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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 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 10:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:30 - 22:00
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Indianapolis, Indiana
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202 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Extremely busy but seating took less time than expected. Service was quick and top notch. Food came out quick. Good ice cream!

Thank DKPuck
Monroe, Michigan
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49 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had dinner here and also stopped again for desert. Not a bad place for a family on a budget, but I was not at all impressed with the food. Desert was another story-they have a great ice cream menu. We won't come back for dinner, but we will definitely be back for desert.

Thank John48162
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hostess and waitress were abrupt and not personable whatsoever!!! Wouldn't allow us to sit for drinks and appetizers while waiting for the rest of our party. Felt rushed through the WHOLE experience!

Thank Famofeight
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I had ribs at this location .. and in my opinion beats Memphis barbecue ribs..loved the smoky... I was amazed but the size of the restaurant.. irs huge inside.. I am giving a thumb up..

Thank roman s
Maywood, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hickory Park is a one-of-a-kind place. Mouth watering BBQ at its best. This is a restaurant to not miss when you visit the Ames area. Whether you liked ribs, pulled pork or a good charcoal grilled burger you will love this place. The also have a huge ice cream and milk-shake menu. This is an eatery not to miss!

Thank usthompsons1994
Ames, Iowa
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ames IA's Hickory Park BBQ is a constantly packed house and for good reason. From back in 1970 when it began, it's grown and grown, changing locations a few times, til now they can accommodate large groups or one person eating alone if they so desire. The food is always excellent, service great, and affordable. Many meals are so big... More 

Thank 715margretw
Holyoke, Colorado
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a wonderful experience!! The atmosphere and surroundings alone are a reason to stop. Such a neat building full of wonderful aroma of BBQ. All the food has such great flavor and the portions are very filling!

Thank Midwest_Traveler977
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am impressed with the variety of menu options. Dinners and sandwiches come with a big list of side options. One of my favorites is the Hickory Park Special. For eleven dollars, you get four barbecued pork ribs and two pieces of barbecued chicken, plus two sides and a biscuit. It's so good! You can order beverages such as "phosphates"... More 

Thank Iowan4
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have always heard great things about Hickory Park, and now I know why! My family had their first-ever visit there this past weekend, and we will be repeat customers. The food was amazing, like no other. Our service was prompt and courteous, and extremely attentive to our table for plates we finished or refills. It was busy, obviously popular,... More 

Thank deborahkK7187NJ
West Branch, Iowa
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is the most tasty BBQ around. If you can't find something you like, it's on you. Never go home hungry. Make sure to save room for ice cream to end on. Have a wonderful shake with your meal. You just can't go wrong.

Thank chiefjod

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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
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Cheap Eats
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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