products with a full service bar highlighting Iowa craft beers, an extensive wine list and signature cocktails.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?