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American, Bar
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1006 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246-1925
+1 319-887-5564
11:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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Des Moines, Iowa
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13 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We ate here with a group before a basketball game. There is a decent menu of domestic and local beers. They have several choices of burgers and chicken sandwiches all named after Iowa counties or towns. Not a very big place but plenty of TVs and friendly helpful staff. We would definitely eat here again.

Thank AMBCCB2002
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83 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We arrived at roughly 5:30 and already busy with a 20 minute wait. No problem since I know everyone likes good inexpensive burgers!! Monday night special is all burgers, beef or black bean, $6.99 with fries. Great deal! Wide variety of burgers and sandwiches. Owner has 3 places in Iowa City, all well known! Hostess here is his daughter. She... More 

Thank cheesecake2015
Iowa City, Iowa
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232 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 January 2017

A friend of mine who went to grad school here took me here of a visit back to the city. We went after the open house of the new Children's hospital and it was super busy. We had a to wait a little while for a table, but had a nice spot outside and the food was so worth it!... More 

Thank Cassie W
Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We ate at Stella during UI family weekend, so it was busy but worth the wait! We had burgers, fries, chili cheese fries, philly cheesesteak, & pizza. Everything was fresh, hot, & delicious! Our waiter was awesome - on top of our orders and drink refills. He was working hard to keep up with the demand of the crowd and... More 

Thank Tina B
Appleton, Wisconsin
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Fun Atmosphere, good food and great service. Known for the burgers and a great variety offered on the menu. Although many other things offered and our waiter told us the burgers were not his favorite and suggested his favorite. The Jambalaya, we stuck to the burgers. Not disappointed but have an excuse to return and try something new.

Thank jschlais
Marion, Iowa
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016

We go for their Cajun food- the jambalaya tastes as good as we had in New Orleans. The restaurant is small so go early.

Thank lindleyrose
Aiken, South Carolina
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

Typical college town look and feel - very noisy because so crowded when we were there on a beautiful Friday noon time of a football weekend. All 6 ordered different items and all very pleased - burgers and salads were great

Thank scak_11
Dubuque, Iowa
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464 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 247 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

This is definitely a restaurant that you want to visit the minute it opens at 11:00 a.m. The crowd builds quickly and for good reason--the food. There is a menu for everyone. I went out on a limb and tried a dish of crayfish and rice---A+. The wait staff were excellent! Can't wait for a second trip.

Thank Randy L
Cedar Falls, IA
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151 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 September 2016

There are several burgers to choose from. I recommend the Burnside, which has several spices and peppers on it.

Thank exacta123
North Liberty, Iowa
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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We go here and our entire family of eight is excited! Everyone can find something they love -- from burgers, to bean burgers to chicken sandwiches. Plus, the hand-cut fries are out of this world! We enjoy the cozy atmosphere and friendly service, as well as the proximity to the hospital and clinics. My absolute favorite is the Grand Junction... More 

Thank fourevermom

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1006 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246-1925
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: +1 319-887-5564

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