While there are plenty of dining options on campus, sometimes you just need to get away and try something new or different. Ames offers opportunities for diners of almost any taste.
Locally owned, Aunt Maudes features fresh house-made food, a full bar and wine list. Patio seating available. Open for lunch 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and dinner starting at 5 p.m.
547 Main St.
Brick City Grill
The newest sports bar in Ames, Brick City Grill is great for family dining. Be sure to try the award winning "Best Burger in Iowa!"
2704 Stange Road
Buffalo Wild Wings
Specializes in chicken wings, sports and 30 different beers on tap. Serves until 1 a.m.
400 South Duff Ave.
A laid-back atmosphere and features local and seasonal menus. The Café features European pastries and creative desserts. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
2616 Northridge Parkway
A full-service restaurant featuring comfort food, a full bar and a private dining room.
2100 Green Hills Drive (inside the Gateway Hotel)
Oddfellows Burger Kitchen
Stop into Oddfellows for a fresh-ground hamburger served on a homemade bun in their made-from-scratch restaurant and lounge.
823 Wheeler St.
Olde Main Brewing Company
A locally owned restaurant and brewery, Olde Main features handcrafted entrees and freshly brewed beers. A Sunday brunch menu is also available.
316 Main Street
Open Flame Steak House and Lounge
Grill your own steak or leave it to the professionals at Open Flame Steakhouse and Lounge. Catering available.
225 Main Street, Gilbert, IA
The Other Place
A family owned pizzeria since 1970. A traditional, made-from-scratch menu and great customer service. A great place to catch a game.
631 Lincoln Way
Open 24 hours a day with free wifi. Offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert anytime, all the time.
325 S. Duff Ave
Stomping Grounds Cafe
A European style cafe with a patio featuring fine coffees, wine and beer. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
202 Welch Avenue
Wallaby's Bar and Grille
Featuring Ames' only rooftop patio, Wallaby's was voted one of the "101 Best Sports Bars in the U.S." by CNNGO.
2733 Stange Road
Rated the best barbeque in Ames on Yelp, Battlecry features a wide assortment of smoked meats and make their own delicious barbeque sauce.
218 Welch Avenue
Buford's Steakhouse & BBQ
A family style restaurant featuring charbroiled steaks, award winning barbeque cooked in the only smoker in Iowa located in the dining room.
2601 East 13th Street
Opened in 1970, Hickory Park has become an Ames tradition. Famous for their smoked meats, generous portions and ice cream parlor desserts.
1404 S. Duff Ave.
A family restaurant known for steak, ribs and made from scratch sides. Don't forget about their delicious fresh baked bread.
519 S Duff Ave.
Dublin Bay Irish Pub and Grill
Featuring a unique menu, Dublin Bay offers a full service pub with 16 beers on tap and a healthy dose of Irish hospitality.
320 South 6th Street
The Mucky Duck Pub
The Mucky Duck Pub offers family-friendly, British style dining and drinking experience. It is also the new home of Ames British Foods.
3100 S Duff Ave.
Features burgers, chicken sandwiches, pork loins, and sloppy joe sandwiches. Don't forget to pick up a chocolate milk shake!
1112 S. Duff Avenue
Stop in for a butterburger, some cheese balls and a delicious malt or shake. Drive thru available.
525 Gilchrist Street
Serves blizzards, malts, sundaes, shakes, and soft serve ice-cream. Enjoy even more with chicken strips burgers, and pork tenderloins.
316 Lincoln Way
Dunk their donuts in some delicious coffee all-day, everyday.
2650 Lincoln Way
3300 N. Grand Ave
2108 Isaac Newton Drive
Serves ready-to-eat, take-out, or dine-in food from Asia, Italy and more. Then grab your grocery, pharmacy, and home-product needs.
3800 Lincoln Way
640 Lincoln Way
Features burgers of all sizes as well as breakfast and gourmet coffee.
129 Duff Ave
3621 Lincoln Way
534 Duff Ave (inside Wal-Mart)
Pepper Jax Grill
Offers a Philly Steak Sandwich and menu, grilling items right before your eyes.
414 S. Duff Ave
El Azteca offers a large selection of tacos, burritos, enchiladas and other mexican fare at a fair price.
1520 S Dayton Place
Dine-in, order out or call for delivery of gourmet burritos with homemade salsas and slow-cooked meats. Online ordering available and they're open everyday.
117 Welch Avenue
La Fuente Restaurant
You will find a variety of traditional Mexican plates at La Fuente on South Duff Avenue. If you're of age, be sure to try one of their famous margaritas.
217 S Duff Ave.
Home of the famous Potato Olés. Proudly serves generous portions of items made with special seasonings and quality ingredients.
