Interior of a dining hall at The IowaStater Restaurant

One of the Most Beloved Restaurants in Ames Iowa

Enjoy a Relaxing and Scenic Dining Experience

Dinosaur statue at the entrance of The IowaStater Restaurant

An Ames Institution

An Ames institution since serving our first customer in 2010, The IowaStater Restaurant is a much-loved gathering spot for Iowa State University visitors, students, alumni, and residents of Ames and the surrounding communities. 

No matter the occasion, our modern, inviting ISU-themed ambiance and friendly staff promise a delicious, relaxing and engaging dining experience sure to bring you back again and again. No matter the season, the panoramic views of the acres of walking trails right outside our oversized windows provide a peaceful complement to your visit. 

Close-up of a pork dish with beans at The IowaStater Restaurant


Whether you're looking for a cozy breakfast place serving up hot, hearty morning favorites or a vibrant lunch or dinner spot where you can enjoy all-American comfort food crafted with tasty Midwestern flair, you’ll be welcomed as family.


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An ISU and Ames Experience

Before or after your meal, be sure to poke around our Iowa State University Gallery Hallway to get a peek into the ISU and Ames experience!

We look forward to seeing you at The IowaStater – we’re not just a restaurant, we’re an Ames institution!

Exterior of the entrance at The IowaStater Restaurant