Places To Go On Date NIght

The Cafe, located at 2616 Northridge Parkway, is one of many restaurants in Ames that offers locally grown food choices. 

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. 


Aunt Maude's 

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.

(515) 233-4136

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

(515) 268-4224

Buffalo Wild Wings

Specializes in chicken wings, sports and 30 different beers on tap. Serves until 1 a.m.

400 South Duff Ave.

(515) 232-9646

The Café 

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

(515) 292-0100

IowaStater Restaurant

A full-service restaurant featuring comfort food, a full bar and a private dining room.

2100 Green Hills Drive (inside the Gateway Hotel)

(515) 268-2238

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.

(515) 292-2066

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

(515) 232-0553

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

(515) 232-9745

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

(515) 233-9494


Open 24 hours a day with free wifi. Offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert anytime, all the time. 

325 S. Duff Ave

(515) 233-3648

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

(515) 292-5258

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

(515) 292-1167


Battlecry Smokehouse

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

(515) 292-1670

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

(515) 232-9260

Hickory Park 

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.

(515) 232-8940

Texas Roadhouse 

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.

(515) 232-7427


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

(515) 956-3580

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.

(515) 232-8888



Features burgers, chicken sandwiches, pork loins, and sloppy joe sandwiches. Don't forget to pick up a chocolate milk shake! 

1112 S. Duff Avenue

(515) 233-5678


Stop in for a butterburger, some cheese balls and a delicious malt or shake. Drive thru available.

525 Gilchrist Street

(515) 233-1760

Dairy Queen

Serves blizzards, malts, sundaes, shakes, and soft serve ice-cream. Enjoy even more with chicken strips burgers, and pork tenderloins.

316 Lincoln Way

(515) 232-5715

Dunkin' Donuts

Dunk their donuts in some delicious coffee all-day, everyday. 

2650 Lincoln Way

(515) 337-1780

3300 N. Grand Ave

(515) 663-0819

2108 Isaac Newton Drive

(515) 233-5550


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

(515) 292-5543

640 Lincoln Way

(515) 232-1961


Features burgers of all sizes as well as breakfast and gourmet coffee.

129 Duff Ave

(515) 232-1234

3621 Lincoln Way

(515) 292-5200

534 Duff Ave (inside Wal-Mart)

(515) 232-6900

Pepper Jax Grill

Offers a Philly Steak Sandwich and menu, grilling items right before your eyes.

414 S. Duff Ave

(515) 232-2285


 El Azteca 

El Azteca offers a large selection of tacos, burritos, enchiladas and other mexican fare at a fair price.

1520 S Dayton Place

(515) 232-0116

Fighting Burrito

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.

(515) 233-3075

Taco John's

Home of the famous Potato Olés. Proudly serves generous portions of items made with special seasonings and quality ingredients. 

500 Lincoln Way

(515) 232-3176


888 Restaurant 

888 Restaurant offers delivery and catering of their traditional Chinese fare and features daily lunch specials.

809 Wheeler St., Suite 106

(515) 232-3366

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

(515) 232-8383

Little Taipei 

Little Taipei serves authentic Asian dishes at a fair price in the heart of Campustown.

2514 Chamberlain St.

(515) 292-6123

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

(515) 292-2089

The Spice Thai Cuisine

The Spice offers authentic Thai cuisine in a stylish, sophisticated environment.

402 Main Street

(515) 232-0200

Thai Kitchen 

Stop by Thai Kitchen to get a taste of Thailand. Be sure to try the Chef's Special - salmon panang.

2410 Chamberlain St.

(515) 292-4788


+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.

(515) 292-0039

Bar La Tosca

Bar La Tosca features Mediterranean and Italian cuisine using local Iowa ingredients.

400 Main Street

(515) 232-8484


Ge-Angelos serves hand-stretched pizzas, pastas, salads and sandwiches in a relaxing atmosphere.

823 Wheeler St.

(515) 233-0959


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

(515) 232-4263

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

(515) 292-2321

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.

(515) 337-1049

Old Chicago

Serves delicious, handmade pizza since 1976. Relax with a great lineup of cold beer. 

1640 S. Kellog Ave

(515) 232-2285

Pizza Pit

The Pizza Pit offers hot sandwiches, chicken wings, appetizers, and pizza! Caters to groups on and off-site.

207 Welch Ave

(515) 292-6600 

Pizza Ranch

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 

(515) 232-1999


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

(515) 233-2111

Vesuvius Wood-Fired Pizza 

Inspired by traditional Neapolitan pizza craftsmaship, Vesuvius produces a pizza that is both traditional and contemporary.

1620 S Kellogg Ave.

(515) 233-7183


Red Lobster

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

(515) 232-2922


Indian Delights 

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


Location # 2

120 Welch Ave.

India Palace 

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.

(515) 292-1710


Cafe Beaudelaire

Locally owned, Cafe Beaudelaire features Brazilian-fusion cuisine, a full bar and a unique atmosphere.

2504 Lincoln Way

(515) 292-7429


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

(515) 232-0124

Cookies, etc.

Cookies, etc. features quarter pound cookies made from the owner's family recipe. Delivery available.

2801 North Grande Avenue

(515) 663-2211

Dutch Oven Bakery 

Family-owned and operated, Dutch Oven Bakery features cakes, rolls and pastries for any occasion. Catering available.

219 Duff Avenue

(515) 232-9244

Insomnia Cookies

For those late nights enjoy daily fresh baked cookies until 3 a.m. Delivery is available. 

217 Welch Ave

(877) 632-6654


Arcadia Cafe

A locally owned coffee shop and bakery. Coffee is roasted in-house and fresh pastries are featured daily.

2712 Lincoln Way

(515) 337-1007

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

(515) 233-9004

Cafe Diem

A classic American coffee house featuring items for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

229 Main Street

(515) 956-3556

Chocolaterie Stam

A unique and classy mixture of a full-service coffee shop and chocolate of more than 40 varieties.

230 Main Street

(515) (232-0656

Lorry's Coffee

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

(515) 292-2735

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

(515) 232-1242


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