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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
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout

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  • 275
    Excellent
  • 142
    Very good
  • 47
    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
Great experience

Great experience and excellent food. The meals are wonderful and so is the service. Ice cream is also good!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
Ken L
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
  • Large groups
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English first
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Great experience and excellent food. The meals are wonderful and so is the service. Ice cream is also good!

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Muskegon, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This is a very large restaurant and a little on the noisy side. We arrived early enough we didn't have to wait to be seated but by the time we left the place was packed and there was a long line. Their homemade Polish Sausage is amazing. I didn't want to order just that for fear it might be a... More 

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Elkhart, Indiana
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is where everyone needs to go at least once to experience the menu of an Ames famous place! So many choices of barbeque, ice cream, and sodas. My friend had a green river phosphate and was very impressed with it. Everything is good, it's always very busy no matter when you go and the staff are very friendly.... More 

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Leander, Texas, Usa
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

This place is huge and a little on the noisy side (because there are so many patrons there), but the food was great. My wife and I ate here the night before my birthday, and the staff brought me a nice ice cream dish and sang "Happy Birthday." Great food, friendly staff, great service.

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Ames, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This restaurant is iconic. The food is great. I always get a half chicken white meat, with mashed potatoes and applesauce. My husband gets ribs, Coleslaw and Baked Beans. Yum! There may be a line but you never have to wait long. The service is excellent.

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North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

One cannot go to Ames, Iowa without eating lunch or dinner at this HUGE, outstanding, delicious, mouthwatering, amazing, superior BBQ restaurant. It is just the best and rivals anything in the South. The ice cream menu is also incredible! Be prepared for a very long wait to get in. No reservations.

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Ames, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Hickory Park is definitely the "most famous" eatery local to Ames area. It features long lines and very respectable barbecue at a very reasonable price tag. Large portions and good service as well as good flavors and a full menu bring people back here. Consider avoiding during any gametime events at Iowa State or expect a LONG line.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

Extensive menu offerings and reasonable prices. HUGE facility, lots of big parties. Service was better than expected (but not great). Not many options in Ames, so I would eat here again if I was in town. However, I like southern BBQ better!! :)

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Alabama
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

I was up in the area to visit. We thought we would try there BBQ. It was ok, it was not the best or the worst. I can say I have been there now time to move on. Being from the south it is hard to bet the BBQ down here.

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New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

We fell in love with Hickory Park when we lived in Ames back in the mid-90s. Ever since, we always dine here whenever we are close by. Don't be put-off by the long line (which tends to move quickly)-- just take your number and have a seat while you dream of the ample portions of tasty bbq that await! Love... More 

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Additional Information about Hickory Park Restaurant

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

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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: Doing business, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget, 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?