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American, Bar
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1006 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246-1925
+1 319-887-5564
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate at Stella during UI family weekend, so it was busy but worth the wait! We had burgers, fries, chili cheese fries, philly cheesesteak, & pizza. Everything was fresh, hot, & delicious! Our waiter was awesome - on top of our orders and drink refills. He was working hard to keep up with the demand of the crowd and... More 

Thank Tina B
Appleton, Wisconsin
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Fun Atmosphere, good food and great service. Known for the burgers and a great variety offered on the menu. Although many other things offered and our waiter told us the burgers were not his favorite and suggested his favorite. The Jambalaya, we stuck to the burgers. Not disappointed but have an excuse to return and try something new.

Thank jschlais
Marion, Iowa
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26 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

We go for their Cajun food- the jambalaya tastes as good as we had in New Orleans. The restaurant is small so go early.

Thank lindleyrose
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 October 26, 2016

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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424 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 22, 2016

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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144 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

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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53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 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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55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
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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362 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 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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34 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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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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, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
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: +1 319-887-5564

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