500 Lincoln Way
888 Restaurant offers delivery and catering of their traditional Chinese fare and features daily lunch specials.
809 Wheeler St., Suite 106
Fuji Japanese Steakhouse
Enjoy watching your food cooked right in front of you in the "hibachi-style" grill as well as your pick of fresh fish from the sushi bar.
1614 S. Kellog Ave
Little Taipei serves authentic Asian dishes at a fair price in the heart of Campustown.
2514 Chamberlain St.
May House Cuisine
Stop in and try the sesame or garlic chicken. If you're in the mood for something a little more spicy, perhaps the thia boa is for you.
3417 Lincoln Way
The Spice Thai Cuisine
The Spice offers authentic Thai cuisine in a stylish, sophisticated environment.
402 Main Street
Stop by Thai Kitchen to get a taste of Thailand. Be sure to try the Chef's Special - salmon panang.
2410 Chamberlain St.
+39 Restaurant, Market and Cantina
An authentic Italian restaurant with a spacious patio and large cantina. +39 features over 150 Italian wine labels and offers delivery.
2640 Stange Rd.
Bar La Tosca
Bar La Tosca features Mediterranean and Italian cuisine using local Iowa ingredients.
400 Main Street
Ge-Angelos serves hand-stretched pizzas, pastas, salads and sandwiches in a relaxing atmosphere.
823 Wheeler St.
Great Plains Sauce and Dough Company
A classic Ames pizza shop, Great Plains offers six different pizza styles, including whole wheat, potato and oat crusts.
129 Main Street
Jeff's Pizza Shop
Voted best pizza in Ames by students, Jeff's makes dough fresh daily and offers dine-in, carryout and delivery.
2402 Lincoln Way
Joe's Pizza and Pasta
Joe's features thin-crust pizza to go along with their array of tasty pastas and special dishes. Dine-in, carryout or delivery
4518 Mortensen Rd.
Serves delicious, handmade pizza since 1976. Relax with a great lineup of cold beer.
1640 S. Kellog Ave
The Pizza Pit offers hot sandwiches, chicken wings, appetizers, and pizza! Caters to groups on and off-site.
207 Welch Ave
Their buffet of pizza, chicken, salad bar and ice-cream is available every day from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Delivery is available until 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and until 12 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
1404 Boston Ave
Serving central Iowa for more than 25 years. A full-service Italian restaurant offering dine-in, carryout, delivery, and carryout. Stop in for their buffet offering salad, soup, pasta, pizza, and dessert.
823 Wheeler Street
Vesuvius Wood-Fired Pizza
Inspired by traditional Neapolitan pizza craftsmaship, Vesuvius produces a pizza that is both traditional and contemporary.
1620 S Kellogg Ave.
Enjoy eight different species of fresh fish as well as fresh oysters brought in three times a week. Have your pick of almost any other kind of seafood.
1100 Buckeye Ave
Indian Delights is a family owned, Ames- based restaurant specializing in authentic Indian cuisine. They feature everything from Begooni to Madras Poached Salmon.
127 Dotson Drive
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120 Welch Ave.
India Palace features a lunch buffet and dinner menu six days a week. Most popular items include their curry dishes and classic Indian bread.
120 Hayward Ave.
Locally owned, Cafe Beaudelaire features Brazilian-fusion cuisine, a full bar and a unique atmosphere.
2504 Lincoln Way
Ames Cupcake Emporium
A retro-themed cupcakery and lunch destination. They feature more than 100 flavors with 10 to 14 featured flavors each day.
300 Main Street
Cookies, etc. features quarter pound cookies made from the owner's family recipe. Delivery available.
2801 North Grande Avenue
Dutch Oven Bakery
Family-owned and operated, Dutch Oven Bakery features cakes, rolls and pastries for any occasion. Catering available.
219 Duff Avenue
For those late nights enjoy daily fresh baked cookies until 3 a.m. Delivery is available.
217 Welch Ave
COFFEE AND MORE
A locally owned coffee shop and bakery. Coffee is roasted in-house and fresh pastries are featured daily.
2712 Lincoln Way
Burgie's Coffie and Tea Company
Burgie's specializes in delicious European coffee and espresso. Soup, salad and sandwiches are also on the menu.
110 Airport Road
A classic American coffee house featuring items for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
229 Main Street
A unique and classy mixture of a full-service coffee shop and chocolate of more than 40 varieties.
230 Main Street
Grab a cup of coffie and a muffin to go, or stop in to enjoy a smoothie with friends. Free wi-fi.
2900 West Street
Starbucks Coffee Company
Offers a variety of freshly brewed coffee, lattes, and tea. Also offers hot sandwiches and pastries. Free wifi is available.
327 Lincoln Way