Restaurant Guide

Ames has an array of restaurants. There are, of course, the usual chains (McDonalds, Texas Roadhouse, Panera). Campustown offers many options catering to students that are fast and casual. Below are some recommendations, grouped by locale.

Main Street

Bar La Tosca

400 Main Street (515) 232-8484 Creative Italian-style small plates and pastas. Excellent cocktails. Best restaurant on Main Street. Vegetarian options. $$$

Aunt Maude’s

547 Main Street (515) 233-4136 Locally sourced produce. Good seafood and wine selection in a formal atmosphere. Vegetarian options. $$$$

The Spice

402 Main Street (515) 232-0200 Thai. Known for Pad Thai, Green Curry Salmon, and Panang Chicken. Vegetarian options. $$$

London Underground

212 Main Street (515) 233-8500 A favorite watering hole. No food served.


Café Beaudelaire

2504 Lincoln Way Decent Brazilian cuisine in a casual setting. Recently (though dubiously) awarded “Best Burger in Iowa.” $$

Stomping Grounds

303 Welch Ave (515) 292-5258 Coffee house serving salads, sandwiches, and crêpes all day. Vegetarian options. $$

India Palace

120 Hayward Avenue (515) 715-1060 Decent Indian food. Casual setting. Vegetarian and vegan friendly—just ask. $$



2640 Stange Road (515) 292-0039 Italian trattoria. Primi, secondi, and pizze. Good wine selection and desserts. Vegetarian options. $$$

The Café

2616 Northridge Parkway (515) 292-0100 New American, emphasizing local and seasonal ingredients. Vegetarian options. $$$

Brick City Grill

2704 Stange Road (515) 268-4224 Sports bar. Beers, burgers, and fries. The vegan Impossible Burger is a recommended substitution. Vegetarian friendly. $$


2733 Stange Road (515) 292-1167 American bar/restaurant with nice rooftop patio space. Vegetarian options. $$

El Azteca

2727 Stange Rd (515) 292-9494 Americanized Mexican. Casual, inexpensive, and usually crowded. Vegetarian options. $


Provisions Lot F

2400 North Loop Drive (Close to the Gateway Hotel.) (515) 598-1783 New American cuisine. Local and seasonal menu. $$$

The Mucky Duck

3100 South Duff Avenue (515) 232-8888 Roadside British pub. Great fish and chips and an extensive beer list. Some outdoor seating. $$

Hickory Park

1404 South Duff Avenue (515) 232-8940 An Ames destination, where everything is oversized. The place to go if you want a stereotypical meal from the American heartland. $$