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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
07:00 - 00:00
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Mon - Fri 07:00 - 00:00
Sat - Sun 08:00 - 00:00
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Wallingford, CT
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77 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went by after visiting Reiman garden for a mid day treat. They ran out of creme brûlée. We got a loose tea with a lemon sugar crepe and a smoothie with tiramisu food was good and waitress was nice

Thank paninimom
Chicago, Illinois
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

On my son's recommendation we stopped for brunch. I was a good call, we all had a good meal. Quaint spot, outdoor seating, good service. I had the best corn chowder, fresh and delicious. Followed by a grilled cheese (good comfort food). I would recommend a great spot for casual fare that is reasonably priced, nice alternative to a chain... More 

Thank Stacey W
Ames, Iowa
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46 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017 via mobile

The last few times I've met friends here, the coffee and coffee drinks have all been very good. Servers really nice. Clean place, too. Nothing negative about this place, however, meter parking is often limited during busy times.

Thank Victorious1203
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 

Thank Samuel M
Ames, Iowa
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26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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 

Thank JohnBob_3
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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.

Thank tnwalkermom
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43 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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.

Thank Paul S
2 reviews
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 

Thank W729REJJ
Boone, Iowa, United States
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108 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
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 

Thank Jennifer R
South Portland, Maine
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
08:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
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?