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American, Bar
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1006 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246-1925
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Arlington Heights, Illinois
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47 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stopped in with a group of eight for lunch. Each of us had wonderful meals and great service. Cannot wait to go back next time visiting Iowa City.

Thank H Dean H
Beirut, Lebanon
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288 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It was my first dinner earlier tonight I had a lovely burger and it was delicious...beef meat with lettuce, tomato, pickles, mozzarella cheese and little bit hot...I like it...

Thank Issa M
Coralville, Iowa
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29 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

Second time eating here in the summer months. Both times the air conditioning was marginally working. It is hard to enjoy your meal when the drink glasses are sweating and it is pushing 90 degrees inside. The first time I had the jambalaya and was very impressed which prompted me to return. The second time was the fish and chips... More 

Thank Jim R
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42 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

We've been here twice. Each time we had tasty food and great service. The burgers are solid. Patio dining is nice and offers shade in the evening. This is a go-to location in IACity.

Thank Crbr S
Fishers, Indiana
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47 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

I've been here twice now and I must say I haven't been disappointed yet!! The cayjun menu items are great but the crawfish E'touffee is really the star of that menu! I've also had their huge crab cakes along with their spinach salad. I just don't think you can go wrong with anything here! The location is small but pleasant... More 

Thank dastony1969
Omaha, Nebraska
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016 via mobile

I was in Iowa City on business had dinner at Stella's. The menu is very eclectic ranging from salads, burgers, Cajun and seasonal specialties. I found numerous items on the menu to consider. Dillon, my waiter suggested the jambalaya which I was not considering. It was tremendous. The small serving was plenty for dinner. No way I could have finished... More 

Thank JDub1011
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016

The Crawfish Étouffée was awesome great selection of craft beers and plenty of regular beers also staff was very friendly and attentive not a huge place by any means i would suggest reservation on the weekends

Thank frankatdbqcanvas
Aurora, IL
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152 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2016

The atmosphere is excellent, the food is delicious, and the service is top notch! Especially Sophie! I recommend a reservation for dinner, even during the week it gets quite busy and the restaurant has limited seating and parking. I love that the only beer they have on tap is from Iowa Brewers! I now drink Confluence and Exile at home,... More 

Thank musthavebeachsun
Batavia, Illinois
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104 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016

Noisy place, not too big, but really good burgers. # of us ordered beef and one ordered black bean burger, all were great. Good Iowa beer also

Thank mustachemark1
Brookfield, Illinois
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2015 via mobile

Great atmosphere and incredible beer selection along with a gourmet menu selection. I recommend trying the beer flights to get a sampling.

Thank TerryPCawley

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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

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