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Stella

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1006 Melrose Ave, Iowa City, IA 52246-1925
319-887-5564
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 26
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Lunch Spot Near Kinnick

This is an upscale sports bar like a previous review stated. My girlfriend and I (who is a long-time resident) thought we'd try it because of positive comments from other people. We didn't wait long. Looks like they extend outside with heaters on colder evenings, which is pretty nice. Although... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 20, 2015
TravelmomFreeport_IL
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Freeport, IL
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Aurora, IL
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144 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

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 

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Thank musthavebeachsun
Batavia, Illinois
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87 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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

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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.

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Thank TerryPCawley
Iowa City, Iowa
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34 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Love the variety offered. Some typical dishes and some a little less ordinary. If you are lucky enough to be there when they offer their butternut squash soup, I highly recommend. It was so good I became obsessed with duplicating it! One of the best things I've ever had. All the items I've had there have been very good.

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Thank Farmwife1964
Friendswood, Texas
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193 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

Great staff. Burger options are plentiful. The burgers are also very tasty. There are so many options that you can't go wrong with your selection.

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Thank Rick F
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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88 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

This was my second time visit to Stella, the first being with a group of friends for lunch. This time I dined alone for dinner on a Sunday evening. It was busy but the service was very good. I had the Creole shrimp with cheese grits and a luscious pumpkin bar for dessert. Both were great! I will definitely return... More 

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Thank digger
Lincoln, NE
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

From reviews and recommendations, we stopped at Stella's on a rainy Tuesday night. It was crowded, which was a good sign since the weather was crummy. We found out it was half-price Cajun night - what luck! I ordered the Jambalaya which was spicy and delicious. My husband ordered the Crawfish Étouffée, only instead of rice he asked for cheesy... More 

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Thank Roberta33
Freeport, IL
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42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

This is an upscale sports bar like a previous review stated. My girlfriend and I (who is a long-time resident) thought we'd try it because of positive comments from other people. We didn't wait long. Looks like they extend outside with heaters on colder evenings, which is pretty nice. Although there were the usual restaurant items, we zeroed in on... More 

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Thank TravelmomFreeport_IL
Geneseo, Illinois
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48 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2015 via mobile

When we visit Iowa City Stella's has become our reliable, non-chain restaurant. Today I had the tomato basel soup and besides being the best ever, the temperature was perfect. The Cobb Salad had the fresh greens only served in the finest restaurants. And it had wonderfully grilled shrimp along with the chicken. Our Doctor recommended Stella's over two years ago... More 

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Thank ClintTraveler
Coralville, Iowa
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85 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015 via mobile

Although I preferred this restaurant before they remodeled and turned it into an upscale sports bar, the food is very good. The staff was very attentive and we liked everything we ordered.

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm

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