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Hickory Park Restaurant

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1404 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010-8022
515-232-8940
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10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout

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Visitor rating
  • 294
    Excellent
  • 146
    Very good
  • 51
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
A must stop in Ames

I know the bbq is great here but we always have to stop for an ice cream treat! They have everything you could want in an ice cream sundae or other treats. I had a golden cashew sundae that was heavenly and my husband had a black and white which reminded him of his youth. The place is huge and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Marlys V
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Doing business
  • Large groups
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English first
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43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

I know the bbq is great here but we always have to stop for an ice cream treat! They have everything you could want in an ice cream sundae or other treats. I had a golden cashew sundae that was heavenly and my husband had a black and white which reminded him of his youth. The place is huge and... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

This place is incredibly over rated. I love BBQ, but theirs is par, at best. They don't have any thing that is truly impressive to offer when it comes to BBQ. If you're use to Kansas City, Memphis, or Texas BBQ you will be greatly disappointed. I would say if you're tween going on a date this place is perfect.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

My family of 4 ate here for the first time and loved it we will definitely be returning. The food was fast and tasted excellent. We had the chicken,ribs and sausage. My boys both liked their kids meals that included a drink and scoop of ice cream. The price was very reasonable and the service was great. We have found... More 

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Rochester, Minnesota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We were traveling through Ames and decided to stop at one of our favorites. It was a Saturday night so they were busy and told us it would be a 25 to 35 minute wait. No problem, you can always do some people watching at this place. They seated us in 20 minutes. The BBQ is always excellent- I love... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

The food is really good if you are looking for BBQ or American food. I just found the atmosphere is very loud and kind of distracting. Plus it was quite a long wait to be seated, but once seated the service was good and the food came out fast.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

This place came highly recommended so we held off on lunch for a few hours until we made it to Ames and Hickory Park. It was definitely worth the wait! The generous portions, friendly staff, and fun atmosphere made this a great place for families. Although it seemed busy, the wait time was short and the bathrooms and waiting area... More 

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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

If your family is travelling near Ames Iowa, then this is a must stop restaurant. It is a large place that is used to crowds of hungry customers. They have great BBQ, burgers and sandwiches, and many tasty side dishes to choose from. They have excellent ice cream sundaes, shakes and sodas. And best of all, everything is low priced... More 

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Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Met some friends for supper. Total of 12 people and 3 different families that was going to be 3 separate bills. They sat the adults in a booth and took the kids around the corner to a booth on the other side and dropped a partition down between the booths to create a long table of sorts. When asked if... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Still a wonderful place to get stuffed with smoked meats! We get the sampler and...sample! Sometimes we have left-overs to take on the road. Very speedy and friendly waitstaff.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Hickory Park is like a well-oiled machine. It is amazing to watch how they can serve hundreds of people so quickly. (This doesn't mean there is never a wait. On the contrary, the wait can sometimes run 45 min. to an hour at peak hours.) The food is so reasonably priced. My husband always gets a half-chicken dark with mashed... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1404 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010-8022
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: 515-232-8940

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, Doing business, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?