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Hickory Park Restaurant

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1404 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010-8022
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 10:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Manchester, Iowa
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

My son attends Iowa State University and every time we make a visit we make a point of going to Hickory Park. Don't let the long line at the busy time stop you. They have a lot of seating and you won't have to wait very long. And the wait is well worth it!! The BBQ aroma is amazing and... More 

Thank 2MoGoose
Des Moines
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5 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food is as good as the place is loud. When the place is half full or more, the concrete floors, open air kitchen, and open air dessert counter make it difficult to have a conversation with anyone not directly beside you. The place is popular. If you don't like long wait times, avoid before and after Iowa State football... More 

Thank centraliowan
Rochester, MN
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54 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This place is huge, loud, and bustling. We waited a good 20 minutes to be seated. Service was average. Portions were HUGE! Everything we ate was very good. I wish I saved room for ice cream!

Thank petunia2030
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hickory Park offers very good smoked meats and delicious sides. You get generous portions for a reasonable price. The service is always friendly and they are good at handling a full house. For dessert, you can choose from a variety of delicious ice cream creations. This is a popular place to eat.

Thank Laura D
Ames, Iowa
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I have eaten at Hickory Park and it is good food that is at an excellent price. We send guests there quite often when they are looking for a place to eat in the Ames area.

Thank Jolene W
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79 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Son looked this up and top rated on Trip Advisor and elsewhere. Appeared to be just loads of people waiting for tables. Don't let this deter you. We didn't have to wait very long. We were told 30 minutes. It was less than 20. Staff was great. Food was wonderful Four of us shared the Combination Dinner. We stuffed but... More 

Thank Tom Peggy L
Ames, Iowa
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Hickory Park is the most popular restaurant in Ames. Anything on their menu is great and their prices are very affordable. Prepare for a long wait to have excellent barbecue and sundaes.

Thank Kathy S
Independence, Missouri
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53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had the Hickory Park Special (burnt ends and 1/2 chicken) The food and atmosphere were very good.

Thank DPenn_11
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Often you'll have a little wait because they are so busy, but once you get in the service is good and fast. Food is good and a real value. They have a very diversified menu and it is all good. Then it's time for great ice cream sundaes. Large variety there too.

New Enterprise, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

We recently moved our daughter to ISU and this is the second time we've ate at Hickory Park! Excellent food at great prices! If you leave there hungry, you are crazy! Lol. Highly recommended as a place to check out while you're in town!

Thank nicki1181

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Barbecue
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Dining on a budget, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1404 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010-8022
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: 515-232-8940

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