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Stomping Grounds

#18 of 133 Restaurants in Ames
Certificate of Excellence
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303 Welch Ave Ste 101, Ames, IA 50014-7219
(515) 292-5258
7:00 am - 12:00 am
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Mon - Fri 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat - Sun 8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Ames, Iowa
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is a special place that serves food that has a little extra to distinguish itself nicely. From the freshly baked bread used in the sandwiches to the homestyle soups, there is always something to add to the delight of dining here. Service is almost always great here. Among my favorites for lunch is the tomato bisque and the curried... More 

Thank JohnBob_3
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lunch was tomato bisque along with their curried chicken salad. We both ordered the same and both enjoyed the food. Service was good. Atmosphere: very noisy that day so it was difficult to visit. I was disappointed that they don't offer heavy cream with their coffee.

Thank tnwalkermom
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very popular location for students and faculty alike. Wi-fi is very good and makes it easy for studying, teaching or business. Good place for small meetings of 2 - 5, comfortable variety of seating, including the Very popular, seasonal veranda. The veranda also is served by attentive wait staff and is well attended on summer evenings.

Thank Paul S
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Food is amazing. I love stomping grounds for its vintage style and its delicious sandwiches. However, waitresses were rude and didn't take work as seriously as they should. Stomping Grounds was almost empty at the time we visited, so the waitresses just sat around and chatted with one other. Less customers should equal faster service but unfortunately, this meant easy... More 

Thank W729REJJ
Boone, Iowa, United States
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92 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went here for lunch with some friends. I would say if you are going here 4 is your max unless you make a reservation. We had 7 and it wasn't comfortable. Atmosphere was nice and they have great outdoor seating. I ordered the Caprese and it was great. I'm not a dessert fan but all my friends talked me into... More 

Thank Jennifer R
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016 via mobile

Vanilla latte, ham and Gruyere croissant, berry crepe. Latte was better than Starbucks and the key for me is not too sweet with a good espresso flavor. The croissants looked amazing in the bakery case so I chose this sandwich and it didn't disappoint. The topper was the dessert, a berry crepe, that could have been eaten as a meal.... More 

Thank Emily M
Ames, Iowa
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2016

One of my top 3 favorite places to eat in Ames. Please fix your lighting, though; it gives me migraines and I couldn't eat here all winter until the weather was nice enough to sit outside again. Best coffee in Ames. Food is always perfect. Love the fruit crepes and Italian sodas. A demicarafe of the house wine pairs well... More 

Thank jjoh32
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

Sandwiches were really, really good, if slightly overpriced. Service was not terrible, but with a teensy twinge of rudeness. Got coffees on the way out and they were lovely. Setting was great as well.

Thank Matthew H
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88 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Food quality- not bad. Not great but not bad Prices- pretty high for Ames. About what you'd expect in a larger city. Service- slower than slow. It took FOREVER to get a server and to have them check on us. And I mean slow. It wasn't busy either. Attitude of staff - our server was fine. Another server was very... More 

Thank imatravelor
Kansas City, Missouri
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

I tried the poached eggs over toast and a chai latte, and both were great! Fantastic, local coffee or breakfast option right across the street from the Iowa State campus.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 303 Welch Ave Ste 101, Ames, IA 50014-7219
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: (515) 292-5258

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