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Stella

1006 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246-1925
319-887-5564
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Ranked #23 of 206 restaurants in Iowa City
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Reservations
Most recent review
- Aug 11, 2014
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Dining options: Reservations
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  • English first
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English first
Saline, Michigan
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I stopped here with family members when we were in town for a wedding. My boyfriend had been at "stouts" downtown and seen the burgers there and they are the same burgers at Stella. I was not very impressed with our service or the food. Our waitress seemed annoyed to serve our large group of 11. She did not ask... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We stopped in for lunch and had gumbo and red beans and rice. The service was excellent, the food was delicious, and I like that they offer beers from local breweries.

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19 reviews 19 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Great selection of different burgers and sandwiches. Had a good bloody mary there as well. Dressed up bar atmosphere. Good service.

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Winona, Minnesota
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Stella's is a fun restaurant with fresh, homemade goodness. We tried two different burgers and split them and they were fabulous, with fresh cut potato fries...yum!

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Bonita Springs, Florida
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66 reviews 66 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Went with a couple of girlfriends and it was busy. Our server Michael was great, friendly and efficient. My black bean burger was good. My friends liked their chicken sandwich and burger with garlic aoli. Nice neighborhood vibe and great service will make me likely to return.

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Mount Vernon, Iowa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

Today was our 3rd or 4th visit to Stella. Lovely atmosphere! Very nice waitress! I ordered the special--a delicious pulled pork--no complaints! But, my husband ordered the burger--supposed to be medium--and it arrived well done and rather hard...kind of like it was over worked. We really want to love Stella...but the burger should be their signature dish considering they own... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
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43 reviews 43 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

I stopped in with my son for lunch yesterday and ordered the jambalaya. It was outstanding... full of various meats and very moist and flavorful. I ordered the small size and thought it very generous.... I can't imagine ordering the large. My son had the tenderloin and loved the light and crispy beer batter. We will definitely go back -... More

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Iowa City, Iowa
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33 reviews 33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

This little corner bar and grill is awesome. Friendly staff greets you upon arrival and makes every attempt to please you from the first moment. The food choices are typical of a place like this with hamburgers, tenderloins, etc, but very delicious. It is simply a fun place to meet friends and eat great food. Reminds me of an old... More

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Rockford, Illinois
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38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Iowa City offers a variety of fantastic culinary experiences, but Stella's burgers are the best. The menu is so diverse and delicious that you can't help but come back over and over again. I'm so disappointed that Stella's ratings aren't higher. I come back to visit Iowa City so I can eat at Stella!

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North Liberty, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Stella has something to offer year around, but the onset of cold weather has made visits to there essential. Many know about their craft beer selection and wide variety of incredible burgers (from SHORTs, downtown); however, as the temperatures begin to dip, nothing makes a better "warm your innards" lunch than from their Cajun selection. The Seafood Gumbo is particularly... More

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