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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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Aiken, South Carolina
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Typical college town look and feel - very noisy because so crowded when we were there on a beautiful Friday noon time of a football weekend. All 6 ordered different items and all very pleased - burgers and salads were great

Thank scak_11
Dubuque, Iowa
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420 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is definitely a restaurant that you want to visit the minute it opens at 11:00 a.m. The crowd builds quickly and for good reason--the food. There is a menu for everyone. I went out on a limb and tried a dish of crayfish and rice---A+. The wait staff were excellent! Can't wait for a second trip.

Thank Randy L
Cedar Falls, IA
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142 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

There are several burgers to choose from. I recommend the Burnside, which has several spices and peppers on it.

Thank exacta123
North Liberty, Iowa
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

We go here and our entire family of eight is excited! Everyone can find something they love -- from burgers, to bean burgers to chicken sandwiches. Plus, the hand-cut fries are out of this world! We enjoy the cozy atmosphere and friendly service, as well as the proximity to the hospital and clinics. My absolute favorite is the Grand Junction... More 

Thank fourevermom
Arlington Heights, Illinois
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52 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016 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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358 reviews
248 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 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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32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles 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 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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4 of 5 bubbles 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Parking Available
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children
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?