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1006 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246-1925
319-887-5564
Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations
Good for:
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 13
    Excellent
  • 21
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Unexpectedly excellent

Dropped in for lunch. Informal yet skilled intuitive skilled service. Food arrived promptly and hot. There was no food auction: waiter actually smart enough to remember who had what. Amazing menu with dozens of variations on a theme and a savory list of daily specials. Three of us loved every... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2015
Cary B
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43 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Dropped in for lunch. Informal yet skilled intuitive skilled service. Food arrived promptly and hot. There was no food auction: waiter actually smart enough to remember who had what. Amazing menu with dozens of variations on a theme and a savory list of daily specials. Three of us loved every bite.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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56 reviews 56 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The concept is what I want in a restaurant. Urban, lively, independent, casual, but with a somewhat upscale feel. It fell short of my expectations. This is a sister restaurant of the Short's locations in Iowa City, and I think Short's burgers are excellent. There is a similarly large list of burger options here, in addition to many chicken sandwiches,... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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12 reviews 12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Stella is hit or miss. When it's great- it's awesome. When it's bad, it's an expensive mistake. The service can be spotty at best- even when it's awesome. The fries can be hand cut perfection, or a soggy mess. The tenderloin the best in the state, or a dry breaded pork chop. There's no value in the liquor menu. $18... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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35 reviews 35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This is the perfect place to go after a chilly afternoon watching the big game. The burger menu is extensive and the ones we all tried were fantastic---thick and hand made and deliciously accessorized. The atmosphere is very casual, loud, energetic---good place for a group, not a romantic tete-a-tete.

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Denver, Colorado
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108 reviews 108 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We were lucky enough to happen upon this place before the football game at the stadium which is right next door. We were happy to pay the $5 cover charge they charge on game day especially because a table on the cute patio opened up right as we walked up. They had excellent bloody mary's and a terrific, fun football... More 

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Leduc, Canada
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41 reviews 41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Its not your typical menu. They have some nice entrees but i enjoyed their black bean burger list. Since I am a vegetarian, i liked that they had several vege options. The food is tasty. And our service was great! We went with a group of 10 and they did not even add a mandatory gratuity. It shows they are... More 

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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611 reviews 611 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
519 helpful votes 519 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Although there were a few specials, entrees not between bread, sandwiches predominate and they are many but virtually all ooze cheese even if black bean or chicken instead of hamburger. Why not offer a few healthy alternatives?

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Saline, Michigan
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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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Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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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?