The Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom

The Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom is a restaurant/classroom teaching operation within Iowa State University’s world-renowned hospitality management program. The facility dates back to 1926, when it was built during an addition project in MacKay. It is named for Joan Bice, a 1952 graduate of Home Economics, who enjoyed working in the Tearoom. In 2001, a generous donation was made to honor Joan Bice Underwood and renovate and restore the facility, just like it would have been when she worked there.

The Food Production and Service Management Experience class (HSPM 380L) currently operates the restaurant/classroom. It is a non-profit, approximately 90-seat learning laboratory. Meal service is provided for faculty, staff, students, and visitors.


Lunch is served from Tuesday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. We recommend guests arrive at the tearoom between 11:30 and noon for dining room service.

Reservations, Cancellations, and Payment

Walk-ins are welcome for dining in the Tearoom. You can also make a reservation online at any time. Or you can make a reservation over the phone at 515-294-3330 between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Cash, check, credit and debit cards are accepted.

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates are available in increments of $1.00. They are available for purchase Tuesday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., in the Tearoom.

To-Go Options

All food items on the menu are available as a to-go option. You may call the Tearoom to pre-order food items, or stop in and order during normal business hours. Our retail operations are run out of the back of the Tearoom at the kitchen entrance (16 MacKay Hall).

If you would like to receive a daily email of what menu items we have available, please call 515-294-3330, or email at

Fine Dining Events

​Find Dining events are a showcase of students’ classroom knowledge being activated in a multi-course dinner that’s open to the public! Check back for an updated schedule.

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Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom

23 MacKay Hall
2302 Osborn Drive
Ames, IA 50011-1078