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1006 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246-1925
319-887-5564
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English first
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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43 reviews 43 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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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10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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107 reviews 107 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 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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Iowa City, Iowa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
511 helpful votes 511 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
23 helpful votes 23 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
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
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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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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Additional Information about Stella

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

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