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Hickory Park Restaurant

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1404 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010-8022
+1 515-232-8940
10:30 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 22:00
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54 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Me and a few friends travel to Ames for a football game against Iowa State. We are all from the East Coast and barbecue is not a common thing where we live. Anytime we travel to the Midwest we always try to get some good barbecue. What this place being the highest rated barbecue restaurant in Ames it was a... More 

Thank Justin R
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Iowa State Grad! The best resturant in Ames! The barbecue and ice cream are a must! Always busy during ISU events, however they move people through quickly. When we are short on time -- we call ahead and order it to GO!

Thank Lynn834
Mitchellville, Iowa
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Everything about Hickory Park is top notch! Service, food and price are great! I recommend the Garbage Burger! It is filled with goodness!

Thank kalfit01
Appleton, Wisconsin
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94 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have eaten at Hickory Park several times since moving to Ames. I have enjoyed it each time and so has my husband. The best part about Hickory Park, for me, is the gluten free menu. They have a pretty good variety of foods offered that are gluten free and all that I have tried, I have liked. They are... More 

Thank Caitlyn H
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Hickory Park has great food, this restaurant is always pack. It has lots of room for parties, business meetings, etc. In my opinion the best place in town to eat!

Thank Tracey T
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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128 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ordered several sandwiches and a couple of platters to go - can't comment on the restaurant or the wait-staff. BBQ was bland. Especially when compared to another great BBQ restaurant we visited a couple of days later in Altoona Iowa. Jethro's BBQ

Thank Milestonecruises
Ankeny, Iowa
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 2016 via mobile

I remember this place serving more flavorful Smoked meats in the old days. The BBQ platter I got tonight was bland and on they dry side. Sauce helped make it edible, but good BBQ shouldn't require sauce. Sauce itself was in remarkable. You won't be asking to take home a bottle. Sides and even dinnerware had an institutional/ cafeteria flavor... More 

Thank Josie P
Lakeville, MN
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30 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

I'm not sure why this place is still one of the top restaurants in Ames on Trip Advisor. And it was packed the Thurs night we were there! We expected the great food we enjoyed years ago and found it pretty awful. The BBQ chicken was the best of the food we had, which included brisket, ribs and chicken. For... More 

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Woodbury, Minnesota
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172 reviews
92 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Came to Hickory Park with the family because we heard about how fun this place was. First it is huge! Lots of tables and a fun louder type of atmosphere make this a great place for a celebration. Secondly, the food is really good. The mashed potatoes remind me of my grandma's, they are that good! The meat is a... More 

Thank Kswany
Geneseo, New York
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145 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Ate here with ISU son. We went on a Thursday night and wait was not too bad. Well worth it. The food was very good and plenty of it. The sausage was especially tasty! No room for desserts, although my son said they are excellent! Our waitress was also excellent and very friendly. Will definitely be back!

Thank Disneyadic

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 21:00
10:30 - 22:00
10:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1404 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010-8022
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-232-8940

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