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1006 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246-1925
319-887-5564
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Absolutely terrible service

Same food as Shorts but with more options. The food is above average for Iowa City without a doubt, It's the same as shorts which is the only restaurant I frequent in this town. However, the waiting staff seems to think they're capible of remembering orders without writing them down...so this leads... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Brad S
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English first
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

Same food as Shorts but with more options. The food is above average for Iowa City without a doubt, It's the same as shorts which is the only restaurant I frequent in this town. However, the waiting staff seems to think they're capible of remembering orders without writing them down...so this leads to at least 1 mistake every time I... More 

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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

On the surface Stella appears to be just another iteration of the Short's restaurant. It is distinctly different even though I offers the same burgers. There are a few Cajun dishes listed on the menu. Compared to Louisiana the offerings are less than standard. However, for Iowa City it is certainly the best Cajun food to be had in town.... More 

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Muncie, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Hamburgers are good and prices are fine. I had the burnside, it was OK - wish I tried something different. It tasted like a basic burger with jalapeños. Wife had drunk chicken and liked it, but a little hot for her liking. As other reviewers say, staff is great. Also gluten-free options and kids menus are available.

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Coralville, Iowa
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58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Stopped by on a Saturday evening. No waiting but it is summer in a college town. We ordered beer and wine and then spent 10 minutes reading through the burger list...huge list. I ordered the Jamaican Burger that was served medium and it had great bite. My wife ordered the blue cheese burger...Maytag Blue Cheese...and was very happy. Two burgers,... More 

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Ankeny, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

Four of us went to Stella's one day for lunch and were quite impressed. They offer a wide variety of menu options but I ordered the

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Iowa City, Iowa
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

I had driven past Stella for years not really knowing what it was (it's behind the university heights police department). I didn't know what I was missing! Stella is a great restaurant with great burgers and sandwiches. They also have a

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Geneseo, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Stella's was recommended by a nurse at s local hospital. She said that was a favorite restaurant for doctors and staff. I had the Gumbo and Cobb. Fantastic. The Cobb had shrimp, which were grilled to perfection and the Gumbo was better than we get in Florida. My wife had the burger and fries. Perfect. Large portions of all and... More 

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Iowa City
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

One of our favorite restaurants: nice outdoor dining, good Creole and great pizzas. Our 4-17-19 stop-by got off to a rocky start as the young man tending bar seemed to be having a very bad day customer service-wise. Once we were seated on the patio, however, the service and food were very good, as usual. Excellent jambalaya and the wedge... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 via mobile

Food was good, beer was cold. Wait staff was very friendly service was quick. Very close to hospital and Kinnick Stadium. Go on Mondays they have good specials. I will return again.

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Davenport, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Close enough (less than 1/2 mile) to walk to from hospital and football stadium. My son ordered the Melrose burger (basic burger with lettuce, tomato, cheese) and didn't like it much. My husband ordered the Burnside and found the jalapeño cream cheese, jalapeños, pepper jack cheese with chipotle mayonnaise tasty but was disappointed that the bun seemed stale and that... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1006 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246-1925
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Iowa City
  • Phone Number: 319-887-5564

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?