We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Hickory Park Restaurant

1404 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010-8022
+1 515-232-8940
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good26%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ice cream” (126 reviews)
“ribs” (132 reviews)
“sundae” (78 reviews)
Closed Now
American, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1404 S Duff Ave, Ames, IA 50010-8022
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (1,029)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 1,021 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

If you live in central Iowa this place is a legend and a must. There is a reason this place has lines outside at peak mealtimes. The brisket is fantastic, tender moist and smoky. Ribs are great. The Saucy Southerner is excellent. The ice cream...More

Thank crwitt
Reviewed 4 days ago

If you are up for a long wait it is worth it! Cheap place to eat, but you have to wait for it. People come from all over to eat here. I think there are better places to eat in town, but it is worth...More

Thank 859dan
Reviewed 4 days ago

Ordered to go at the restaurant, super busy. Order was good, but a few items were missing. Once I got back to the hotel we were staying at I called the restaurant - and they were great! They brought me the missing items to our...More

Thank Meridie B
Reviewed 4 days ago

A great barbeque joint....casual and family friendly. Quick service. Kids, adults, and babies enjoy the ice cream! You 've got to try it.

Thank 680lauriet
Reviewed 6 days ago

On a Friday night the place was packed. Surprisingly the wait was not too long. Some of the areas were quite noisy. Not surprising with the number of families with children. We were taken to a quieter area and it was perfect with one person...More

Thank Nanaandtheboys
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I graduated from ISU and have enjoyed all 3 Hickory Park transitions. Revisited recently and it was STILL very delicious...from the flavored soda, appetizers & BBQ to the ice cream sundae! Yum. Our server (Kellie?) said she was with the company over 28 years and...More

Thank Carol J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lots of ice cream choices, and heavy on the BBQ aspect. Food was good. Very busy place that seats 500, and you may have to wait in line. Very noisy.

Thank Jack B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My parents and I are in Ames every other May and we always make a point to come to Hickory Park. I love the smoked quarter chicken and sliced beef. I’ve never gotten ice cream but my dad raves about it. In fact, my parents...More

Thank Lifeisanodyssey
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Out of our group of 6, 5 of us thought our food was OK,and 1 thought it was really good (he had the ribs). The ice cream treats we shared were all really good though!

Thank justbeachy6
Reviewed 17 May 2018 via mobile

Had heard a lot from colleagues about the place and was really looking forward to our visit. It went wrong from the beginning when the waitress didn’t manage to come with the right drinks. Well - she fixed that and then we got our food...More

Thank Sebbwlev
Nearby HotelsSee all 20 hotels in Ames
GrandStay Hotel & Suites Ames
252 reviews
.34 km away
Days Inn by Wyndham Ames
379 reviews
1.19 km away
Hampton Inn & Suites Ames
198 reviews
2.09 km away
Fairfield Inn & Suites Ames
147 reviews
2.16 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Dublin Bay Irish Pub & Grill
223 reviews
.49 km away
Texas Roadhouse
138 reviews
.71 km away
Red Lobster
74 reviews
.36 km away
Nearby Attractions
Iowa State University
289 reviews
3.41 km away
Reiman Gardens
294 reviews
2.40 km away
Furman Aquatic Center
17 reviews
3.39 km away
Brunnier Art Museum
22 reviews
2.52 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
4 May 2017|
AnswerShow all 6 answers
Response from Darrell D | Reviewed this property |
Yes they do and their ice cream is awesome 😎
2 May 2017|
AnswerShow all 5 answers
Response from Sarah E | Reviewed this property |
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 9:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
10:30 AM - 10:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing