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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 - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients
Dining on a budget

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  • 227
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    Very good
  • 37
    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
cheap tasty food

The service is not the greatest but it is fast. The food is served and priced equal to that of fast food. Great place to eat lunch. The biggest draw back is that the atmosphere is loud and busy no matter when you go.

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
Cherie50010
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Ames, Iowa
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Dining on a budget
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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406 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Ames, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

The service is not the greatest but it is fast. The food is served and priced equal to that of fast food. Great place to eat lunch. The biggest draw back is that the atmosphere is loud and busy no matter when you go.

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Dubuque, Iowa
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144 reviews 144 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Hickory Park is a western themed large (430 seat capacity) restaurant. It is pretty loud, so keep that in mind for what experience you are looking for. The menu is pretty large, mostly meat-based dinners and sandwiches, featuring ham, chicken, and beef, particularly barbecue. I had the Barbecue Dinner which is Beef and Pork, served with two sides. I chose... More 

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San Francisco Bay Area
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179 reviews 179 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

I had been told that this was a must visit by several locals. So on a recent business visit it was at the top of my list to try for dinner. I checked out the menu via their website before arriving. Huge selection of BBQ related options along with burgers, salads etc.... I missed their dessert menu online, you should... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

I do not like Hickory Park, but it is the popular place to eat here in Ames. The food is fine, and the restaurant it clean. The prices aren't outrageous, and the staff is adequate (though often condescending which I can never figure out). For these reasons I will not give it a 'terrible' rating. I go there because my... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This place is great to take ISU students. needing a good as home cooked meal. I do wish you could get a half order of ribs..Special is great, chicken a bit much, just the ribs.

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Ames, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This place is run very efficiently. The wait time is minimum due to the excellent management of the staff. The food is great and the prices are very reasonable. We have been there several times and were never disappointed.

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Olathe, Kansas
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

I have had BBQ in many areas of the country, I live in Kansas City and can say without a doubt or reservation. Hickory Park serves the best ribs! I have been going there for years, any time I'm in town and I can't remember the last time I ordered anything but the ribs. I'm pretty sure they serve other... More 

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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

My son and I were in town visiting ISU and stopped to eat at Hickory Park. The restaurant is huge with seating for probably 1,000 people. So, I thought the food quality might suffer, But I Was Wrong. Incredible ribs that were so flavorful. No need for sauce. When it's the real deal you don't need sauce! Macaroni and cheese... More 

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15 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Nothing famous here. If you can wait to get in then the food is ok at best. Prices are about right. This town needs more competition.

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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
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70 reviews 70 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2015

I'm thoroughly convinced that you can't order a bad meal at Hickory Park. Everything on the menu tastes amazing. Classic American barbecue at its finest. You will also never be hungry again after eating a meal here. Portions are huge and it's extremely well priced. Try a malt. It's a blast from the past that makes a great treat on... 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: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
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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