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Stomping Grounds

#17 of 136 Restaurants in Ames
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
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303 Welch Ave Ste 101, Ames, IA 50014
+1 515-292-5258
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08:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 00:00
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Just off of the ISU campus the Stomping Grounds is nestled in a quiet neighborhood. A friend asked my group to meet here and I returned every day of my trip. It has everything I like in a coffee shop: great service, great variety, and a palpable sense of calm and relaxation. No pretentions that so often come hand-in-hand with... More 

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Thank Samuel M
Ames, Iowa
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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

This is a special place that serves food that has a little extra to distinguish itself nicely. From the freshly baked bread used in the sandwiches to the homestyle soups, there is always something to add to the delight of dining here. Service is almost always great here. Among my favorites for lunch is the tomato bisque and the curried... More 

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Thank JohnBob_3
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Lunch was tomato bisque along with their curried chicken salad. We both ordered the same and both enjoyed the food. Service was good. Atmosphere: very noisy that day so it was difficult to visit. I was disappointed that they don't offer heavy cream with their coffee.

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Thank tnwalkermom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016 via mobile

Very popular location for students and faculty alike. Wi-fi is very good and makes it easy for studying, teaching or business. Good place for small meetings of 2 - 5, comfortable variety of seating, including the Very popular, seasonal veranda. The veranda also is served by attentive wait staff and is well attended on summer evenings.

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Thank Paul S
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

Food is amazing. I love stomping grounds for its vintage style and its delicious sandwiches. However, waitresses were rude and didn't take work as seriously as they should. Stomping Grounds was almost empty at the time we visited, so the waitresses just sat around and chatted with one other. Less customers should equal faster service but unfortunately, this meant easy... More 

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Thank W729REJJ
Boone, Iowa, United States
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37 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016 via mobile

Went here for lunch with some friends. I would say if you are going here 4 is your max unless you make a reservation. We had 7 and it wasn't comfortable. Atmosphere was nice and they have great outdoor seating. I ordered the Caprese and it was great. I'm not a dessert fan but all my friends talked me into... More 

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Thank Jennifer R
South Portland, Maine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016 via mobile

Vanilla latte, ham and Gruyere croissant, berry crepe. Latte was better than Starbucks and the key for me is not too sweet with a good espresso flavor. The croissants looked amazing in the bakery case so I chose this sandwich and it didn't disappoint. The topper was the dessert, a berry crepe, that could have been eaten as a meal.... More 

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Thank Emily M
Ames, Iowa
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 July 2016

One of my top 3 favorite places to eat in Ames. Please fix your lighting, though; it gives me migraines and I couldn't eat here all winter until the weather was nice enough to sit outside again. Best coffee in Ames. Food is always perfect. Love the fruit crepes and Italian sodas. A demicarafe of the house wine pairs well... More 

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Thank jjoh32
Atlanta, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016 via mobile

Sandwiches were really, really good, if slightly overpriced. Service was not terrible, but with a teensy twinge of rudeness. Got coffees on the way out and they were lovely. Setting was great as well.

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Thank Matthew H
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 June 2016 via mobile

Food quality- not bad. Not great but not bad Prices- pretty high for Ames. About what you'd expect in a larger city. Service- slower than slow. It took FOREVER to get a server and to have them check on us. And I mean slow. It wasn't busy either. Attitude of staff - our server was fine. Another server was very... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 00:00
Monday
07:00 - 00:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 00:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 00:00
Thursday
07:00 - 00:00
Friday
07:00 - 00:00
Saturday
08:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 303 Welch Ave Ste 101, Ames, IA 50014
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-292-5258

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