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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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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Hickory Park is the place to go when you visit Ames. Great barbecue, great atmosphere, and you can't leave this place without having their fantastic selections of ice cream sundaes.

Thank Darrell D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you love BBQ and want to have some great food and great service, this is your place. It is a huge restaurant, so don't let the large crowd stop you from going. This is one of those places you just have to try.

Thank Michael G
Wallingford, CT
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76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went for dinner had a 45 minute wait but our waitress was so nice. We told her we were from CT and she gave us the most popular items. My daughter got the malt which was great. We got the fried cheese balls I liked and we both got the saucy southerner which my daughter really liked, I thought it... More 

Thank paninimom
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Always good food. Ample portions. Handicapped accessible. Great ice cream selections. Great place any time of day.

Thank Joy H
Ames, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We love the hustle and bustle of the huge Hickory Park restaurant. Even better? The delicious ribs! Yum! Plus there is a sundae menu, if you save room.

Thank julofor3
Sheboygan, Wisconsin
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4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We waited about 45 minutes for a table-Friday night, and to be expected. We were disappointed in the food-chicken was good and moist, but pulled pork was bland, potato salad with no real flavor (almost like out of a tub), cole slaw the same. Baked beans could have been fresh out of a can. Might be because they are so... More 

Thank haackj
Nevada, Iowa, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My husband and I went to Hickory Park in January at about 5:30 pm. Usually they are very busy and you have to wait, this trip we did not have to wait. We were not only seated promptly are order was taken and our food arrived quickly. Even if you have to wait, the food is great!

Thank Carol H
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a great place for very casual dining. The food selections are varied and the dessert menu is to die for. depending on the time of evening, the wait can be up to 1 hour or more. The ambience is quaint but when the restaurant is a full capacity it is very difficult to carry on a table conversation... More 

Thank Harry H
Daytona Beach, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant is one of our all-time favorites from since our College days. Has great barbecue food and ice cream desserts at great prices. Service is very good but beware it is often busy and you are herded like cows.

Thank Jennifer H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food is decent and the prices are reasonable but I honestly don't see what all the fuss it about. Maybe I just ordered the wrong thing? I got a pulled pork bbq sandwich for lunch and wasn't really impressed.

Thank melanie g

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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
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?