Eat & Drink


American Legion Post 37

225 Main Street - Ames, IA
(515) 232-9870


Monday-Friday 3:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 12:00 p.m.- 11:00 p.m.

Happy Hour
Monday, Wednesday & Friday 3:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday & Thursday 3:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Saturday-Sunday 3:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

The American Legion is a patriotic veterans organization that focuses on service to veterans, service members and communities. The District is pleased to have one of the most influential nonprofit groups of the United States in Downtown Ames. The American Legion Post 37 of Ames holds many types of events such as bingo nights, contests, community services and more! Fore more information regarding membership eligibility and events visit


Aunt Maude's

547 Main Street - Ames, IA
(515) 233-4136


Lunch Hours
Monday-Friday 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Dinner Hours
Monday-Saturday: Beginning at 5:00 p.m.
Lounge open daily at 4:00 p.m.

Aunt Maude’s is a locally owned casual restaurant. The concept of Aunt Maude’s was created on a Sunday morning in 1975 over a few Bloody Mary’s. Although Aunt Maude the person is mythical, they cherish the ideals of her with their casual personal style, superb service, and excellent cuisine. Aunt Maude's features fresh, local, house-made food, and a full bar and wine list. Patio seating and private dining are available. Serving lunch and dinner, reservations accepted.

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Cafe Diem

229 Main Street - Ames, IA
(515) 956-3556


Monday-Saturday 7:00 a.m.- 10:30 p.m.
Sunday 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Cafe Diem is a coffee shop that offers an assortment of beverages and menu items. Come and enjoy coffee, lattes, cappuccino, chai, and even decaf. This is a coffee shop in Iowa that offers an atmosphere that is suited to the casual coffee drinker, students getting homework done, freelancers, or just a place to lounge in solitude or with a group of friends. This is a great coffee shop in Downtown Ames that locals as well as newcomers love alike!



Chocolaterie Stam

230 Main Street - Ames, IA
(515) 232-0656


Monday-Wednesday 8:30 a.m.- 7:00 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday 8:30 a.m.- 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m.

Walk in and be tempted by over 40 varieties of European chocolate bonbons, gelato, cookies and more. Enjoy the atmosphere of this unique chocolate and full-service coffee shop.

Maybe you want to play the baby grand!


Della Viti

323 Main St, Ames, Iowa 50010

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Mon-Thurs: 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Fri-Sat: 2:00 pm - 1:00 am

Iowa's first self-serve Wine Bar, located on Main Street in historic downtown Ames, Iowa. Offering 48+ Wines, Craft Beer and Premium Cocktails

Payment methods:

Visa, American Express, Mastercard, Discover and Cash





Great Plains Sauce & Dough Company

129 Main Street - Ames, IA
(515) 232-4263


Monday - Wednesday - 11:00 am until 11:00 pm

Thursday- Saturday- 11 am- Midnight
Sunday -11:00 am until 11:00 pm

"Serving the Best since 1979."

From a thick hearty whole wheat crusted pizza oozing with delicious real cheese to a traditional thin white crusted pizza with a lighter balance of cheese, toppings, and crust, the Great Plains Sauce & Dough Company offers several options for how you want your pizza. With 16 different toppings to choose from and a choice of 6 different crust styles, the Great Plains is sure to keep your stomach full! 


Little Woods Herbs & Tea

136 Main St.
Ames, Iowa


Monday - Saturday 9am - 7pm
Sunday 12 - 5pm

Little Woods specializes in medicinal herbs and wellness blends for the budding home herbalist and artisan teas for the tea enthusiast from whole ingredients with no extracts or flavors added. They provide the herbs you need in the quantities you want.


London Underground

212 Main Street - Ames, IA
(515) 233-8500

London Underground


Monday - Thursday 3 pm - 2 am

Friday - Sunday 2 pm - 2 am

Located in the heart of Ames Downtown, London Underground has become an institution in the district. Its social atmosphere and selection of over 50 beers are guaranteed to make for a great experience. 


The Spice


402 Main Street - Ames, IA
(515) 232-0200


Monday-Saturday 11:00 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

Monday-Saturday 5:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Sunday - Closed

The Spice offers authentic Thai cuisine in a stylish and sophisticated, yet relaxed environment. Its authentic Thai food and style are a great addition to the Ames Downtown area. With Ames hosting so much diversity in the community, The Spice is a natural fit and offers an extension of flavors in the District. Dining at The Spice is an international experience that you can get locally here in Ames, Iowa. It is definitely worth a try!



Wheatsfield Cooperative Grocery and Deli


413 Northwestern Ave. - Ames, IA
(515) 232-4094


Grocery Store Open daily
Monday - Sunday: 7:00 a.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Deli and Hot Bar with seating

Breakfast 7am-11am

Lunch 11am-2pm

Dinner 4:30-7pm

 Wheatsfield Co-op has been community-owned since its founding in 1974 as a buying club on the ISU campus. Today Wheatsfield is a full-service natural foods grocery store located at 413 Northwestern Ave. Currently there are over 4,500 member-owners of the co-op and 100 local producers products throughout the store.  Everyone can shop, anyone can join.


Whiskey River


132 Main Street - Ames IA
(515) 612-4949


Monday - Saturday 11:00 a.m.- 2:00 a.m.

Sunday 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m.

Whiskey River is well known in Ames, IA for their wide variety of American food at affordable prices in a great bar atmosphere. You can dine in or order take out. They pride themselves on flavorful food, generous portions, original recipes, and friendly service. Whiskey River offers a selection of over 170 different liquors, wines, and a wide range of over 60 beers with 12 on tap. It's a fun place in Downtown Ames to celebrate ISU games and holidays!